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City council will vote Monday on whether to provide an incentive for a 32-unit housing development at 65 Gleaner Ave. in the Whistle Bend subdivision.
The matter was presented to council at its meeting last Monday.
The project proponent is planning on four separate buildings, each with eight two-bedroom units.
The administrative report presented to council notes the proponent has already provided the appropriate site and development plans, and has been issued a development permit.
With a housing density of 79 units per hectare, the project density exceeds the minimum density of 50 units per hectare required to qualify for an incentive.
The amount of the incentive being proposed is $69,920. The incentive is being provided through the reduction of fees normally applied by the city as development cost charges.
“In response to council’s strategic priorities on housing, this policy is meant to encourage smaller, denser housing forms in targeted areas,” says the administrative report.
“Under this policy, developments that meet the specified criteria are eligible for a reduction of development cost charges (DCCs).”
City administration was asked Monday whether the proponent is planning to build the four apartment buildings all at once or in stages.
Administration indicated officials are not sure, but noted projects of this type are normally built in stages so the developer can begin earning revenue before moving on to the next building.
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