A zoning amendment application for a microbrewery in the former Greyhound Station on Donald Road was approved Tuesday evening by Williams Lake City Council.

The unanimous decision was made by Council after a public hearing in which it was noted the City had received seven letters in support and several members of the public described the brewery as an exciting opportunity for the community and something that was long overdue.

President of local Fox Mountain Brewing Company, Dave Reedman said he is currently finalizing the design and plans to get some firmer bids from contractors.

“I’m excited,” he said.

“I’m glad that there wasn’t any opposition and I’m looking forward to construction and the next phase of the project.”

A restaurant is also being planned at the site.

The application will now be forwarded to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for approval.

“Construction will probably be a few months,” Reedman said.

“The thing that has a little bit more uncertainty is the time frame for the manufacturing license by the BC Liquor Regulation Board so we’ll see how long that takes; they estimate anywhere from four to six months.”