Mayor David Screech and two members of council have given the go ahead for the application to rezone Christie Point in View Royal.
Realstar, the Toronto developer, can now proceed with plans for two four-storey buildings on the tip of the peninsula and six six-story buildings on the rest of the site, creating 473 rental units for roughly 1000 people to live in this sanctuary – with the blessing of View Royal.
Permission to build inside the 15 meter setback inside the federal migratory bird sanctuary on the tidal inlet is a given. The old buildings have a footprint of 8700 square meters the new building on top of the “existing” footprints will be over 18,000 square meters.
The town planners and mayor have claimed this is in line with the OCP but it is not. The new CD zone will allow the developer everything they want. This project violates The Law of Unintended Consequences.
The majority of the site will be filled 1-1.5 meters with crushed rock contained by concrete walls also likely on the shoreline. The wildlife will not be able to get out of the water with a thousand feet if wall in their way!
This site will become an environmental disaster. Once the salmon spawning route is destroyed the damage will spill into Victoria’s harbour and into the straits of Juan De Fuca.