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New development pitched for Tsawwassen corner

The previous proposed development required an OCP amendment, but the new proposal would adhere to the proposed new OCP
Several residents in the area conveyed opposition to a previous application to build a new multi-storey office and retail building at the site.

A new development application has been submitted for properties at the corner of 12th Ave. and 53A Street in Tsawwassen.

A planning department update to council on new applications received includes a rezoning and subdivision proposal for a five-storey, mixed-use building at 5360, 12th Ave. and 1146, 1156 and 1170 53A St.

The building would have commercial space as well as 65 apartment units, including six lock-off units. A lock-off unit is one that can be divided into separate spaces, usually to rent out separately.

According to the planning department, the proposal is consistent with the Neighbourhood Centres & Corridors (NC) designation in the proposed new Official Community Plan (OCP).

An application had previously been considered to build a new 3.5 storey office/retail building at the site.

Following a public hearing last July, council unanimously voted to reject the proposal, preferring the site focus more on residential uses. The proposal had also been a controversial one for neighbours who argued the building didn’t fit with the residential area.