A 195-unit residential complex on Green Road, located just south of Cowichan Commons, is one of three residential development projects that has been given a green light to proceed from the Municipality of North Cowichan. (Submitted graphic)

North Cowichan approves projects for hundreds of new residential units

More than 300 housing units to be constructed

North Cowichan is moving forward in efforts to deal with the ongoing housing crisis in the municipality.

Council approved three development projects at its meeting on Dec. 6 that could provide up to 326 new residential units in North Cowichan.

Council also adopted amendments to its zoning bylaw to allow attached secondary suites on about 2,300 properties in the municipality for the first time.

Housing availability and affordability is a major issue across the province, with all levels of government grappling with the increasing demand for affordable-housing types.

“We are grateful and excited to see the increase in applications for multi-family development projects in North Cowichan,” said Mayor Jon Lefebure.

“We hear from residents on a regular basis about how difficult it is to find housing for themselves or their children, and approving these projects is a significant step towards diversifying our housing stock.”

FOR RELATED STORY, CLICK HERE

Now that zoning changes have been approved by council, the project’s proponents can seek development and building permits from the municipality.

The largest of the residential projects approved at the meeting is a 195-unit complex on Green Road, located just south of Cowichan Commons.

The mixed-use development on the 5.2-hectare site is a project by the Green Road Development Company.

The site will see the construction of 15 units of two-storey townhouses, nine units of single-storey townhouses, and 45 units within a four-storey condo building.

As well, the project includes 126 units in a five-storey building with a social centre, shared kitchen and professional offices on the main floor.

The second largest project is a four-storey, 112-unit apartment building at 6472 Paddle Rd., located just north of Cowichan Commons.

The building, which will be pet-friendly, is planned to be largely two-bed, two-bath units, with some three-bed, one-bath units.

The third project is a 19-unit townhouse development at 3248 Sherman Rd.

The development, that was proposed by Alan Lowe Architect Inc., will be located across from the Sherman Road Soccer Park.

Changes to the bylaws around secondary suites will also allow thousands of attached secondary suites in numerous residential neighbourhoods — including those zoned R2, R2-A and R3 — in the municipality for the first time.

“R” zoning refers to residential housing and the specific zones targeted are those with housing large enough to accommodate secondary suites.

Just Posted

Board declines to see new information in controversial Cowichan Bay rezoning

CVRD board now prepared for consideration of third reading and adoption

3 Cowichan salmon projects get $7,400 grants

The funds came from the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s Community Salmon Program

Crasa explodes to help Caps take three points

Cowichan falls in shootout at home, beats Kings in Powell River

Brothers in Cowichan Valley win big in lottery for 2nd time

Playimng same numbers net big wins over a three year period

Two Cowichan Tribes families devastated by duplex fire

Carla Sylvester sat in her vehicle, on Tuesday morning, with tears in… Continue reading

VIDEO: #MeToo leader launches new hashtag to mobilize U.S. voters

Tarana Burke hopes to prompt moderators to ask about sexual violence at next debate

Potent power play paces Canucks to 5-1 win over Detroit

Miller nets a pair as Vancouver wins third straight

UPDATE: British couple vacationing in Vancouver detained in U.S. after crossing border

CBP claims individuals were denied travel authorization, crossing was deliberate

After losing two baby boys, B.C. parents hope to cut through the taboo of infant death

Oct. 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day in B.C.

Cheating husband sues mistress for gifted ring after wife learns about affair

The husband gave his mistress $1,000 to buy herself a ring in December 2017

B.C. massage therapist reprimanded, fined for exposing patients’ breasts

Registered massage therapist admits professional misconduct

B.C. boosts legal aid funding in new payment contract

‘Duty counsel’ service restored in some communities, David Eby says

Rugby Canada helps recovery efforts in Japan after typhoon cancels final match

Canadian players wanted to “give back in whatever small way they could”

VIDEO: Bear spies on cyclists riding by on Campbell River street

Riders seem unaware the bruin is mere feet away on the side of the road

Most Read