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Densification study deferred to 2012
Central Saanich council deferred the public input process for a Residential Densification Study until early 2012.
The Residential Densification Study is to address the concerns raised by neighbourhoods when proposals are submitted requesting increased density in the district. The district’s Official Community Plan notes that residents have expressed concerns about the impact of densification on their property and quality of life. The policy encourages council to undertake a process to develop a set of guidelines for rezoning, comparable to the Design Guidelines for Infill Housing and to give direction to potential developers and provide a sense of security for neighbourhoods.
“After meeting to discuss the timelines it was noted that due to the upcoming municipal elections, and in light of the fact that the project is an important community consultation that will not benefit from being rushed, council agreed with a recommendation to defer the public input process until early 2012,” said councillor Adam Olsen.