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

The project has the potential to double Nanoose Bay's population over the next 20 years

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.”

Just Posted

Parksville council eyes city boundary expansion

More industrial land a key motivator in notice of motion

2019 Federal election: Courtenay-Alberni candidates address seniors issues

“What are your party’s plans to ease the stress realized by seniors on fixed incomes?”

WATCH: Jordan now a key member on staff at Parksville business

Disability Awareness Month celebrated around province

RDN wants to play role in Ballenas track upgrade

Bringing dilapidated facility up to standard could cost close to $1M

Qualicum Beach joins in on global climate strike

Participants urge government to adequately address climate crisis

VIDEO: A moment to remember during the World Lacrosse Men’s Indoor Championship in B.C.

Diego Hernandez Valenzuela’s team lost, but he felt like a winner Saturday

B.C. Lions hype-man marks 15 years of cheers

Crazy P cheers, chants, bangs his drum and spreads a message of love

Island music trivia tournament a hit on World Alzheimer’s Day

More than $13,000 raised by people naming that tune

PHOTOS: Steller sea lion with plastic around neck rescued on Vancouver Island

Rescue staff determined the plastic band cut the protected animal’s neck approximately two inches

B.C. VIEWS: School officials join fact-free ‘climate strike’

Students, public get distorted picture of greenhouse gases

Handgun crackdown, health spending and transit plans latest campaign promises

Friday was the end of a busy week on the campaign trail

B.C. woman photographs massive ant swarm on Abbotsford driveway

She asked what the ants were doing? The answer: war

Iconic 90s TV show ‘Friends’ celebrates 25th anniversary

The iconic, decade-long television show aired its first episode 25 years ago today

Most Read