CPA Public Statement

The Christie Point Advocates group respects the decision made by the Town of View Royal Council on July 4, 2017.

The last six months have seen extensive participation and input from the community at large on several key concerns regarding the proposed rezoning.  We thank the councillors and Mayor for their thoughtful deliberation over the information shared by the public throughout this process.

We have long held that when the proposed rezoning was approved we wanted tenants to have adequate protection and support – especially important given the circumstances of this involuntary move into the current rental climate in Victoria.

We came close to achieving this goal with the latest relocation package and the grandfathering in of rents for a small portion of units offered by Realstar the week prior to the Public Hearing.

However, this step forward ultimately falls short of tenants’ needs. Town Council, in supporting the rezoning, has supported a decision that now results in the majority of existing Christie Point tenants being displaced.

As such, we encourage Town Council to continue to pursue every means possible to ensure that all existing tenants who wish to remain at Christie Point, and in View Royal, can do so affordably.

Christie Point Advocates trust View Royal Town Council and staff to proceed responsibly and collaboratively during the remaining redevelopment process. We remain open to continuing to work with the Town of View Royal and Realstar as opportunities arise.

For Immediate Release

Contact: Christie Point Advocates
Email: christiepointadvocates@gmail.com
Date: June 23rd, 2017

Public Hearing – Christie Point Advocates Calling for Full House!

View Royal, BC — Christie Point Advocates, a working group calling for a responsible and inclusive redevelopment of Christie Point, are calling for a full house at the Public Hearing on Tuesday, June 27th at 6:30 pm at the Songhees Wellness Centre. This is the public’s last opportunity to voice their concerns regarding Realstar’s redevelopment proposal. After the hearing, View Royal Council will vote on Realstar’s rezoning application, and no further input from the public will be accepted.  

Christie Point is a 161-unit, 2-storey apartment rental complex located in View Royal, BC. Toronto-based owner, Realstar Management, submitted a rezoning application to the Town of View Royal last December. Realstar intends to redevelop the complex into 473 units, with buildings ranging from 4-6 storeys. Christie Point Advocates are concerned about tenant displacement, affordability of new rentals, and increased traffic to the area, amongst other topics.

“A Council vote of three against two is needed to stop the rezoning,” says CPA spokesperson Lisa Cole. “If you’re not in favour of this redevelopment proposal, as it stands, now is the time to do something about it.” Christie Point Advocates are encouraging Christie Point residents, neighbours, and any other concerned parties to come out to the hearing. For more information on Christie Point Advocates, please visit www.christiepointadvocates.com.

For Immediate Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Christie Point Advocates
Email: christiepointadvocates@gmail.com
Date: June 11th, 2017

Christie Point Advocates Request Attendance at View Royal Council Meeting

View Royal, BC — Christie Point Advocates, a working group calling for a responsible and inclusive redevelopment of Christie Point, request the public’s attendance at a special View Royal Town Council meeting on Tuesday, June 13th at 7 pm when Council will read the formal rezoning application for Christie Point. Christie Point Advocates will also present their response to Realstar’s recent Relocation Support Package. They encourage View Royal residents, neighbours, and any other concerned parties to attend. 

Christie Point is a 161-unit, 2-storey apartment rental complex located in View Royal, BC. Toronto-based owner, Realstar Management, submitted a rezoning application to the Town of View Royal last December. Realstar intends to redevelop the complex into 473 units, with buildings ranging from 4-6 storeys. Christie Point Advocates are concerned about tenant displacement, affordability of new rentals, and increased traffic to the area, amongst other topics.

The meeting includes a public participation period where people can express concerns regarding the redevelopment proposal. A public hearing on Realstar’s rezoning application is expected for June 27th. “This month’s meetings are our ‘last call’ for input and our attendance is imperative,” says CPA spokesperson Lisa Cole. “After the public hearing, Council will make their final decision and further public commentary will not be considered.” For more information on Christie Point Advocates, please visit www.christiepointadvocates.com.

For Immediate Release

Contact: Christie Point Advocates
Email: christiepointadvocates@gmail.com
Date: May 15th, 2017

Christie Point Advocates to Present Petition at View Royal Council Meeting

View Royal, BC — Christie Point Advocates, a working group calling for a responsible and inclusive redevelopment of Christie Point, will be presenting their petition results at the View Royal Town Council meeting on Tuesday, May 16th at 7 pm. They encourage View Royal residents, neighbours, and any other concerned parties to attend.

Christie Point is a 161-unit, 2-storey apartment rental complex located in View Royal, BC. Toronto-based owner, Realstar Management, submitted a rezoning application to the Town of View Royal last December. Realstar intends to redevelop the complex into 473 units, with buildings ranging from 4-6 storeys. Christie Point Advocates are concerned about tenant displacement, affordability of new rentals, and increased traffic to the area, amongst other issues.

The meeting includes a public participation period where people can express their support for the petition as well as any concerns regarding the redevelopment. A public hearing on Realstar’s rezoning application is expected as early as June, and so the clock is ticking. “Every council meeting leading up to – and including – the public hearing is critical from here on in,” says spokesperson Lisa Cole. “This is the time to make your opinions known, before any irrevocable decisions are made.” For more information on Christie Point Advocates, please visit www.christiepointadvocates.com.

For Immediate Release

Contact: Christie Point Advocates
Email: christiepointadvocates@gmail.com
Date: February 14th, 2017

Christie Point Advocates Encourage Attendance at View Royal Committee Meeting

View Royal, BC — Christie Point Advocates, a working group calling for a responsible and inclusive redevelopment of Christie Point, encourage residents, neighbours, and other concerned parties to attend View Royal’s special Committee of the Whole (C.O.W.) meeting on Wednesday, February 15th at 7 pm at the Songhees Wellness Center.

Christie Point is a 161-unit, 2-storey apartment rental complex located in View Royal, BC. Toronto-based owner, Realstar Management, has submitted a rezoning application to the Town of View Royal. Realstar intends to redevelop the complex into 473 units, with buildings ranging from 4-6 storeys. Christie Point Advocates are concerned about displacement, affordability, and increased traffic to the area, amongst other topics.

This special Committee of the Whole meeting includes a public participation segment where people can express their concerns regarding the redevelopment. As Christie Point Advocates state on their website, “when any form of development plan is proposed, it is crucial for all points to be considered and all voices to be heard before any major decisions are made.” According to spokesperson Lisa Cole, “This meeting is the perfect opportunity for people to show up and speak up regarding the project – while they still can.” For more information on Christie Point Advocates, please visit www.christiepointadvocates.com.

For Immediate Release

Contact: Christie Point Advocates
Email: christiepointadvocates@gmail.com
Date: January 16th, 2017

Christie Point Advocates Launch Website

View Royal, BC — Christie Point Advocates, a working group calling for a responsible and inclusive redevelopment of Christie Point, announce the launch of their new website: www.christiepointadvocates.com. The website is an online community resource which also includes a survey and a petition.

Christie Point is a 161-unit, 2-storey apartment rental complex located in View Royal, BC. Toronto-based owner, Realstar Management, has submitted a rezoning application to the Town of View Royal. Realstar intends to redevelop the complex into 473 units, with buildings ranging from 4-6 storeys. Christie Point Advocates are concerned about displacement, affordability, and increased traffic to the area, amongst other topics.

Christie Point Advocates “seek a viable dialogue with Realstar and the View Royal Town Council – one that will genuinely address the considerations at hand – so that residents, the immediate environment, and the surrounding neighbourhood are properly protected throughout the redevelopment process.”

Christie Point Advocates are also encouraging View Royal residents to attend the View Royal Town Council meeting on Tuesday, January 17th at 7 pm, where they will be speaking about Realstar’s plan and their concerns regarding the project.