By Gagandeep Ghuman
Published: Jan. 21, 2013
With new owners, the 43-lot subdivision at Newport Ridge drive finally moves ahead this year.
Squamish council gave fourth reading to the application by Holborn group for a small-lot subdivision in the Garibaldi Estates area.
The fourth reading now allows for a single-family residential dwelling on small strata lots of 300 square metres, or 3,229 square feet.
The plans for this subdivision have trundled along for two years now, but have finally met approval from council after new developers stuck to the old plan of just 43 lots.
Holborn bought the property to subdivide for land from Townline Ventures.
Townline Ventures, readers might recall, tried to work out a deal with developer Doug Day to rezone some portions of the former golf course into 180 small lots.
They also offered to build a road to Garibaldi Highlands, providing an access to the Highlands, where it also owns another property.
Squamish residents, meanwhile, were offered a gift of a 100-acre park, an offer that was rejected by the council, prompting angry retorts by Day.
Day still hasn’t forgiven the slight.
He now plans to revive his golf course, while delinking himself from Newport project.
“In the past, there was a deal to sell some of my Garibaldi Springs lands to Townline/Holborn but those arrangements are no longer in effect and none further are contemplated,” he said.
District staff has been supportive of the small-lot subdivision, although the idea isn’t appealing to the neighbours who fear an increase in traffic and reduction in their property values.
The small-lot subdivision on Newport Ridge satisfied smart growth criteria and fulfilled the most needed form of development, the planning staff noted.
“The proposed subdivision works well with surrounding uses and is within easy walking distance of amenities such as parks, trails, personal and commercial services as well as emergency services,” the staff noted.
That description isn’t as exciting for Donald Bryne, who lives close by on Regency Place.
Bryne said it was bad precedent to change the zoning from regular lots to small lots.
“It will increase traffic on Newport Ridge Drive and reduce the value and expectations of all 38 owners who bought large lots here over the last 17 years,” he said.
“The precedent will encourage other developers to try the same and is also a very bad backward step for Squamish.”
The Holborn group representatives didn’t respond to questions sent by the Reporter on the timing of the project and the number of lots, etc.
Timothy Hng, business development manager for Holborn, said the name of the project hasn’t been finalised.
“As soon as we have decided on the name, we will let you know, he said.