Lumby council is looking to get community input on a proposal for a new medium density subdivision.
David Borden is applying for zoning and O-C-P changes to allow for up to 32 duplexes on four hectares at 1700 Mountain View Avenue.
Mayor Kevin Acton says, if approved, it would provide a large stream of new housing, with three bedroom homes costing under $300,000.
“This really fits into the plan. It’s really important the community is aware of it and they have the ability to come in and talk about it and see what’s going on. The first phase is only five units but the full build out is 32 duplexes in a four hectare area roughly,” Acton tells Beach Radio News.
The proposed zoning change is from R1 residential singe family, to R3 multi family.
“The reason for change from zone 1 to 3, rather than 2 for duplexes, is because the lot size is going to be bit smaller, so were looking to follow a trend that was set recently by changing the zoning bylaw and changing it for carriage houses and smaller lots,” says Acton.
Council has given the changes first reading, and will now wait for the developer to come up with more detailed designs before going to a public hearing.
“It’s in a great area. There’s not a lot of housing built there already for them to be changing a neighborhood considerably. They’re close to a turn off from the highway, so we don’t have to worry about a huge increase in traffic. The houses, what they’re proposing, look to be affordable, yet they’re going to have a good view and good access to the town, and it looks like a really good project, so I’m interested to get some feedback from Lumby,” adds the mayor.
Village staff say the subject property is located northwest of the intersection of Mountain View Avenue and Highway 6.
“The property is currently vacant, partially treed, partially cleared and is situated on an east facing hillside with modest to steep slopes. Unpaved access has been roughed in from Schunter Drive and Gallon Avenue, however unauthorized vehicular entry is blocked.”