Heritage estate Blair Gowie is back in the forefront with public hearing Monday.
The property prompted a petition, a demonstration and several concessions by the developer in 2011. The disposition of the 1916 Maclure mansion at 2031 Runnymede Ave. was hotly debated for months in Oak Bay council chambers, after a potential purchaser came forward asking to subdivide the property.
The heritage designated home is again before council with a public hearing Monday (Sept. 17) at 6 p.m. at municipal hall.
The public hearing is on the bylaw to implement a Heritage Revitalization Agreement that would facilitate a two lot subdivision with one new single family dwelling located on the northern lot, and the existing heritage designated home retained on the south lot. The HRA would permit the continued use of a secondary suite within the existing heritage home and construction of a new detached garage on the southerly lot.
The HRA would also relax Zoning Bylaw requirements for lot frontage and lot line setbacks to vary the lot frontage for the northerly lot from 21.34 metres to 19.00 metres; the front lot line setback for the northerly lot from 7.62 metres to 3.01 metres to accommodate a single family home; and the front lot line setback for the southerly lot from 7.62 metres to 3.92 metres to accommodate a detached garage.
Residents unable to attend the public hearing can offer written submissions before Sept. 17 at 3 p.m. by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, mail to the District of Oak Bay, 2167 Oak Bay Ave. or in person.
Following the close of a Public Hearing, no further submissions or comments from the public or interested persons can be accepted by members of council, as established by provincial case law.
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