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Qualicum Beach council approves Fern Road four-plexes

Council grants development permit at Sept. 6 meeting
(Qualicum Beach council agenda) Qualicum Beach Town Council has approved a two four-plex development for Fern Road. (Qualicum Beach council agenda)

Qualicum Beach council has approved a two four-plex development for Fern Road.

Council voted in favour of a development permit and a land use and subdivision bylaw amendment to rezone the empty lot at 172 Fern Rd., where a single-family home used to be.

“These are stacked four-plexes where there’s two units on the lower floor, two units on the upper floor,” said Luke Sales, director of planning, during council’s Sept. 6 regular meeting.

Sales’s presentation mentioned the four-plexes will be two-and-a-half storeys tall, slightly taller than the next door single-family homes. The developer plans to build the adjacent sidewalk and so it will not be neccessary for them to contribute to the Village Neighbourhood Sidewalk Reserve Account, Sales added.

“I do think that overall this project is what’s basically building to the density in the OCP (Official Community Plan), which is what we need to do more of,” said Coun. Scott Harrison.

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The property is located in the ‘Village Neighbourhood’ land use designation in the OCP, where development, redevelopment and densification are encouraged.

The application first went before the previous council back in February 2021 and was given first reading. Council gave the proposal a second reading in May 2023, followed by a public hearing in June.

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