After facing some community backlash over height and density, and being urged by Gibsons council to go back to the drawing board, the developers behind a project at 464 Eaglecrest Drive have a new plan.
Councillors got their first look at the revisions during a Jan. 23 committee of the whole meeting, and the public will have a chance to see the new plan at an open house next week.
The main changes include a design that fits the property’s “Low Density Residential 1” land use, eliminating the need for an official community plan amendment. The project will still need a zoning amendment.
The number of units has also been reduced to 87 in four rows instead of 100 in three rows. One row will be four duplexes fronting Eaglecrest Drive. There will be two rows of what’s described as “eight duplex-form apartment pods” with five or six units in each one. The final row will have a similar design, but fewer units.
Noting the developer made “significant changes,” Mayor Wayne Rowe said he’s glad to see the project going forward. “We need to recognize that we can’t keep talking about needing housing, we need to produce it.”
The open house to show the revised proposal will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Public Market.