Atkins Road development moves ahead

View Royal council favours updated proposal, gives third reading to project

A proposal to put nine homes on a large lot on Atkins Road in View Royal moved a step closer to approval last week.

After listening to public comments about the project, which would see the single-family homes constructed on a roughly 1.6-acre property at 102 Atkins Rd. wedged in between the Galloping Goose Trail and the former E&N railroad tracks, council gave the proposal third reading.

Applicant En-Viro-Tech Contracting Ltd. must now clear up some fine details around its proposal with town staff before the item comes back to council for fourth and final reading and approval of a building permit.

David ScreechMayor David Screech said most of the concerns speakers brought forward at the March 17 public hearing were around traffic safety getting in and out of Atkins Road.

The current driveway for the property is situated mere metres from a road crossing of the Galloping Goose, a busy junction with somewhat limited visibility for approaching traffic on either side of Atkins Road.

In the proposal, the developer has agreed to provide a financial contribution toward creating pedestrian activated crossing lights at the crossing.

An earlier version of the proposal that was rejected by council included more homes and had a larger footprint on the lot, Screech noted.

“It made quite a difference on the property,” he said. “The tree retention and the green space with this plan is significantly better than we thought about the earlier incarnation.”

The mayor expected land clearing work on the rocky property might get underway sometime in the next few months.

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