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Public meeting Dec. 2 on zoning changes for Carriage Gate project

View from Elizabeth St of medical centre/parking structure/condo at Caroline/John/Maria/Elizabeth streets. Zoning approvals have lapsed.
View from Elizabeth St of proposed office/medical /parking/condo development at Caroline/John/Maria/Elizabeth streets.

Mon. Dec. 2, 6:30pm, City Hall, Council Chambers

As part of the approval of the 6-8-story office/medical, 6-8 storey parking garage and 17 storey condo complex at Caroline/John/Elizabeth/Maria, Carriage Gate agreed to upgrade the hydro capacity and bury the hydro wires. This agreement was to be executed as part of the zoning approval.

The purpose of the Dec. 2 public meeting is to approve the change to the zoning for the project, and make the hydro upgrade/burial a condition of zoning approval, which would lapse March 24, 2014 if not signed.

The changes are captured in a staff  to be heard at a public meeting embedded in the Development & Infrastructure Committee meeting of Dec. 2 (Item #10). Agenda and reports are available here

A revised timeline for the project is also included, which call for all agreements to be signed by the developer before the end of the year, with the site plan review beginning in February and lasting for about 12-18 weeks. The goal is to issue a building permit for the project sometime in the spring of 2014.

My Take: The change appears to be largely about process, rather than content, as the original agreements regarding hydro are still part of the zoning conditions. However, I will be seeking clarification from staff on this point.

I was inspired to seek public office because I believe, like so many of you, “I can do something about that” on the issues we face. As councilor, my role is to take a stand on what’s best for residents and go to bat for it. Pushback is inevitable from those who don’t have the community’s interests at heart. I will stand with you and for you, to achieve the best interests of our city, without caving to unacceptable compromise in the name of consensus.

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