Lantzvilel District Hall shown above

Lantzvilel District Hall shown above

Lantzville development requires water supply before proceeding

NANAIMO – Twenty-six hectares of land near Superior Road slated for single-family homes.

Upper Lantzville could be the site of a significant residential development.

A residential subdivision has been proposed for the Superior Road area of Lantzville, according to publicly available documents at the district office.

The proposal calls for the construction of 297 residential units on 26 hectares of land, referred to as the Gee Property, located between Superior Road and Highway 19.

There would also be a recreational vehicle storage area, a neighbourhood centre and greenways connecting to a nearby trail.

“Effectively it’s a small lot single-family residential development. It’s predicated on there being adequate water, so a community water system and a community sewer system,” said Frank Limshue, the district’s community planner.Story continues belowAbove: Map showing a proposed development for the Superior Road area of Lantzville.

He said the proposal is currently going through consultation by a number of groups, including the B.C. Ministry of Environment and the Nanoose First Nation, whose territory is located next to the property.

“We have referred the application to various agencies … to see if they have got any comments or concerns related to it. Once we have all those comments back, we will sit down with the client and work through all those comments and concerns,” Limshue said.

The owners of the proposed development, listed as a numbered company, are also the ones behind the proposed Ryeland Property, according to Limshue, who said the Superior Road site is not currently serviced with municipal water.

“The developer is examining ways to bring water to the area,” he said.

Limshue said the district has recommended that the developer hold an open house about the project before a rezoning application goes before council.

“The other thing we have recommended to the client is that they host an open house, so they can explain to folks what it is they are doing,” he said.

The Superior Road property still needs to go through the rezoning process and the development would ultimately need council’s approval before construction could begin.

“It’s in the early stages,” Limshue said.

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