Large residential development on Renz Road re-ups

Proposal meets the guidelines for Parksville - with some minor tweaking

Parksville city council re-issued a development permit for the first phase of what was called “one of the largest developments we’ve ever had.”

That’s what councillor Marc Lefebvre called the original proposal for the 261 home Cedar Ridge Estates between Church and Renz Roads, when council first gave the go ahead in April 2009.

Most councillors spoke against it at the time but then had to vote for it because the land was pre-zoned for single family development in 1994.

Then-mayor Ed Mayne said council is legally bound to approve applications that meet the zoning and legal requirements. They only have leverage when a zoning change is required.

“So basically what we’re saying is that most of us don’t agree with (this development) but we’re going to vote for it because our hands are tied,” Coun. Sue Powell summed up at the time.

The permit was good for two years, but the market didn’t support it and Keith Brown and Associates re-applied on behalf of the property owners.

“It’s a very big project,” said director of community planning Gayle Jackson at Monday’s council meeting, explaining it is not unusual to have to re-issue a permit, and that a new application fee was charged.

With “some minor adjustments” the report from staff said the proposal still meets the guidelines and that “the Local Government Act does not provide council with the discretionary ability to ultimately deny permit issuance.”

The changes include altering the sidewalk design and altering a path route across the property, but also the addition of a five meter wide buffer zone as dedicated park between the development and agricultural land.

They were also granted a variance to relax the front yard setback from 7.5 to 4.5 metres, which Jackson said was a more modern design allowing for bigger back yards.

The Phase 1 plan calls for 33 single family homes on the Humphrey Road side, with more houses and multi-family buildings that would require re-zoning, planned for the future.

An audience member asked about the impact of more vehicle traffic. Jackson said a lot of work went into establishing a traffic circle at Church and Humphrey Roads and Keith Brown said they put a lane behind the planned houses to keep parking and driveways off the street.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Patricia Taylor and Debra Strut at the Salvation Army on Friday, Nov. 27, handing out winter boots and gift bags to those in need. Taylor says they'll be back until all her supplies are gone.(Mandy Moraes photo)
Parksville residents distribute gifts and winter boots in Salvation Army parking lot

‘I’m hoping to open the eyes of the community to realize that everybody has value’

Qualicum Beach resident Harold MacDougall won $75,000 off a Casino Royale II Scratch & Win ticket, purchased the ticket at Qualicum Foods on Memorial Avenue. (BCLC photo)
Qualicum Beach man $75K richer thanks to scratch-and-win ticket windfall

MacDougall plans on trips to Cape Breton and Scotland

Regional District of Nanaimo will be receiving $1.17 million from the B.C. government in COVID-19 safe restart grant money. (News Bulletin file)
Regional District of Nanaimo directors getting started on budgeting decisions

Proposed tax requisitions for 2021 range from 7.3-per cent increase to 2.2-per cent decrease

David Darmadi, owner of Kalvas - The Log House restaurant, is offering a sweet initiative for SOS. Guests can bring in a new, unwrapped gift or financial donation for SOS, and receive a free dessert. (Lissa Alexander photo)
Sweet initiative to support Parksville Qualicum Beach residents

‘A lot of our guests are very generous and they want to help out’

(Dave Landine/Facebook)
VIDEO: Dashcam captures head-on crash between snowplow and truck on northern B.C. highway

Driver posted to social media that he walked away largely unscathed

Black Press Media and BraveFace have come together to support children facing life-threatening conditions. Net proceeds from these washable, reusable, three-layer masks go to Make-A-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon.
Put on a BraveFace: Help make children’s wishes come true

Black Press Media, BraveFace host mask fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Foundation

Langley RCMP issued a $2,300 fine to the Riverside Calvary church in Langley in the 9600 block of 201 Street for holding an in-person service on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, despite a provincial COVID-19 related ban (Dan Ferguson/Black Press Media)
Langley church fined for holding in-person Sunday service

Calvary church was fined $2,300 for defying provincial order

A pedestrian makes their way through the snow in downtown Ottawa on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Wild winter, drastic swings in store for Canada this year: Weather Network

In British Columbia and the Prairies, forecasters are calling for above-average snowfall levels

NDP Leader John Horgan, left, speaks as local candidate Ravi Kahlon listens during a campaign stop at Kahlon’s home in North Delta, B.C., on April 18, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Nanaimo Rona location. (News Bulletin photo)
Rona home improvement store in Nanaimo advises that worker has COVID-19

Store re-opened Sunday after closing for cleaning Saturday

A B.C. Ambulance Service paramedic wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 moves a stretcher outside an ambulance at Royal Columbia Hospital, in New Westminster, B.C., on Sunday, November 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Top doctor urges Canadians to limit gatherings as ‘deeply concerning’ outbreaks continue

Canada’s active cases currently stand at 63,835, compared to 53,907 a week prior

A Canadian Pacific freight train travels around Morant’s Curve near Lake Louise, Alta., on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. A study looking at 646 wildlife deaths along the railway tracks in Banff and Yoho national parks in Alberta and British Columbia has found that train speed is one of the biggest factors. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Study finds train speed a top factor in wildlife deaths in Banff, Yoho national parks

Research concludes effective mitigation could address train speed and ability of wildlife to see trains

A airport worker is pictured at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C. Wednesday, March 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Canada extends COVID restrictions for non-U.S. travellers until Jan. 21 amid second wave

This ban is separate from the one restricting non-essential U.S. travel

Most Read