Penticton daycare operator planning information sessions

A local daycare operator isn’t giving up on her plans to open a new location in a residential neighbourhood.

A local daycare operator isn’t giving up on her plans to open a new location in a residential neighbourhood near Skaha Lake Park.

After hearing from concerned neighbours at a public hearing in February, Penticton city council decided to delay a decision on Tina Bootsma’s plans for a daycare at 96 Yorkton Ave.

Now Bootsma is planning an information session of her own to answer the concerns of the neighbourhood about traffic, noise and changes to the property.

“I’ve invited city council and I have dropped off personal invitations to everyone in the neighbourhood. I’m also inviting anyone interested in knowing what we are all about there and what we are planning on doing,” said Bootsma.

The information session is scheduled for March 19 at 6:30 p.m. at her daycare centre in classroom 31 of Wiltse Elementary School.

“This is for just for people regarding the rezoning, any questions they have to do with the traffic, the programming or what we are planning on doing with the property,” said Bootsma. “I am hoping not to have a lot of people enquiring about daycare, because that is not what this is about. One step at a time.”

Bootsma said that one of the common concerns seems to be about changing the look of the property.

“I just really want to emphasize the fact that we are not planning on changing the outside of the house at all,” she said. Noise is also not likely to be a problem, she continued.

Typical programming in the daycare, according to Bootsma, would have children outside for 30 minutes in the morning and an hour in the afternoon, which might be spent at the park, depending on the weather.

“We are just wanting to enhance the neighbourhood, rather than being any kind of disruption. That is very important to us,” she said.

Bootsma is expecting to appear before council again on April. 7.

 

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