Langford council news briefs

Briefs from Langford council's meeting on Dec. 5.

Mixed-use building targeted for Hockley Ave.

The corner of Peatt Road and Hockley Avenue in Langford could be getting a new look.

An application to rezone 2854 and 2856 Peatt Rd., along with 815, 819 and 823 Hockley Ave., received final approval from council on Monday. The zoning will be changed from one family residential to mixed-use residential/commercial to allow for the development of two buildings containing roughly 460 square metres of ground floor commercial space and roughly 140 residential units.

Knotty Pine development receives green light

Council approved rezoning for two properties on Knotty Pine Road on Monday, paving the way for their redevelopment. A bylaw amendment was adopted to change the zoning for 2822 and 2824 Knotty Pine Rd. from one- and two-family residential to medium-density apartment. The change was made to allow for a six-unit townhouse development.

Requirements for the rezoning include payment by the property owner of $2,562 per unit towards the city’s general amenity reserve fund, the filing of a construction parking plan prior to the issuance of a building permit, and the creation of a storm water management and maintenance plan and its registration on the title for future owners.

Licensing required for city wells

Earlier this year, the province introduced regulations under the Water Sustainability Act that included licensing requirements for non-domestic groundwater users – essentially wells used for irrigation.

Anyone who uses groundwater for non-domestic purposes is now required to apply for a water license and pay an application fee and annual water rental fees. Application fees will be waived for license applications filed before Feb. 27.

The City of Langford has nine wells in place for irrigation. On Monday council agreed to hire a hydrology consultant, at an estimated cost of $6,300, to register those wells. City staff estimate the water rental costs to be approximately $50 per well, or $450 per year.

katie@goldstreamgazette.com