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Public hearing for development proposal

Apr 15 2012

A major new development proposed for Victoria's border with Oak Bay will go to public hearing.

Abstract Developments wants to build 21 new residences over 600 square metres of ground-floor commercial space on the Victoria side of the border at Oak Bay Avenue and Foul Bay Road.

The four-storey development, which has the blessing of Oak Bay council, would have mezzanine storage and office space, underground parking for 26 cars and surface parking for 10, a reduction from the 54 spaces usually required.

Councillors unanimously supported sending the proposal to hearing.

City staff recommended against it, saying it is inconsistent with the density and height specifications of neighbourhood planning documents and with the area's designation in the draft official community plan.

But they said that has to be tempered by the fact that a development of this type has long been sought for Oak Bay Avenue and might generate other such development in the area.

Mayor Dean Fortin said he looks forward to hearing from the community.

"Generally, council has looked forward to developments of this nature within that area but have been unable to accomplish it because of some of the restrictions that have been put in place," Fortin said.

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