Telus filed an application to redevelop four lots on Inlet Avenue into a mixed-use complex with 60 rental residential units in the market. His request for 193 square meters of commercial space on the ground floor and five upper floors of residential and public works units was on the agenda for the September 8 Sechelt council meeting (after the deadline by Coast Reporter).
The location, between Cowrie and Dolphin streets, is the site of the company’s construction site and the Cozy Court Motel. The proposed new development would replace the motel and retain part of the existing Telus building.
Introducing the “Telus Living” app for its first public discussion, a staff report on the meeting agenda asks council to guide the drafting of the Official Community Plan (OCP) and zoning bylaw changes for proposal. He is also seeking council approval to forward the request to other agencies and neighboring landowners and to ask the requester to hold a public information meeting.
In their report, staff wrote: “The proposed development aims to address the critical housing needs identified in the report (2020 Sunshine Coast Housing Needs)”. Staff noted that the design includes smaller residential units that can meet the needs of seniors living alone or couples without children.
To facilitate Telus’ plan, an amendment to the OCP to double the permitted residential density of the property would be required. As proposed, the project would also require a 64% increase over the OCP levels established for the ratio of the total area of a building to the size of its lot.
The report recommends that council consider the impacts and benefits of the proposal against OCP’s goal of maintaining a “small-scale village character” for its downtown. He notes that the property is within the limits of urban containment, which OCP identifies as “a priority growth area”.
Although the general OCP provisions limit the height of downtown buildings to three storeys, staff identify that the request meets the conditions of an OCP policy that allows for a six storey building. These include being a non-riparian site and having a geotechnical analysis of the site that supports the height of the proposed building. The request also meets other policy criteria, including having terraced upper floors, not significantly shading adjacent properties, and receiving preliminary support from the fire department.
The staff report also states that the rezoning of the four lots into a site-specific comprehensive development area is recommended to regulate land use, reduce off-site parking requirements, and establish height, mass and setback limits. lots of buildings.
Staff estimate that if approved, the project could generate approximately $ 650,000 in development costs and that contributions to community amenities would be subject to negotiation.
Telus hired Omicron AEC Ltd. to assist it in the development process. In the application, the company claims to have “selected Sechelt as the second community in British Columbia to present its new Telus Living concept.” Its first such application in that province was submitted to the City of Nanaimo in 2020. The proposal was for two six-story structures containing 197 residential units and is at the planning permission stage.
The Omicron website (omicronaec.com) describes the Telus Living concept, as applied to the Nanaimo project, as a concept that “aspires to meet the needs of the community for more rental housing, celebrates diversity, promotes well-being, fosters active city living, connects residents to their communities, provides meaningful amenities and home workspaces, integrates smart home technologies, and represents lifelong environmental stewardship. development life.