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Ladner Village townhouse plan to address privacy concerns

The site in Ladner Village has been vacant for some time
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The planning department says it has no concerns with the requested variances.

An application to construct three new townhomes on small vacant lots on 48B Street in Ladner Village moved a step closer to final approval, but won’t get the final nod from council until privacy issues are addressed.

Council at a June 28 public hearing agreed to grant third reading to the rezoning and subdivision proposal by Jeremy Stam of BURO47 Architecture Inc., on behalf of a numbered company which is listed as the owner, for the three-unit development located to the southeast of the intersection of 48 Avenue and 48B Street.

The three-storey units would be fee simple, which would result in no strata required.

Council agreed to move the application forward to allow the applicant to work with city staff to review the design to address privacy concerns raised by the one area resident who spoke on the application at the hearing, a neighbour owning a heritage house.

Final approval wouldn’t be granted until the issue was addressed.

Coun. Lois Jackson was the only one to vote to deny the application, saying the proponent should go back to the drawing board.

The property is currently zoned Apartment Residential, which means the property would be downzoned for the three townhouses.

A report to council notes that since the only adjacent property has a heritage house listed on the Delta Heritage Inventory, the opportunity for a lot consolidation to accommodate a more conventional townhouse development under a standard townhouse zone, or an apartment under the existing zone, is limited.

The site was the subject of a previous three-unit strata townhouse proposal which was considered by council in 2018 and denied following a public hearing.

Since that time, the ownership of the property changed.

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