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White Rock council approves controversial Nautilus towers

White Rock city council has approved plans for a two-tower development despite concerns about the location and the proximity to a nearby aquifer. 

The 121-unit, 21-storey and 24-storey development at 1454 Oxford Street between Thrift Avenue and North Bluff Road has been in the works for several years.

Nautilus White Rock towers
Rendering of upcoming Nautilus condominium development in White Rock. Credit: Chris Dikeakos Architects Inc.
Nautilus White Rock towers
Rendering of upcoming Nautilus condominium development in White Rock. Credit: Chris Dikeakos Architects Inc.

Current councillors approved the development plans, despite concerns about the height of the buildings and their distance from the town centre, and the proximity to White Rock’s natural aquifer, according to the Peace Arch News.

Councillors said their hands were tied by the previous council, as the development had already received public hearings, plus an OCP amendment, rezoning and a phased development agreement (PDA), passed in June of 2017, before the current council was elected.

The design is by Chris Dikeakos Architects Inc.

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Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner
Peter Meiszner is an experienced journalist and media relations professional, based in Vancouver. As founder of urbanYVR.com, he has been reporting on urban development across the Lower Mainland since 2016, and has also served as vice-chair of the Gastown Historic Area Planning Committee. In October 2022, he was elected to Vancouver city council and is no longer actively reporting for urbanYVR.

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