Royal Bay and Royal Beach development applications

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Colwood's Official Community Plan is a community-led document that provides a map for the future of Colwood. It envisions the Royal Bay and Royal Beach areas as a Seaside Village, one of two primary centres for cultural, civic, economic and public life within the City.

Current stage of development

Build out of the Royal Bay lands north of Latoria Road is underway with new homes, parks and trails and an expansion of Royal Bay Secondary School.

The City has received rezoning applications from both Royal Bay (lands south of Latoria Boulevard) and Royal Beach (lands between Metchosin Road and the waterfront).

Both applications involve amending the Royal Bay Area Plan which forms part of the City’s Official Community Plan. The applicants are also requesting that the current zoning on the lands be amended to allow for the proposed developments.

The City has also received a rezoning application for three buildings at 360 Latoria Boulevard (read more).

Learn more at LiveatRoyalBay.ca and RoyalBeach.ca

These are big decisions that will shape how people live, enjoy and move around Colwood in the future.

Rezoning dictates what will be built on the land and the resulting character, density, road layouts, traffic patterns, and parks planning, as well as shoreline erosion and slope stability assessments, and more.

Council has asked the applicants to provide a series of technical reports to help them better understand the implications of the development proposals for the broader community.

Colwood's Official Community Plan is a community-led document that provides a map for the future of Colwood. It envisions the Royal Bay and Royal Beach areas as a Seaside Village, one of two primary centres for cultural, civic, economic and public life within the City.

Current stage of development

Build out of the Royal Bay lands north of Latoria Road is underway with new homes, parks and trails and an expansion of Royal Bay Secondary School.

The City has received rezoning applications from both Royal Bay (lands south of Latoria Boulevard) and Royal Beach (lands between Metchosin Road and the waterfront).

Both applications involve amending the Royal Bay Area Plan which forms part of the City’s Official Community Plan. The applicants are also requesting that the current zoning on the lands be amended to allow for the proposed developments.

The City has also received a rezoning application for three buildings at 360 Latoria Boulevard (read more).

Learn more at LiveatRoyalBay.ca and RoyalBeach.ca

These are big decisions that will shape how people live, enjoy and move around Colwood in the future.

Rezoning dictates what will be built on the land and the resulting character, density, road layouts, traffic patterns, and parks planning, as well as shoreline erosion and slope stability assessments, and more.

Council has asked the applicants to provide a series of technical reports to help them better understand the implications of the development proposals for the broader community.

  • 360 Latoria proposed density and commercial component

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    8 months ago

    Digging into Density

    The application before Council proposes a density of approximately 225 dwellings per hectare (uph) at 360 Latoria Boulevard.

    This is lower than the allowable density of 250 uph as envisioned in the Royal Bay Area Plan (p. 267):

    Located at the confluence of Metchosin Road, Latoria Boulevard and Ryder Hesjedal Way, "the Commons Mixed-Use Village is intended to serve as the heart of the community, bringing visitors and residents together in a vibrant social setting.

    An increase in residential density...allows for neighbourhoods to support services, community facilities and densities that are critical in realizing more complete communities....

    Digging into Density

    The application before Council proposes a density of approximately 225 dwellings per hectare (uph) at 360 Latoria Boulevard.

    This is lower than the allowable density of 250 uph as envisioned in the Royal Bay Area Plan (p. 267):

    Located at the confluence of Metchosin Road, Latoria Boulevard and Ryder Hesjedal Way, "the Commons Mixed-Use Village is intended to serve as the heart of the community, bringing visitors and residents together in a vibrant social setting.

    An increase in residential density...allows for neighbourhoods to support services, community facilities and densities that are critical in realizing more complete communities. Permitted density within the Commons is up to 250 uph."

    Considering Commercial

    How much commercial space should this 1.8 acre site provide?

    The Royal Bay Area Plan (p. 268) envisions a minimum of 7400m2 of commercial floor space in the Commons and the Landing (at Royal Beach) combined.

    The current application for 360 Latoria Boulevard proposes 500m2 of commercial space.This represents 6.76% of the overall 7400m2 of commercial.

    The combined area of the Commons and the Landing is approximately 37 acres. The 1.8 acre site at 360 Latoria represents just 4.8% of that total area.

    Providing 6.76% of commercial floor space on 4.8% of the area suggests the proposal meets or exceeds what is envisioned for commercial space in the Royal Bay Area Plan.


  • 360 Latoria: a brief history of development proposals

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    8 months ago

    In 2016 the previous owners of the Royal Bay property, BCIMC, applied for a development permit application for a one-storey building at 360 Latoria Boulevard they called a 'Neighbourhood House' that included a cafe, a restaurant and a meeting space.

    The zoning allowed for five storeys, but the intent of that owner was that the Neighbourhood House would serve as a focal point for the community.

    The City issued the Development Permit in 2016, but the property owner elected not to proceed with construction.

    New owner, new application

    Now in 2019, a proposal by the current owner includes neighbourhood retail...

    In 2016 the previous owners of the Royal Bay property, BCIMC, applied for a development permit application for a one-storey building at 360 Latoria Boulevard they called a 'Neighbourhood House' that included a cafe, a restaurant and a meeting space.

    The zoning allowed for five storeys, but the intent of that owner was that the Neighbourhood House would serve as a focal point for the community.

    The City issued the Development Permit in 2016, but the property owner elected not to proceed with construction.

    New owner, new application

    Now in 2019, a proposal by the current owner includes neighbourhood retail and a cafe centrered around a public plaza intended to address the neighbourhood desire for a focal point.

    City staff must review the application as it relates to the Zoning Bylaw and Official Community Plan designation, not to a previous owner's plan for the property.

  • Current zoning and land designation for 360 Latoria Boulevard

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    8 months ago

    What does the zoning currently allow at 360 Latoria Boulevard?

    The current zoning allows for 5-storey buildings at a maximum height of 15m. The applicant has requested rezoning to allow for one 6-storey building (16m).

    What does the Official Community Plan (OCP) envision for this site?

    The community's Official Community Plan envisions "two primary centres ... within the city" at Colwood Corners and the Seaside Village at Royal Bay. 360 Latoria is within the 'Seaside Village' designation which supports buildings up to 12 storeys.


    See also Proposed development at 360 Latoria Boulevard.

    What does the zoning currently allow at 360 Latoria Boulevard?

    The current zoning allows for 5-storey buildings at a maximum height of 15m. The applicant has requested rezoning to allow for one 6-storey building (16m).

    What does the Official Community Plan (OCP) envision for this site?

    The community's Official Community Plan envisions "two primary centres ... within the city" at Colwood Corners and the Seaside Village at Royal Bay. 360 Latoria is within the 'Seaside Village' designation which supports buildings up to 12 storeys.


    See also Proposed development at 360 Latoria Boulevard.

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  • Proposed development at 360 Latoria Boulevard

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    8 months ago

    District Group has submitted a rezoning application for the property at 360 Latoria Boulevard on the corner of Latoria Boulevard and Ryder Hesjedal Way next to Royal Bay Secondary School.

    They propose to build 164 rental apartments in three buildings ranging in height from 4 to 6 storeys. The buildings would include approximately 500m2 of space for retail/coffee shop with 190 underground parking spaces and 8 surface parking spaces.

    The proposal may include approximately 150 independent seniors dwellings.

    See also Current zoning and designation for 360 Latoria Boulevard

    District Group has submitted a rezoning application for the property at 360 Latoria Boulevard on the corner of Latoria Boulevard and Ryder Hesjedal Way next to Royal Bay Secondary School.

    They propose to build 164 rental apartments in three buildings ranging in height from 4 to 6 storeys. The buildings would include approximately 500m2 of space for retail/coffee shop with 190 underground parking spaces and 8 surface parking spaces.

    The proposal may include approximately 150 independent seniors dwellings.

    See also Current zoning and designation for 360 Latoria Boulevard