Your Weekly North Vancouver Island Construction News
In this Week’s Issue of Building Links
- Comox Valley: BC Transit seeking property for a new publicly owned transit operation facility.
- Campbell River: 28 lots proposed in Phase 4 near Old Petersen Road.
- Courtenay: Approvals moving forward for 20 lots in an intentional affordable neighbourhood.
Comox Valley: BC Transit seeking property for a new publicly owned transit operation facility.
BC Transit is proposing the development of a new publicly owned transit operation facility in the Comox Valley. The project is dependent on further approvals including securing property. The current facility is privately owned and leased by the contracted transit operating company, PWTransit. The Comox Valley Regional District has approved-in-principal a proposed new transit facility capable of supporting an electric bus fleet. The approval allows BC Transit to proceed with costing and analysis details to determine whether the project is economically feasible. In addition it allows BC Transit to consider potential properties for purchase that could support the facility. Class-D estimates are based on a 5 acre site, with land costs estimated at $2 to 8 million and facility costs at $25 to 35 million. Federal and provincial funding is available to support the project. BC Transit expects planning to take 3-6 years before construction would proceed.
Campbell River: 28 lots proposed in Phase 4 near Old Petersen Road.
Campbell River is reviewing applications for 28 single family lots. The project started in 2017 with 5 phases proposing 75 lots near Old Petersen Road. The Environmental (Streamside) and Hazardous Conditions (Steep Slope) Development Permit applications are for Phase 4 of this development. A Preliminary Subdivision Review was granted in November 2021 and an application to increase lots from 25 to 28 was submitted in April 2022. The subject property is located between Park Forest Drive and the Elk River Timber Road. There is a steep slope approximately 17 m high along the east side of the subdivision and a ditch along the northern portion of the development. The construction of a stormwater retention pond is proposed adjacent to the site within the eastern portion of 473 Old Petersen Road. Phase 1,2,and 3 are complete with approx. 40 homes built. Development into the 15 acres of 473 Old Petersen Road is expected when Phase 4 is completed. 473 Old Peteren Road is already cleared with Park Forest Drive ready to extend south into the property.
Courtenay: Approvals moving forward for 20 lots in an intentional affordable neighbourhood.
Courtenay has adopted a Zoning Amendment application for 20 lots in an intentional affordable neighbourhood designed to enhance affordability through community activities and small energy-efficient homes. Covenant conditions, including a new 375 mm city sanitary main and the prohibition of vehicular through-traffic between Cumberland Road and Larsen Road, have been met. The applicant also agrees to install traffic control devices necessary to render the Larsen Road and Krebs Crescent intersection a four way stop, prior to subdivision. Lots would range in size from about 300 m2 for modest single detached houses to 450+ m2 for single family homes that can have secondary suites, per R-1E requirements. This would include potentially three non-strata freehold lots fronting a new cul-de-sac on Larsen Road, three non-strata freehold lots fronting Cumberland Road, and one common property residential lot.
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