SLRD briefs: Regional district adopts rezoning for Britannia Oceanfront Development.

Also, revised mapping for District of Squamish

SLRD adopts rezoning for Britannia Oceanfront Development

If all goes according to plan, shovels could soon be in the ground in Britannia Beach on the much-discussed Macdonald Development housing and commercial project. 

The developer of the Britannia Oceanfront Development, which is slated to include 64 townhouse units, nine live-work spaces and 11 rental units, can now apply for development and building permits.

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At the July 24 Squamish-Lillooet Regional District meeting, the board adopted rezoning bylaws and Official Community Plan amendments for the project.

The regional district originally received an application for a rezoning and OCP amendment for this project in April, 2017.

The development still needs a Heritage Revitalization Agreement, which will include details of how existing structures will be maintained.

A proposed flood and debris regime also still needs to be approved.

Up to six townhouse units can be built before this condition is met.

Revised mapping for District of Squamish

The SLRD board voted to accept the revised mapping from the District of Squamish, amend the Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) settlement map and to begin the 60-day referral of the Regional Growth Strategy Amendment bylaw to the affected local governments.

The RGS must be reviewed every five years. While there's no immediate plan for development on the settlement land, Tony Rainbow told The Chief, the designation makes it possible for future development without having to redo the RGS. 

The District of Squamish originally proposed re-designating 686 hectares of land from ‘non-settlement' to ‘urban.' A report to the SLRD board's committee of the whole meeting on July 24 said DOS submitted a revised map in June to remove 10 hectares of land adjacent to the Squamish Estuary from the settlement areas, and re-designate six hectares east of Brackendale for urban instead. The proposed hectares would then be 682.

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