TRU receives master plan rezoning

Thompson Rivers University’s plan to build a university village has cleared another hurdle.

By Kamloops This Week

Thompson Rivers University’s plan to build a university village has cleared another hurdle.

At a public hearing Tuesday night, Kamloops city council unanimously agreed to rezone the university property into a comprehensive development zone and amend Kamloops’ official community plan.

TRU hopes to develop condos, townhouses and commercial properties on its campus, similar to what is now in place at Simon Fraser University’s Burnaby Mountain campus.

The university hopes to take proposals from developers later this year.

The master plan will see three-million square feet developed over three decades, with an expected investment of $1 billion.

In 2008, land at TRU was zoned post-secondary education, with permitted uses including universities, colleges, vocational and technical schools, office/commercial and multiple family residential.

The list of potential additional uses include a church, day care, entertainment facility, hotel, museum, stores, pubs, professional and personal services, a recreation facility, restaurants, retail outlets, student accommodation and a trade and technology centre.