The City of Campbell River has adopted two bylaws to crack down on illegal drug consumption on public property.
The Public Nuisance Amendment Bylaw prohibits the consumption of illegal drugs on public property, and the Ticketing for Bylaw Offences Amendment Bylaw allows RCMP and bylaw officers to ticket offenders.
Councillor Doug Chapman says discussions with the RCMP have indicated these bylaws would be beneficial to keep law and order not only for the downtown area, but for all of the community.
“Speeding laws are there for the 10 per cent of people who speed,” says Chapman.
“Unfortunately, we have to have these bylaws for the small group who would persist in consuming illegal drugs on our property.”
When giving her thoughts on the new bylaws, councillor Tanille Johnston says that it feels like there’s some insinuation that people are terrified of Campbell River’s downtown area.
“When we look back on our Vital Signs Survey, over half of this city feels safe downtown,” adds Johnston.
“The other quarter has no opinion either way, so I think insinuating that the 25 per cent should drive all of our decision-making is not a good place to pull decision-making from.”
Other highlights of the recent council meeting include councilors approving the development permit application for a 16-unit rental townhouse complex at Evergreen Road, as well as renewing a temporary use permit to continue permitting retail sales of building construction materials on an existing property on Maple Street.
A presentation regarding programming for seniors in the downtown core by the nurse administrator for CR and District Adult Care Society, Pam Mann, was also a part of the council meeting.