The new Van Isle Ford dealership on Beaver Creek Road is another step closer to becoming reality.
Port Alberni city councillors voted Monday to allow a floodplain bylaw exemption to the dealership.
The property is now zoned C4 Highway Commercial District, and has been annexed from Stirling Field, a report noted.
The exemption is required to better accommodate moving vehicles in and out of showroom and service bay spaces.
The city took into consideration data in stormwater management and lot grading plans, professional engineer and geoscientist reports, as well as a covenant insulating the city in the event of flood damage, the report noted.