JdF Regional Director Mike Hicks

New buildings, marina and wind power towers for JdF

A number of initiatives are slated for the Juan de Fuca electoral area

The new Juan de Fuca planning office on Otter Point Road will come in on time and on budget says JdF Regional Director Mike Hicks.

On May 8, the Capital Regional District board accepted the tender bid of Verity Construction from Langford. The successful bid was for $781,439.45.

Hicks said he had budgeted $1.5 million and this bid was for most of the building, there is also $400,000 for the land and $200,000 for legal/buildings plans and other miscellaneous costs.

“The bottom line is, I think I’ll be on time and on budget, I’m very happy.”

In other business, a temporary-use permit was given to TimberWest to place a test wind power tower in the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area. The idea is to collect date on the feasibility to build a wind farm. TimberWest has proposed three towers on two properties located on a 3,526-hectare piece located north of Wye Lake and a 923-hectare property directly north of Bear Creek Reservoir. None of the towers will impact surrounding properties as they are all in unsettled areas.

A temporary-use permit was also passed to allow for a 50-boat marina in Port Renfrew. The marina would be located between the existing beach camp and the government dock. The temporary-use permit is for three years of until a rezoning for a permanent 160-boat marina is complete.

The CRD board also validated the East Sooke referendum for a new $2-million  fire hall. A new library will also be built in Port Renfrew, said Hicks.

“A lot of fresh, positive stuff,” he said.

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