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Developer alters plan due to market changes

Plans for a new residential development near the Campbell River Estuary went unopposed during a public hearing Tuesday night.

The owner of the property wants to down-zone his 1.06 hectare lot in order to build eight duplexes and two single family homes, for an 18 strata lot development.

The property is currently zoned to accommodate a multi-residential complex such as apartment buildings or condos.

Kathleen Wilker, the city’s planner, said the applicant altered his plans for the property “due to changes in the housing market in Campbell River.”

The site is a vacant, well-maintained open field area within a gated community and is made up of three separate parcels. The main entrance to the property is off of Alice Road which is off Coulter Road behind the Strathcona Toyota and Campbell River Hyundai dealerships.

Because the site is close to the Campbell River Estuary, the developer will be required to apply for and obtain a streamside development permit from city council before construction can take place.

Wilker said an environmental assessment has been provided to address the impact of construction on the environment.

“Any recommendations for the mitigation of the impacts will be addressed at the time of the review and consideration of the development permit,” Wilker said.

But first, the project’s re-zoning application, which passed through Tuesday’s public hearing, will have to be given third reading and adopted by city council.

If that is approved, the developer will have to apply for a development permit which will trigger the streamside development requirements.

Wilker said overall the project fits in well with the north Campbell River neighbourhood and is consistent with the existing character of the area.

“The development of this site will not likely have any significant adverse impacts on neighbouring properties and is consistent with the OCP’s (official community plan) direction for sensitive in-fill projects within existing neighbourhoods, subject to appropriate design,” Wilker said.

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