The City of Campbell River wants to hear from you about a proposed land change in Quinsam Heights.

It’s looking at an Official Community Plan (OCP) amendment that would remove the “estate” designation in this neighbourhood.

The area is bordered by Evergreen Road, Highway 19, McPhedran Road and Shetland Road. 

This change would lift the requirement for subdivisions.

If the amendment gets the go-ahead, it would result in an average lot size of no less than one acre, meaning smaller lots, and more houses into the area.

“This would set the stage for the city to consider proposals for more and different types of development to occur in Quinsam Heights,” explains Chris Osborne, the city’s acting manager of long-range planning and sustainability. 

“The proposed amendment comes after a re-evaluation and update to City housing policies. Part of that process was to consider how to make the best use of available land to continue to provide new housing options for current and future residents.”

He added, “It’s a response to the housing availability and affordability issues that we’ve seen grow over the last few years.”

It would not affect the current zoning of any parcels, and any future proposals for zoning changes would continue to require neighbourhood notification and a public hearing.

All of the details of the proposed amendment, and how to provide your feedback can be found  here at campbellriver.ca/Quinsam-Heights

There are three ways to provide input.

  • Join an online Zoom workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 25. Online workshops are available at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Aug. 25. Space is limited to one person per household, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. You can register here.
  • Complete a workbook and send it to the city. The workshops will be a guided discussion to complete a short workbook. If you can’t make it to a workshop, you can still complete a workbook and email it to policy@campbellriver.ca or drop off a paper copy to City Hall. Workbooks will be available here. They’re due by 9:00am on Aug. 28.
  • Attend the public hearing in September.  You can find information on public hearings and how to sign up as a delegation to address here.