Fairway Neighbours Unite
for a Liveable Langford
Call into City Council 'First Reading' on Monday, Jan. 18th @ 5:30 regarding the 647 Goldstream proposal.
Call-In Information link Council Meeting - First Reading on Jan. 18th @ 5:30
Please Call-in to this meeting!
Let them know we still want an entrance/exit onto Goldstream, sidewalks, and a height reduction to 4 stories, at least on Fairway Ave.
Provide a smokers area to tenants.
Agenda link: Council 'First Reading' is first step of zoning approval
Please call to share your input with City Council!
We must let them know that the proposal put forth at the Planning & Zoning Hearing still does not work for our neighbourhood!
Six Stories Too Tall for Fairway Avenue!
Call-in to First Reading with City Council on Monday, Jan. 18th, 5:30 PM to voice your concerns.
(The 'First Reading' is the second step of the process for zoning approval of this proposal)
Ask for height reduction to 4-stories, sidewalks and an entrance/exit onto Goldstream Ave.
We also must demand that developer provide a smoking area within this complex.
Why did Planning & Zoning add in the resolution for all houses on these 5 lots to be removed by June?
These houses are still rented and are not derelict.
Please send emails for the First Reading at City Council meeting prior to 3:00 on Monday
New Email for First Reading; City Council meeting Monday, Jan. 18th @ 5:30 PM
The links below open an email pre-populated with a letter all ready to go. YOU MUST ADD YOUR NAME & ADDRESS FOR IT TO BE INCLUDED IN AGENDA PACKAGE . LETTERS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 3:00 ON MONDAY.
Edit the letter to make it yours, or just sign with your name & address and hit send! Thank you!
Send a letter to Denise Blackwell, Councillor; or phone: 250-478-6169
Send a letter to Matt Sahlstrom, Councillor; or phone: 250-478-6846
Send a letter to Lanny Seaton, Councillor; or phone: 250-478-3357
Send a letter to Roger Wade, Councillor; or phone: 250-857-037
Send a letter to Norma Stewart, Councillor; or phone: 250-857-0114
Send a letter to Lillian Szpak, Councillor; or phone: 250-391-0579
Send a letter to Stew Young, Mayor; or phone: 250-478-7882
Send a letter to Matthew Baldwin, Head of Planning & Zoning Department; or phone: 250-478-7882
Having trouble with the one-click letters? Download a copy of the letter (below) and email it manually!
Write your own letters to Mayor and Council
Contact Information: [email protected] City of Langford City Hall (250) 478-7882
City Council Meeting will hold a 'First Reading' for the proposal at 647 Goldstream Ave. on Monday, Jan. 18th at 5:30PM. Call in to share your concerns!
Send your emails against this proposal before 3:00, MONDAY, Jan.18th to get your statement included in the package to City Council Meeting in time for First Reading.
You MUST add your name & address for it to be included! Please call in too! call-in information
Fairway Neighbours Unite has a petition signed by over 480 people who are against this proposed development.
add your signature! https://www.change.org/fairwayneighboursunite
The developer, Greater Victoria Property Group, have contracted Design Build Services who built the infamous Danbrook One property. Danbrook One is an 11-storey high-rise that had its occupancy permit revoked, months after residents moved in, because it was deemed unsafe due to the way it was built. It remains empty today.
Design Build Services is seeking to change the existing zoning of 647 Goldstream Ave. (5 amalgamated city lots) from single family dwellings to a combined Multi-story Commercial Zoning. On January 18th, at 5:30 PM City Council will hold a First Reading on this proposal rezoning for these 5 lots on the 600 block of Fairway and Goldstream Avenues.
Write to Council (direct link emails provided above) to demand video live-streaming of Council Meetings, demand that zoning requirements stay within the existing roof line of 4 stories. Demand to see the actual Development plans. Comment on too high-density, resulting traffic issues and threat to pedestrian safety.
Our neighbours gathered together to show their support for Fairway Avenue and to demonstrate to City Council and Langford’s Planning & Zoning Department, that Fairway is too narrow a street to support the traffic that the proposed development of Twin 12-Storey, 240 unit apartment towers would generate.
There are no sidewalks or shoulders on Fairway, and additional traffic would threaten the safety of the pedestrians who constantly use Fairway for their walks to Veterans Memorial Park at the end of our street.
Nothing But Questions & No Answers
Fairway Neighbours Unite asks this: Why does Langford never respond to any of our letters and questions with anything other than form letters? Neighbours continue to ask why Langford still does not do video live-streaming of its Council meetings as other municipalities do?
In the August 14th issue of the Goldstream Gazette Lillian Szpak stated that Langford Council would discuss live-steaming its meetings in September – yet citizens are still denied this option.
Write to City Council to demand Live-Streaming Council meetings!
Fairway Neighbours Unite wants answers, and is tired of a city government that ignores its citizen’s requests. Why is Langford hiding this enormous potential development from public scrutiny? Fairway Neighbours Unite for a Livable Langford wants to know.
Thursday, August 20, 2020
Developer Meeting in the Rain
We United! A solid 50 people showed up (all social-distancing & wearing masks) for the presentation by the developer. It was most disappointing, as they answered every question that we asked with a “we will get back to you on that”.
It was obviously a one-off meeting, with the neighbours asking questions and the developer’s representatives being evasive.
Many people offered to set up a committee, so that we could continue to dialogue with the developer about our neighbourhood concerns. This will not happen.
They would not even tell us the name of the developer, explaining that Design Build Services is simply the hired contractor. But we know, from previous research, that the actual developers are Cheri Crause and Rick Hoogendoorn of the Greater Victoria Property Group (https://greatervictoriapropertygroup.com/).
The proposed development has now grown in size to TWO 12-storey buildings with 240 apartment units. Again, the representatives leading the meeting were evasive about answering any specific questions. They said that it will now be planned as a 55+ Seniors apartment building.
There is no green space shown in the plans we were able to view, not even the allocated 5% as required by the City of Langford.
Instead of answers, we are only left with more questions and a complete lack of transparency. Langford can do better that this! Concerned residents stood outside in the rain for two hours, waiting patiently for answers – only to be disappointed.
We need to take our efforts to a higher level. It is time to reach out to the media in every way we can - write letters to the editor of our newspapers: Goldstream Gazette: Letter to the Editor [email protected] ; Times Colonist Letter to the Editor [email protected] about this proposed development, the lack of transparency, and the how all information regarding this project being hidden from the public.
We, the friends and neighbours of Goldstream and Fairway Avenues, want Langford to regulate the proposed plans from the developer of the building that was declared uninhabitable (Design Build Services) to a scale that fits within our existing structure heights.
We also want Langford to regulate Neighbourhood Zones in our city to enable them to remain true neighbourhoods for the citizens of Langford.
We stand against the Twin 11-Storey Towers, 224 unit, Apartment proposed development at 647 Goldstream Ave. These 5 amalgamated properties are in the 600 Block of both Goldstream and Fairway Avenues.