The design of a four-building, 20-unit residential development in the 700 block of 30th Street NE received approval from Salmon Arm council at its March 14 meeting.
Jordan Baer, with TSL Developments, received preliminary approval for a development permit with a setback variance at the city’s development and planning meeting on March 7.
In September 2021, the approximate one-acre property, at 700 30th St. NE, in the South Broadview area, was rezoned from R1, single family residential to R4, medium density residential to accommodate the plans. Each of the four buildings will have five units.
The variance requested was to have the minimum setback of two of the buildings reduced from five metres to three metres.
Planning staff described the setback as minor and stated it would not negatively impact existing or future use of the adjacent parcel.
The only concern raised at the planning meeting was from Coun. Sylvia Lindgren, who asked if there were enough parking stalls. Staff said the proposed development meets the parking requirements of 1.5 stalls per unit.
Asked about plans, Baer said which will be visitor parking and which will be for residents hasn’t been designated yet.
He said his main concern at this point has been making sure there were enough stalls to meet the bylaw. Lindgren said she still had concerns about how it would work out.
FireSmart advocate Coun. Tim Lavery expressed his appreciation for the FireSmart landscaping plans, as he regularly does. He said he appreciated how it has become standard practice for staff and applicants, so he doesn’t think he’ll need to bring it up again.
Mayor Alan Harrison said he appreciated the development, as densification is what council has been aiming for.
At the March 14 meeting, a hearing was held followed by a unanimous vote of approval from council.
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