by Roger Stonebanks, citizen reporter
The Vancouver development company planning a major housing project in Cordova Bay has applied to Saanich to bring in 25,000 cubic metres of fill.
“The application filed is to bring dirt (fill) excavated from our Esquimalt Town Square project and deposit it at the north end of the old Trio Gravel Pit site,” Luke Ramsay, Aragon Properties development co-ordinator, said in a note to Cordova Bay residents.
“Please note, this fill is not intended to be connected to the development proposal for this site.”
Ramsay told Saanich Voice Online the application to Saanich Planning and Building Department “is to bring in the soil to fill some of the old excavation from the gravel pit which sits on the site.” He said the 25,000 cubic metres would bring up the grade “of one of the holes in the site about two metres.”
He added that development of the 26-acre/10.6-hectare site “is still in the planning stages. Our development team is working towards presenting a new design which addresses the feedback we have received during the last rezoning application and the ongoing feedback we have received from the community.”
Aragon Properties remains in discussions with Cordova Bay Community Club “to find them space in the development. We are back at the drawing board doing more research and planning.”
The Community Club owns its property on Sutcliffe Road and has an application before Saanich to rezone it from residential to recreation for a new four-court badminton building adjacent to the three-court building that was erected in the 1950s. Neighbours have opposed that rezoning and Saanich Planning and the Cordova Bay Association for Community Affairs have recommended against it.
Aragon Properties bought the Trio site from the McLaren family in 2014 for $6.1 million. At first it announced plans for 440 dwelling units but after two public meetings reduced this to 385 dwelling units in a rezoning application that remains with Saanich. However, it has scaled this back in public announcements and in November 2016 the company presented plans at an “open house” for 309 dwelling units – mostly in houses but also two six-storey condos, one four-storey condo and some shops. Discussions with the Community Club began early in 2017.
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