RV park, motel replacement

Site preparation is underway on the former site of the Highland Motel and Park Royal RV Park, where a 35-unit townhouse development is planned.

The project is going before council Tuesday for the first time, where a handful of variances need to be approved and it will be determined who will pay for upgrades to surrounding roads.

Azura Management, the same company behind Sendero Canyon, has purchased the two properties with plans of constructing 1,500 sq. ft. townhomes. The 35 units would be spread across seven buildings.

“The character of the neighborhood will not significantly change as this is an area that has seen development pressure recently,” senior planner Audrey Tanguay says in her report to council.

Council still needs to decide who will pay for the rehabilitation of Wylie Street and Burnaby Avenue, which are in “very  poor  condition,  with  storm  water  management  issues  and  crumbling  asphalt.”

Typically, a developer is only obligated to improve the street frontage up to the centre line of the road. But in this case, the road is in such poor shape it cannot be half replaced.

Staff is proposing five benefiting properties in the area fund $800,000 in road upgrades through an agreement that would have them pay back the city for the work over 15-20 years.

Alternatively, or if the five properties refuse the agreement, council has the power to order Azura to rehabilitate the road themselves, albeit in a more narrow scope.

City council will also have to sign off on multiple variances in relation to the small size of the yards around the townhomes.

Azura president Ewen Stewart tells Castanet crews are ready to start construction immediately after receiving council approval. Back in September, he said the homes were generating heavy interest from buyers before they were on the market. 

Council will discuss the proposal Tuesday evening, and decide whether to send it to a public hearing later this month.

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