More homes slated for former gravel pit

Density bonusing will allow more homes per lot in return for levy

  • Feb. 21, 2014 7:00 a.m.

One of the last open spaces along Jackson Road will be filled with 60 more homes, if Maple Ridge council OKs a density-bonusing proposal by Morningstar Homes.

The plan presented to the committee of the whole Monday calls for lots of 371 sq. metres instead of the normal suburban lot of 557 sq. metres.

That will result in another 12 lots being designed into the area that used to be the former Allard gravel pit.

Under a density-bonusing plan approved last year by council, developers in the Albion area can build projects at the next highest level of density, in return for paying $3,100 for each lot, adding up to about $155,000.

Money from those levies will go into a fund to pay for parks and trails or possibly community centres in the Albion area.

The development site is four hectares (11 acres) in size but has little natural vegetation left although there’s a tributary to Maggie Creek running through  the site.

Access to the new subdivision will be via 245B Street and from 106th Avenue.

However, a steep slope on the west side of Jackson Road will prohibit any driveway or road connections although a walkway is possible.