Qualicum Beach council took a step towards the long-standing goal of densification in the Village Neighbourhood during the July 9 council meeting.
Council reviewed staff recommendations related to the Village Neighborhood Planning Project and gave first reading to a bylaw that will reduce development cost charges for eligible projects in the Village Neighbourhood. First readings were also given to amendments to the Official Community Plan that would allow consideration of building heights above three storeys and having residential on the ground floor of buildings in the downtown commercial area.
A policy for the application of off-site charges or contributions was deferred for additional discussion at the next Committee of the Whole meeting, scheduled for July 23 at 7 p.m. at the Civic Centre. Council will discuss and provide further direction on all of the proposed changes at this meeting.