Fernwood Village project clarified by proponent

City of Victoria staff didn't reject project out of hand, proponent says

Re: Housing Project blends teamwork and community (News, Aug. 31)

We appreciate the coverage of the Fernwood Urban Village cohousing project.

The information on the scope of the project was generally correct about our development, mentioning the energy efficient factors such as green roofs, solar panels, organic gardens, etc.

What needs to be clarified in the article is the perspective of the City of Victoria on the project.

While it is true that city staff did not recommend the project, it is because they cannot approve any development that doesn’t conform to current municipal guidelines.

To achieve our goals of sustainability, we have exceeded the density ceilings for this particular area of Fernwood. As a result staff is prevented  from recommending us, even though privately they admit they are supportive.

Our plan is seen as advanced thinking and a model of low impact affordable housing.

Politically, city councillors have been encouraging. Our neighbours in Fernwood are supportive, and many members of the pubic who have viewed the plans have voiced their approval.

The project is innovative, exciting, as well as a smart and satisfying way of living. Learn more about us at FernwoodUrbanVillage.ca.

Bill McKechnie

Fernwood Urban Village

Victoria

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