A development proposal for a six-storey, 87-unit residential rental and commercial building at Shelbourne Street and McRae Avenue is coming under fire from area residents, as Saanich council prepares to discuss the project on Monday (May 9).
The Abstract Developments project at 1641-1647 McRae Ave. and 3226 Shelbourne St. is the latest redevelopment in the area to be considered. Not only are the six storeys two more than called for in the block under the district’s Shelbourne Valley Action Plan, but some say the proposed height doesn’t fit with the neighbourhood – it would back onto single-family homes on nearby Browning Street.
Timmons said the parking variances requested for the proposal are also concerning as they would mean no spaces for visitors rather than the 27 required under existing zoning, and 70 resident spaces, down from the required 131. The proposal calls for four commercial spaces in the parkade – zoning calls for 10 – to be shared with visitors.
Michael Kory, an environmental scientist and college professor and 33-year resident of Browning Street one block over, has general objections to Saanich’s approach to increasing housing options, and questions how the development proposal will benefit the neighbourhood “from an environmental, social and economic standpoint.”
“How is this development filed under the category of environmental sustainability and greenhouse gas reduction?” he asked.
The meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. on Monday.
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 07 May 2022 - 12:10 PM.