The proposed Qualicum Beach Berwick Retirement Facility is to be built next to the town hall. The development just went to second reading at council on Jan. 16.

The proposed Qualicum Beach Berwick Retirement Facility is to be built next to the town hall. The development just went to second reading at council on Jan. 16.

Qualicum Beach councillor raises concerns about the amount of development cost charges coming from Berwick

Currently, the retirement-facility project is slated to get a 30 per cent DCC reduction

While Qualicum Beach town council seems to be in support of the proposed Berwick Retirement Facility, which is to be built next door to town hall, Coun. Anne Skipsey has raised the issue of development cost charges.

Qualicum Beach council voted unanimously for the Berwick Retirement Facility to go ahead to second reading at a recent meeting.

Skipsey said the development is getting a 30 per cent DCC reduction, but she said she has concerns the green building and sustainability objectives are not being met.

“We’re using past standards and we’re offering up a 30 per cent DCC reduction here, that’s over $200,000, and the only accommodation to green standards is to address energy performance,” Skipsey said.

Skipsey said her understanding was the 30 per cent reduction was compensation for those initiatives.

According to the Jan. 16 agenda, the Berwick development would get a 30 per cent DCC reduction is the development achieves LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification or an equivalent standard as approved by the town’s director of planning.

Director of planning Luke Sales said the architect of the building, Selena Kwok, provided comment on how they will deal with the changes to LEED version four from LEED 2009, including a preliminary energy model submitted at the time of a building permit application and after one year of occupancy, they will perform a building audit to assess the energy performance.

Council also approved a public hearing for the development at the next council meeting on Feb. 6 at 7 p.m.

The applicant for the Berwick development must also host a public information meeting to receive public input before the Feb. 6 public hearing.

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