Prominent developer opposes proposed high-density project

Proposal for Fort Langley project would require Township to approve rise in maximum allowable density

A proposed Fort Langley residential building is the kind of project that give developers a bad name, Eric Woodward told Township council.

Woodward, builder of several Fort Langley projects, was commenting on an application to build a townhouse project in the village that would be more than  double the maximum allowed residential density.

The “Lombardy Place” design application by Site-Lines Architecture on behalf of Shingle Ridge Homes would put 16 units where three single family lots are located at the northwest corner of McBride Street and Mavis Avenue.

That would require Township council to approve raising the maximum allowed housing density for the lots from 12 units per acre to 29.6.

“This is the kind of application that gives developers a bad name” said Woodward.

“I would like it sent back for something more reasonable.”

Woodward, who said he was “speaking for myself,” was one of two people who spoke against the project at the Sept. 28 afternoon meeting of council.

Local resident Richard Bent said the proposed density increase was not consistent with the character in the surrounding area, and would mean increased pressures on parking and a potential drop in property values.

The application is in the early stages and has yet to come before council.

That is not expected until November.

Woodward told The Times his well-known Coulter Berry project was well below the maximum allowed residential density.

He said under the existing regulations, the three-storey building could have had 16.65 residential units, but he built nine, 54 per cent of the allowable maximum.

At press time, Shingle Ridge Homes had not responded to a Times request for comment.