A draft neighbourhood plan for the current Prince George Golf and Curling Club area was unveiled to city council last month.
The plan maintains Pine Valley Golf Course and the Prince George Golf and Curling Club clubhouse in their current locations.
The land currently used for the club’s course will be used for an expansion of Pine Centre Mall, commercial development, mixed housing and park space.
The Prince George Tennis Club courts will be relocated closer to the clubhouse and the Roll-a-Dome and Prince George Playhouse will stay in place until alternate facilities are available.
The total area covered in the plan is 233 acres. The proposed plan would create 67 acres of new commercial land, 41 acres of new residential area and 20 acres of new public parks.
According to consultants, it could take over 25 years for the neighbourhood to be built out.
Copies of the detailed plan are available online at www.city.pg.bc.ca.
The plan has already drawn criticism from the Downtown Business Improvement Association.
Association president Hugh Nicholson said the DBIA was asked by the city to provide an opinion on the plan.
“We don’t want to be the ones to say we’re opposed to development. (But) you don’t want to create too many nodes for development and end up spreading your resources so thin that nothing ends up happening,” Nicholson said.
Unless the city experiences a major population boom the proposal will create a significant surplus of land for commercial and residential development, he said.
The golf course area is a high-profile and important area of the city, Nicholson added, and the economic viability of any neighbourhood plan should be considered.
A timeline for public open houses and consultation on the draft plan has not been released as of press time.