Large development at Livingstone and Maclure to move forward

Plans for 435 housing units receive council approval

A development at the corner of Livingstone and Maclure received third reading at council on Monday.

A development at the corner of Livingstone and Maclure received third reading at council on Monday.

A 435-unit development at the corner of Livingstone Avenue and Maclure Road will move forward, pending final council approval.

Council gave third reading to the rezoning proposal, which will create 400 apartment units and 35 townhouse units on the site, which borders Gardner Park in west Abbotsford.

The development will see two-storey buildings on the east side of the lot, which is adjacent to a single-family home neighbourhood. The buildings will rise to six storeys on the western side at Livingstone Avenue.

The developer will required to meet a number of conditions, including a payment of almost $350,000 to the city’s parkland acquisition fund and $200,000 for habitat compensation in Gardner Park. The developer will also have to install a new traffic signal at the entrance of the development, and provide almost $20,000 cash-in-lieu for street trees, and $10,000 for a pedestrian countdown timer at Maclure Road and Livingstone Avenue.

Coun. Ross Siemens said many neighbouring residents expressed concern about traffic congestion in the area at the public hearing on Jan. 26, and city manager George Murray explained that while the city’s official community plan update is ongoing, staff could ensure that the traffic master plan is updated for that area to ensure traffic management is considered.