A bylaw to allow for the development of 13 light industrial and commercial lots on the southwest corner of the Tank Farm was given second reading by city council Monday night.
Third and final reading is scheduled to come forward Nov. 9.
The application for the required amendment to the Official Community Plan is being made by Sidhu Trucking, the owner of the Tank Farm.
Sidhu wants to change the designation of 7.3 hectares from future residential development to a mix of industrial and commercial so he can bring 13 lots to the market.
The parcels would be situated next to the light industrial and commercial lots on Wasson Place, which runs off Burns Road.
The application has draw significant opposition from residents in both the Hillcrest and Valleyview subdivisions.
But it also has substantial support, as evidenced by a petition organized by the company that contains 450 signatures, many of them also from Hillcrest.
Creating the lots would require the relocation of 750,000 cubic metres of gravel to another area on the 56-hectare Tank Farm.
A second public hearing into the proposal was held on Aug. 10, with submissions split between opposition and support.
It’s been noted by members of council that the city is in a deficit when it comes to providing new industrial and commercial lots.
Sidhu Trucking purchased the Tank Farm in 2011. The company has conducted substantial remediation of the property to address fossil fuel contamination.
The 7.3-hectare parcel Sidhu wants to develop has been deemed acceptable for development by the Yukon government, which has issued what is known as a certificate of compliance.
The company has applied for a certificate for the remainder of the Tank Farm, but the matter is still under review by the Yukon government.
Many residents of Hillcrest and Valleyview argue the 7.3 hectares should remain designated as future residential development, as was originally intended.
They’ve expressed concern that allowing the project to go forward would be akin to allowing the company to conduct quarry operations on the site.
But the city has insisted that many conditions be attached to the proposed development.
None of the 750,000 cubic metres, for instance, would be allowed to leave the Tank Farm, and there would be crushing of material of other related quarry activity allowed.
It’s expected the 750,000 cubic metres – or a portion of it – would be used to prepare the rest of the Tank Farm for residential development.
City council was assured again at is meeting Monday the city has the ability to attach tight conditions to the project proposal.
“If council agrees that commercial/industrial type uses are acceptable in the designated portion of the Tank Farm site, the details of how this is achieved could be implemented through a Zoning Bylaw amendment, as well as a development agreement registered through subdivision approval,” reads the administrative report present to council Monday night.
Meanwhile, the Tank Farm was put up for sale in July for $28 million.