Proposed Comox development referred to planning committee

A new development on McDonald Road was referred to the Town of Comox's Advisory Planning Commission following a presentation at Wednesday's council meeting.

The proposed development from Harold Long for 1651 McDonald Road consists of 26 single-family lots, one building strata and a park dedication.

The property is a 2.39-hectare parcel located at the intersection of McDonald Road and Noel Avenue.

A rezoning application, development permit, development variance permit and a 10-per-cent highway frontage exemption was submitted as part of the proposal for comment by the commission.

Currently, the property is zoned R 3.3 — single-family/second suite - large lot. The new comprehensive development zone for the strata lot is proposed to accommodate the irregular shape of the property.

In addition, the frontage variance is also for the strata lot; the Local Government Act specifies a minimum parcel frontage of 10 per cent of the lot perimeter. Council may grant an exemption by resolution.

The proposed strata lot will have a 16-metre frontage.

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A crosswalk project at Comox Avenue and Ellis Street will be sent out for tender again in early spring 2013 with an increased budget.

Council approved the crosswalk project as part of its five-year capital plan with works to be completed in 2012.

The project included the installation of approximately 80 metres of concrete curb, gutter and sidewalk along the west side of Ellis Street between Beaufort and Comox Avenue, and a crosswalk, following a recommendation of the Town's 2011 transportation study.

The project was originally sent to tender this summer with two contractors submitting bids, both projecting costs higher than the budgeted $58,000.

The budget will be increased to $85,000 and retendered next year.

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