The public will have their chance to weigh in on a potential three-lot subdivision in Summerland’s Trout Creek neighbourhood in a public hearing in late May.
Summerland’s council gave first two readings during their regular meeting on April 26 to the zoning bylaw amendment for 7418 Kirk Ave. and set May 25 as the date of the public hearing.
The application involves rezoning the property from Residential Estate Lot (RSD3) to Residential Medium Lot (RSD1) to allow for the future subdivision of the property into three lots.
At present, there is a single detached home on the property.
Alex Costin, a planning technician with the municipality, said the property has an area of 1,752 square metres. In the RSD3 zone, a minimum parcel size of 1,000 square metres is required to create a new lot. As a result, rezoning is necessary.
Under the RSD1 zoning, the minimum parcel size is 460 square metres, allowing for the three-lot subdivision.
Costin said the property is identified as low-density residential in Summerland’s Official Community Plan. The municipality is seeking to increase densities in low-density residential areas from four units per hectare up to 22 units per hectare to more efficiently used serviced land and increase transit potential.
The introduction of sewer servicing in Trout Creek has resulted in a transition from larger lots to smaller lots, Costin said. Some recent subdivisions in the area include Lighthouse Landing, Treffry Place and Nixon Road.
“The impact of rezoning 7418 Kirk Ave. on neighbouring properties is anticipated to be minimal as the area is dominated by single detached home development,” Costin said. “Changing the designation from RSD3 to RSD1 opens up the possibility for subdivision and infill development in close proximity to services, amenities (school) and existing infrastructure.
The proposed subdivision is outside the 10-minute fire response zone for the Summerland Fire Department.
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