Plans for an active-living-for-seniors housing development on 11th Street SE have prompted concerns from neighbours.
Applicant Gary Arsenault is applying for rezoning on behalf of a B.C. numbered company to build on 3.9 hectares or 9.6 acres just south of Okanagan Avenue E on two adjoining parcels, 70 11th St. SE and 200 11th St. SE.
The proposed R4, medium density residential zone, would accommodate up to 120 units. The properties are designated ‘high density residential’ in the official community plan.
Partnering in the project is the Vancouver Resource Society, which purchased Andover Terrace in April and also owns Shuswap Lodge.
Jan Naylor, who lives on neighbouring Fourth Avenue SE, said a petition will be presented to council, because neighbours don’t think this is the right site.
Concerns include the stream that crosses the property, with plans to divert it and run it through pipes.
Other objections for neighbours include a large increase in traffic in the hilly area, the loss of greenspace and its effects on wildlife who use it as a corridor, and the loss of the single-family neighbourhood and its sense of community.
Naylor said another concern raised is regarding COVID-19 and the lesson that housing people on a smaller footprint can be dangerous.
She added that while the active living, aging-in-place concept proposed is a good one, the site is not a good fit.
City planning staff have expressed support for the rezoning and sending the application to the development permit stage. The motion council is considering is described as more complicated than most.
“It was negotiated and agreed to by staff and the applicant on June 1, 2020. All of the issues and challenges with this land, the need to secure a new alignment for 4th Avenue SE, concerns with the creek and staff’s general expectations for development have been under discussion with the applicant since November 2019. Staff appreciates the cooperation by the applicant in the process. This is also an opportune time for the city to secure a much needed starting and end point of a future 4th Avenue connector that would benefit the southeast quadrant of the city…,” states the staff report.
The public hearing on the rezoning is set for 7 p.m., Monday, July 13, in the recreation centre on a limited, first-come, first-served basis due to COVID-19.
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They must be presented to the administration department no later than 10 a.m. on July 13.