Development on a multi-use L’Arche Comox Valley facility is moving forward!

Courtenay council has approved the development permit with parking variances for the project, which will see the construction of a housing and care facility for people with development disabilities.

7 parking spaces will be included on the Grieve Avenue lot in Courtenay, with 2 wheelchair accessible spots. There will be 10 bicycle stalls included as well.

Courtenay’s Director of Development Services, Ian Buck, says the variances were considered because it’s believed that most of the individuals set to be housed at the facility won’t be driving. There is also quite a bit of street parking in the area, and the location is a block away from Fitzgerald Avenue, which has three bus routes. Buck added that during special occasions, street parking will be utilized in accordance with neighboring buildings.

The existing neighborhood has been informed about this development in the area. Council has agreed to contribute some funds to L’Arche but will have to determine the amount. They also directed staff to develop a policy for providing financial assistance to not for profit projects.