Update – July 15, 2019: The Town received the subdivision applications in August 2018, and the Preliminary Layout Approval was issued on July 11, 2019. All the terms of the PLA must be completed before approval of the subdivision. Currently, the developers are continuing to work on development permits, servicing, and site planning at this time. They have also completed a few bird nest surveys and keep finding nests, so are not able to clear the fallen trees or disrupt the nests until the bird nest surveys come back clear.
Q1 2019: Council finalized the rezoning of Block 7 in the Gospel Rock neighbourhood; staff are currently working with the developer on a subdivision servicing plan for the lot. The creation of a public park, a conservation area and a boardwalk along Gower Point Road are some of the features that will benefit the community at large.
March 29, 2019: the developer of Gospel Rock is nearing completion of initial tree clearing in preparation for planned roads and the first building site (brown areas bordered in black on the map below.) In conjunction with this work, a registered biologist was retained to conduct a nesting survey of the site. Additionally, no-disturbance buffer zones will be retained around all development permit areas to protect wildlife and retain as many mature trees as possible.
At present, the developer has applied for subdivision of the site and that application is under review.
For more information about the plans for this space, please refer to the “Concept Plan” section, below.
On October 2, 2018, Council adopted a bylaw to rezone approximately 47 acres of land from Single-Family Residential Zone 4 (R-4) to a selection of zones following the Gospel Rock Neighbourhood Plan.
The zones include a mixture of commercial, multi-family and single-family zones, to create distinct areas within the neighbourhood, allowing for up to 360 residential units. 23 acres were rezoned to Park (PRO), with a “green lane” created to tie the neighbourhood and park together.
The rezoning process was as follows:
Location of Block 7 with the context of the OCP’s long-term Land Use Plan
Three key planning principles were used to develop the Concept Plan:
- Protection of Green Space – includes protecting the Gospel Rock at the waterfront and the upper bench destination viewpoints; Cross Rock and Little Africa;
- Park Connection – The Master Plan includes a “greenlane” to preserve and enhance the existing trail to Cross Rock. This will create a pedestrian connection between the village and lookout park at Cross Rock; and
- Activation of the Village – The Master Plan includes a mix of appropriate and neighbourhood-scaled commercial uses, as well as market rental housing to create a small but lively neighbourhood centre. The design character for the residential uses will emphasize ground-orientated housing types, with the majority taking the form of townhomes and single family residences.
Approximately 49% of the 47 acres is zoned as Parks, Recreation and Open Space. This includes the three view points (Cross Rock, Little Africa, and Gospel Rock), all of the waterfront area, most of the steep and environmentally sensitive forested slopes, and the “greenlane” to the neighbourhood centre. Some of the green space areas will be dedicated to the Town; other areas will be protected through restrictive covenants or through partnering with a conservation organization.
The property was rezoned to Comprehensive Development Area 4 – which will have 11 sub-areas. These can be seen in the map.
The sub-areas are based on Town-wide zoning with some specific regulations to the Gospel Rock site, please see the CDA-4 Bylaw for more details.
Chaster Road will be the primary road system for the Gospel Rock neighbourhood, up to a maximum of 250 dwellings as per the Gospel Rock Neighbourhood Plan. Emergency access will be from Rosamond Road; there will be a gate at the end of Rosamond Road to prevent through traffic from Block 7. Trails will connect pedestrians (and possibly cyclists) to Gower Point Road and Lower Gibsons.