Vacant land at the top of Aberdeen is being eyed for a major neighbourhood expansion, including a new school.
Seven properties in Aberdeen — 2500 Pacific Way; 2720, 2725 and 2800 Bentall Dr. and three unaddressed lots — will go before council on Tuesday.
The application was submitted by True Consulting, which is looking to rezone agricultural land for a residential subdivision and amend city plans to allow for the future school, as well as park space and extension of Pacific Way to Highway 5A.
The neighbourhood is referred to as Edinburgh, which is planned for a large swath of land located past the end of Pacific Way to the east and past Bentall Drive, near Highway 5, to the west. The area is currently designated in city planning as agricultural, parks and open space and urban. The city’s zoning bylaw states that open space land protects steep slopes and natural drainage courses for passive recreational use.
According to a city report going to council on Tuesday, the developer proposes to rezone 2800 Bentall Dr. from agricultural to residential, in order to pave way for 22 new single-family lots, and has undertaken a “comprehensive planning exercise to re-evaluate the future of the neighbourhood,” including consultation with School District 73 to determine the future school location, adjacent to the planned expansion of Pacific Way.
School District 73 had previously been looking for property for a new school in Aberdeen to address climbing enrolment projections.
The city has identified the southwest sector as the largest growth sector in the city and notes Aberdeen as the most significant area for new single-family and low-density multi-family development.
According to the application, a public open house on the proposal was held on Feb. 10 at West Highlands Community Centre in Aberdeen and about 60 people attended. The city said there was support for the road expansion, school and neighbourhood park. Concerns, however, were raised around traffic, parking and the impact roadwork could have on existing residences. In addition, concerns were raised about trail connections and wildlife corridors.
On Tuesday, council will be asked to send the proposal to a public hearing, including both the amending of city plans and rezoning for the new homes.