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Micheal Kluchkowski

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It may be possible to acquire land for community purposes with no increase in taxes.  There is a 77 acre (+/-)  parcel which stretches from Belwood Road to Bartholomew Road, which may be available for as little as $300,000.00.  Currently zoned Forestry One, if rezoned a higher density and more intense use, it would be worth a great deal more.  If the increase in the value of the property was designated for community purposes, then not only would there be the land available for community use, but also a valuable asset on the books.

 

   Here’s a quote from the “Western Investor” magazine:

 

   “Maple Ridge is also catching the attention of the high-tech community...this includes a lot of small companies that are virtual, agile and mobile. A lot of them are flexible but they want a hub where they can connect with other people with similar ideas.”

   This “creative class” likes being involved in sports and being active but wants a small-town feel with a strong centre, she explained, and Maple Ridge stands primed to be that hub. Land prices are among the lowest in the region, with an acre of serviced industrial, starting at $600,000, about half the price of Burnaby or Coquitlam”

 

   A Community Contribution Company or a Non-profit Corporation could be formed to raise the initial capital buy the property,  and with community support, rezone it to a site specific zone that would enable the land to be used for a variety of housing types, including housing that qualifies for low-income subsidized housing, and market housing tailored for our local needs, for example, space for tiny houses.  The land could also be used for a variety of industrial and educational purposes.  For example, it could be a space for a variety of workshops.   A community water system and a community waste water disposal system could be built.

 

   The land for most of the uses could be leased, not sold, so most of the development would remain in community hands. There would be an ongoing cash flow from rents and leases.  The exceptions would be for community projects where funding requires ownership of the land, or the outright sale of some sites to raise cash.  When subdivision becomes necessary, it can be done as a phased bare land strata subdivision.  In a bare land strata, there are no roads but rather access routes, so no mandated road development needs to take place.  The majority of the land can remain common property, with only the property needed for the building site actually subdivided.  Separate parts of the common property can be designated for the exclusive use of one lot, providing a wide array of solutions.

 

   As an example of a low cost flex space, I’ve drawn plans for a 32” x 32” studio, with full bath, and a kitchen sink.  It could be used to live in, and could be improved if that was the use.  It can be built for less than $50,000, and could be built almost entirely with wood from Cortes if the prices are in line. Amortized over 30 years at 5.25%, monthly payment would be $276.00.

   It could be rented for much more than that.

 

  

 
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pdf property_boundaries.pdf (198.99 KB, 5 views)
pdf small_studio_floor_plan.pdf (20.53 KB, 4 views)
pdf small_studio_framing_overview.pdf (62.71 KB, 4 views)
pdf small_studio_interior.pdf (89.63 KB, 3 views)
pdf small_studio_perspective.pdf (75.94 KB, 4 views)

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Brent Morrow

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Micheal, I think you'll find the appetite for allowing rezoning in the way you have suggested is very low. It's been tried before.
Why not try buying a piece of land in a land share agreement with other interested parties? This has been done a few times successfully (I think).
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Sandra Wood

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Hi Michael,
Can you fix the broken link to the property boundary PDF?  It will not open for me, but the other studio PDF's open fine.  Thanks ~ Sandra
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Micheal Kluchkowski

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Here's another map.

 
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Sandra Wood

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I agree with Brent, that the creative solution (that does not involve re-zoning) is for interested buyer(s) to work with existing zoning, which I believe would allow them to build 1 house + 1 cottage + 1 large Workshop "Makerspace" in partnership with a non-profit for affordable business-office rent to those creative entrepreneurs. ~ Sandra
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Micheal Kluchkowski

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If it were just a question of zoning, and not capital, then the ideal location for a makerspace/educational centre would be the property at the corner of Sutil Point and Belwood, across from the old Credit Union, which consists of a acre of land zoned Industrial, and .7 of an acre of Service Commercial One, listed for 369k for both (must be sold together).  On the Industial acre, current zoning permits a building footprint of about 11,392 sf, and a 32.8 foot height, which is plenty for a three story building, for a potential of 34.992 total square feet. On the Service Commercial One portion, about 46,392 sf total can be built on three floors.  If more space would be required, the Credit Union property allows for well over 150,000 square feet of floor space can be built.  The 77 acre parcel would be ideal for the Foresty Coop to build their sawmill (of any size) plus 10,000 square feet of industrial space related to wood in some way,  plus two residences and plus accessory buildings.

The Service Commercial One zone permits  a) Service establishment; b) Retail and wholesale establishment; c) Business and professional office; d) Automobile service station; e) Restaurant; f) Marina; g) Residential; h) Public Assembly; i) Hotel/Motel.

A motel could be built to house attendees to the workshops. 

I don't understand why people feel the current zoning bylaw is sacrosant when it is obviously deeply flawed.

Micheal Kluchkowski

 

 

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