Making density work for Rutledge

Public hearing adjourned after marathon session

By Kyle Slavin – Saanich News

Saanich council will next Tuesday readdress a 42-unit apartment complex with commercial space that stalled following a marathon public hearing this week.

Coun. Dean Murdock said he was “disappointed” at the level of committment from the developer to capitalize on alternative transportation opportunities in the neighbourhood around Cloverdale Avenue at Inverness Street.

“This complex is in a great location, near quality public transit … and in close proximity to the Galloping Goose. The proponent could’ve taken better advantage of that by promoting alternatives,” he said.

Transportation is a key issue for councillors and residents who spoke, as there are concerns surrounding increased traffic and street parking in the area due to a 16-stall parking variance being requested.

Murdock said he’s also disappointed that there will be no affordable housing units offering in the complex. Instead, the developer will contribute $63,000 to the municipal housing trust fund.

There was also consternation, Murdock said, among councillors, that the applicant was ambiguous in committing to specific ecologically sustainable features for the complex.

The public hearing reconvenes Tuesday (Aug. 17) at 7:30 p.m. at Saanich municipal hall.