Two storeys in Dunbar: city planner “clarifies” status of seniors’ housing proposal

A developers’ proposal to build a six-storey seniors’ complex on Dunbar — four storeys is the height limit in the community plan — has triggered an uproard in that quiet neighbourhood, with some residents rallying at City Hall to oppose the proposal.

The source of the anger? The additional two storeys may be permissible under new interim zoning policies to encourage the development of affordable housing. Or they may not.

Exactly what’s going on here has been clarified for council in this recent memo from Brian Jackson, general manager for planning.

The bottom line: “Staff continue to evaluate, at this initial enquiry stage, whether the project has demonstrated enhanced affordability.  A rezoning enquiry has not been submitted nor has there been any pre-application discussion leading to an application.”

As you were.