Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Rezoning application for proposed mixed-use development in Carvolth

Transportation systems have a profound impact on the design of our communities. Carvolth, in the northern section of Willoughby in the Township of Langley, was slated to become an area full of auto-oriented office parks.

Because of the construction of the Carvolth Park and Ride, and the introduction of higher-quality transit service like the 555 express bus to SkyTrain, the Township updated the plans for the area. Carvolth is now transforming from a first-generation suburb into a transit village.

Due to the changes to the area’s plan, the Township received a rezoning application for a 9.4 acre parcel of land between 86th Avenue and 84th Avenue, just east of 200th Street.

Proposed site plan included with rezoning application for land between 86th Avenue and 84th Avenue, near 200th Street in Carvolth. Select image to enlarge.

Along 86th Avenue, which will become a mixed-use, high street, the rezoning applicant is proposing to construct a 6 storey building that will included 15,000 square feet of commercial on the ground-floor, plus a possible hotel on the upper floors of the building.

In the area around a future 85th Avenue, the applicant is proposed to building two 18 storey apartment buildings with 3 storey townhouses at their base, plus a 4 storey apartment building. In the area near 84th Avenue, the applicant is proposed to building 3 storey townhouses.

Proposed height and concept for various buildings included in rezoning application. Select image to enlarge.

If the project gets developed, the Township will require a 4.5 meter greenway to be constructed along 84th Avenue as part of this project.

If this redevelopment application gets approved, development permits gets issues, and construction actually begins, this proposed project will lay the groundwork for other projects that will support the creation of a walkable and accessible transit village in Willoughby. I look forward to seeing the actual proposed design for the project.

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