June 21: public hearing on 1641-1647 McRae Ave. and 3226 Shelbourne St.

Although unable to verify via the District of Saanich web site, the Saanich News web site says the Abstract Developments proposal to redevelop the properties at 1641-1647 McRae Ave. and 3226 Shelbourne St. will be one topic of discussion at a Saanich hosted public hearing on June 21st.

A third public hearing involves a six-storey, mixed-use apartment building proposal from Abstract Developments in the Shelbourne Valley corridor, at 1641-1647 McRae Ave. and 3226 Shelbourne St.

The project, which calls for 87 units at market rate, would require a rezoning from single family dwellings to mixed use. The Shelbourne Valley Action plan calls for buildings up to four storeys in “centres,” and says higher buildings may be considered. Staff are recommending creation of a new C-16 commercial zone that allows for higher density and reduced setbacks.

The units range from studios and one bedrooms to one plus den and two bedrooms. The McRae corner commercial space envisions a cafe or similar retail business.

The plan calls for several parking variances, reducing resident spaces from the required 131 to 70, visitor spaces from the required 27 to zero, commercial spaces from 10 to four and off-street loading zone spaces from one to zero.

The public will have opportunities to speak in person, or online to any of the three proposals. Registration to speak must be done by noon June 21, by emailing council@saanich.ca and listing the meeting date, item and your phone number, or calling 250-475-5501. The meeting gets underway at 5 p.m. at the municipal hall.

Quote courtesy Saanich News, emphasis CCA
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