Residents riled about recovery home in Maple Ridge

Council wants to delay any licences until review is complete

A proposal to open a five-person recovery home in the rural Whispering Falls neighbourhood will have to wait until a review of the entire business licence bylaw category covering group or recovery homes in Maple Ridge is complete.

Council decided Tuesday to delay any such business licences until the review, following several comments from residents about the proposal on 264th Street in the eastern suburb located north of Dewdney Trunk Road.

Residents are concerned about the possible effects on their neighbhourhood from the five-bed facility.

Eric Gunderson told council that the home wouldn’t fit the definition of a home-based business. And Carol Powell pointed out that residents cherish their properties and that people are upset about such a facility opening. She pointed out the organization’s North Vancouver location is in a secluded area, not in an existing suburb.

“We are completely outraged that this property is even being considered for such a facility with no consultation to us,” said Joe and Lynn Loman.

Chief administrator Ted Swabey told council that if the home meets the bylaw requirements, it’s entitled to be issued a business licence, unless council decides to pass a specific motion to the contrary.

According to bylaws, an application for a five-bed recovery home has been received. A building inspection will be part of the process.

Public works general manager Frank Quinn told council that the agency that’s applying for the business licence considers itself a “high-end” luxury treatment centre and said it will provide information to residents.

Coun. Gordy Robson said there are between 30 and 40 recovery homes in Maple Ridge.

“I’m supportive of most them,” but he pointed out there’s no regulation.