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New subdivision proposed on Chief Lake Road

The Kidd Group is proposing a bareland strata development, with a mix of housing types in the Hart.

On Monday, city council will consider a rezoning to facilitate development of a new subdivision on Chief Lake Road in the Hart.

Prince George developer The Kidd Group is seeking to rezone a 3.9 hectare lot at 4922 Chief Lake Rd. to facilitate the development of a bareland strata development. The developer had previously proposed three apartment buildings on the site.

“On July 26, 2021, Council considered an Official Community Plan Amendment and Rezoning Application for First and Second Reading. The application was intended to facilitate development of three, three-storey apartment buildings totaling 120 units on the subject property and adjacent property located at 8700 Sparwood Road,” city director of planning and development Deanna Wasnik wrote in a report going before council on Monday. “Council concurred with Administration to deny the application as the proposed density and building form did not suit the form and character of the surrounding neighbourhood, and did not align with policy direction provided by the Official Community Plan.”

The proposed bareland strata development would include “a mix of housing forms including single detached, two-unit, four-unit, and row housing,” Wasnik added.

City administration are recommending that city council withhold final reading of the rezoning bylaw, until the developer registers a covenant restricting the maximum density to 22 units per hectare. At 22 units per hectare, the development would be limited to a maximum of 85 homes. The Kidd Group proposed the covenant to the city as part of the application, Wasnik wrote.

“The remainder of the subject property will consist of approximately 50 single detached houses,” she wrote. “The proposed residential development will create infill and redevelopment of an underutilized site that respects the character of the existing neighbourhood.”

The proposed covenant would also prohibit apartments and secondary suites in the development, restrict duplexes to no more than 20 per cent of the total housing units, restrict quadplexes and townhouses to no more than 20 per cent of the units, and prohibit duplexes from being located beside each other and from having symmetrical facades.

City administration is also recommending that the developer be required to provide a traffic impact study, geotechnical study and servicing brief before final reading of the rezoning bylaw be approved.

“The proposed bareland strata development is intended to offer a mix of housing forms with consistent development regulations (i.e., setbacks, height) to the surrounding residential uses,” Wasnik wrote. “As the application is consistent with the policy direction of the OCP, Administration supports this application.”

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