development

An artist’s rendering showing conceptual buildings making up the Bowers District on the Green Thumb property on Hammond Bay Road. (Barefoot Planning and Design image)

2,500-home development project for north Nanaimo clears hurdle

City council allows planning to proceed for Green Thumb project following public hearing

An artist’s rendering showing conceptual buildings making up the Bowers District on the Green Thumb property on Hammond Bay Road. (Barefoot Planning and Design image)
The property at 840 Arncote Ave. could be the new home of Langford’s 50-plus club, pending a public hearing and council approval. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)

Langford public hearings look at proposals to transform residential lots

A social club, pitched for Arncote Avenue, would have bowling greens and a games room

The property at 840 Arncote Ave. could be the new home of Langford’s 50-plus club, pending a public hearing and council approval. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
The development proposal on Happy Valley Road had residents concerned about the potential impact on the Sea Isle Centre, located at 2715 Sooke Rd. Both the applicant and the mayor said the brain trauma centre would be unimpacted. (Courtesy of City of Langford)

Development round-up: Langford considers several lower density rezonings

Residents weigh in on proposals during public hearings for properties on city’s western edges

The development proposal on Happy Valley Road had residents concerned about the potential impact on the Sea Isle Centre, located at 2715 Sooke Rd. Both the applicant and the mayor said the brain trauma centre would be unimpacted. (Courtesy of City of Langford)
The City of Colwood is hosting a public hearing on Feb. 22 on a proposed bylaw amendment that would allow the construction of a six-storey apartment building. (Photo courtesy of Westcor Lands Limited)

Public hearing set for proposed 6-storey apartment building in Colwood

Feb. 22 hearing invites feedback on proposed project at Sooke Road, Veteran’s Memorial Parkway

The City of Colwood is hosting a public hearing on Feb. 22 on a proposed bylaw amendment that would allow the construction of a six-storey apartment building. (Photo courtesy of Westcor Lands Limited)
A visual showing BC Alta Developments’ proposed plans for one of two properties straddling both sides of Veterans Memorial Parkway on the northern border of Havenwood Park in Colwood. (Photo Courtesy of BC Alta Developments)

Havenwood Park area rezoning moved along by Colwood council

Controversial development proposal has drawn ire of neighbours, more consultation coming

A visual showing BC Alta Developments’ proposed plans for one of two properties straddling both sides of Veterans Memorial Parkway on the northern border of Havenwood Park in Colwood. (Photo Courtesy of BC Alta Developments)
An artist’s rendering of a multi-use trail in the Fielding Road area of the proposed Sandstone development in south Nanaimo. (Seacliff Properties image)

Major south Nanaimo development Sandstone gets past public hearing

City council votes 7-2 in favour of third reading of official community plan amendment bylaw

An artist’s rendering of a multi-use trail in the Fielding Road area of the proposed Sandstone development in south Nanaimo. (Seacliff Properties image)
Central Saanich council has approved 235 new rental units in two six-storey buildings in the Marigold neighbourhood of Central Saanich off Lochside Drive. (Rendering courtesy of Starlight Developments)

235-unit second phase of Marigold project to rise in Central Saanich near Hwy. 17 intersection

Central Saanich council also approved Phase 3 condominium/townhouse project for site

Central Saanich council has approved 235 new rental units in two six-storey buildings in the Marigold neighbourhood of Central Saanich off Lochside Drive. (Rendering courtesy of Starlight Developments)
Haven, a six-storey condominium project under construction at 1109 and 1115 Johnson St. will have units ranging from studio to three bedrooms, all of which will be reserved for families, seniors and individuals with middle incomes. (Proscenium Architecture/Chard Development)

Partnership aims to get middle-income earners into Victoria’s tight housing market

104 new units under construction in Johnson Street condo building

Haven, a six-storey condominium project under construction at 1109 and 1115 Johnson St. will have units ranging from studio to three bedrooms, all of which will be reserved for families, seniors and individuals with middle incomes. (Proscenium Architecture/Chard Development)
Construction continues on an affordable housing complex on Drennan Street in Sooke. (Justin Samanski-Langille - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke aims to slash building permit delay

Council approves staff request to hire another building inspector, clerical support

Construction continues on an affordable housing complex on Drennan Street in Sooke. (Justin Samanski-Langille - Sooke News Mirror)
A rendering for a 162-unit apartment building that will be at the southwest corner of Vancouver and View streets. (Courtesy of Ciccozzi Architecture)

Victoria council approves development catering to residents less dependent on cars

Harris Green neighbourhood will add 162 new rental units by 2023

A rendering for a 162-unit apartment building that will be at the southwest corner of Vancouver and View streets. (Courtesy of Ciccozzi Architecture)
Saanich council has endorsed the Uptown-Douglas Plan, which charts a course for upgrades and development in the corridor between the municipal hall and Tolmie Avenue, including around the Uptown Shopping Centre, pictured here. (Courtesy of District of Saanich)

Uptown-Douglas Plan approved after Saanich public hearing

Long-term plan to guide future decisions for corridor, labelled ‘critical regional hub’ by district

Saanich council has endorsed the Uptown-Douglas Plan, which charts a course for upgrades and development in the corridor between the municipal hall and Tolmie Avenue, including around the Uptown Shopping Centre, pictured here. (Courtesy of District of Saanich)
The Centre Mountain Business Park is undeveloped land south of Highway 14 and west of Happy Valley Road. (Google Maps)

Plan would see Langford borrow initial $46 million for Centre Mountain water, road connection

Local service area would include water connection, residential and business park access roads

The Centre Mountain Business Park is undeveloped land south of Highway 14 and west of Happy Valley Road. (Google Maps)
Igor Kotliarsky showcases a new garden suite in the backyard of his Claremont area home that he built in response to the need for more housing in the District of Saanich. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich resident says simpler process when building garden suites a solution to housing crisis

Reducing bureaucracy will solve need for more housing, says Claremont area resident

Igor Kotliarsky showcases a new garden suite in the backyard of his Claremont area home that he built in response to the need for more housing in the District of Saanich. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
A rendering of a 10-storey office and commerical building proposed for Blanshard Street, stretching between Yates and View street. (Courtesy of Jawl Properties/D’Ambrosio Architecture + Urbanism)

Public to weigh in on plan to replace Victoria’s Capitol 6 with 10-storey office building

Jawl Brothers’ redevelopment proposal advances many OCP goals for downtown spot: city staff

A rendering of a 10-storey office and commerical building proposed for Blanshard Street, stretching between Yates and View street. (Courtesy of Jawl Properties/D’Ambrosio Architecture + Urbanism)
The District of Sooke is again dealing with a building permit delay issue. “I find it all very frustrating,” says Mayor Maja Tait. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke building permit application backlog hits three months

District’s chief administrative officer expected to address issue at Monday’s council meeting

The District of Sooke is again dealing with a building permit delay issue. “I find it all very frustrating,” says Mayor Maja Tait. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
An artist's rendering of an auto dealership at 4900 Island Hwy. (James E. Irwin Architect image)

Nanaimo approves development permits for new Porsche and Subaru dealerships

Property at 4900 Island Hwy. was re-zoned for automobile sales three years ago

An artist's rendering of an auto dealership at 4900 Island Hwy. (James E. Irwin Architect image)
Saanichton Village is one of the areas targeted for potential higher-density development under the draft official community plan being considered by Central Saanich. (Google Street View)

Public can view draft OCP in Central Saanich, take survey

Densification in village centres proposed; rural, agricultural areas protected

Saanichton Village is one of the areas targeted for potential higher-density development under the draft official community plan being considered by Central Saanich. (Google Street View)
North Saanich will start draft its new OCP without considering housing and affordability for now. (Black Press Media file photo)

North Saanich pushes ahead with partial OCP draft by excluding housing

Mayor Geoff Orr says review hangs by thread in defending council’s handling of the OCP review

North Saanich will start draft its new OCP without considering housing and affordability for now. (Black Press Media file photo)
Rendering shows a 162-unit apartment building proposed for the southwest corner of Vancouver and View streets. (Photo courtesy of Ciccozzi Architecture)

Public can weigh in on 6-storey, 162-unit rental proposal for Victoria’s Harris Green

Feb. 10 hearing invites input; no date yet for hearing on Harris Green Village redevelopment

Rendering shows a 162-unit apartment building proposed for the southwest corner of Vancouver and View streets. (Photo courtesy of Ciccozzi Architecture)
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by building fewer buildings, preserving green spaces for growing food and as a carbon sink, and adapting our community to a changing climate will result in a more resilient community. (Contributed - Stephen Hindrichs)

OPINION: Why pausing some development in Sooke is a good idea

Transition Sooke wants council to evaluate what growth is possible while still meeting climate goals

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions by building fewer buildings, preserving green spaces for growing food and as a carbon sink, and adapting our community to a changing climate will result in a more resilient community. (Contributed - Stephen Hindrichs)