Your Weekly North Vancouver Island Construction News

May 24, 2023

In this Week’s Issue of Building Links

  • Courtenay: Naut’sa Mawt 40-unit affordable apartment building
  • Black Creek: water connection suspension may be lifted this Fall
  • Campbell River: approvals for a new 35 unit four-storey apartment building
This drawing shows the proposed design for the 40 unit affordable housing project Naut’sa Mawt on McPhee Avenue in Courtenay.

Courtenay: Naut’sa Mawt 40-unit affordable apartment building.  

A ground breaking ceremony has been held, and construction is expected to begin soon on the Naut’sa Mawt 40-unit affordable housing project. Wachiay Friendship Centre in partnership with M’akola Housing Society intends to redevelop their parking lot and build 40 bachelor and one-bedroom residential units in a five-storey building. Units will meet the BC Housing definition of affordable housing, with 20 percent of rents set at $375 or the income assistance shelter rate, 30 percent at the low end of the market, and half geared to income through subsidized rent. BC Housing has confirmed $10.4 million including $4.5 million through the Building BC Community Housing Fund; $2.7 million through a grant to address cost pressures; $2 million through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Co-Investment Fund; $260,000 from the Comox Valley Regional District homelessness supports service grant; $90,000 in fee exemptions from the City of Courtenay; and $25,000 from the federation of Canadian Municipalities.

Black Creek: water connection suspension may be lifted this Fall.

District Staff anticipate that the current connection suspension for some new development projects in the Black Creek/Oyster Bay (BCOB) area could be lifted as early as Fall 2023. Koers and Associates Engineering Ltd have completed a water master plan for the BCOB Water Local Service Area. The plan identifies 792 potential connections, with over 526 connections for active and proposed projects. Staff have been advancing toward the development of a new well for the water system. Initial results indicate that Well No. 6 should be sufficient to meet the projected future maximum day demand for the near future and assist with increased capability to refill the reservoirs during significant fire events. As development occurs, two additional groundwater wells will eventually require implementation to ensure existing well physical and license capacity is not exceeded. Regular updates of the Water Master Plan will help ensure that demand doesn’t exceed supply. A significant amount of watermains would have to be upsized to provide industry standard fire flow requirements to some locations, with watermain replacements anticipated to start significantly increasing in the mid to late 2030s.

Campbell River: approvals for a new 35 unit four-storey apartment building.

Council approved a Major Development Permit for a 35 unit four-storey apartment building on the corner of 13th Ave and Ironwood Street. The approval includes variances to parking requirements from 53 to 47 spaces, front and side yard setbacks from 4.5m to 2.3 m, and building height from 15m to 17m. As proposed, the 35 units consist of 12 studio, 9 one-bedroom, and 14 two-bedroom units on three floors, with a rooftop deck. Parking is partially under the building on the main floor and surface parking is located behind the building. Prior to building permit issuance, landscape security in the amount of $134,025 is required and a Statutory Right of Way will be registered for a future transit shelter and over the existing City infrastructure on the corner of 13th and Ironwood.

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