Townhouse complex debated in Lumby

Affordable housing could be on the horizon in Lumby but there are some concerns about how the development may fit in with the neighbourhood.

Affordable housing could be on the horizon in Lumby but there are some concerns about how the development may fit in with the neighbourhood.

On Monday, council gave initial readings to bylaws that would permit a 40-unit strata townhouse complex on Glencaird Street.

“The neighbours have concerns about it being proposed for the hillside and I hope everyone can work together on this,” said Coun. Lori Mindnich.

A consultant has stated that the proposed density is high for a steep site, and staff has indicated  the road design would exceed the village’s allowable grades.

The fire department has expressed concerns about fighting a fire on steep grades without proper equipment and dealing with an interface situation because there is forested area to the west.

Mayor Kevin Acton admits that some Glencaird Street residents may not embrace the $10-million project.

“High-density housing is hard for some people to swallow because some are worried they will be rental units or they will impose rules on the area,” he said.

“But there are really nice neighbourhoods in other communities that are high-density.”

Acton is convinced the development could help Lumby’s economy by retaining and attracting residents.

“A lot of young families want affordable housing. This is one way to do it,” he said.

The rezoning and official community plan amendments will be the focus of a public information meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. at the village office.

“If anyone has concerns about the development, they should be there,” said Mindnich.

An official public hearing is also scheduled for Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the village office and Acton insists council has made no decision on the development.

“People need to want it for us to do it,” he said.