9800 Willow Street

April 2018: Council has endorsed a revised project concept plan. 

This updated design has more green space, more communal space, more light, and better layouts. Currently, the Community Land Trust Foundation of BC is seeking confirmation of project funding from the Province and pursuing a development permit to ensure Municipal requirements are met. This revised concept design includes between 21-24 apartment units, 3 of which are designed to be accessible. This building also includes approximately 3,200 square feet of ground-floor community space.

Please note: the images below are conceptual only. Building details, articulation, colour and materials are still to be determined through the development permit process.

Project Background

9800 Willow Street is owned by North Cowichan. A public information meeting was held on January 26, 2017 to provide information to the community and seek input and ideas. A summary of public input and the meeting materials is available below. On February 21, 2017, following a Public Hearing, Council rezoned the property from Public Use (PU) to a Mixed Use Commercial Core Zone (CD16) to allow for affordable housing to be developed on this property.

Council also designated approximately 3,000 square feet of ground floor space in the building for community use. In July/August 2017, the Municipality ran an expression of interest process [DOC - 170 KB] to seek applicants for use of the community space. At the end of that process, Council determined that the Cowichan Neighbourhood House Association and Chemainus Harvest House Society Food Bank would be good candidates for use of that space. Prior to considering any lease agreement with these parties, the Municipality has requested: a space needs assessment, a layout plan, and a budget for completion of the community space.

Original concept plans

The original concept plan included 18 apartment units in a more conventional, apartment building layout.