Updated: Jun 21
The DRA LUC has reviewed the application for the proposed rezoning and hosted a CALUC meeting on October 11, 2018 for the above-mentioned application. Based on the information presented by the applicant, the purpose of the rezoning is to construct a 16 storey 173 unit purpose built rental building with 5000 square feet of commercial space at grade. Parking will be provided in excess of Schedule C requirements.
Since the CALUC meeting took place, it is understood that the applicant is now seeking to be relieved of Community Amenity Contributions (CACs) required under the Density Bonus provisions of the OCP. The DRA LUC feels there is an essential need for all developments to contribute to the provision of amenities in order to accommodate the significant population increase in the downtown. Currently the funding of these essential amenities has fallen far behind the need. The applicant represented that the proposed building would be the same quality and finishes as the Hudson Walk 2. The applicant has a strong record of constructing market rental buildings of decent quality that increases much needed rental inventory while providing adequate parking on site. The DRA supports high quality development that provides much needed rental accommodation in the Downtown Harris Green neighbourhood while complying with the City of Victoria’s core planning policies.