The owner of 6717 and 6723 Ayre Rd. is moving forward with plans to convert the property to a multi-family townhouse development from its existing residential use.
Sooke council held a public hearing Monday on the proposal. The applicant is Inspiration Island Homes, based in Sooke.
The property was recently considered a derelict property by the district.
The proposed .22-hectare development would replace two existing, uninhabited single-family houses with 10 townhouses.
Neighbour Brian Penner told council he was strongly opposed to the rezoning.
A study done on traffic volumes on the road found there were less than 30 vehicles per hour on Ayre Road.
“The maximum volume expected on a local road is 1,000 vehicles per hour. Therefore, Ayre Road currently operates at the low end of a local road,” said Watt Consulting Group in the study.
Council was also told the townhouse development would provide 15 parking spots.
The developer has also agreed to make a $5,000 donation to the district’s housing reserve fund in-lieu of providing an affordable housing unit.
Council is expected to make its final decision on the project at its July 10 meeting.