Qualicum Beach to hold public hearing for 16 lot subdivision

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Qualicum Beach council will hold a virtual public hearing early next month regarding a proposed subdivision on Eaglecrest Drive.

The 16 lot development, proposed at 850 Eaglecrest Drive will consist of single-family homes, as well as homes with an additional suite, according to the town. 

Coun. Scott Harrison said the homes may not contribute to affordable housing, but he hopes the development will allow more seniors an opportunity to age in their homes if fear of long-term care homes lingers after the pandemic.

“I do see a lot of families where you have a single senior,” Harrison said. “Something like this is so their kids can have the house with their child and then you have the grandparent living in the secondary suit on the same property.”

Harrison said though only three councillors carried second reading to amend bylaws and allow the development, there was support from four members of council previously.

“This has been debated by council several times in the past,” he said. “There is a track record of support thus far.” 

Coun. Teunis Westbroek moved at council’s Jan. 13 meeting that the town requires the sub-division to be a bare land strata — he said he would benefit the town by requiring a strata council to provide services, such as road maintenance and snow removal.

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