The town of White Rock BC, is often referred to as as a sleepy beach side community right next to the US border crossing. Residents of White Rock welcome beach going visitors year round to their small town – however most residents do not welcome change with open arms.
On Aug 13 2015 a meeting was held in White Rock’s Center for Active Living, to discuss the proposed plan of creating a 15 story high rise project – right in the middle of White Rock’s suburbs – 10 blocks west of the town Center. View the Proposal Here: White Rock Development Proposal
It was quickly evident that many locals were not happy with the plans. As written by the Peace Arch News
“This is nasty,” Barry Belec told Howard Steiss, a South Surrey resident and vice-president of project proponent Texor Homes Inc., of the 134-unit residential project planned for North Bluff Road at Nichol Road.
“There’s no place for a 15-storey tower in a residential neighbourhood,” added Wilma Boyd, a longtime volunteer on White Rock’s environmental advisory committee.
Naomi Ohlsson, who said she has lived immediately behind the site for the past 23 years, told Steiss that if it goes ahead, “I don’t want to live in White Rock anymore.”
Ohlsson said the project would impact her quality of life and devalue her property, while increasing crime and other safety issues.
Texor’s 134-unit proposal includes two-storey townhouses on the south and west sides of the highrise.
To proceed, it would require rezoning as well as an amendment to the city’s Official Community Plan – currently under review – which designates only White Rock’s town centre as high-density.
While the location of the proposed development – on three lots at 14022 and 14034 North Bluff Rd. and 1590 Nichol Rd. – is several blocks from the town centre, and amongst primarily single-family homes, Steiss said it “makes a lot of sense.”
In addition to being close to transit, not impacting views and needing few, if any, trees to be removed, he told Peace Arch News the “vertical subdivision” would provide a diversity of housing attainable to a wider range of potential buyers.
Building single-family housing for the equivalent volume of people would require about 13 acres of land, he added.
White Rock resident Dan Driediger, who moved to the city’s town centre three years ago, told PAN he fully supports Texor’s plans; that the project will provide options for those who can’t afford single-family homes.
“That’s how you create affordable (housing), is by density,” Driediger said.
Several Residents are questioning why White Rock city officials are even considering this application which will impact the quality of life and devalue the property of so many.
The next step for the application process includes internal city review, meeting with the land use planning committee and then schedule a public hearing.
At this point – no further meetings have been schedule.