qRD hears update on development south of Powell River
The qathet regional district planning committee (qRD) received an update on the proposed resort complex and residential development in Brew Bay through correspondence from the developer.
At the June 8 planning meeting, regional district directors received correspondence from Project and Infrastructure Manager Mathew Wilson, describing the project.
Electoral Zone B Director Mark Gisborne said he was pleased Wilson sent correspondence to the committee regarding the proposed development of the Brew Bay Village project.
“In addition, it is good to see a reference to the policies of the regional districts, in particular the 2009 sustainability charter, and I am also happy to read that public access to public beaches will not be restricted in any way,” said said Gisborne. “Of course he also talks about more information to come, so hopefully we get more information soon.”
The chairman of the planning committee and director of electoral zone C, Clay Brander, said he agreed that any information the regional district receives about the project is good.
The planning committee voted to receive Wilson’s letter.
In his correspondence, Wilson said he was writing to share important information about the proposed project for the 190-acre property in Electoral Zone C which includes the Lang Bay Estuary, part of Lang Creek and the Highlands of Mahood’s Beach.
“Our project was designed specifically to protect the ocean, shoreline, creek edge and estuary in perpetuity, and to a standard that exceeds regulatory requirements,” Wilson said.
Wilson said that due to its unique nature, qRD lacks some of the conventional land use planning tools to ensure the best environmental outcomes. He said Brew Bay Village is aware of this and is incorporating these tools into their plan of subdivision.
“Our commitment to riparian, marine and estuarine areas goes beyond the recommendations of the Sustainability Charter and the requirements of any level of government,” Wilson said. “In addition, we ensure public access to the beach in perpetuity.
“Our goal with Brew Bay Village is to create a sustainable community where local artisanal offerings blend with world-class wellness amenities. We will create a space that honors its surroundings and makes everyone feel welcome. “
Wilson has attached three pages of answers to frequently asked questions regarding the project, which is expected to be done with co-developer GOCO Hospitality.
The first question was: when will the project open? The answer has been that there are three components to the development, including GOCO Retreat Brew Bay, the Residential Development and the Public Ecological Center, which is home to the Marine Conservation Center, the Adventure Center, a local food market and a delicatessen and some cultural facilities.
The residential lot plan will be completed in 2021, according to the response, with subdivision and servicing lots for single-family homes as the top priority. He said the ecological center, local market and marine conservation facilities will be built from 2022.
As for the GOCO Hospitality wellness center, it is currently too early to establish opening or completion dates for various elements of the project, the response said.