Comox council. Photo by Kim Stallknecht

Comox council. Photo by Kim Stallknecht

Comox council briefs: proposed subdivision, parklet program extended

A public hearing is set for Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at the d’Esterre House

Comox council will soon be turning to the public for feedback on a proposed new subdivision consisting of single-family, two-family and multi-family parcels.

At the Oct. 7 council meeting, councillors unanimously approved first and second reading on an Official Community Plan rezoning and amendment application and a rezoning and development variance permit application for 2309 McDonald Rd (Coun. Stephanie McGowan was not present due to a conflict of interest).

The proposed development includes 22 townhouses, four duplex lots (eight two-family dwellings), 13 single-family bare land strata lots and 40 fee simple single-family lots.

A proposed phased development agreement would allow for $68,469 to be contributed to the Town’s Affordable Housing Reserve Fund and $12,864 in amenity contributions to the Town’s Sewer DCC (development cost charges) Reserve Fund.

The property is currently a vacant lot, approximately 4.7 ha in size located between McDonald and Aspen Roads.

A public hearing is set for Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at the d’Esterre House at 1901 Beaufort Ave.

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Restaurants, coffee shops, breweries and pubs within the Town who wish to place temporary outdoor seating on existing on-site open space can continue to do so under the municipality’s temporary patio and parklet program.

Council unanimously approved an extension of the program until Oct. 31, 2021.

The program, which is now extended due to the significant impacts caused to the restaurant industry by COVID-19, will continue to have some restrictions, particularly a ban on structures that are constructed or placed on the property other than temporary seating, tables, fencing and serving facilities.

Council members inquired what that means for restaurants who want to add rain covers or outdoor heaters.

“We’re working with the businesses who want to do winterization on a case-by-case basis, so we’re going to be working with everyone – we don’t want to give blanket approval so that you can start constructing whatever you want, especially as they will be more permanent and substantial in nature,” noted Jordan Wall, the Town’s chief administrative officer.

He added when heaters are near plastic or glass, the Town needs to consider building code requirements that need to be met.

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