Onni’s application to rezone the Steveston boardwalk from maritime to commercial use has been moved to a public hearing.
All councillors, except Harold Steves, Carol Day and Chak Au, voted for the move during Monday’s council meeting.
The rezoning proposal mandates that Onni pay the city $5.5 million in amenity contributions, which reflects the increased value of the properties after rezoning.
The proposal also stipulates that Onni can only build a hotel on the site if it provides permanent 24/7 staff to supervise it.
Onni proposed a remote operation model for a 32-unit hotel on the site last week, which raised concerns among councilors over a possible lack of supervision.
The requirement for permanent hotel staffing will also apply to any future owners of the property.
“We wanted it registered on the title of the hotel, so that if Onni sells the property to somebody else, the new owners will still be required to fulfill that requirement,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. …