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The owner of 901 7th Street North wishes to construct a mixed use commercial/residential structure. The proposed development is to be a four storey commercial building consisting of commercial retail units (CRUs) on the ground floor and three storeys of residential dwelling units.  Five variances to Zoning Bylaw 1294, 2011 are proposed:
Section 7.3.2 Landscaping Areas: In a commercial Zone, a minimum of 10% of the Lot shall be landscaped and a minimum of 60% of the Front Yard Area shall be landscaped. 

  • This variance allows for 4-6% of the site to be landscaped and 12% of the front yard to be landscaped. 

Section 8.4.4. Development Standards for Parking and Loading Areas: Every Off-Street parking or loading area required by this Bylaw to accommodate 16 or more vehicles at Natural Grade or Approved Grade shall incorporate landscaped open space within the parking area calculated on the basis of 0.75 m² of Landscaped Island area per required parking and loading space. Landscaped Islands shall be located such that no more than 8 linear parking spaces occur without creating a visual break, and shall be landscaped in accordance with Section 7 [landscaping and screening].

  • This variance allows for a reduction of the number of landscaped islands and that they not be placed every eight parking stalls rather two or three in the center of the surface parking lot as per schedule A.

Section 8.7.1 Table 8.1 Parking Requirements: Each Dwelling Unit in commercial building requires 1 bicycle parking stall per sleeping unit. (Bedroom) 

  • This variance allows for a reduction to 1 bicycle parking stall per dwelling unit for a total of 51 bicycle stalls.  This does not vary the bicycle parking requirement for commercial uses.

Schedule N General Commercial – C3 zone’s section f) Minimum Yard Setbacks - Principal Building(s) and Accessory Buildings and Structures require a Side Lot Line and Rear Line setback of 3.0m(where Lot Abuts a residential Zone). As there is no side/rear setback when not abutting residential, it appears the intent was to allow 0 lot line so to clarify:

  • This variance allows for a reduction of the Side Lot Line and Rear Lot Line setback to 0.0 m.

Section N (f) Maximum Building Heights: The maximum building height for Principal Building(s) is 12.0m.

  • This variance is to permit a maximum building height of 15.6 m.

How can I find out more?

Background information and details are available by clicking here, or may be viewed at Town Hall, from Thursday, June 16, 2021 to Tuesday, July 20, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Due to COVID-19, Town Hall may be closed to the public, have visitation limits, or reduced hours and therefore copies of the background material will also be provided next to the bulletin board adjacent to the entrance of Council Chambers at Town Hall (810 9th Ave S.). The entrance to Council Chambers is located adjacent to Park Drive (across from Element Therapeutics).

For more information contact: Colin MacPhee, Planning and Development Technician at 250.344.2271 ext. 240 or or Phil Armstrong, Manager of Development Services at ext 236 or

How can I give feedback?

Anyone who considers themselves affected by the proposed application and wishes to register an opinion may do so by:

Written submission:

By forwarding written submissions for Council consideration (attention of the Manager of Legislative Services) by:
  1. Dropping it off at the Town Hall mail slot.
  2. By post (P.O. Box 350, Golden B.C. V0A 1H0).
  3. By email to (only emails sent to this email will form part of the Council Agenda).
Any submissions must be received by 12 pm. (noon) on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.

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