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Fairwinds development in Nanoose Bay now in provincial government's hands

The fate of Fairwinds is now in the hands of the provincial government, after passing third reading at last week's Regional District of Nanaimo meeting.

"This is a positive step forward," said Geoff Garbutt, general manager of strategic and community development with the RDN, adding he does not anticipate any issues with the application at the provincial level.

The project has the potential to double Nanoose Bay's population over the next 20 years with the addition of 360 condo units, 1,675 single and multi-dwelling residential units, shops, a full service marina, seaside village and pedestrian orientated open space.

Garbutt said information regarding the project and it's reception in the community has been sent to the inspector of municipalities for consideration.

Once the RDN hears back from the provincial body they will proceed to their fourth and final reading.

"We're entering the final stages of development approval," said Garbutt, adding that he is thrilled to see the project move forward.

"The Fairwinds development concept embraces the things we want to see in our rural village centres — land use, environmental protection and sustainability," he said.

"It's a great example of our policies and of a developer coming together really walking the walk."

The project went to pubic hearing last month where it was embraced with unprecedented community support from residents, First Nations and directors. Garbutt said once the RDN receives approval from the province they will work to push the project into construction "as quickly as possible."

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