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Rezoning a Half Acre Parcel

Rezoning a Half Acre Parcel

Rezoning a Half Acre Parcel
November 26
15:59 2012

Rezoning a Half Acre Parcel

19496 Hammond Road, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia, Canada, V3Y 1L4

I was excited when this property first went on the market for $679,500.  Built in 1958, this original owner home offered just over 2,600 square feet of space on three levels.  The 6 bedroom home sat on a rare 1/2 acre (143′ x 152′) lot on Hammond Road in Pitt Meadows.  With 143′ of frontage the property offered two separate driveway entrances and an abundance of towering cedars.  Lasting only 43 days on the MLS, the home sold for $650,000 in September of 2009.


Shortly after, a development proposal was posted requesting to rezone the 1/2 acre property into four single family homes.  The request was narrowly approved by city council, who also approved a development variance permit for the property, reducing the minimum site width from 12.8 metres (42′) to 10.9 metres (32.8′), resulting in a 1.9 metre (6.2′) variation per lot.

The former residence on the 1/2 acre lot. 143′ of frontage.

Former Mayor Don MacLean, Councillor John Becker, and Councillor Doug Bing all voted against the proposal.  ”I think to switch from one family home to four is excessive,” said Councillor Doug Bing. Former Mayor MacLean noted, “I think that we really need to protect the neighbourhood.”  Well said.  Sadly he alone could not save this unique property.  The structure was torn down shortly after being approved and the lot was clearcut.  Not only did we lose a unique family home on a large 1/2 acre lot, but we also lost a property full of large cedars.

The developer has completed one of the four new single family homes and is quickly finishing the second.  The first of the four sits on a 35’10” x 152′ lot, a quarter of the size of the previous lot.  It offers 2,139 square feet with 4 bedrooms and all the ‘luxury’ finishes you’d expect in a new home including 10′ ceilings, a gourmet kitchen with granite counters & eating bar, and high end bathrooms.

19502 Hammond Road, Pitt Meadows, British Columbia

It was listed on November 14, 2012 for $689,800.  We can expect the other three homes will likely be priced similarly.  It’s hard to imagine that buyers will be willing to spend nearly $700,000 on a home sandwiched in with the neighbours, when they could have purchased the original home on 1/2 an acre for just $650,000.  Since this development was approved another unique property two doors down was sold & demolished, while another has a development proposal out front.  It’s surprising how quick Pitt Meadows is willing to give up large lots with plenty of green space, especially when the cities slogan is “The Natural Place.”




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