Public meeting planned for housing proposal

Public meeting planned for housing proposal

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Lyonel Doherty
Oliver Chronicle

A public meeting will soon be held to get feedback on an affordable housing proposal at 5931 Airport Street.

On Monday, Town council gave first reading to a proposal for 46 units designed for families, seniors and people with disabilities.

The property in question is a section of land directly behind Oliver Place Mall.

It is proposed that the zoning be amended from commercial highway to high-density (multi-family) residential.

Council plans to carry forward the current building height limitation of 14.7 metres, along with existing on-site vehicle parking requirements.

The applicant states the comprehensive plan supports the Town’s vision of improving the availability of safe, affordable housing that “ensures social, economic and physical health outcomes.”

Contract planner Chris Garrish told council that the proposal is consistent with the goal of diversifying housing stock in Oliver and providing accommodation that is affordable.

Garrish said a public information meeting is being scheduled by the applicant prior to council’s second reading of the bylaw.

The applicant told council they are hoping to host the meeting sometime between July 22 and August 26.

Councillor Aimee Grice said she spoke to the director of housing for the Kiwanis Club, who indicated they have 11 family units with little to no movement on their wait list.

She noted the wait time can be 15 to 20 years, adding that people are basically staying in those homes until they age out.

“Right now the wait list for seniors with Kiwanis is between 25 and 30 (years), and for families between 40 and 50, so I think we have a pretty dire need for affordable housing here.”