Your Weekly North Vancouver Island Construction News

March 23, 2022

In this Week’s Issue of Building Links

  • Oyster Bay: Proposed 165-hectare 34-lot rural subdivision
  • Powell River: Potential annex of 38 acres into the City for 225 mixed units
  • Port Alberni: Zoning bylaw approved for a 22 unit Transition House 
This satellite photo shows the location of 8 lots included in a proposed 34-lot rural residential development. The proposed project would includes most of the land from Glen Alder RV Park past the Driftwood Restaurant.

Oyster Bay: Proposed 165-hectare 34-lot rural subdivision

A 165-hectare 34-lot rural subdivision has been proposed for Oyster Bay, south of Campbell River. The project consisting of 8 separate parcels situated near the Island Highway at Oyster Bay and would require a new OCP designation and zone. Servicing would be by individual septic fields and wells. The proposed lots would vary in size from 2 to 24 hectares and centered around an equestrian facility with an indoor equestrian arena and veterinary facility, a full-service tac shop, a viniculture operation and small-scale agriculture with farm-gate sales. The project will include amenities in the form of riding and biking trails for connectivity. District staff recommended denying the application based on the recommendation of the Electoral Area Services Committee. Shortly afterwards, the board was approached by delegation from the project’s proponents and letters of support. Council has directed staff to proceed with drafting the relevant bylaws for board consideration in order to advance to a Public Hearing.

Powell River: Potential annex of 38 acres into the City for 225 mixed units

Powell River city staff are working on a report for council regarding annexing a 38 acre property into the City.   Grasshopper Developments made a request in late 2018 to have a 38 acres parcel at 7440 Nootka Street annexed with the intent of developing 225 units in a mix of detached single-family homes, townhomes and ground-oriented flats over ten years. A cost-assessment for the extension of city services has been in progress since. The company also approached the qRD regarding an Official Community Plan and Rezoning Amendment application in 2020 for 158 homes if the property remained in the qRD. The qRD recently asked City Council to postpone consideration of any boundary change until such time that a collaborative Regional Growth Strategy is developed and adopted. Council has deferred any decision until the staff report is complete.

Port Alberni: Zoning bylaw approved for a 22 unit Transition House

Port Alberni Council has adopted a zoning bylaw to facilitate the development of a 22 unit transition house at 4440 Vimy Street. BC Housing and Alberni Community and Women’s Services Society are working together on the project, submitting a joint application to change the property zoning from parks and recreation to institutional. This will allow the construction of a two-storey transition house, with units ranging from studios to three-bedroom units.

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