The proposed development on the former Kampe estate is heading to a public hearing.
Council voted unanimously on May 4 for the project to go to a public hearing prior to making a change to the official community plan designation to allow two six-storey apartment buildings being proposed at 435 Green Avenue.
The city received 337 responses over the March 17 to March 19 public engagement period regarding the proposed OCP change.
“It was great getting the feedback from the surrounding area. I can’t say it was a great surprise. I am interested in hearing from the rest of the community, because, of course, we have to do what’s in the best interest of the entire community,” said Coun. Katie Robinson.
Over two-thirds of those who responded either oppose or strongly opposed the development.
The developer took into account the feedback, and made some changes, including reducing the number of units from 158 to 151, the number of parking stalls from 197 to 191 and increased the number tucked under the buildings to allow for more landscaping.
“The people that were going to be affected by this are the people who were strongly opposed to this, and that’s a concern. That’s something we should be looking at,” said Mayor John Vassilaki.
If a building permit for the project is approved, the development cost charges for the property would generate more than $837,00 for the city.
The developer was required to get a review from a qualified environmental professional, with the report from that professional finding that the design would lead to a net gain in habitat.
Other concerns expressed by the public were the proposed density of the project, the traffic impact and the proposed change to the OCP that was only adopted two years earlier.
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