The Town of Oliver is one step closer to a new 46-unit affordable housing project geared at families and seniors.
At Monday’s meeting, council gave a proposed bylaw change for the housing site at 5931 Airport Rd. a third reading, voting to support changing the zoning from highway commercial to high-density residential.
Their recommendation will now be forwarded to the Ministry of Transportation to sign off on the amendment prior to adoption.
As part of the process, the applicant, M’akola Housing Society and builder Ellis Don, held a public information session in August at the community centre. Town staff received a summary of feedback from the meeting and noted “the public appears to be very supportive of the project, citing need for more housing, especially for families.”
The project comes with funding support from BC Housing’s Community Housing Fund. Units at the location will come with a mix of rents, with 30 per cent at a “moderate income” rate, meaning $71,810 per year for couples without children or $107,000 for families with children.
Fifty per cent of the units will be at “rent geared to income” level, or low income, and 20 pr cent will be at income assistant rates.
Council passed the motion without discussion at Monday’s meeting, having spent time at previous meetings discussing the need for the housing and addressing concerns about the nearby airport by proposing a height limit of 14.7 metres on the building.
A public hearing immediately before the council meeting drew no comments from the public.
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