This house on Pioneer Avenue could be turned into a Pivot Point Family Growth Centre, to help people with diverse abilities here in Agassiz. (Grace Kennedy/The Observer)

Autism counselling centre could be coming to Agassiz

A rezoning application for a home on Pioneer Avenue could pave the way for the education centre

Agassiz could be seeing a new education and counselling centre for people with autism come into the community, if a rezoning application for a property on Pioneer Avenue goes forward.

During council Monday night (Aug. 19), staff brought forward a rezoning application for 6942 Pioneer Avenue from Pivot Point Family Growth Centre.

The growth centre is a social service agency aimed at helping children and adults with diverse abilities through early intervention, school-age services, teen transitions and adult services. It currently has locations in Surrey, Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Kamloops, Prince George, Cranbrook and the Cowichan Valley.

SEE ALSO: Dressed to the nines: how one B.C. family is addressing autism

Pivot Point is hoping to expand its services to Agassiz by opening an office in what is currently a single-family home on Pioneer Avenue next to Kent Veterinary Services.

Although the centre would only require minor renovations to the interior of the house — bedrooms would be turned into counselling and study rooms, while the kitchen and living areas would remain as common meeting space — the property would need to be rezoned to Town Centre Commercial and Residential (CT2).

(The property is currently zoned Service Commercial, and the residential home is a legal, non-conforming use.)

The rezoning would allow for “assembly use” on the property, which includes things like churches and community centres, as well as educational facilities.

As part of the rezoning, Pivot Point would be required to provide five parking spaces on the property and build a concrete sidewalk along the back of the property at Cheam Avenue.

Overall, council was in support of moving the rezoning application forward, giving the application first and second reading Monday night. The proposal will come forward to a public hearing on Monday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m., where residents will be able to provide their opinions on the rezoning application.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Multiple accidents on Highway 1 slowing morning commutes

One accident just past 232 Street in Langley, second is just East of Bradner Street in Abbotsford

Kindergarten building survives move to Tashme property

Historic Japanese internment camp building near Hope to be completed by end of 2020

Man charged with stealing Chief Dan George sculpture from Abbotsford school

Piece turned up in Mission pawn shop after Chilliwack artist noticed it missing this summer

New real-time location technology coming soon to Fraser Valley buses

Waiting riders will be able to see location of their bus using their phones

Harrison Festival releases line-up for fall season

The 31st annual Season of Performing Arts will be kicking off Oct. 18

VIDEO: Liberals make child care pledge, Greens unveil platform on Day 6 of campaign

Green party leader Elizabeth May unveils her party’s platform in Toronto

Canucks sign Brock Boeser to three-year, US$17.6-million deal

Young sniper will be in Vancouver Tuesday

B.C. forest industry looks to a high-technology future

Restructuring similar to Europe 15 years ago, executive says

RCMP conclude investigation into 2017 Elephant Hill wildfire

Files have been turned over to BC Prosecution Service

B.C. wants to be part of global resolution in opioid company bankruptcy claim

Government says settlement must include Canadian claims for devastation created by overdose crisis

Guilty plea in Lower Mainland break-and-enter spree

Gordon Vincent Gladstone, 42, was charged with 12 counts relating to a dozen incidents in late 2018

Vancouver police officer hit with bear spray mid-arrest

Officer had been trying to arrest a woman wanted province-wide

B.C. ends ‘birth alerts’ in child welfare cases

‘Social service workers will no longer share information about expectant parents without consent’

Chilliwack’s Belle Voci brings three-day a cappella festival to Fraser Valley

Singers will learn from two of Lower Mainland’s best music leaders at Belle Voci A Cappella Festival

Most Read