Developers are moving ahead with plans to build a massive truck stop complete with a gas bar, convenience store, restaurant and liquor outlet on the east end of Chetwynd.
Three parcels of land totalling nearly 16 hectares just outside of the town boundary across from the intersection of Highway 29 South and Highway 97 will need to go through a rezoning process led by the Peace River Regional District.
The PRRD will also need to approve changes to its Official Community Plan to allow the development to proceed.
Developers Diane and Patrick Gayse could not be reached for comment by press time.
The project would fulfill the need for a truck stop in town, recommended in a 2015 Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure (MoTI) study of Highway 97.
The study noted that too many transport trucks were parking along the South Access Road near the Chevron and Tim Hortons, causing conflict with local traffic.
It noted that the intersection of Highway 29 South (to Tumbler Ridge) and Highway 97 "could be a good location for a truck stop."
The District of Chetwynd also offered its support for a potential truck stop development in the report.
MoTI predicted an increased need for a fuel station as traffic in the town was projected to spike by 50 per cent over the next 25 years due to anticipated development.
The report was prepared in late sumer 2015 and it's unclear how the downturn in the Peace Region will affect those projections.
The proposal for rezoning appeared before Chetwynd council Monday night, with the developers requesting that the district back its rezoning request when it comes before the PRRD at a future meeting.
In addition to the truck stop, convenience store and liquor store, the plan also calls for a laundromat and showers for truck drivers, as well as new office space.
Developers hope to start construction as soon as this spring. They have also requested Chetwynd provide access to municipal sewer and water systems.
The developers were willing to pay the equivalent amount of taxes in lieu of direct taxation until the town's boundary can be expanded to include the land slated for the truck stop.