Colwood launches development of sections of Royal Bay with by-law approval – Victoria News

Officials innovate on The Commons in Royal Bay.  Development in the area will continue after approval of the rezoning which allows for further commercial and residential construction.  (Photo from Black Press Media file)

Officials innovate on The Commons in Royal Bay. Development in the area will continue after approval of the rezoning which allows for further commercial and residential construction. (Photo from Black Press Media file)

Colwood launches development of sections of Royal Bay with by-law approval

Zone 5 will house a new dementia care facility, as well as 2,100 housing units

Colwood council has approved the rezoning bylaw of Latoria South Area 5, allowing development to begin in the Royal Bay area, including a new senior care facility.

The settlement was approved with only the Council. Cynthia Day opposed it. It limits the number of housing units in Zone 5 to 2,100, excluding collective housing, and limits the amount of non-residential development to 40,000 square feet, not including the health care facility or the nursing home. The regulation also updated the requirements for how each batch is used and listed the types of businesses that should get a batch.

The area is part of the large Royal Bay development which has been underway since 2013. There are plans for the construction of housing, a commercial park with a grocery store and a nursing home focused on dementia care.

Plots have also been designated for an animal hospital, a brewery / distillery and the Royal BC Museum facilities, which will house some research operations and the museum archives.

Construction times vary depending on the different projects. The business park is expected to be completed by the end of 2022, while other developments like the installation of the Royal BC Museum have longer timelines – the province expects to pave the way for winter 2022 and complete the project in 2025.


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