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#41 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 07 May 2022 - 01:45 PM

They are also asking for the creation of yet another unique zoning designation that exists nowhere else.

Municipalities can’t help themselves, growing the list of zoning.

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#42 Mike K.

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Posted 07 May 2022 - 02:03 PM

It speaks more to the reality of the situation than the terms of the plans. If the plans are unworkable, why do we even have them?

We’re already being told by developers the missing middle plan in the CoV is unworkable. Are these plans just conduits for extracting amenities from future residents, then, by forcing variances or special zones?

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#43 GaryOak

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Posted 07 May 2022 - 03:10 PM

Things are only going to get worse in terms of traffic, housing, inflation, and the doctor shortage until the federal and provincial governments step in and take measures which some would consider draconian, in terms of mass rezoning along with transit funding, and giving massive rental subsidies to doctors, construction workers, teaches, and other professions that are desperately need to keep a functioning society running. Soon the only people who will be left will be cops who can set their own pay and don't do anything to stop crime.

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#44 LJ

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Posted 07 May 2022 - 06:40 PM

So what would you prefer to see? Maybe something more like those newer three-story projects that are along Shelbourne closer to Haultain?

How about a "Sorry, We're Closed" sign at the city entrance.

 

People want to move here because of what it was, not what it is about to become.

 

Build all the infill projects, build more high rises, stuff more people into the same space and soon people will want to be moving out.

 

Build more cities and communities.


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#45 aastra

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Posted 07 May 2022 - 07:01 PM

The more people that move into a place, the more people that will want to move out of a place? That sounds like a self-correcting situation.



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Posted 09 May 2022 - 10:13 AM

It feels very, very silly to me that the SVAP caps out at four stories along one of the municipality's very few major roadways. We were building four storey lowrises the last time there was an actual big push for apartment building in the 70s, and we're not aiming any higher 50 years later? In the middle of a well-acknowledged housing crisis? Like if not along Shelbourne, then where? 


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#47 Mike K.

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Posted 09 May 2022 - 10:18 AM

Yeah, it's sort of backwards, isn't it?


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#48 corvus

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Posted 09 May 2022 - 10:19 AM

^ Read that in a tone of resignation, not outrage, since I don't actually expect better of Saanich. Still, from the perspective of this trained planner, 4 storeys seems like a pathetically low ask, particularly when you factor in the beating of public opinion that every project is going to take that will almost inevitably reduce its size.

 

4 storeys along this corridor just recreates the built form of the strip just north of Cook Street Village, which is hardly disruptive to the neighbourhood, backs right onto single family homes and, again, is old and established as hell. 


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#49 Mike K.

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Posted 09 May 2022 - 10:21 AM

You're not wrong, Corvus. The SVAP feels like a plan that started with great intentions, then was created in such a way as to make its mechanisms difficult to implement. I do think, though, that these plans can sometimes take a form that requires the developers to bring more goodies to the table in order for council to accommodate the viable project.


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#50 corvus

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Posted 09 May 2022 - 10:28 AM

"sometimes" lol

 

Yes, plans are typically systemically designed such that developers have to bring a whoooole lot to the table, generally through unpredictable one-off negotiations, in order to build an actually profitable project. Whether this is because planners just aren't trained to account for the economic realities of development or as an intentional strategy to wring more out of developers while still retaining neighbourhood goodwill, the end result is an unpredictable and frustrating development process while you try to figure out exactly which "goodies" council wants this time.


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#51 Mike K.

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Posted 09 May 2022 - 10:50 AM

Well, we try to give all parties the benefit of the doubt here but yes, it sure does look like many of the OCPs are by-design not all that practical to realize.

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#52 corvus

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Posted 09 May 2022 - 12:08 PM

I don't think this is an intentional or malicious conspiracy by any means - I'm confident that most individuals involved are generally well intentioned and trying their best.

 

Still though, the outcome pattern is noticeable. 


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#53 phx

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Posted 09 May 2022 - 04:47 PM

It is debatable if Shellbourne counts as a “major roadway”. Most is only two lanes, and the planners are trying to reduce the remaining 4 lane section to 2 lanes.



#54 Nparker

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Posted 09 May 2022 - 05:15 PM

Well it WAS a major roadway, but we know those are verboten in the core nowadays.

#55 max.bravo

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Posted 10 May 2022 - 05:20 AM

I guarantee it’s been identified as a major bikeway though.

#56 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 12 May 2022 - 10:56 AM

Supporters and opponents of a six-storey residential/commercial building proposal along Shelbourne Street will have another chance to speak their minds.

https://www.vicnews....public-hearing/

Edited by Victoria Watcher, 12 May 2022 - 10:57 AM.


 



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