The owners of 2330 Sooke Road (map link) expect to begin preparing the land for the construction of new townhouses, condos and apartments on February 20, 2020. Sooke Road is identified as a transit corridor and intended growth area in the Colwood Official Community Plan.
The developers obtained permit to develop the land in December, 2019. The permit clearly defines the trees that must be protected and those that may be removed and then replaced as construction is completed. Under the guidance of an arborist, a bird nesting survey was completed and trees that are to be retained have been fenced for protection. A buffer of trees will be retained along the property adjacent to established homes.
The City anticipates a building application to come forward for the proposed 18 townhomes, 27 condos, and 32 rental apartments.
Planned road improvements
The development permit also requires road improvements that include a landscaped boulevard with lighting, sidewalks and bike lanes as well as allowing for a transit lane to accommodate BC Transit's plans for queue jumping lanes for buses. In addition, the City's draft 5-year Financial Plan proposes several transportation updates, including the design of upgrades for Sooke Road between Metchosin Road and Veterans Memorial Parkway. A full update of the Colwood Transportation Master Plan will also be undertaken.