A commercial proposal for the old school board building in the Rive-Nord district makes its idea public during a Zoom meeting on the evening of Thursday, May 20.

Valid Manufacturing, in partnership with the Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce, will host a public meeting (via Zoom) to further explain their proposal to the community on Thursday, May 20 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Those interested in the proposal can join the meeting at:


The Salmon Arm-based company moved to Nelson shortly after the closure of Pacific Insight, hiring eight former Pacific Insight employees.

The company manufactures a range of products, from vehicle instrument clusters to power systems, generator connections to power terminals and “leveling” systems for buses and other vehicles.

After School District # 8 (Kootenay Lake) moved out of its North Shore location, Valid purchased the Johnstone Road building with the intention of expanding its operation in Nelson to 40 people.

However, to do so, the company must obtain approval for a zoning change for light manufacturing, requiring approval from the Central Kootenay Regional District (RDCK) board of directors under the Law on local authorities.

Valid’s application has gone through a referral process, but has not yet been submitted to the RDCK Board of Directors for review.

Currently, regional district staff are compiling responses from various agencies – such as the Department of Transportation, IHA – and the public to justify the proposal.

While people are allowed to comment on the proposal throughout the process, there are other issues to be considered in the decision, including technical issues (services), the political direction of the official community plan, and the global impact on the neighborhood or surrounding region.

Once the application is filed and the process is underway, the next step in the zone change will be for the regional district staff to present a report to council for consideration of the bylaw change, or not, likely scheduled for the regular RDCK meeting. in June.

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