This artist’s rendering shows the proposed four-storey, 27-unit near Rutledge Park for which Saanich issued a development permit Monday.

Saanich approves rental apartment near Rutledge Park

Council, meeting as committee-of-the-whole, issued a development permit for a four-storey, 27-unit apartment development near the border with the City of Victoria.

Located on the west side of Alder Street north of Tolmie Avenue, the project would stand near the Mayfair Shopping Centre, within walking distance to Rutledge Park in Saanich and Topaz Park in Victoria, B.C. It is also within the outer edge of the Uptown Major Centre, an area where Saanich plans to increase density.

The project would offer rental rather market housing, and developers have agreed to a covenant that prohibits them from turning the building into condominiums.

Council also granted developers a height variance and a parking variance, which reduces the required number of parking spots by 14 spaces to 27 spaces.

The history of development dates back to 2011 when council approved a development permit for a four-storey, 16-unit family residential development with underground parking. However, the development never took place. While the current proposal follows the spirit of the previously approved application in terms of overall massing and density, the number of units has increased in response to market conditions, according to a staff report.

Developers, however, will have to wait for council to ratify the development permit until they have registered a covenant that commits them to the installation of 63 solar panels, and a payment of $6,375 to replace removed Garry Oaks by a 5 to 1 ratio.

Just Posted

Latitude 48 Paddling Club races through Victoria waters

Local team clinched victory in Nanaimo to kick off season that will see them compete in Hawaii

Greater Victoria police busy with St. Patrick’s Day calls

Victoria police respond to 82 calls for service

Songhees Wellness Centre event immersed in Indigenous cuisine and culture

Camosun and Songhees cook together for reconciliation while fundraising for student scholarship fund at March 23 event

Artists craft Souper Bowls in Cedar Hill studio

Souper Bowls of Hope supports urban youth

Royals gear up for WHL playoffs after suffering season-worst loss

Victoria has a solid 7-3 record this year against opening-round opponent Vancouver

Victoria airport terminal expansion under way

Videos posted showing work in progress over the next 27 months

Braves beat Buccaneers in Game 7 to advance to finals

Saanich wins 5-2 on Sunday in Nanaimo, will now face Campbell River

Anti-pipeline protestors block Kinder Morgan tanker near Seattle

Protest was spurred on by the 28 anti-Kinder Morgan activists arrested in Burnaby

Mount Douglas Mathletes enjoying success by the numbers

Saanich Grade 9s walk away with top five spots in Island math competition

LETTER: Lowered voting age would engage youth in political process

Saanich high school student supports giving a vote to 16-year-olds

World Cups soccer festival coming to Lochside Park

Victoria’s long running youth soccer festival, the Peninsula Co-op World Cups Soccer… Continue reading

Notorious Russian troll farm also took swipes at Canadian targets

Targets included oil infrastructure and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Cirque du Soleil aerialist dies after fall during Florida show

Longtime performer fell while performing in VOLTA

Canadian comic Mike MacDonald dies at 63

Ottawa-born comedian had performed on David Letterman

Most Read