- Our Town
New development for city's eastside
Clearing will begin next week for a new subdivision on the south end of Centennial Drive in Williams Lake.
Following months of working with the city, developer Steve Mahon of Macon Construction Ltd. said it’s a relief.
Not only to himself as the developer, who thought he’d receive the city’s stamp of approval earlier, but to the neighbours who were glad to learn the subdivision will include 14 single family homes.
“We’ve had good response to the single homes as opposed to a 60-unit townhouse development,” Mahon explained, adding Macon Construction Ltd. purchased the land in November from another developer who developed Sunridge Gardens directly below.
So far five people have reserved lots because it’s affordable and on a dead-end street, he continued.
In the past few years Mahon has built homes in the Westridge area in Williams Lake and at 150 Mile House, but said he’s excited to be building in Williams Lake in another location.
“There hasn’t been too much development in Williams Lake on this side of the city in a while. Some people are even selling from the other end of Centennial to move down here because they want the sunshine.”
The development will also be linked to existing biking and hiking trails on Fox Mountain, he added.
Following a public hearing Tuesday, city council adopted a bylaw amendment to its official community plan for the development, permitting front line setback reductions.
The lots on the west side will have setback reductions from 5.5 metres to 4 metres and the lots on the east side will have setbacks of 4.5 metres.
Another amendment will change the sewer and drainage system.
Instead of requiring an underground system, Macon will instead install ditches for natural drainage — fitting in with existing drainage.
City planning technician Chris Hutton said the ditch system is already in place on Centennial so allowing the new development to use the same system just makes sense.
“Besides, we saw last summer when we had the big rain storms that the underground system didn’t work in some parts of the city,” Hutton said.