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15-unit Creek Street development set for public hearing

A development that has been on the City books since 2007 will finally see the light of day in a public hearing.

City council approved first and second reading on a development for 2102 Creek St., with 15 multi-residential units proposed in a phased strata plan.

However, Coun. Kim Charlesworth wanted to delay the approval until there was some extra consideration given to the City, since there would be no sidewalks constructed in the area.

Although she noted that a City staff report said there were no other sidewalks on the street, and there was no infrastructure in place to support the sidewalks, she felt there should be a contribution made by the developer on another front: making a donation to one of the City’s reserve funds, likely for affordable housing or the active transportation plan.

The suggestion set off Coun. Bob Adams.

“There are no sidewalks in this area. We’ve already held up this gentleman since 2007,” he said. “He’s been held up long enough and we should make this go ahead.”

Mayor John Dooley said the developer himself has delayed the project, by changing the 2007 project, dropping the industrial part of the 10-unit building and proposing a 15-unit strata project instead.

The applicant had held a neighbourhood information meeting on Nov. 4, 2009 with respect to the initial development of 10 residential units.

There had been no discussion with the developer then about an affordable housing or active transportation plan contribution because they didn’t exist formally, said City senior planner Dave Wahn.

To deal with affordable housing, Wahn said three units of the project would be secondary suite ready as mortgage helpers and get people ready to move into strata.

“As approving officer I am not requesting a sidewalk at this point. It is too difficult.

It would be almost inappropriate to put this on somebody in that circumstance since there is no infrastructure,” he said.

Requesting a covenant for a contribution of some sort in lieu of sidewalks was suggested by some council members. The idea did not sit well with Mayor Dooley.

“We can put in all of the conditions we want, but the developer will pass that (extra cost) on to the purchaser, it’s not rocket science,” he said.

First and second reading of the Official Community Plan amendment carried, with Coun. Charlesworth opposed, as did the land use regulation amendment. A public hearing will now be scheduled.

The project would have 12 townhouse units in four separate buildings, three of them with secondary suites attached.

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