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North Cowichan Endorses Revised Affordable Housing Concepts
April 19, 2018
(April 19, 2018, North Cowichan, BC) North Cowichan Council continues to move forward on two, municipally-sponsored affordable housing projects with endorsement of revised concept plans for projects at 3191 Sherman Road and 9800 Willow Street.
The revised concept plans will make these projects even better: they feature more green space, more communal space, more light, and better layouts. With the new designs, the Sherman Road site will accommodate up to 44 townhouses and 51 apartment units, while the Willow Street site will include between 21-24 apartment units. Together, the two projects will create a total of 116-120 units. The updated designs can be viewed at www.northcowichan.ca/affordablehousing.
Council is excited about the revised concept plans for these two projects, and is thrilled to see them moving forward, says North Cowichan Mayor Jon Lefebure. These projects will provide a local example of how innovative design can be used to build attractive, liveable, and affordable urban housing.
Council has been working forwards these projects for some time. In 2015, Council entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Community Land Trust Foundation of BC (CLTFBC) to explore affordable housing opportunities on Municipal property. In 2016, Council rezoned 3191 Sherman Road and 9800 Willow Street to facilitate affordable housing projects. At the time of rezoning, preliminary concept plans were more conventional in style and would have accommodated around 64 units on Sherman Road and 18 units on Willow Street. In March 2018, CLTFBC provided updated concept plans to Council and received endorsement.
Currently, CLTFBC is seeking grant funding from BC Housing, which is necessary in order for these projects to be built affordably. At the same time, CLTFBC is preparing development permit applications for the Municipality, to further refine the design and ensure municipal requirements are met.
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Concept Plan illustrations can be found at: www.northcowichan.ca/affordablehousing
3191 Sherman Road:
- Pedestrian greenway between existing curling club and future apartment building
- Green space behind curling club
- Hidden parking covered by green space for residents between two rows of townhouses
- Windows on both sides of townhouses, creating interior light and openness
- Expansion of parking for curling club along west side of property
9800 Willow Street:
- Interior, central green space
- Windows on both sides of apartment units, creating interior light and openness
- 3 accessible units