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Saanich approves townhouse development with no parking

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The single-family home on the corner of Richmond Road and Allenby Street will be replaced by a 9-unit townhouse complex with no on-site parking. This is a first for Saanich.

Saanich’s approval of the 9-unit townhouse project without on-site parking has been welcomed as signal times are changing in the municipality, prompting Saanich to take steps to address both the housing and climate crises. I am teaching.

Council this week unanimously approved a rezoning application to replace a single-family home on the corner of Richmond Road and Allenby Street with a nine-unit townhouse complex.

Typically, a 9-unit project requires 23 parking spaces. 18 are for residential units and 5 are for visitors, but no parking is proposed for the site at 2859 Richmond Rd.

Saanich said this is the first application not to provide parking approved by the city council.

Developer Urban Thrive says the small townhouse complex will cater to those opting for a car-free lifestyle. The site has storage space for 18 bikes and space for his 9 cargo his bikes and every resident receives his Modo car share his membership. Meanwhile, Allenby Street is planned to have a dedicated car-share space with charging units for electric vehicles.

“It was an overwhelming endorsement from the Saanich Council. I think this is a really positive and progressive tone for Saanich housing and climate policy this season,” Urban Thrive principal Julian West said in an interview. said in

West said the decision to approve the project shows the district’s willingness to look beyond the traditional housing model.

“That’s part of what we’re trying to achieve,” West said. “One of our missions is to be a catalyst for change and make people think a little differently about their housing and transportation options. For families, we can offer homes that are designed to fit their lifestyle at a better price.”

West said the location is ideal for car-free housing. Located on commuter cycle routes, close to the Foul Bay Road dedicated bike path and major bus routes along Richmond and Lansdowne Roads. It is also close to major destinations and facilities such as Royal His Jubilee Hospital and Hillside Shopping Centre.

The project was endorsed by several speakers at hearings this week, but neighbors said the project might be too big for a primarily single-family residential area, putting more pressure on street parking. There was concern.

During the meeting, the Camosun Community Association wrote to or appeared before the council, pointing out that it was impossible to enforce no parking rules on the residents of the project, saying it did not believe residents would not do so. It reflects the feelings of many people who have have a vehicle

Urban Thrive has a waiting list of 70 people for the project, according to West, whose job it is to best match buyers (ideally those with a car-free lifestyle) with available units. is to let

He also said they are doing everything they can to make life without a car as convenient as possible due to the location of the building and the amenities it offers.

Much of the opposition comes from fear of change, West said.

“I care about people. Change is really uncomfortable,” he said, but it’s a “good place” because residents love their neighborhood and want it to be maintained. He also said that he came from

Earl. Colin Plant said nine units simply aren’t that big. “It’s hard to believe that approving this project will somehow lead to the collapse of this community,” he said.

Plant also suggested that the project is an example of Saanich trying to find the “missing middle” housing option between single-family homes and high-rise buildings.

“This is a unique project to pilot in many ways. Given the balance across the municipality, I think this is a good direction,” he said. “And we know that if we want to change the climate emissions of our community, transportation and quality buildings are the way to do it.

Earl. Karen Harper added enthusiastic support, saying the timing was ideal given his twin crises of housing and climate.

She said a denser community means people don’t have to travel far for work and amenities and are less dependent on cars.

“We are working to increase housing diversity and this is part of expanding housing diversity,” she said. “There are not only single-family properties, but also townhouses and apartments, car-free options like this one.”

West said he doesn’t think other developers will start proposing projects with little or no parking. He said the larger development industry is still “pretty car-centric and they still look at us with a little bit of curiosity.”

“We’re appealing to a niche market, but it’s not small. One in five households in Victoria doesn’t have a car,” he said.

Work on the site will not begin for another six to nine months, and construction of the project is expected to take another 12 months after that.

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