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Housing development updated

The District of North Saanich is getting closer to a final draft of an approvals process on a new sewer service expansion, caused by the proposed housing development at 9395 East Saanich Rd.

In an information brief to council Monday night, director of planning and community services Mark Brodrick said the draft is expected in a couple of weeks. As well, other details being worked out with the proponents. Brodrick was commenting after Councillor Craig Mearns asked for an update.

His request was opposed by Mayor Alice Finall, who said she didn’t feel it was appropriate to add it to the committee of the whole agenda. Committee chair Dunstan Browne, however, allowed it to be added.

Acting chief administrative officer Patrick O’Reilly said the petition will be up to the proponent to put forward and the district would see it followed through. He said at this point it’s difficult to see how it would go when it comes time for residents to respond.

A development agreement is also in the works, added Brodrick.

“Staff needs to be comfortable with it, and then we need to seek the developer’s approval. Then, we put it before council for its endorsement.”

Winning that, Brodrick said the agreement would proceed to a public hearing. If it survives that test, the agreement would be put on the property’s title before any move toward a development permit application.

“How long will all that take?” asked Mearns.

Brodrick said it’s “very, very close.”

Mearns added it’s up to council to find out this sort of information, to have excellent discussion so that everyone can find out what’s going on.”

 

 

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