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Neighbours celebrate after Langford caps towers at six storeys

Neighbours of a proposed development in Langford are relieved after council voted to cap the two-tower project at six storeys — rather than 12 — and address traffic concerns.
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Two residential towers are proposed for a Goldstream Avenue site in Langford.

Neighbours of a proposed development in Langford are relieved after council voted to cap the two-tower project at six storeys — rather than 12 — and address traffic concerns.

The developer, Langford-based Design Build Services, initially indicated it wanted to build two 12-storey towers with 225 residential units at 647 Goldstream Ave., ­sparking s­ignificant opposition from neighbours concerned about the scope of the development, an increase in traffic on ­Fairway Avenue, and the impact on pedestrian safety on the street, which has no sidewalk.

In January, consultant Mike Wignall said the ownership group would agree to build two six-storey towers, after ­proposing one nine-storey tower and one six-storey tower in an application to Langford’s ­planning, zoning and affordable housing committee.

Council was told ­Monday that Design Build ­Services intends to build two ­six-storey ­buildings containing ­approximately 160 residential units and ­ground-floor ­commercial space.

Council voted to limit the project to six storeys, require an entrance and exit on Goldstream Avenue and extend a sidewalk from the development to a nearby park.

J. Scott, who has been a vocal opponent of the project, ­celebrated the vote as a win, thanking neighbours who signed petitions and wrote letters to council and councillors for ­listening to their concerns.

“They’ve maintained safety for pedestrians with the ­measures they’ve put in place, and I’m very, very pleased,” she said.

Rezoning for the development from one- and two-family ­residential zone to city centre zone passed third reading at Monday’s council meeting.