Foul Bay Road townhouse project to go to public hearing this fall

Aryze Developments’ plan for 18 townhouses on a half-acre lot has met with opposition from neighboring residents

A controversial development on the Oak Bay border will be in the spotlight at the end of September – on Thursday Victoria Council voted to send the 18-unit townhouse project to a public hearing.

Aryze Developments’ project on a half-acre lot at 902 Foul Bay Rd. has faced opposition from nearby residents concerned about the number of trees that will be lost and the added density on what was once a single-family lot. The half-acre lot has been vacant since 2016, when a 1911 heritage home burned down.

The new project would see 18 housing units spread over two three-storey buildings.

Aryze has agreed to offer carpool subscriptions, with $100 in usage credits, for each dwelling unit and at least 30 long-term bicycle parking spaces, half of them with charging capacity of electric bicycles, and a bicycle repair stand with tools and a washing area.

The proposal requires the removal of 28 trees, including 17 that are protected under the City’s Tree Preservation Bylaw.

Fourteen more trees would be retained and 33 would be planted to meet the city’s two-to-one replacement ratio.

Aryze said it was important to provide more housing options and that townhouses would be more affordable than single-family homes in this neighborhood.

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