Helium balloons could help Saanich decide on condo height

Saanich councillors want to use helium balloons to help make their job easier.

Saanich councillors want to use helium balloons to help make their job easier.

The balloons were a suggestion last Monday night from council regular Ken Whitcroft, an Inverness Road resident concerned about how much of a view he and his neighbours will lose if a six-storey condo is built down the road.

He wants height markers — helium balloons, as discussed by council — raised on the property to demarcate how high the proposed buildings will be and to get an idea of what skyline will be blocked out.

“Who doesn’t like balloons?” joked Coun. Dean Murdock. “It’s worth having a look at how high these buildings might be.”

The buildings are part of a planned condo complex at Inverness and Quadra Street that would see two five-storey and one six-storey condos erected.

Council has seen multiple proposals come forward for this lot over the last seven years including plans for an eight-storey condo, plans for 10 townhomes and a four-storey condo and, most recently, plans for three six-storey condos.

But public consultation and concerns about building height spurred applicant Jim McLaren to reduce the height of his proposed buildings.

“I’ve listened and listened and tried to incorporate (neighbours’) ideas into it,” he told council. “We’re trying to do everything we can to mitigate the problems, but I’m at a loss for things to do to make this work.”

Though there remain concerns about the heights of the three buildings that make up the 92-unit complex, council unanimously supported the proposal and moved it to public hearing.

“We’ve zeroed in on some of the main features. … Now we’ll have to make up our our minds, as a council, to move forward on this or not,” said Coun. Wayne Hunter.

Mayor Frank Leonard asked the applicant for geodetic mapping that will provide a more concrete diagram of the building heights because, as Coun. Judy Brownoff pointed out: “If it’s windy, balloons won’t work.”

No date has been set for the public hearing or when the helium balloons will be set up on the property. Brownoff stressed that thorough public notification should be done to inform neighbours of when it happens.

Though the idea of “long poles on a tripod” was also suggested, by Coun. Vic Derman who said it’s “important that people get a sense of how high (the buildings are).” Coun. Leif Wergeland acknowledged hot air balloons may be the easiest option.

“All we need to do is buy balloons and have some politicians blow them up.”


Just Posted

Plans for Colwood’s Royal Beach property moving forward

Seacliff Properties to hold open house on June 25

Sooke’s John Muir community school garden is a growing experience

Children thrive as they learn about the source of their food

Queue up a playlist of Victoria musicians

Local guitarist, Cody Rueger, creates playlist to highlight Victoria’s music scene

Block party hosted in Oak Bay to welcome two young Syrian refugees

Funds raised will support the brothers for first year on Island

VIDEO: Trans Mountain expansion project gets green light, again

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the decision in Ottawa on Tuesday afternoon

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of June 18

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you support the government’s decision to approve the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion?

The federal government announced Tuesday its approval for the Trans Mountain pipeline… Continue reading

Federal cabinet ministers visit Edmonton, Calgary, in wake of TMX approval

Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi is set to visit Trans Mountain Corp.’s terminal in Edmonton

B.C. municipality prepares to forbid overnight camping by homeless despite court ruling

While courts have ruled against blanket bans, Langley City is employing a site-by-site approach

B.C. auditor says Indigenous grad rate highest ever but education gaps exist

The percentage of Indigenous students graduating from B.C. public high schools has hit its highest level ever

Statistics Canada reports annual pace of inflation rises in May to 2.4%

Transportation prices gained 3.1 per cent as the cost of air transportation added 8.9 per cent

BREAKING: Forest fire on North Island disrupts Hwy. 19

Wildfire has reached .25 hectares, according to BC Wildfire Service

Man to be sentenced for sexual abuse of young girl in Nanaimo

Stephen Mark Castleden also sentenced for child pornography-related charges

Most Read