A memorandum presented during the Jan. 27 special council meeting for the town of Qualicum Beach, shows the locations of three buildings yet to be developed at 431 College Rd. The building not highlighted on the right already exists. The smaller building in the centre is the proposed Qualicum College replica, and the other two new buildings are to the west of the replica. (Screenshot photo)

A memorandum presented during the Jan. 27 special council meeting for the town of Qualicum Beach, shows the locations of three buildings yet to be developed at 431 College Rd. The building not highlighted on the right already exists. The smaller building in the centre is the proposed Qualicum College replica, and the other two new buildings are to the west of the replica. (Screenshot photo)

Old Qualicum College building to be demolished, replicated by property developer

Heritage status designation for structure repealed during special council meeting

The old Qualicum College has lost its heritage status and will be demolished by the property’s developer.

During a special meeting late last month, Qualicum Beach council voted unanimously in favour to repeal the heritage status designation so that the owner and developer of 431 College Rd. can tear it down and rebuild a replica in its place.

The director of planning for Qualicum Beach, Luke Sales, confirmed for council that in order to repeal a heritage status designation, the repeal must go through the same process as it would for designation, by means of three readings, a public hearing and finally the adoption. The developer of 431 College Rd. proposed to council a bylaw amendment to allow the property to have 62-unit multi-residential buildings; it is otherwise currently zoned to only allow 40 units maximum.

According to the memorandum, as presented by Sales during the meeting, the 62 units would be dispersed through four buildings, three of which still need to be constructed. Building A would have 14 units, building B would have 22 units and the new Qualicum College replica would have 10 units.

The existing strata building already has 16 units.

A public hearing also took place for the residents to come forward, virtually through Zoom, to voice their concerns about the proposed developments.

Some residents came forward with concerns about population density if the new zoning amendment was approved, and potential repercussions such as increased traffic and possible drainage issues, as well as the length of time it would take to build all three new buildings.

Though most who came forward were in favour of a new development, one resident asked council not to make their decision immediately so town staff can talk to the developer and bring forward some of the recommendations so a common ground can be reached.

Qualicum Beach resident Susan Lloyd said she wasn’t sure if the town anticipated what might happen with a complex development such as whats being proposed.

“I just want to caution that I would hope that the town would get appropriate legal advice to deal with complex sites. I don’t know what was done in the past, but you can see that some of the issues that arose might not have been things that could’ve been anticipated. But I think in other respects, they could have been. And I think we have suffered as a result.”

Debbie Boyle, another resident who spoke during the public hearing, asked council to take due care with their considerations.

“You are our firewall, our protectors,” she said. “The big bad wolves that say ‘no’ when the answer should be ‘no’. You are the people we look to make solid decisions that are in the best interest of the stakeholders in Qualicum Beach, being the town residents and not the developers. Qualicum Beach is loved for its character and unique atmosphere. When it comes down to that vote to either approve or deny the amendment application, I’m asking that you will pause for just that minute and remember who you work for, and what the area residents clearly would like you to vote. Which is ‘no’.”

During the same meeting, councillors decided they will not proceed with the zoning amendment proposal in tandem with the heritage site repeal, as they feel more time is required to consider the public’s concerns.

City Councildevelopmentqualicum beach

Just Posted

Cory Mills, Eric Blackmore and A.J. Jensen, all 20, drown in the Sooke River in February 2020. (Contributed photos)
Coroner confirms ‘puddle jumping’ in 2020 drowning deaths of three Sooke men

Cory Mills, Eric Blackmore and A.J. Jensen pulled into raging river driving through nearby flooding

Nanaimo-raised singer Allison Crowe with director Zack Snyder on the set of ‘Man of Steel’ in 2011. Crowe performs a cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah in the upcoming director’s cut of ‘Justice League.’ (Photo courtesy Clay Enos)
B.C. musician records song for upcoming ‘Justice League’ film

Allison Crowe’s close connection to director led to rendition of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah

A 50-year-old man was stabbed in an altercation that started with a disagreement about physical distancing. (File photo)
Argument about physical distancing leads to stabbing in Nanaimo

Suspect arrested on Gabriola Island an hour after incident Wednesday, Feb. 24

A battery electric-hybrid ferry, pictured here, is expected to make its way to Vancouver Island in late 2021, says B.C. Ferries. (Submitted photo)
Hybrid ferry for Gabriola-Nanaimo route launches in shipyard in Europe

Two hybrid vessels to replace MV Quinsam by early 2022, says B.C. Ferries

G.P. Vanier in Courtenay has six members of the community who have tested positive; Island Health identified seven staff and 78 students who will be required to self-isolate. Black Press file photo
Eight sick, 108 more isolating in Comox Valley school district due to COVID-19

District says that all who tested positive did not contract COVID-19 within the school sites

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature. (B.C. government)
B.C. reports 10 additional deaths, 395 new COVID-19 cases

The majority of new coronavirus infections were in the Fraser Health region

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools is preparing a rapid response team proposal for submission to the B.C. Ministry of Education. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district chosen as COVID-19 rapid response team

Team to consist of SD68 and Island Health staff, according to B.C. Ministry of Education

A new survey has found that virtual visits are British Columbian’s preferred way to see the doctor amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Unsplash)
Majority of British Columbians now prefer routine virtual doctor’s visits: study

More than 82% feel virtual health options reduce wait times, 64% think they lead to better health

Captain and Maria, a pair of big and affectionate akbash dogs, must be adopted together because they are so closely bonded. (SPCA image)
Shuswap SPCA seeks forever home for inseparable Akbash dogs

A fundraiser to help medical expenses for Captain and Maria earned over 10 times its goal

The missing camper heard a GSAR helicopter, and ran from his tree well waving his arms. File photo
Man trapped on Manning mountain did nearly everything right to survive: SAR

The winter experienced camper was overwhelmed by snow conditions

Castlegar doctor Megan Taylor contracted COVID-19 in November. This photo was taken before the pandemic. Photo: Submitted
Kootenay doctor shares experience contracting COVID-19

Castlegar doctor shares her COVID experience

Ashley Paxman, 29, is in the ICU after being struck by a vehicle along Highway 97 Feb. 18, 2021. She remains in critical condition. (GoFundMe)
Okanagan woman in ICU with broken bones in face after being struck by car

She remains in serious condition following Feb. 18 incident

Vancouver International Women in Film Festival kicks off March 5.
Women in Film Festival features two B.C. filmmakers

The 16th annual festival kicks off March 5, 2021

The BC SPCA is offering many chances for school-aged kids to learn about animal welfare and other animal topics. Pictured here is Keith, a three-month-old kitten seen on Nov. 4, 2020 at the Chilliwack SPCA. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
From pets to wildlife, BC SPCA offers animal education programs geared to youth

BC SPCA offering virtual spring break camps, workshops and school presentations

Most Read