By Gagandeep Ghuman
Published: March. 23, 2013
It’s been rejected and delayed, but Kingswood is back again, hoping for community and council approval for their Scott Crescent development.
One of the most hotly debated development proposals will appear before council for rezoning soon, most probably this month.
The formerly Red Point development plans a comeback on Scott Crescent with anywhere from 300-400 condos and townhomes.
The size of the units is yet to be determined, but expect anything from a one-bedroom to three-bedroom units.
“We will react to the market,” said John Moonen, the Kingswood spokesperson.
Kingswood has been trying to get the development off the ground for more than six years now.
In 2008, the Red Point development failed to get third reading, and two years later, an application to build a RV park was shelved.
Kingswood’s application to rezone the 8.3 acre property from Tourist-Commercial to Residential was put on hold by the district in 2011, as the district completed its Upper Mamquam Blind Channel study.
The developer comes to the community with a bag full of amenities, from waterfront walkways to trails, and community meeting room.
“It’s close to $1 million in amenities,” Moonen said, sharing the details in a Squamish Trails Society meeting on March. 22.
Some of the community amenities include:
Rebuilding Stairs on the Hunter Trail ($50,000)
Bridge to Rose Park to Spit ($100,000)
A 1,500 square-foot community meeting room: ($375,000)
Public art gateway ($50,000)
A new canoe/kayak launch on the channel, along with improvements to both Toboggan Trail and Pipeline Trail can also be expected.
The developer will also contribute towards the creation of two left-hand and a right hand turn from Clark Drive on to Highway 99.
Waterfront walkway and Park is another contribution the developer is willing to make.
This walkway would stretch from the intersection of Highway 99 and Scott, all along into what is Scott Crescent, into Owen Carney’s place and further into the DeCook property, right up to municipal property.
Such generous amenities might fail to impress Clark Drive residents, who fear their narrow and relatively quiet road will be bottlenecked with traffic.
“It is interesting to me to see that there is little to no will to look at anything except Clarke Drive,” said area resident Chris Atkinson.
He said one of the best alternatives besides Clarke would be Behrner Drive, past the hospital and down the old road grade ending at the Blind Channel.
That rerouting option, however, was considered too expensive by the developer.
Kingswood spokesperson Moonen said there are plans to improve existing Highway 99 and Scott Crescent intersection with the addition of a deceleration lane coming north and a right turn lane to exit from Scott.
Scott Crescent will be reconstructed as a two way local road with a paved surface, curb and gutter, pedestrian bulges, raised pedestrian crossings and curbside street parking.
A turnaround area will be provided for trucks and cars to reduce the volume of traffic using Clarke Drive.
The section of Scott Crescent ascending the hill will have grade separated travel lanes and a walkway/bikeway, he added.