A below market pricing development at 1950 John Rd. won’t go ahead until the OCP is changed

A below market pricing development at 1950 John Rd. won’t go ahead until the OCP is changed

NS not ready for higher density proposal

North Saanich halts John Road development of 11 unit building until OCP can be revamped

A plan for John Road will wait until the next review of the official community plan.

The new council had a crack at the application to amend zoning and the official community plan for a proposal for 1950 John Rd.

During a Nov. 14 meeting, the previous council sent the plan to add a second 11-unit building to the property to the advisory planning commission.

The developer has already received a permit to build a similar 11-unit housing development on the front half of the property located near the new North Saanich middle school.

Council agreed with the commission’s recommendation to defer the application until after the next review of the official community plan, slated for 2012.

“It is spot rezoning,” said Mayor Alice Finall “Spot rezoning is poor governance.”

Some discussion also surrounded the inclusion of a below market rate unit in the new development aimed at benefitting the district’s affordable housing goals.

Roger Tinney, the project’s planner, told the News Review that the expected selling price of the below-market 1,000-square-foot, two-bedroom unit incorporated into the design would be about $165,000.