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Future Developments

November 11, 2019

Here is an update on major new developments pending approval or underway that will give a new look to the region in the years ahead:

Merrick Architects

Horseshoe Bay, West Vancouver – The towers have starting rising out of the ground at the Sewell’s Development at Horseshoe Bay. This 160 deluxe home development and commercial development also extends the public foreshore. In the meantime, streetscape revitalization of Horseshoe Bay village has begun. The BC Ferries terminal is in final public consultation for it’s terminal improvements that could be complete in five years.

NSDA Architects

North from Horseshoe Bay along the Sea to Sky Highway, major renovations to the Furry Creek golf course and clubhouse/restaurant have been underway since purchased by Fine Peace Developments Ltd. and their proposal for up to 920 residential units and 120 resort units in Furry Creek is under review with the regional district. The development proposal also includes around 1,500 square metres of commercial floorspace, a private marina and community facilities.

Squamish Chief

At Britannia Beach, you can see site preparations underway by MacDonald Developments for a new residential, commercial, and retail development incorporating many refinished historic buildings. The new community will consist of 73 townhomes, walkable and bikeable trails, a community garden, a children’s playground; and a commercial village including a full-service grocer, family restaurant, local cafe, and dedicated rental units for employees.

Just south, on the former gravel pit, off the side of Highway 99, Tiger Bay Developments, formerly Taicheng Development has abandoned previous plans and is back with a proposal for what would be BC’s first Surf Park. On the 134 acres, the proposal includes 43 per cent greenspace with a 269,000 square-foot surf park, 29 per cent commercial with up to 190 rooms for tourism accommodation , and 28 per cent residential. Minaty Bay would become a public park, providing beach access all ready for 2023 if approved.

Continuing north, the area around Shannon Falls Provincial Park, the Stawamus Chief Provincial Park and the Sea to Sky Gondola are in the midst of a planning session to improve management due to the increased demands in the recreation areas. Fraser Basin Council just closed on a user survey which will inform a recreation management plan and new infrastructure.

On the Squamish Oceanfront Development, the oceanfront peninsula there is an anticipated 840,000 ft. of employment space, 340,000 ft commercial space and 2500 dwelling units planned. Rezoning, site remediation and preparations are underway. This development includes a Green Technology Center, comprised of the Green Tech Office Building and a Research & Development facility.

Along the west side of the Sound over at the Woodfibre site, remediation of the former pulp mill has been ongoing. Woodfibre LNG Limited are currently exploring options for employee housing and Fortis BC are exploring options for locating a new compressor station on the site. Final investment decision is still pending.

No news at McNab Creek since the Sunshine Coast Regional District denied a rezoning application by BURNCO Rock Products. Rezoning the site from rural to industrial is required in order to process the rock that would be mined underwater from the McNab Creek valley delta.

Remediation of the former Hyak Marine site and site preparations on the waterfront in Gibsons has been underway for the George Marine Resort and Residences still planned to begin in 2020 according to the website. 400 berth marina, 116 room boutique hotel and 39 residences has been in the planning/approval stages since 2016.

Other locations with potential for future major re-development along the coast of Howe Sound include Porteau Cove and Klahani Resort at Shannon Falls.

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