A rezoning application for 2762 and 2768 Claude Rd. to allow for an 11-storey building with approximately 100 residential units continues to move forward in Langford. Katherine Engqvist/News Gazette staff
WEST SHORE DEVELOPMENT: Density the name of the game in Langford
Council advances several developments, Claude Road public hearing attracts no one
The City of Langford could look very different in the coming years if development permits follow the rezoning applications currently being considered by council.
In the City’s core, Claude Road is the subject of multiple proposals that would add a number of residential units to the area. In a previous interview with the Gazette, Coun. Denise Blackwell, who chairs the City’s planning, zoning and affordable housing committee, noted council had approved two 10-storey buildings for the area years ago but because of economic downturn the projects never materialized. “We’ll see at the public hearing how people feel about the height,” she said back in March.
A public hearing on Monday for a proposal to construct an 11-storey building with approximately 100 residential units saw no one show up to voice their opinion on the project. However, people who expressed their thoughts in writing (an alternative for those that cannot attend or do not wish to speak) had mixed reactions.
One writer favoured the development, suggesting its proximity would be advantageous to creating a more walkable community, would help curtail urban sprawl by adding densification in Langford’s core and also help create a more service-rich/transit-oriented community. The other letter, from a Peatt Road resident opposed to the project, expressed concerns about the traffic the development would add to the area.
Later in the meeting council gave second and third reading to the zoning amendment bylaw, which will likely be adopted at a later date.