Redevelopment of Gorge Road property subject of Saanich public hearing on Tuesday – Victoria News

Residents and others are invited to voice their concerns or support for a proposed townhouse project to replace a decades-old rental complex in Saanich at 630 Gorge Road. W., in a public hearing on Tuesday evening (July 12).

The Abstract Developments proposal envisions 25 three-storey townhouse units, configured in five blocks starting just off Gorge Road and extending to the rear of the property, which is elevated above street level. road.

Due to its mid-block location, the long lot not only borders neighboring properties on either side of Gorge Road, but also five homes on Dysart Road and four on Austin Avenue.

The staff report on the proposal states that the 2000 Tillicum local plan calls for maintaining single-family dwellings as the predominant land use, but points out that this property is identified as existing multi-family.

Saanich’s Official Community Plan (OCP) supports infill housing, including townhouses and low-rise residences (up to four stories) on a limited scale in neighborhoods. But general development permit guidelines from OCP and Saanich emphasize the importance of neighborhood context, scale and building design when evaluating multi-family developments, the report continues.

The additional density that would be required at the site is “modest”, write the employees.

The existing collection of walk-up, two-story suites at Gorge View Apartments comprises 19 units. While staff said they were unaware of Abstract’s plans to help relocate existing tenants, the company’s director of marketing and communications, Owen Rennison, clarified their process.

“Tenants were notified of pending development plans in 2019 and offered compensation based on similar relocation compensation offered in cities like Vancouver. The compensation offered took the form of free rent or cash depending on the length of the lease, as well as relocation allowances and assistance in finding alternative accommodation,” he said. wrote in an email to Black Press Media. “Any new tenants who subsequently entered the building were informed of the proposed redevelopment of the property before moving in.”

The frontage design calls for minimal landscaping and enclosed front yards for the five units facing the Gorge Waterway. Zoning by-law exemptions are requested for lot coverage, setbacks, building separation, building height and parking.

Setbacks under zoning RT-5 (semi-detached houses) require a setback of 7.5 meters to the street and side yards and 10.5 meters to the rear. The proposal provides for a setback of 3.71 m from the street, 1.86 m from the east side, 2.61 m from the west and 4.2 m from the rear. The original 26-unit plan, calling for a wider six-unit block at the rear of the property, has been modified to five with a side patio on the east side to allow a Dysart Road resident to keep a tree protected by an indigenous settlement on their property which would have been lost during construction.

The summary proposes a community contribution of $52,000 ($2,080 per unit) to be allocated for future improvements to the Gorge Waterway Park.

The public hearing is first on the agenda for Tuesday and is one of two scheduled, the other regarding the district’s proposal for a new No. 2 fire station complex at Royal Oak and Elk Lake Drives.

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Jessica C. Bell