Proposed changes to White Rock building rules up for perusal

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Proposed changes that would require developers to dig deeper if they want to build taller in White Rock's town centre are up for perusal.

Public information meetings are scheduled (Jan. 30 and Feb. 7) to present details of the density bonus/amenity contribution policy.

Mayor Wayne Baldwin announced last fall that "very bold" changes were in the works to require developers to make a “significant financial contribution” to the community in exchange for increases in height and density.

At the time, he told Peace Arch News that an increase to as much as $452 per square metre for bonus space – from $20 per square metre – was on the table. The jump was recommended in a report that was commissioned by the city to gain input on policy revisions.

The draft being presented at the public meetings puts the highest per-metre cost at $538 for developments within the town centre exceeding three storeys and/or gross floor area (FAR) of 4.0 to 5.4.

Rates kick in when the development exceeds three storeys and/or FAR of 1.75, and start at $108 per square metre.

The changes would remove "a lot of the uncertainty and speculation that surrounds development,” Baldwin said in his September State of the City address.

Outside the town centre, the amenity contribution is to be calculated on a project-by-project basis for proposed developments exceeding three storeys, the policy states.

It describes density bonus as "a realistic way of acquiring benefit for the community."

Tonight's meeting is set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the White Rock Community Centre (15154 Russell Ave.) The Feb. 7 meeting is to take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in council chambers, 15322 Buena Vista Ave.

Also on the agenda is a review of proposed amendments for the city's Official Community Plan, which implement recommendations to guide future development in the town centre.

The draft documents are available at city hall and online ( Written comments will be accepted until 4 p.m. Feb. 7.

Meetings regarding further proposed changes to the OCP and zoning are set for Jan. 31 (5:30-7:30 p.m. in council chambers) and Feb. 6 (5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Whtie Rock Community Centre).

For more information, call 604-541-2142 or 604-541-2155.


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