Your Weekly North Vancouver Island Construction News

November 22, 2023

In this Week’s Issue of Building Links

  • Ucluelet: 40 to 60 unit employee housing apartment building
  • Courtenay: 82 single family lots
  • Quadra Island: 22 two hectare residential lots 
The Pacific Rim Home Development Cooperative is proposing a non-market, employee housing project on Water Tower Hill in Ucluelet. The project could see up to 60 one, two, and three bedroom units.

Ucluelet: 40 to 60 unit employee housing apartment building.  

The Pac Rim Home Development Cooperative presented council with an updated plan on a proposed employee housing concept for an affordable apartment building on the Village’s Water Tower Hill lot at the end of Short Road. The Cooperative is asking the town to provide the 2.5 acre parcel of land to build a two or three-storey apartment building with 40 to 60 units. The Cooperative has completed redesign work for the two-storey building and has asked Council to consider a commitment letter for a 99-year property lease and a twelve-month planning window to finalize drawings and pursue funding. Council has approved allocating funds during the 2024 to 2028 – 5 year financial plan budget process for a site analysis and feasibility study for the site.

Courtenay: 82 single family lots.

The owner has resubmitted engineering plans as part of its subdivision application, and is awaiting staff feedback. Phase 1, comprising of 29 single-family lots, is slated for the extension of Stafford Avenue, introducing the new McIver Road near Dingwall and Cruickshank. Phase 2, featuring 53 lots, will be situated in this vicinity, with approximately 25% of the site designated for wetlands and tree retention. Pending necessary approvals, road construction is anticipated to commence in 2024. The property is positioned between Muir Road, Dingwall Road, and Stafford Avenue near North Island College.

Quadra Island: 22 two hectare residential lots 

Strathcona Regional District (SRD) has received an application to create twenty-two 2.0-hectare residential lots and one 5.0-hectare agricultural land reserve parcel. Community amenities associated with the development will include the provision of two waterfront parks totaling approximately 7.8-hectares of greenspace and the construction of public trails. To proceed with the development proposal, the proponent is dependent on a successful OCP and zoning amendment to re-designate a portion of the land. The SRD must approve the consultation process to allow consideration of the application to proceed. Should the consultation process be approved by the Board at this week’s meeting, staff will forward the application and proposed bylaw amendment details to identified agencies and First Nations for review and comment. Upon completion of the consultation process, a full staff report on the application, including consultation outcomes, will be presented to council.

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