Parksville council Monday approved a small-lot subdivision for Stanhope Road and Pym Street, beside Foster Park, but defeated another proposed for Pioneer Crescent.
Proposed for 779 Stanhope Road, at Pym Street, are 43 parcels on 5.4 acres (2.2 hectares).
Mayor Chris Burger said the development "is consistent with what we have here in that area," it complies with the Official Community Plan and it's close to Wembley Mall and schools.
He said he also likes that the properties are fee-simple and not strata, as are many such small-lot subdivisions.
Coun. Bill Neufeld said he initially liked the proposal and thought it suitable for the area but is concerned about where the city is putting small-lot developments and the infrastructure they will require.
His was the lone dissenting voice. Proposed for two adjacent lots at 625 and 633 Pioneer Crescent were 12 parcels on 1.11 acres (4,507 square metres).
Coun. Marc Lefebvre said that, unlike the Stanhope Road project, the Pioneer Crescent proposal had "a lack of compatibility" with "a crushing number of 12 homes" on two lots in a single-family residential neighbourhood.
Coun. Sue Powell, who declared her opposition when this was first proposed, said it's "too much in too small a space." Coun. Bill Neufeld called it "excessive density" and "out of character with the area."
Mayor Chris Burger said he also has "an issue myself with the compatibility of it."
Coun. Peter Morrison noted that there are some properties in the area that could use improving but he was undecided as to whether the proposal was an anomaly or a benefit.
He said he was swayed by speakers in opposition at a public hearing, and voted against it.
Coun. Al Greir and Coun. Carrie Powell-Davidson supported the Pioneer Crescent proposal.
Greir said small-lot subdivisions are the way of the future.
Pioneer Crescent is in "an older section of town," some of the lots are "extremely large," and "we're not getting the revenue out of those properties that we need," he said.
Powell-Davidson said that while all the speakers at the public hearing were against the proposal, the city also received many letters of support and the Advisory Design Panel was "very impressed."
While possibly not suitable for families, she said, the small-lot properties could be "good starter homes," close to downtown and close to the beach.
/ Coun. Peter Morrison said he was of two minds about the small-lot project proposed for Pioneer Crescent but was swayed by the opposition expressed by the public.;
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