Applicant asked to consult first on bid to develop Ash Street site
A proposal to build six “affordable” single-family houses on a site once eyed for an addictions recovery house has been put on hold after neighbours complained to city hall.
City staff had recommended approval of a pilot project at 8180 Ash St. to build six “affordable” single-family houses on the 25,069-square-foot lot.
The plan doesn’t require rezoning, but the Provincial Rental Housing Corporation, which is BC Housing’s land holding company, is requesting variances to squeeze six lots on the site, which is surrounded by other single-family homes. The houses would be made available to first-time homebuyers with a maximum income of $61,233.
But neighbour Brad Wang told the city in a letter the application was proceeding “so quickly and secretively without proper public consultation.”
Other residents had a similar message.
“We are extremely disappointed and frustrated on the lack of information on the intended use of this subdivision and without any consultation with the community,” said Kenny Wong in a letter to staff.
Only residents living within 50 metres of the site were sent notification letters by mail, as per city policy. But staff are now suggesting the notification area be expanded and a second application sign be erected on the property.
Staff are also requesting the proponent host a neighbourhood meeting before the application is considered again.