Public hearing time for small-lot project in Parskville

City council gave the lots second-reading approval at its meeting on Monday

A small Parksville subdivision, with lots described as “moderate sized, not quite small lots,” by the developer, passed second reading Monday.

With a couple small lot developments passed in the last year and a couple others in process, it has been a hot topic at council, and the latest proposal for 15 lots on the corner of Pym Street and Stanhope Road found a lot of support.

Nigel Gray of MacDonald Gray Consultants updated council on the plans including public response and some minor changes.

The plan calls for 15 lots mostly just over 470 sq.m (5,060 sq.ft.), between the 330 sq.m smallest recently passed and the 560 sq.m city standard. The smaller size will allow two or three more lots than would otherwise be allowed.

The developer will register restrictive covenants limiting the fee simple properties to a minimum 425 sq.m and designating that any second floor windows facing neighbouring properties must be frosted for privacy.

Most councillors spoke in favour saying the smaller lots fit the character of the neighbourhood and the city’s new official community plan’s call for infill and densification, especially near schools and shopping.

Bill Neufeld, the only one to speak in opposition said he didn’t like the neighbour’s loss of privacy from potential new houses proximity to the property lines.

With two councillor’s absent, second reading passed four to one, sending it to a public hearing at the next regular council meeting, 6 p.m., Oct. 7 at the Parksville Civic and Technology Centre forum.