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Major Nanoose Bay development — Forward in Fairwinds

Regional District of Nanaimo directors took a major step forward in bringing the Fairwinds development project to life.

Four bylaws were adopted at last week's regular RDN meeting, representing the final step in ensuring land use regulations are in place before the developer may proceed.

The plan will see a range of residential housing types and densities, regional and community parks and trails, local commercial shops and services, and a mixed-use village and marina with a publicly accessible waterfront boardwalk and pathways.

"This (project) has been six years in the works and it's been tough, one of the toughest things I've done since being on the board," said director George Holme, who represents Nanoose Bay.

Holme said this project has "almost split the community at times" and recognized Snaw-naw-as (Nanoose First Nation) chief David Bob, who attended the meeting.

"Due to his (Bob's) diligence we have a huge area called 'the Notch' that will never be developed on," said Holme. "I'm glad we got that done."

A public hearing for these bylaws was held on May 12 and the Inspector of Municipalities approved the 20-year Phased Development Agreement term on June 25.

"This is a flagship project in our community and for our region," said Holme. "I look forward to seeing the community benefits realized as development proceeds."

The full RDN staff report concerning the bylaws adoption can be found in the July 22, 2014 regular board agenda at rdn.bc.ca. To locate the meeting agenda, click on Regional Board, then on Agendas and Minutes, then on July 22, 2014 Regular Board Meeting.

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