Amendments to OCP subject to public hearings June 10

Pair of public hearings set for Monday, June 10, to discuss proposed rezoning for Christie Road and Second Avenue properties.

Ladysmith council has scheduled two public hearings for Monday, June 10.

At a council meeting May 6, councillors gave first and second reading to bylaws amending the Official Community Plan (OCP) and Zoning Bylaw that would facilitate a proposed five-unit townhouse development at 340 Second Ave. The property is currently zoned Industrial Zone.

Bylaw 1816 proposes to amend the Town’s OCP by adding a clause stating that “new locations for multi-family developments will generally only be achieved through density bonusing with the provision of amenities. Amenity contributions may include affordable housing, highly energy-efficient buildings, utilizing alternative energy sources, or other features that contribute to reducing the impacts of climate change.”

This bylaw also proposes to designate 340 Second Ave. as Multi-Family Residential.

A site-specific density bonus provision would permit 69 units per hectare (five residential units) subject to the building attaining a minimum Energuide 80 energy standard.

The public hearing will take place June 10 at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

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Another public hearing will be held June 10 at the same time for council to receive input regarding bylaws amending the OCP and Zoning Bylaw to permit light industrial use at 1201 and 1251 Christie Rd.

If approved, these bylaws would permit a building similar to the Home Hardware Building Centre and Oyster Bay Quay, as well as a variety of other uses, such as manufacturing, laundry, sale of building supplies and contractor’s workshop, explained Felicity Adams, the Town’s director of development services, adding the actual land use has not yet been determined.

Related to this proposal, Mayor Rob Hutchins asked staff to bring a report back about the possibility of closing off one end of Strathcona Road to cut off through traffic to the highway.

“When we redeveloped the highway at that time, Strathcona was never supposed to be opened up to the highway,” he said. “Now we have five residences along there, and now we have a significant connection to the highway with Christie Road.”