Monthly Archives: February 2011

Land Use & Planning

Last night we attended the monthly meeting of the White Rock Land Use & Planning Committee, where our subdivision / lot line adjustment application for the upcoming White Rock project was on the docket. We brought the 1/8 model of the project proposal for the committee’s viewing, and the project was well received. The planning department and the committee brought up their concerns about parking in the area, and we confirmed that each single-family home would have two individual off-street parking spots in order to prevent adding any more cards to the area. The committee was also reminded that we will actually be reducing the density of the site from 4 single family units to 2 single family units, thereby further reducing the number of cars that will be parked in the area.

We are proud to announce that our proposal was approved by the Land Use & Planning Committee, and that our next step will be a public hearing to be held on March 7th, at 7:00pm. We invite anyone who is interested in our project to attend, and anyone who attends is welcome to voice their support or concerns about our proposal.

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Developers Info Meeting

On February 9th we hosted a developer’s info meeting for the White Rock project. The meeting was well attended and we were pleased with the extremely positive reaction to the plan from area residents. Approximately twenty-five people attended the meeting, representing approximately sixteen households in the area. There were also three attendees who did not live in the area, but attended the meeting out of curiosity.

During the meeting we presented two different scenarios. Using a 1/8″ scale model we demonstrated what we could build on the site as it stands, and also demonstrated what we planned to build on the site should our application be successful.

Here is a summary of feedback received at the meeting:

  • complete support for the re-oriented lots & proposed massing / layout
  • support for the setbacks which preserve both view & light corridors
  • support for maintaining the “openness” of the corner at finlay & columbia
  • strong opposition for adding driveways along finlay, cited parking issues
  • support for accommodating 2 off-street parking spots for each dwelling
  • strong support for our desire to build LEED certified sustainable homes
  • strong support for the small footprint & reduced density / lot coverage as compared to the existing zoning

The only negative comments / feedback receive were as follows:

One attendee voiced concern over the amount of development in White Rock, and was against the project simply on the basis that she would prefer nothing changed, and did not support development of any kind. She does not live in the direct area, although she is a White Rock resident. In further conversation, this attendee did confirm that she preferred our proposed plan to the existing buildable scenario, but still would prefer to see nothing done.

Another concern was voiced by the direct neighbour on Finlay in regards to the proposed deck on the rear center of each dwelling. He felt that this balcony may pose a privacy issue to his family, depending on the placement. We agreed that we would remove this balcony and would revisit the issue with him personally as we drew closer to finalizing the design itself. They were in agreeance with this, and voiced strong support for the proposal.

The final concern came up a number of times and related to foliage & visibility on the corner of Columbia & Finlay. The existing trees on the site pose a large problem for residents of Finlay St. as they attempt to turn onto Columbia Avenue. These residents felt that the east/west orientation would cause even further problems with visibility on the corner, and they were very supportive of our proposal which “opens up” the corner. We also agreed to trim back /prune the existing trees, pending an arborists report.

From this point we are looking forward to the upcoming Land Use & Planning Committee meeting on February 14th (happy valentine’s day).

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