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Current Land Development

This page was last reviewed on November 1, 2022.

The purpose of this page is to information on current development applications for the convenience of the public.

For a complete list of current applications, view the quarterly Development Services reports:


Significant Development Applications in Progress

Address Details Application Type Status
Bevan Road Industrial Area Six new industrial lots and new Tree Island Yogurt facility. Subdivision

Development Permit

In progress
Comox Lake Road/ Horbury Road Bylaw amendments to permit the existing 25 cabins on the property and the potential to subdivide into 25 strata lots. OCP and Zoning amendment to allow subdivision See info below
Dunsmuir Avenue, 2714 New, 4-storey building at the site of the Cumberland Hotel Heritage Alteration Permit

Development Variance Permit

Approved
Penrith Avenue extension Coal Valley Estates Phase 11 for 69 residential lots and 8 multi-family lots. Subdivision

Development Permit

In progress

More information

Royston Road, 3025 Construction of a 56 unit manufactured home park. Manufactured Home Park Permit, Development Permit, Development Variance Permit In Progress

More information

Second Street 3339, 3341, 3345 Non-Market Rental Housing Project for 23 units Official Community Plan and Zoning amendment In progress

Background information

View Council and committee meeting agendas.

Please be advised that the information provided on this page is provided for convenience only and should not be relied upon in making financial or other commitments. The Village does not warrant the accuracy of the information provided on this page nor accepts responsibility for errors or omissions.

Please contact Building and Development staff at planning@nullcumberland.ca or by phone at 250-336-2291 for more information.


Comox Lake Road/Horbury Road: OCP Amendment and Rezoning – Comox Lake Land Corporation Property

The Comox Lake Land Corporation, representing 25 cabin owners off Horbury Road on Comox Lake, is seeking to amend the Village of Cumberland’s Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw. The purpose of the proposed bylaw amendments is to permit the existing 25 cabins on the property and to add the potential to subdivide into 25 strata lots. Current zoning permits one single family dwelling and the property cannot be subdivided.

The cabins were constructed in the early 1900s before any zoning and building regulations were in place and don’t conform to today’s OCP and Zoning Bylaw (they are not a permitted use). However, because they predate today’s bylaws, the cabins can be maintained, repaired or altered. They cannot be enlarged.

Comox Lake is the drinking water supply for over 49,000 Comox Valley residents. Since the cabins are located on Comox Lake, the most important principle guiding the review of the application is to ensure that the residential use on the lake does not negatively impact the drinking water supply of Comox Valley residents, now or in the future.

Environmental, geotechnical, stormwater, emergency access, water and wastewater system reports were submitted as part of the application. A summary report is appended to the August 10, 2021 staff report to Council

At the August 10, 2021 meeting, Village Council passed a resolution to send early referrals for comment on the application to the K’omoks First Nation and key government agencies, including the Comox Valley Regional District, the Comox Lake Watershed Advisory Group and Island Health.

Staff presented the referral comments and recommendations for Zoning and Official Community Plan bylaw amendments at the August 8, 2022 Council meeting. Council referred the report to the Advisory Planning Commission for comment at the September 8, 2022 APC meeting.

Official Community Plan and Zoning Amendment bylaws will be presented to Council later this fall. Check upcoming Council meeting agendas for a date for the introduction of the bylaws. Comments on the application can be sent to planning@nullcumberland.ca.


Address: 2714 Dunsmuir Avenue

Council granted a Heritage Alteration Permit to redevelop the Cumberland Hotel site at the December 13, 2021, Council meeting.

Earlier this year, the owner applied to amend the permit to set back the building corner at Second and Dunsmuir Avenue to provide for the required three metre separation to the overhead powerline on Dunsmuir Avenue. As part of the amendment application, the applicant made a number of design changes to accommodate a greater number of residential units (21 instead of 15) to help the viability of the project. The amendment application also added an underground parkade to meet the onsite parking requirement. The ground floor will continue to be allocated to commercial uses. One of the commercial units fronting Dunsmuir Avenue has access to an outdoor patio to the rear. The commercial unit fronting Second Street has a small patio toward the lane. The building is equipped with an elevator, inner courtyard and public bicycle parking and secure bicycle parking for the residential units.

The amendment application was presented to Council at the August 8, 2022, meeting and referred to the Advisory Planning Commission for comment. The comments from the Advisory Planning Commission and proposed Heritage Alteration Permit and Variances were presented to Council at the September 21, 2022, meeting.

Council approved the Heritage Alteration Permit amendment at their September 21, 2022, meeting. The redesign of the building reduces the mass of the building fronting Dunsmuir Avenue and adds more public space as a result of the greater setback from the property line and overhead powerline. The redesign also adds a small outdoor space toward the lane fronting Second Street. The colour of the composite shingle siding on the corner of the building was changed from beige to an evening blue. Part of the back wall of the building will be corten steel, giving that side of the building an orange rust look.

At the September 26 meeting, Council asked that the black corrugated metal siding around the recessed balconies and on the East side of the building be changed to a different material and a somewhat lighter colour.

Drawings of the new building are also available via the September 21 Council meeting and can be found here.


Address: 2731 Dunsmuir Avenue
Project: New Mixed-Use Building
Application: Heritage Alteration Permit, Development Variance Permit
Applicant:

Summary: Application for a two storey building with ground floor retail area and four residential residential units above. Heritage alteration permit is required for building in the Historic Village Commercial Core. The variance application is to increase the maximum lot coverage and to reduce the required onsite parking stalls.

Status: Council approved the Heritage Alteration Permit and approved variance for lot coverage on October 13, 2020.

Background documents:

Next Steps: The applicant will apply for building permit for construction.

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