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Braemar Elementary School Surplus Land Development
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In 2007, Wedgewood Ventures was the successful bidder for the purchase of the parcel of land adjacent to Braemar Elementary School, located at 3600 Mahon Avenue.
The current property owner—the North Vancouver School District, has identified the parcel as surplus, with the sale conditional on Wedgewood receiving District of North Vancouver approval to change the zoning from 'public assembly' to 'residential'.
Wedgewood Ventures, together with the North Vancouver School District, had ongoing discussions with the District of North Vancouver and community residents in putting forth an initial development proposal in 2014.
Update: October 2015
In September, Wedgewood Ventures Ltd. held a Public Information Meeting as part of its submission of a revised planning application to the District of North Vancouver for the re-zoning and development of an unused parcel of surplus of land on the Braemar Elementary School property.
A fact sheet on the project has been developed along with a complementary Question & Answer section (view PDF). The document provides an overview of the revised development application and addresses the questions most frequently raised in association with the proposed development, including at the Public Information Meeting.
Wedgewood Ventures Ltd. Development Application (submitted July 2015)
Public Information Meeting Summary Report (September 17)
Environmental Assessment (conducted July 2015)
Aborist Tree Retention Assessment Report (conducted 2011)
For additional information, comments or questions, or to be added to Wedgewood Ventures mailing list, please contact James Fox: WedgewoodVentures@shaw.ca
Update: August 2015
Wedgwood Ventures has retained the option to purchase the surplus property and recently submitted a development application for a revised proposal that took into consideration the following concerns brought forth by the community:
· Siting / proximity to school and neighbours
Revised concept plan overview:
The revised concept plan for the site is to subdivide the property into four single-family lots. The size and height of the buildings would essentially conform to the adjacent RSNQ single-family zoning of neighbouring properties.
By reducing the number of proposed homes from seven to four, the distance between the proposed new lots and the school has been significantly increased, eliminating over-viewing and shadowing. In addition, an 18-foot buffer zone will be established between the new lots and the existing homes.
Traffic and Parking
Proposed traffic and parking improvements are aligned with the short, medium and long-term solutions for the area neighbouring Braemar Elementary outlined in the 2011 School Transportation and Safety Review conducted by the North Vancouver School District and District of North Vancouver. Since the study was conducted, the District has implemented a number of recommended improvements. Additional funding from this proposed development will allow for the completion of several additional improvements to traffic and parking in the area.
Access to the proposed lots will be from a small road extended from the end of Calder Avenue. Each home will have a driveway as well as space to park a minimum of three vehicles.
Wedgewood’s current proposal includes the findings of a recent environmental assessment of the property that also reflects the recommendations made in an arborist report conducted as part of the initial proposal.
The plan features extensive landscaping, including the removal of predominantly invasive species and the incorporation of existing viable mature trees. This will create a natural outdoor setting while at the same time, provide 'green screening' of the property for neighbours and Braemar School. The proposal also includes the removal of invasive species and management of previously topped trees located on the sloped property immediately adjacent to the school. The School District will retain ownership of this portion of the original parcel for sale.
Architect: Raymond Letkeman Architects Ltd.
Landscape Architect: Eckford Tyacke + Associates Landscape Architecture
Traffic Consultant: Bunt & Associates Engineering Ltd.
Environmental Consultant: Diamond Head Consulting Ltd.
Arborist: Arbortech Consulting Ltd.