Tofino’s municipal council turned down a massive housing proposal from Woodsmere Holdings Corp. during their regular meeting on Tuesday.
Woodsmere had submitted a plan to develop a roughly 27-acre parcel of land it owns at 825 Campbell Street into about 398 dwelling units, including apartments and single family homes.
The project would have boosted Tofino’s housing supply by roughly 40 per cent. The proposal also included a 48-unit motel.
Prior to making their decision, council reviewed a report from District Planner Dana Hawkins who advised them to decline moving ahead with Woodsmere’s proposal as presented, while allowing staff to continue working with the developer to reach a compromise for the location.
Hawkins cited the project’s potential impact on the town’s current water supply as a key concern and added the high density and character of Woodsmere’s proposal did not fit with Tofino’s Official Community Plan.
Read more in next week’s Westerly News.