Your Weekly North Vancouver Island Construction News

April 27, 2022

In this Week’s Issue of Building Links

  • Ucluelet: proposed 212 unit master planned oceanfront community
  • Tofino: proposed 24 single family lots and 55-unit rental apartment building
  • Mount Washington: a tender for the new Fire Hall to be released soon
The new owners of the property are proposing to amend the zoning to permit a mix of housing on the site, including 70 rental housing units in the first phase.

Ucluelet: proposed 212 unit master planned oceanfront community.  

The new owners of this 24.8 acre site are proposing to amend the zoning for a master planned community of attainable rental, and market rental modular units as well as single family detached, duplex and townhomes. The previous owners were successful in rezoning the property in 2020 for Campground and Guest Houses uses and sold the property in 2021 for $3.1 million. If the new rezoning is approved, the project is proposed to include 122 units in Phase 1 and 90 units in Phase 2. The applicant has been advised to hold a public information meeting in the coming weeks and staff propose to schedule a Committee-of-the-Whole meeting immediately following the public information meeting. This would provide an opportunity for early public input and to help the developer decide the next steps in the rezoning, development permit, and subdivision process for this development.

Tofino: proposed 24 single family lots and 55-unit rental apartment building

Woodsmere Holdings Corporation has been submitting proposals to build a hotel and four apartment buildings at its 27-acre site on Campbell Street property since 2019 and first introduced their plan to residents at an open house event in 2017. The application has evolved several times as water consumption and other servicing concerns have reduced the scope of the project. The current application includes approx 5 acres of the property with 24 single family lots with suites and a four-storey, 55-unit rental apartment building. Council has voted in favour of first and second reading for rezoning and the project will proceed to a public hearing.

Mount Washington: a tender for the new Fire Hall to be released soon

The Mount Washington Resort Community Fire Protection Service Loan Authorization Bylaw has been approved via Alternative Approval Process, and a construction tender is expected this week or next. Mt. Washington has a short construction window. This construction window and the results of the tender will determine whether construction proceeds in 2022 or 2023. Under the bylaw, the Comox Valley Regional District can borrow up to $1,425,000 to finance costs of constructing and equipping the fire hall. For a property in the service area assessed at $500,000, the increase in yearly property tax is estimated at $123. The building is expected to be between 1,200 to 1,500 sq.ft. with space for a fire engine, a side-by-side off-road vehicle, washroom, shower, and small office. The cost of the project was estimated at $2.49 million in 2020.

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