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Use: townhome
Address: 1712-1720 Fairfield Road
Municipality: Victoria
Region: Urban core
Sales status: in planning
Fairfield Green is a proposal to build 20-units of townhomes in the 1700-block of Fairfield Road in the City o... (view full profile)
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#121 MarkoJ

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Posted 09 October 2019 - 12:28 PM

The City of Victoria is being sued over the decision to approve this project. A Fairfield resident is asking the BC Supreme Court to overturn the approval based on height concerns and contravention of the community plan: https://www.timescol...ject-1.23969871

 

Wow....some people have way too much time on their hands.


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#122 PPPdev

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Posted 09 October 2019 - 12:36 PM

Our site is in Gonzales, the Fairfield Neighbourhood Plan doesn't apply. The governing document is the OCP 



#123 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 09 October 2019 - 12:44 PM

oh well he got 61 people to pitch in over $9000 so maybe he's just sort of the engineer that can spearhead this effort on behalf of the neighbourhood.



#124 IPH

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Posted 09 October 2019 - 01:02 PM

The Fairfield Plan is in draft form, here is the latest version (.pdf)

 

https://engage.victo...d-plan-july2019

 

 

So I guess it comes down to whether you believe 1720 Fairfield is close enough to be considered part of the Fairfield Plaza urban centre.

 

I just can't see a judge looking at these documents and saying a three storey building is explicitly forbidden. 

 

The spirit of both the OCP and Plan hinge on preserving SFD neighbourhoods by densifying urban hubs. A border case like this has a lot of room for interpretation and I don't understand how a court can resolve it.

I suspect his argument will be the Fairfield plan is irrelevant as 1720 Fairfield road is located well into the Gonzales neighbourhood.  The original plan was to have a combined neighbourhood plan for Fairfield/Gonzales.  But the Gonzales residents were so rabid about absolutely no change, that the City caved and split Gonzales off from Fairfield with the intention of developing a separate plan for that area which they have not made any progress on. 

 

As for the OCP allowing up to 3 storeys on secondary arterial roads this is true but Fairfield is a secondary collector road, not a secondary arterial road so that argument for 3 storeys may be difficult.

 

Having said all that, Council has the authority to amend the OCP & exercise that authority fairly regularly, so I would bet the lawsuit will fail. 

 

Guess I should have read all the posts before commenting, PPPdev already spotted that the site is in Gonzales! 


Edited by IPH, 09 October 2019 - 01:05 PM.


#125 Rob Randall

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Posted 09 October 2019 - 01:37 PM

I forgot about the split between the Czech Republic and Slovakia, er, sorry, I mean Fairfield and Gonzales.

 

Here is an excerpt from the Gonzales Plan:

Along Fairfield Road, the plan envisions more people living in small apartment
buildings and townhouses to support frequent transit and nearby urban villages
and parks:
• Create limited opportunity for small apartment buildings (up to 3 storeys) and
townhouses along Fairfield Road between St. Charles Street and Foul Bay

Road
 

Designating a new small urban village at Fairfield Rd and Lillian St/Wildwood
Ave
to support businesses and mixed use buildings along the frequent transit
route

 

 

That's two specific references that would support this proposal. How can this case possibly win unless I am missing something in the OCP that overrules that?


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#126 Rob Randall

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Posted 09 October 2019 - 01:49 PM

Here's the Wildwood/Lillian intersection identified in the Gonzales plan as a desired site for densification as mentioned above:

 

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I'd hate to lose the Hollywood Pet Centre building, the two structures in the middle of the photo. I think they bring a lot of character. The yellow house on the right with the pet clinic can go. The properties in question are near the moving van on the left.


Edited by Rob Randall, 09 October 2019 - 01:51 PM.

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#127 IPH

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Posted 09 October 2019 - 02:20 PM

Good catch Rob, I didn't look at the Slovakia constitution, just knew it was not part of the Czech republic!   Either way I agree with you that the legal challenge will fail.

 

Also concur the yellow pet clinic is an eyesore, but the two White buildings deserves preserving just not sure how long they will last.  The pet store that use to be located in the white building right on the corner has closed and the store front is empty.  Hope they can find a tenant to fill it soon its a great spot right across the street from the park and tennis courts.  Once Rodo gets built, it could be a great spot for a coffee shop, small restaurant, or even a small pub as long as it has more character than the Ross Bay!


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#128 Casual Kev

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Posted 09 October 2019 - 08:26 PM

The City of Victoria is being sued over the decision to approve this project. A Fairfield resident is asking the BC Supreme Court to overturn the approval based on height concerns and contravention of the community plan: https://www.timescol...ject-1.23969871

 

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