Parksville development to get public hearing Sept. 6

Despard Ave. rezoning application awaits second reading

The City of Parksville has announced it will hold a public hearing on a zoning and development bylaw for a proposed mixed-density development prior to its regular council meeting Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017.

The hearing will take up the application submitted in March by Macdonald Gray Consultants on behalf of owner Insights Holdings Ltd. Inc. No. 781305. The developer is requesting the properties at 151 Despard Ave. and 292 Stanford Ave. be rezoned from single-family residential to a mix of five interlocking zones, including small lot, medium-density and high-density residential, neighbourhood commercial and high-density residential and care.

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The zoning bylaw amendment received first reading at council’s March 20 meeting. The developer was tasked with completing several prerequisites before the bylaw would be granted second reading. Wednesday’s public hearing is part among those steps.

The initial development concept submitted by Nigel Gray of Macdonald Gray Consultants showed a mixed-density development of nearly 300 units, including an assisted-care facility. The housing would feature a blend of high-density apartments or townhomes, a medium-density “patio home” development and small-lot, single-family homes.

The development application has not been submitted to the City, pending approval of rezoning.

The public hearing will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 6. Upon completion of the hearing, council will commence its regular meeting.

— NEWS Staff and City of Parksville submission

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