Abstract developments is proposing a series of townhomes next to Rainbow Park near MacKenzie.
Developer page here.
Snapshot of the townhome development below.
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3977 Rainbow Street
Address: 3977 Rainbow Street
Region: Urban core
Sales status: in planning
Posted 22 June 2021 - 09:17 PM
Several engagements with the local community have been completed and the Quadra Cedar Hill CA summary letter is here.
The main concerns focus on the significant increase in density for these lots and the worry on parking and traffic. There are only two vehicle entrances in the area and it seems it is quite busy with school pick up / drop off from St Andrew's nearby. However, the concern of 25 homes with two (!) vehicles seems like a remote possibility.
On the other hand, the proximity the Lochside Trail and transit hub at the McKenzie interchange would afford a lot of transportation alternatives. Families need access to more options and having these townhomes close to Rainbow Park (which has an amazing playground) would be awesome.
Posted 22 June 2021 - 09:22 PM
I think townhomes are very appropriate given the location advantages. There are a few multi-residential units in the area around Swan Lake on residential streets like Swan and Falmouth in addition to the other developments near Rainbow. See a few examples circled in purple below. This snapshot is from the 2001 Local Area Plan for Quadra, going on twenty years but still shows these other developments in the area. I also circled a newer development on Douglas street near the Rainbow area that was constructed after 2001.
It seems townhomes will be possible here but probably the project will get bogged down in what is acceptable for density for that area.
Feedback from the community led to a design change but it seems they didn't change the number of units. I think that reflects issues with the massive costs in development involved - not the least is land prices. Costs will still keep going up if there needs to be more and more design revisions. And higher house prices after all that, too
Posted 23 June 2021 - 05:25 AM
...The main concerns focus on the significant increase in density for these lots and the worry on parking and traffic....
Every. Single. Proposal.
Posted 01 February 2023 - 10:40 AM
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 01 February 2023 - 10:41 AM.
Posted 01 February 2023 - 10:44 AM
... Does that sound like a company that Saanich wants to use as its development partner?”
Once Saanich adopts MMHI, it will be.
Posted 02 February 2023 - 09:54 AM
I literally laughed out loud at this article - they want it cut BY HALF? and are using the decisions of a council A DECADE AGO to justify that? Come on buddy, do you hear yourself?
Posted 14 February 2023 - 05:36 AM
A townhouse development proposed for the Swan Lake neighbourhood will be back in the spotlight this week as Saanich reconvenes a public hearing to consider rezoning three residential lots for multi-family use.
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 14 February 2023 - 05:37 AM.
Posted 15 February 2023 - 07:05 PM
Fate of controversial Swan Lake townhouse project still up in the air
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 15 February 2023 - 07:05 PM.
Posted 01 March 2023 - 06:44 PM
The developer of a controversial townhouse project near Swan Lake has finally been able to get the green light from Saanich council.
Tuesday’s public hearing saw a split council voting five to four in favour of proceeding with the three-storey, 25-unit townhouse development that’s been met with intense opposition by the neighbourhood’s residents, with some demanding the project be reduced to 12 or 13 units.
Couns. Colin Plant, Judy Brownoff, Nathalie Chambers and Mena Westhaver echoed those concerns, voting to reject Abstract Developments’ application.
Edited by Victoria Watcher, 01 March 2023 - 06:44 PM.
Posted 02 March 2023 - 05:04 AM
Posted 02 March 2023 - 08:47 AM
This is why blank rezoning (such as the MMHI) that doesn't allow for neighbourhood input is dangerous. Local feedback can lead to a better outcome.
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