Rick StiebelThe Chronicle
Preparation work to put a roadway into one of the biggest project’s in the history of Ladysmith has begun.
Glenn Carey, project manager for the Holland Creek project, said the work needs to be done at this time because it is weather dependent.
“We have to get it done within the next couple of weeks because of the window we were given by the provincial Ministry of the Environment,” he said.
The work is the first part of preparation to put a road into the project for 28 lots in Phase 1. The entry where the work is underway is on private property off of Dogwood Drive across from the Ladysmith Golf Club.
The work underway involves site clearing and grading as per the pre-conditions Council set for the developer, said Felicity Adams, director of development services for the Town of Ladysmith.
“A project of this size requires careful consideration every step of the way,” Adams noted. “Because the area is so sensitive, the purpose of the prep work is to improve drainage and to improve the quality of water draining into the creek.”
The developer has a biologist on site to monitor the work as part of the conditions required by the Town and the provincial government.
Adams said the road isn’t expected to be completed until the end of 2017.
The Holland Creek project is a business partnership with the Stz’uminus First Nation to build a mix of mostly single and multi-family housing on three parcels of land totaling 223 acres. The project could involve 1,000 homes and possibly a community care facility built on the three properties during the next 20 to 30 years, with about 600 of those on the first property.