Parksville city council gave a preliminary nod to three residential subdivisions at their latest committee of the whole meeting.
The applications would create 20 properties along Doehle Avenue between Temple Street and the water, two lots at Gaetjen Street and Fairwind Avenue on the water and four lots on Moilliet Street at Birch Avenue.
The first is an application from Merdyn Development Group on behalf of property owner Leona Margaret McKillop to divide the currently, mostly empty, 1.9 ha strip along Doehle into 20 regular residential lots.
The city will consider a seven metre parkland dedication along the waterfront, a three metre walkway from neighbouring Panorama Place across the property and cash in lieu of the remaining 481 square metres required as a five per cent dedication from subdivisions.
The second application, from owners Rob McGorman and Nicole Proch, would split off a portion of a large waterfront lot on Fairwind Avenue and they are requesting a relaxation of the required setback from Fairwind from 7.5 to 4.5 metres.
Councillor Bill Neufeld was uncomfortable with the requested subdivision without a building being proposed or explanation of what may eventually be built.
Acting director of community planning Blane Russel explained that is a less common, but perfectly acceptable route to subdividing properties.
Third is the division of a half hectare square lot at 161 Moilliet beside Travelodge into four regular residential lots.
Because the city’s OCP doesn’t call for any parkland in the area and the required parkland dedication would only be 242 sq. m., council agreed to ask for cash in lieu of the land.
The items will come back to council for final approval.