Photo by Save Estuary Land Society
About the Land
The 23 acres bordering Hwy 19A and Columbia Drive was zoned prior to 1994 by the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) for multi-dwelling units.
A survey identifies many areas of the land as potentially unsuitable for development due to sensitive riparian, marsh, pond, wetlands and ephemeral channels.
As the land is flood plain, it would require vast truck loads of fill to raise the build level to meet code which is currently at 4.7 meters. This intensifies potential flooding risk to the estuary and neighbouring homes.
In March 2019 - 2.47 acres of land was purchased by Elkay Developments Ltd., of Surrey. Elkay submitted a development permit however the RDN required the developer to produce aquifer, ground, and rain water assessments for environmental and neighbouring property protections. Also required were further details re: form and character of proposed buildings and landscaping. The RDN has not received any of these requirements.
Construction of buildings could be permitted within ten meters of the pond, marsh, wetlands, forest and riparian areas. If you enjoy walking the lovely trails through the forest and to the pond, imagine looking at the back sides and fences of houses a mere 10 meters away.
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Courtesy of Elkay Developments Ltd.
Watch as Forest and Wildlife Habitat Disappears
This Google Earth timelapse from 1986 to 2016 shows the amount of forest lost from Parksville to Qualicum on the ocean side.