REPORTING · 23rd December 2014
Leonard Kerkhoff gave a presentation on the topic of Riverbrooke Estates at the Regular Meeting of Council on Monday, December 15th. He had a big change to discuss.
“We’ve scaled back our application, and taken off the two options we had on the table, they are off the table. This is the only option that we have on that we are looking for approval for at this time. We have 47 town homes in the centre and all the rest are 1b, which is the current single family zoning,” said Kerkhoff.
He explained he was asking Council to rezone the 47 townhomes and 16 single family lots. They will come back to the other lots later. Once the lots were subdivided, they would be looking at 95 units. He showed Council what it would look like.
They would also provide a strip of land to the Elk’s hall and create a walkway through it. Depending on marketing, they will start building next spring, and if there are no buyers, they will only be building half.
Kerkhoff also showed Council what the single family houses would look like. They would be small homes with 2 car garages. They would try to have all the houses look similar and showed them a sample of houses they built in Squamish.
Councillor Rob Goffinet clarified how much housing would be created. He was told it would be 95 units of housing consisting of 47 town homes and 48 houses. Kerkhoff also stated that they would like to build out the original application.
“It is a phased approach with the idea that there could be some future multifamily zoning amendment requests submitted but there is no guarantee of any Council decision because you cannot fetter your own decisions to change your mind in the future,” said Gwendolyn Sewell, City Planner.
Later in the meeting, Riverbrook Estates came up. Council was told it has been before them since late July. In order to reduce the scope to of the project to Single Family Lots and townhouses, they would need to rescind second reading and give the amended second reading. The public hearing would continue on January 5th at 7:30.
Councillor Rob Goffinet asked if any of the townhouses would be accessible. He was told some of the townhouses would have the capability to be upgraded to have an elevator installed.
The motion was called and carried.