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Current Land Development

This page was last reviewed on September 14, 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

Nov 12 2021 update below.

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 to guide 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.

The following reports were submitted to the Village as part of the application and include a summary report as well as environmental, geotechnical, stormwater, emergency access, water and wastewater system reports:

August 10, 2021: Staff report to Council with attached reports

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.

The early comments will inform the drafting of the Official Community Plan and Zoning Amendment bylaws.

The anticipated timeline for the amendments bylaws to be presented to Council for first reading is February 2022. Watch the council meeting agenda at Cumberland.ca for the date. Comments on the application can be sent to planning@nullcumberland.ca.


Address: 2714 Dunsmuir Avenue

At the November 8, 2021 Council meeting, Council considered the applications for a heritage alteration permit and variance permit (for parking spaces) for the development on the Cumberland Hotel site at 2714 Dunsmuir Avenue.View the staff report presented at the November 8, 2021 Council meeting.

Council referred both applications back to staff and directed staff to review a height variance that retains the proposed roof pitch and the possibility of awnings for the building.

Proposed Development

The proposed development will replace the Cumberland Hotel with a four-storey mixed-use building. The architect has provided a design brief, which include renderings for the building as well as a streetscape view.

Three medium sized commercial units (123 m2, 192 m2, and 187 m2) are planned for the ground floor. One of the commercial units will be accessible from Second Street, one from the corner at Dunsmuir and Second Street and the third unit from Dunsmuir Avenue. The commercial unit that is accessible from Dunsmuir Avenue is intended for restaurant use and includes an outdoor seating area that opens toward Dunsmuir Avenue as well as an atrium/open space at the rear of the unit.

Fifteen apartment units are planned for the three floors above with the entrance to the apartment units opens on to Second Street. The building is equipped with an elevator. Each floor will have two 1-bedroom units and three 2-bedroom units for a total of six 1-bedroom units and nine 2-bedroom units. The basement includes secure bicycle storage, bike repair stations, a bike wash station and a dog wash room. The building includes a Klaus multi-parking system for 14 vehicles. The system stacks vehicles in stalls within a semi-automatic parking system to save space. The parking will be accessible from the lane.

The development requires a Heritage Alteration Permit as it is located in the Historic Village Commercial Core.

The applicant is also seeking variances to the parking requirement and a variance to the maximum height to accommodate a sloped roof section that screens mechanical equipment on the rooftop. The Heritage Alteration Permit and parking variance were reviewed by Council at their August 9, 2021 and November 8, 2021 meetings. The Heritage Committee reviewed the application at their August 16, 2021 meeting. The height variance is expected to be reviewed at either the upcoming November 22, 2021 or December 13, 2021 Council meeting.

Visit the Council meeting page for current and past agendas, which include staff reports, and minutes of those meetings.


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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