The three options the University of Victoria presented to soften the look of its parking garage. The first option is for a 'fin' wall with vertical panels

UVic’s contentious parkade plan back before council Oct. 4

UVic's original plans were rejected in August after councillors characterized the proposed 505-stall concrete parking garage as too big, ugly and in the wrong place on campus.

The University of Victoria’s updated plans to build a sports complex and contentious six-storey parkade will be back before Saanich council on Tuesday (Oct. 4).

UVic’s original plans were rejected in August after councillors characterized the proposed 505-stall concrete parking garage as too big, ugly and in the wrong place on campus.

Earlier this month the university held an open house for residents to get a better picture of the entire scope of the project, though attendees were more concerned about the traffic and visual implications of the parking garage.

“We ask for a hold on this project by Saanich council,” Elizabeth Borek, president of the Cadboro Bay Residents Association, said this week.

She said there hasn’t been enough consultation with neighbours or community associations – and one four-hour open house is not sufficient to gauge the ramifications of such a large project.

As well, she wants UVic to provide surrounding neighbourhoods with a more comprehensive plan detailing how all their current plans – the sports faciilty and parkade, the rezoning of the Queenswood property, any changes to transit – would impact neighbours.

“The neighbourhood associations ask Saanich council to (require) the university conduct a comprehensive, consultation process on all their near future plans,” Borek said.

Saanich council will discuss the issue Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at municipal hall (770 Vernon Ave.).

kslavin@saanichnews.com

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