On Tuesday, DWK council granted a hillside, form, character and landscaping development permit to allow the construction of 49 townhouse units on Shannon View Drive.
The project will include 49 stratified townhouse style units, clustered and contained within 10 structures.
Access to the units will be achieved by way of an internal strata road, which will provide a single access route into and out of the site.
The development will result in hillside modifications—in the form of cuts and fills—to approximately one third of the entire site. Blasting will be necessary in order to achieve many of the cuts required.
Mayor Doug Findlater questioned the effect the blasting might have on adjacent properties.
The applicant, Keith Funk of New Town Planning and Architecture Services, said that the blasting is the most important issue that they are dealing with.
“We did come to a strategy to assist with clarity of how we would manage the blasting on the property. There is a requirement, within the motion, to install another monitor on the property adjacent to Shannon View Villas so that we can monitor any movement in that area,” said Funk.
“It is very possible to do what we need to do with the property without causing damage.”
Coun. Rick de Jong said he was concerned that the 12.5 per cent road grades on the strata road may prevent emergency response vehicles from accessing the uppermost portion of the site during winter months.
Funk said that the 12.5 per cent road grade is very close to the Master Municipal Construction Documents Association’s recommendation of a maximum 12 per cent road grade for access to a multiple family development.
“We came to what we thought was a good compromise. The strata would be responsible at looking after the quality of the maintenance of the road,” said Funk.
He also pointed out that each of the buildings will be sprinklered.
Coun. Carol Zanon’s concerns echoed those of de Jong’s.
“I don’t think we can get away without having some kind of a plan in place for emergency vehicles. We have to know what that will be before construction,” said Zanon.
Zanon and de Jong were the only councillors to oppose the development permit approval in a 5-2 vote.
There had been three previous applications for development of the property: All of which were unsuccessful.