A development planned for the corner of Oxford Street and Marine Drive will go to a vote.

Redesigned Marine Drive development backed

Site is current home to White Rock Mufflers

White Rock council is to vote Monday on whether a contentious project proposed for the corner of Marine Drive and Oxford Street will go to public hearing.

Members gave support this week to moving the project forward, following word proponents have “significantly” redesigned it to fit within existing height limits.

“The applicants have responded to concerns of hillside residences and to the land use and planning committee by significantly reducing building heights and the scale of the project,” director of planning and development services, Paul Stanton, writes in a Sept. 12 report recommending changes to the Official Community Plan.

Georgia Laine Developments had asked for the amendments in order to construct Marine Terraces – a three-building residential/commercial complex on 1.14 acres between Buena Vista Avenue and Marine Drive, at Oxford Street, currently home to White Rock Mufflers.

The OCP amendments are needed to change the designations of two lots in the parcel from residential to commercial, which would increase the lots’ allowed height from 25 feet to 37 feet; a zoning amendment is to allow higher than the 37 feet on other lots that the existing commercial zoning allows.

Residents have voiced concerns about the project’s height since January, when the concept of building up to 15 storeys on the site was raised.

The project was scaled back twice, before the committee recommended in July that further efforts be made to keep heights on the two residential lots within existing zoning.

That has been done in the current proposal, Stanton said.

As a packed gallery listened, he and architect Tim Ankenman described a complex now proposed to include one four-storey apartment block, two three-storey townhouse blocks and a block of two-storey townhouses over at-grade commercial units.

The number of commercial units has been increased from seven to eight; total residential units  decreased from 90 to 67; and parking spaces reduced from 144 to 99. Ankenman said the project has become “a real sort of pedestrian-oriented proposal.”

Referring to previous concerns that a four-storey building would set a precedent on West Beach, Ankenman said the precedent already exists; Ocean Gardens, a complex next door to where Marine Terraces is proposed, is four storeys, he noted.

While the gallery was full of interested parties – including developer Robert Wilson and residents holding protest signs – members of the public were not invited to comment.

Stanton noted the project must still meet two prerequisites before final approval of any zoning amendment can be given: the applicants must enter a covenant to ensure balconies are not enclosed to create additional living space; and, as the site needs extensive soil remediation, a detailed site investigation must be completed to the satisfaction of the environment ministry.

If council votes to send the project to public hearing, that opportunity will take place in October, Stanton said.

 

Just Posted

Hazmat team called to Surrey recycling centre

Witness at scene said several workers reported affects including coughing, headaches and chest tightness

Surrey killer foiled by cops’ suspicion he was underage in a bar

Birinderjeet Singh Bhangu was shot dead outside the Comfort Inn and Suites Hotel on Fraser Highway

Community invited to help with Downtown Surrey BIA’s fence art project

Association is hoping to change the ‘narrative’ for 135A Street with artwork

Blaine railway stop contingent on international support: All Aboard Washington

Non-profit organizers look to residents of Surrey, White Rock and North Whatcom County

VIDEO: Plant-based burgers may not be as healthy as they seem

Both the Impossible and Beyond Burger have more saturated fat than beef burgers

B.C. mom to go to Europe court in hopes of getting alleged abducted daughter back

Tasha Brown alleges her estranged wife abducted their daughter Kaydance Etchells in 2016

Driver who killed B.C. motorcyclist receives absolute discharge

Chase family speechless following decision by BC Review Board

Lower gas prices slow annual inflation rate to Bank of Canada’s 2% bull’s-eye

Prices showed strength in other areas — led by a 17.3 per cent increase in the cost of fresh vegetables

B.C. moves to preserve 54 of its biggest, oldest trees

Fir, cedar, spruce, pine, yew set aside from logging

Report of dead body in B.C. park actually headless sex doll

This discovery, made at Manning Park on July 10, led police to uncovering two other sex mannequins

Grand Forks fire chief found to have bullied, harassed volunteer firefighter: report

WorkSafeBC, third-party human resources investigation looking into allegations complete

Dog recovering after being drenched in hot coffee, B.C. man charged

Man was taken into custody, charged, and released pending a court date

Taekwondo instructor, 21, identified as B.C. bat rabies victim

Nick Major, 21, an instructor at Cascadia Martial Arts in Parksville

Most Read

l -->