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Langford Real Estate News – Victoria BC.

We just finished a road trip across, British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan and the economic climate is very strong in all three provinces. Real Estate has leveled off but if properties are priced right they sell. I will talk more about this in a future blog.

A recent article in the Times Colonist by Bill Cleverley talks about an interesting new Real Estate project in Langford, Victoria. It reads:

Langford ponders proposal for fee-simple townhouses

Idea touted as an option to add to affordable housing stock. In New York, they’re known as brownstones.

A small, fee-simple townhouse project proposed for Langford is being touted as another option in the search for housing affordability.

The project at 980 Firehall Creek Rd. in south Langford would feature three buildings, each containing three units, Will Pereboom, of Victoria Design, told Langford’s planning committee.

But unlike most townhouse developments, this one would not be a strata development where the land is owned by the strata corporation. Each lot would be individually owned. The only thing common would be the touching walls.

“We’ve proposed three blocks of three. They’re all similar in design but each unit in each block of three will be very individualized so that we can articulate different materials.”

Langford’s planning and zoning committee recommended the site be rezoned by council from commercial to a new fee-simple townhouse zone.

Committee citizen member Malcolm Hall. a developer, hopes the idea takes off.

“A lot of objections to townhouses have to do with stratas and the complications therein. It would be nice to see this one go ahead. It’s a perfect location,” Hall said.

Fee-simple, or zero lot line housing is taking off in B.C. and new zones for the housing have been created in Vancouver, New Westminster, Port Coquitlam and Surrey, according to the staff report.

Committee citizen member Norma Stewart voted against the rezoning — not because she didn’t like the design but because she wanted the site to keep its commercial designation.

“I have a problem taking any more commercial space away because we don’t have anything in that area,” she said. Developer Jim Hartshorne applauded the idea.

“I’m a huge supporter of this concept,” Hartshorne, a lead consultant for the Westhills development said. He added that fee-simple townhouses provide another element of affordability to the available housing mix.

However, Hartshorne said he disagreed with a suggested staff design guideline or a minimum building width of three units so as to avoid clusters of townhouses that have the appearance of duplexes.

“It seems to me when you do the minimum three, you’ve taken some of the creativity off the planning. I happen to have an application that’s coming forward that has this scheme with a triplex; a duplex and a single unit … this design guideline wouldn’t permit that and I think that’s a shame,” he said.  End of Article.

Bill Cleverly can be reached at bcleverley@tc.canwest.com

If you have any thoughts on the above, we would love to hear from you.

Cheers,
Bill

Bill Ethier B.Sc – REALTOR®

Properties in Victoria Professionals– Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty

Bill has been a REALTOR® in Victoria since 2006. Originally from the Vancouver area, Bill moved to Victoria to attend the University of Victoria where he received his Bachelor of Science. Not only does Bill have a wealth of real estate knowledge he is also an active member of the community. He is a member of Triple Shot Cycling Club, Island Road Racers and is the Race Director for the Sooke River 10K.

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