An artist’s conception of The Clarion

An artist’s conception of The Clarion

Contentious Clarion development in Qualicum Beach is out to tender

The 53-unit, five-story development next to town hall was given final approval by town council in July

The Clarion development in downtown Qualicum Beach is on track and in process.

“We’re working with the town, we have construction drawings and the work is out to tender,” said Bill Katerenchuk, the owner and developer of the currently-empty lot adjacent to town hall.

The 53-unit, five storey condo development passed its final council approval in July, 2013, receiving a development permit, which is good for two years.

The town’s director of planning, Luke Sales, confirmed the development permit is still good and the town has heard the developer is working on the plans, but the town hasen’t heard anything new recently.

The final step will be a building permit application, which is reviewed by staff on technical grounds. In the meantime, the developer can start site preparation, up to the pouring of a foundation.

Katerenchuk said he wouldn’t hazard a guess as to the timeline, but said he might know more early in the new year.

Town council supported the project by a narrow 3-2 vote before the composition of council changed in the recent municipal election. Council doesn’t have any more opportunities to review or make decisions on the project.

The development was a hot topic, largely around the forgiveness of development cost charges.