An area indicated on the above map as Latoria North will be the subject of two open houses

An area indicated on the above map as Latoria North will be the subject of two open houses

Royal Bay open house this Thursday

Looking to amend zoning bylaws for area north of Latoria

Two open houses will give neighbouring residents of the Royal Bay development a chance to voice any concerns or questions they have before Colwood council rules on a zoning bylaw application.

“We’re hand delivering close to 2,000 flyers to surrounding neighbourhoods,” said Ben Mycroft, project manager for GWL Realty Advisors Inc., the land development manager for the project. “We’re certainly interested in public feedback.”

Mycroft said the application is to make the zoning for the area north of Latoria Road consistent with what is called for in the area’s master plan. “We’re just sort of tweaking some of the setbacks,” he said, adding the application is consistent with the master plan and doesn’t include any new features.

Once residents have had a chance to voice their concerns and opinions, Mycroft said GWL will use the feedback to submit a revised application to council.

In 2014, council adopted the Royal Bay area pan as an official amendment to the City’s official community plan. The Royal Bay master plan for development will see the approximately 400-acre site turned into a mixed-use community, home to over 7,000 residents with up to 2,800 homes as well as businesses, open spaces, parks, trail connections and other public amenities.

“We heard from hundreds, if not thousands, of folks during the area plan consultations … and we incorporated that into the application,” Mycroft said. “This is just continuing that.”

The first of the two public open houses will take place tomorrow (March 31) from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Royal Bay secondary, 3500 Ryder Hesjedal Way. The second will take place on April 7 during the same time period and will also be held at the school.

For more information, go to royalbay.ca.

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