Mall can store RVs in back, says council

City council approved a zoning amendment to allow for outdoor storage of boats, RVs, and other vehicles at Campbell River Common

The back parking lot of Campbell River Common will soon become a storage space.

City council gave Allan Edie, owner of the Common and Indoor Storage Solutions, approval to amend his zoning to allow for outdoor storage of boats, RVs, and other vehicles.

A chain link fence has already been put up around the perimeter of the back parking lot in anticipation of the storage facility.

Council gave Edie the go ahead at Tuesday’s council meeting despite objections from competitors.

Walter Jakeway, owner of Campbell River Storage, spoke about his concern for Nunns Creek and the fish that live there at a public hearing last week.

Ted Arbour of Econo Ezy Box Storage wrote a letter to council arguing an outdoor storage facility at a shopping mall would be an eyesore and agreed that the vehicles could pose a risk to the fish in Nunns Creek.

Coun. Roy Grant said he visited the property and any sort of flow goes towards the building, not Nunns Creek, and supported the idea.

“It’s clear the majority of this council encourages small business and I think this is supporting small business and competition,” Grant said.