$9 million East End development to return to CPA

Plan Extract Overlaid onto LIS 2018 Aerial Imagery showing location of Iguana Food Collection sites (Blue Dots) (Plan source: Jay Welcome March 2021; Aerial Imagery, Lands and Survey Department, 2018). Image courtesy CPA application.

An application for the construction of a $9 million condo development in East End is expected to return to the Central Planning Authority on Wednesday, 13 Oct.

The proposed development, called Sea Watch Condos, which would be located along Sea View Road, was most recently before the CPA in July when it was adjourned due to density concerns.

The application comprises 11 buildings, which will be made up of 128 bedrooms across 80 apartments, an office, a gym, a pool, a manager’s quarters and two gazebos.

When it was initially adjourned, the CPA had flagged both the apartment and bedroom density as concerns because the proposed development would include 13 more apartments and 18 more bedrooms than were allowed based on the size of the property.

In a letter addressed to the CPA, the developers acknowledged the proposal was over the allowed limit; however, they pointed out that they were below the maximum site coverage.

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The developers said in the letter, “This request for variance pertains to the density… Where the allowable is 67.7 units with 108.2 bedrooms (as the lot size is 4.51 acres). Although we are asking for this variance, we are well under our allowed site coverage of 30%, with a site coverage of 22%.”

The developers, while asking for a variance, also pointed to other projects in the area that were granted permission to build properties larger than their lot sizes allowed.

The Department of Environmental Health has also objected to the application, citing garbage-collection issues.

The Department of Environment did not openly object. However, it did point out that the site of the proposed development is a location used by staff of Blue Iguana Conservation (formerly known as the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme), to gather food for the endangered species.

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