The Kimberley and District Chamber of Commerce manager believes the city has an opportunity to build a cluster of tech companies.
Mike Guernary is weighing in on the disputed plans for the 24 acre piece of land currently used a popular recreation site.
Kimberley is considering a light industrial zoning for the property and a Calgary-based advanced technology company has expressed interest in relocating to the site.
The land is currently zoned for industrial development in the city’s 2005 Official Community Plan.
City Council and staff held their final public discussion on their proposed new OCP Monday night with many in attendance there to comment on the future of the benchlands.
Guernary believes with one advanced technology company already eyeing the site, it could lead to interest from others in the industry.
“Use that area as a development where like-minded business that already also represent values toward developing things that are clean and fabricating newer technology,” he said.
Guernary agreed with a point raised at the public meeting from a resident who moved from Vancouver five years ago.
The man suggested some modern industrial parks in the Lower Mainland aren’t eyesore and can actually bring improvements and beauty to certain areas.
“Developmenta are really integrated into the look of where they’re at and the geography,” Guernary noted. “I think that could really happen here.”
Residents have squabbled over what the future of the benchlands should look like with some arguing its precious green space and others asserting industry is needed in Kimberley.
– Kimberley and District Manager Mike Guernary