Mission’s new Official Community Plan is barely a month old, but council has already received a request for a zoning amendment in order to construct a new development that could see up to 79 units constructed.
Greg Skrzyniarz and Omega Engineering applied for the zoning amendment for the properties located at 32661 Egglestone Ave. as well as 8653, 8677, and 8689 Cedar St. The change would allow for the development of up to 79 units consisting of 51 compact lots and 28 row houses.
While council has agreed to move the project forward to a public hearing, many members had questions and concerns about the new development.
“I’m quite concerned about this coming to us, considering that two weeks ago we passed the Official Community Plan and for two years we debated that we did not want to see what happened with the last community plan, where we were bringing in amendments within two weeks of it being adopted… And what happens two weeks later? We bring an amendment to the community plan,” said Coun. Jim Hinds.
He said he’s not against the development going ahead, but he doesn’t understand why council is in the position to make changes already.
As for the development itself, concerns regarding parking, secondary suites and lot sizes were all brought up by council members.
Coun. Pam Alexis raised questions about the environmentally sensitive areas around the project and how they will be incorporated and accessed.
Staff explained there will be several trails and a pedestrian connection that lead to the area, including a pedestrian bridge that leads to Tunbridge Park.
A public hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. at Mission City Hall. The public is invited to attend, ask questions and raise any concerns.