Esquimalt condo complex gets green light

Despite parking concerns, project a good fit in 'post-carbon economy': township

Despite facing a second public outcry over limited parking at a proposed condominium development, Esquimalt council has sided with progress.

About 50 residents, some in favour and some against a development to be built at the corner of Comerford Street and Carlisle Avenue, packed council chambers Monday night.

After being denied a development permit for a proposed mixed-used, four-storey condominium building last November, Victoria developer Leonard Cole cut the number of living units from 43 to 35 to improve the parking ratio.

His design now includes six visitor spaces, instead of the 12 the township typically requires, and 22 residential spots, down from 45 spaces.

Accompanying his paperwork was a list of 63 names of people who support his plans.

“We believe that moving forward into our post-carbon economy, this building is likely to be there for 70 years,” Bill Brown, Esquimalt’s new director of development services, told council.

There is evidence “our car-oriented society is starting to decline,” he said, suggesting that the parking restrictions this project poses today won’t be an issue in the future.

Council agreed and unanimously approved Cole’s project.

Coun. Lynda Hundleby acknowledged residents’ parking concerns, but said there may be other parking opportunities in the future with the development of the Esquimalt Village Plan.

More young people today aren’t reliant on vehicles to get around, she added.

“We are looking at a new way of thinking,” Hundleby said. “I’m glad to see that Esquimalt is willing to look at that and consider this, because I think it’s the way of our future.”

Comerford Street resident Kevin Youck conceded that in 50 to 75 years there likely won’t be the same parking pressures or such a heavy reliance on vehicles.

“But we’re not 50 to 75 years down the road right now,” he said. “I’m concerned with what’s going to happen this year, next year, 10 years down the road, 15 years down the road.”

Youck submitted a list with the names of 15 homeowners in the neighbourhood who are also worried that limited parking at the new building will result in fewer parking places along nearby side streets.

“I wonder where all these vehicles will go,” he said.

Work at the site at 521-529 Comerford St., where a single-level triplex is currently located, will likely begin this summer, Cole said. He hopes to wrap up construction by summer 2013.

emccracken@vicnews.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Victoria police are investigating after a person broke into and stole a vehicle from a Douglas Street car dealership on the morning of March 3. (Courtesy of Victoria Police Department)
Suspect sought after vehicle swiped from Victoria dealership

Suspect broke into Douglas Street dealership shortly before 5 a.m.

Cleanup happens after an overnight flood Monday damaged areas of the Oaklands Community Centre. (Facebook/Oaklands Community Association)
Greater Victorians offer flood of support to Oaklands Community Centre

Blown hot water tank Monday night leaves staff cleaning up soggy mess

Const. Mat Jones of the CRD Integrated Road Safety Unit joined a team of Saanich police officers and ICBC representatives cracking down on distracted driving at the McKenzie/Quadra intersection in Saanich on March 3. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
‘Leave the phone alone’: 40 distracted driving tickets issued in two hours at Saanich intersection

Saanich police, CRD Integrated Road Safety Unit crackdown on drivers’ cell-phone use

Victoria Police Department vehicle outside the headquarters building. VicPD (Black Press Media file photo)
Man arrested after Victoria restaurant worker punched, thrown to the ground

Police say woman was found lying on the sidewalk with non-life threatening injuries

This was the scene outside North Saanich’s Parkland Secondary School after an attempted but unsuccessful break-and-enter into the school torched an ATM inside of it. Sidney/North Saanich RCMP did not make any arrests and currently lack suspects as the investigation continues. Members of the public who may have witnessed something or possess other information can contact police at (250) 656-3931 or to Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. (Submitted)
ATM at North Saanich high school torched during early morning break-and-enter

Police dogs searched the exterior and interior of the school

Health Minister Adrian Dix looks on as Dr. Bonnie Henry pauses for a moment as she gives her daily media briefing regarding COVID-19 for British Columbia in Victoria, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
7 additional deaths and 542 new COVID-19 cases in B.C.

Provincial health officials reported 18 new COVID-19 cases linked to variants of concern

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of March 2

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

(Black Press Media file photo)
POLL: How’s your butter?

Recent reports have some Canadians giving a second look to one of… Continue reading

Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson (Office of the Chief Justice)
Judge questions whether B.C.’s top doctor appreciated right to religious freedom

Lawyer for province says Dr. Henry has outlined the reasons for her orders publicly

A sample of guns seized at the Pacific Highway border crossing from the U.S. into B.C. in 2014. Guns smuggled from the U.S. are used in criminal activity, often associated with drug gangs. (Canada Border Service Agency)
B.C. moves to seize vehicles transporting illegal firearms

Bill bans sale of imitation or BB guns to young people

The City of Duncan will implement a new pilot project targeting vandalism this spring. (File photo)
Graffiti trouble? Duncan will give you the brush and the paint to remove it

Intiative based on a successful project to protect Port Alberni from unwanted spray paint

BC Housing minister David Eby is concerned that Penticton council’s decision to close a local homeless shelter will result in a “tent city” similar to this one in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / Black Press file)
‘Disappointed and baffled’ B.C. housing minister warns of tent city in Penticton

Penticton council’s decision to close a local homeless shelter could create tent city, says David Eby

The first of Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s long-range maritime patrol aircraft—the Dash-8—becomes operational. (Photo supplied by PAL Aerospace)
Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s new De Havilland Dash-8-100 long-range surveillance air craft is capable of staying aloft for eight to 10 hours for a variety of missions up and down the B.C. coast. (Photo supplied by PAL Aerospace)
New plane will double DFO’s surveillance capacity in B.C.

The Dash-8 will fly out of Campbell River for enforcement, conservation missions

A recently published study out of UBC has found a link between life satisfaction levels and overall health. (Pixabay)
Satisfied with life? It’s likely you’re healthier for it: UBC study

UBC psychologists have found those more satisfied with their life have a 26% reduced risk of dying

Most Read