Council sends apartment plan back to drawing board

Density and parking issues among chief concerns of councillors

A developer’s plan to build a multi-unit apartment building has been temporarily parked by District of Sooke council.

After more than a one-hour debate, the development at 6523 and 6527 Sooke Rd. was sent back to municipal staff to further discuss the parking plan for the building with the developer.

Harbour View Centre applied for a development permit to construct a four-storey building with 38 residential units and one commercial unit. The two properties will be consolidated prior to development.

The developer also sought a development variance permit which would see parking stalls reduced from 1.5 per unit to one, set back from Lanark and Dover roads to 1.5 metres, from three, and decreased limits for commercial space.

The tenor of citizen comments prompted council to re-look at the plan in the hopes the developer could come up with more parking space to alleviate concerns from neighbourhood residents.

“I’m kind of sitting on the fence of this one because I want to see that property cleaned up,” said Mayor Maja Tait.

“I also don’t want to rush into something then it upsets the neighbourhood and causes other problems.”

Harbour View Centre spokesman Ian Laing said having 1.5 parking spots for the 38-unit apartment is unnecessary.

Laing, who has managed apartment complexes for more than 18 years, said most residents of apartments don’t have a vehicle.

“I really believe the 39 parking units (if you include the commercial parking space) is more than enough. I’ll be there will be a couple of vacant parking stalls. The odds of getting 39 tenants with 39 vehicles is slim to none.”

Each apartment will be 480 square feet with more bike parking provided. The apartment is also walking distance to town centre and close to a bus route.

Councillors did see a need for more affordable housing in Sooke. The apartments will be rented from $650 to $800 a month.

The concern from council though was the density and the lack of parking in the area.

“I’m, not sure 39 parking spaces is enough,” said Coun. Kevin Pearson, a sentiment echoed by others councillors.

Added Tait: “We need to find a balance of what fits into the existing neighbourhood.”

Municipal staff is expected to have a report ready on the plan later this month.

 

klaird@blackpress.ca

 

 

Just Posted

Emerging Sooke filmmaker takes spotlight with special award

Mary Galloway creates her own opportunities

Beauty Day spreads ‘brightness’ at Our Place

Volunteer hairdressers, estheticians, even a tarot card reader took part in the Victoria event

Victoria Guard Commander leads group of snowmen after ceremony cancelled

Lt.-Cmdr. Michael Irwin wasn’t going to let a bit of snow strip him of his duties

Police make arrest in Sooke home invasion

Gregory Brotherston, 38, facing numerous charges

VIDEO: Canada’s flag turns 54 today

The maple leaf design by George Stanley made its first appearance Feb. 15, 1965

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Plecas won’t run in next election if B.C. legislature oversight reforms pass

B.C. Speaker and Abbotsford South MLA says he feels ‘great sympathy’ for Jody Wilson-Raybould

Workshop with ‘accent reduction’ training cancelled at UBC

The workshop was cancelled the same day as an email was sent out to international students

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

Man in Vancouver Island hotel shooting pleads guilty to second-degree murder

Brandon Tyler Woody, from Victoria, to be sentenced in late March in B.C. Supreme Court

Judge rules Abbotsford home must be sold after son tries to evict mom

Mom to get back down payment and initial expenses

Trump officially declares national emergency to build border wall

President plans to siphon billions from federal military construction and counterdrug efforts

Snow turns to slush, rain as it warms up across B.C.’s south coast

Some areas are already covered by more than half a metre of snow following three separate storms

Most Read