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Terrace shelter hearing rescheduled

The City of Terrace has delayed a public hearing on a controversial homeless shelter re-location proposal.

Council is considering a rezoning application that would allow 20-bed extreme weather shelter in an unused downtown building.

But Mayor Carol Leclerc says Monday night’s meeting was so well attended that they didn’t get a chance to hear from everyone on the issue.

Critics of the plan fear it will attract more homeless and intoxicated people to the downtown core and negatively impact tourism.

Those in favour of the rezoning say it will result in fewer people on the street, fewer nuisance calls for emergency responders, and a bridge to help people get off the street.

Leclerc says it’s clear people are passionate about the plan and that’s why council wants to hear from all concerned before deciding the issue.

The April 25th meeting begins at 5 pm at the Sportsplex.

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