April 8, 2016
The timing appears to be right for a number of developers to move their projects forward in the Howe Sound – Sea to Sky corridor. These projects are capitalizing on what has become a very desirable place to visit and to live. Squamish is growing fast and more people are enjoying the scenic drive. However, it is time for a comprehensive study of traffic demands and transit solutions before it is too late. With all of the proposed developments, what will be the cumulative effects of multiple construction projects going forward at the same time?
Here is a partial list of residential/commercial/tourism developments announced in recent months.
- Sewell’s Development at Horseshoe Bay – 171 residential units.
- Britannia South at Britannia Beach – 850-1,000 residential units plus commercial and community amenities
- Expansion of Britannia Beach commercial area – doubling of the number of commercial buildings
- Klahanie Resort at Shannon Falls, District of Squamish – Destination resort, hotel and other amenities.
- Squamish Oceanfront Development – 6 phases over 20 years including residential, commercial, hotel and many community amenities.
- Garibaldi at Squamish Ski Resort – All season resort with 1500 hotel rooms, 1850 condos and 500 single family homes.
The Provincial Government has commissioned a feasibility study for a fixed link between the Sunshine Coast and Metro Vancouver. The objective is to replace the current BC Ferry system from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale. A fixed link would see development expand on the Sunshine Coast and with it increased vehicle traffic. The feasibility study is considering the technical requirements, but the broader impacts of increased traffic resulting from all the new development then merging with increased traffic from the Sunshine Coast on highway 99 needs to be considered.