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#1401 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 07 December 2023 - 03:09 PM

That little pocket was due. It’s a strange little spot, Transfer Street.

#1402 Mike K.

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Posted 13 December 2023 - 12:43 PM

75-unit rental completes in Sooke: https://victoria.cit...-charters-road/

 

From the Province:

 

Indigenous families, elders and people in Sooke now have access to 75 below-market homes, with the opening of a new purpose-built rental building at 2170 Charters Rd.

“With this opening, we’re providing peace of mind and hope for families and people who need a little extra help to make ends meet,” said Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Housing. “These new homes will not only provide safe places for them to live in, but also enable them to participate fully in the community without having to worry about very high rents.”

The new four-storey apartment building has a mix of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom homes. Thirteen units are rented at the provincial shelter rate for people with very low incomes. The building is also pet-friendly, allowing cats and small dogs.

This project is the result of a partnership between the Province, through BC Housing, the federal government, through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Capital Regional District, and M’akola Housing Society.

“Through the National Housing Strategy, we are investing in affordable housing across the country, including right here in Sooke,” said Sean Fraser, federal Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities. “I am proud that we supported these 75 new homes, which mark a new chapter for those who will live in them. Everyone deserves a safe place to call home and we are committed to making that a reality for all Canadians.”

M’akola Housing Society will operate the building and will prioritize Indigenous individuals, seniors and families for the homes. Non-Indigenous residents are also welcome. People started moving into their new homes in October 2023.
“These affordable homes are a tremendous help to people who are already struggling to get by,” said Ravi Parmar, MLA for Langford-Juan de Fuca. “Affordable Indigenous housing is needed all over the province. We are grateful to partners involved for bringing these homes to Sooke, so people can stay in the community they call home.”

This project is part of a $19-billion housing investment by the B.C. government. Since 2017, the Province has more than 77,000 homes delivered or underway, including 278 homes in Sooke.


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#1403 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 23 January 2024 - 11:06 PM

A plan to replace three single-family homes on Glanford Avenue in Saanich with a 28-unit townhouse complex is set to go to public hearing.

Saanich council Monday night unanimously endorsed sending to public hearing a proposal for the development at 4126, 4128 and 4130 Glanford Ave.

Coun. Colin Plant noted that the project requires a hearing, as it does not comply with the official community plan, which earmarks the area for single-family homes. “But townhouses next to a school with a large field behind it and transit in front of it, I think, gives us a lot to consider.”

Coun. Nathalie Chambers said if the proposal had been compliant with the OCP, it would have been an ideal project to bypass the public-hearing stage. “It’s exciting for me to see the evolution of Glanford Avenue,” she said.

The three-storey project requires rezoning and an OCP amendment.


https://www.timescol...hearing-8153338

Edited by Victoria Watcher, 23 January 2024 - 11:07 PM.


#1404 lanforod

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Posted 24 January 2024 - 08:10 AM

I don't think Glanford itself should be SFH. Townhomes, rowhomes seems to fit well. The road was supposed to be upgraded years ago, really should get moving on that.



#1405 Nparker

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Posted 24 January 2024 - 08:14 AM

Saanich needs to improve Glanford as a condition of approving any increased density in this area.

#1406 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 24 January 2024 - 08:15 AM

I don't think Glanford itself should be SFH. Townhomes, rowhomes seems to fit well. The road was supposed to be upgraded years ago, really should get moving on that.

 

Ya, it's right here.

 

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Too bad they cannot take some schoolyard too, all school yards are much larger than generally required these days.  I doubt there are organized sports like soccer taking place on both those fields at once, ever.


Edited by Victoria Watcher, 24 January 2024 - 08:16 AM.


#1407 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 24 January 2024 - 08:20 AM

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#1408 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 24 January 2024 - 08:21 AM

Saanich needs to improve Glanford as a condition of approving any increased density in this area.

 

Glanford is a spledid drive, I like it.  Is that corner store still at the top, I also used to like it.

 

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Uh, oh.

 

 

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Edited by Victoria Watcher, 24 January 2024 - 08:23 AM.


#1409 Nparker

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Posted 24 January 2024 - 08:24 AM

Saanich hasn't invested more than about $50 on Glanford in the past 40 years. It's long overdue.
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Posted 24 January 2024 - 08:39 AM

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Rental apartments, townhomes and commercial space proposed for Saanichton's Lochside Drive

https://victoria.cit...lochside-drive/


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#1411 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 24 January 2024 - 08:42 AM

^ Sounds fine.



#1412 lanforod

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Posted 24 January 2024 - 08:43 AM

That area is really building up, becoming a new mini town center.



#1413 lanforod

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Posted 24 January 2024 - 08:43 AM

If Costco had been built...


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#1414 Nparker

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Posted 24 January 2024 - 08:44 AM

I've never really understood the reason for giant front lawns on multi-unit rental buildings. It's not as though the residents use these spaces. They really just add maintenance costs.

#1415 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 24 January 2024 - 08:46 AM

I've never really understood the reason for giant front lawns on multi-unit rental buildings. It's not as though the residents use these spaces. They really just add maintenance costs.

 

Agree.  They don't even add any beauty or any significant buffer.  They have no good reason to exist.



#1416 aastra

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Posted 24 January 2024 - 12:12 PM

This apartment building near the Crystal Pool is begging for those kinds of changes...



#1417 Citified.ca

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Posted 29 January 2024 - 12:57 PM

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Sooke to add nearly 250 affordable and market rentals by mid-2024

https://victoria.cit...ntals-mid-2024/


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#1418 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 28 February 2024 - 09:01 AM

A key corner lot along Lochside Trail will be redeveloped as a six-unit subdivision, despite concerns it poses a threat to the rural nature of the Blenkinsop Valley and would add to existing traffic problems.

Council voted 7-2 to approve a rezoning application to allow six single-family homes at 4590 Lochside Dr., currently the site of a single 1956 house.

“This is a reasonable, moderate compromise from what was initially devised,” said Coun. Colin Plant, noting 12 single-family homes were pitched for the site several years ago.

“Any sort of development in this site is likely going to have some concerns from the public, and I share their concern.”

But Plant said district staff have said there will be safeguards for the Lochside Trail during construction and to ensure it does not spell the end of the agricultural Blenkinsop Valley.

https://www.timescol...n-light-8367094





Pretty sure 6 houses won’t kill the Valley.

Edited by Victoria Watcher, 28 February 2024 - 09:02 AM.


#1419 Nparker

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Posted 28 February 2024 - 09:03 AM

...Council voted 7-2 to approve a rezoning application to allow six single-family homes at 4590 Lochside Dr....

Racism lives! 


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#1420 Tony

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Posted 28 February 2024 - 01:22 PM

This redevelopment of a large lot property has been posted for years.

On the support side it is adjacent to current housing and opposite the local school.

On the negative side is the challenging access.  It is ALR and when do you stop chipping away at the edges.

Six houses seems reasonable. 



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