Regional district supports Sandspit liquor licence application

  • Feb. 24, 2010 10:00 a.m.

The Skeena-Queen Charlotte regional district is supporting a liquor licence application from the Inn at Sandspit, across from the airport, despite opposition from the local advisory planning commission. Regional district directors voted Friday (Feb. 19) to support the application for a liquor primary licence for a lounge with open hours between 11 am and 2 am, Monday to Sunday. The inn already has a food primary licence. Regional district administrator Helen Koning said the board endorsed the application after some discussion, and also agreed to encourage the owners to consider purchasing supplies locally. Board members read a letter from Bente Sutherland, acting chair of the Moresby Island Advisory Planning Commission before making their decision. Ms Sutherland wrote that the commission opposes the application for four reasons: Sandspit’s small and declining population, the lack of police presence, the fact that the licence is not likely to create employment, and the possible increase in late night noise and traffic it could generate. The regional district’s support will now be sent on to the Liquor Control Branch, which makes the final decision on the licence.