Seniors home expansion plans continue

Coldstream Meadows wants to increase the number of permitted units from 160 to 270

The process for expanding a Coldstream seniors residence continues to move ahead.

On Monday, council gave two readings to two bylaws that would amend the official community plan and zoning for Coldstream Meadows on Mackie Drive.

“Our objective is to create more rental units that are more affordable,” said Jack Borden,  Meadows owner.

Borden wants to  increase the number of permitted units on the site from 160 to 270.

The current OCP limits the area of the property that can be developed and places a cap on the number of units that can be constructed.

However, some concerns arose before the bylaw readings were approved.

“There are some events planned there,” said Coun. Richard Enns of weddings in the chapel and the impact on parking.

However, Borden says weddings typically only last an hour.

“We are not planning on reducing the parking we have, which is in excess of the bylaw,” he said.

There was also a question of who can live in the  residential units.

The current OCP designation has a 65-plus age restriction but if the changes are approved to reflect seniors housing, the stipulation will be 55-plus.

The proposed bylaws also reflect commercial  activities related strictly to serving Coldstream Meadows residents such as a hair salon or coffee shop and not the broader community.

“These are accessories to the residential uses there,” said Mike Reiley, the district’s director of development services.

The two proposed bylaws will be the subject of a public hearing Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. at the Coldstream municipal office.