Airport commercial property in Sidney back on the table soon

The VAA has proposed a mixed commercial development and has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Town.

A traffic study on the potential impact of a new commercial development on Beacon Avenue on the west side of the Pat Bay Highway in Sidney is in the hands of the municipality.

James Bogusz, vice-president of operations and development of the Victoria Airport Authority (VAA), says the traffic study is complete and is with the Town of Sidney for their review.

The VAA held a series of open houses after the proposal to develop a 10-acre site was raised last year. Bogusz said people felt such a plan could impact traffic off the highway and onto Beacon Avenue. A study was done, he said, to look at options.

The VAA has proposed a mixed commercial development and has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Town. Sidney holds some of the land to be used.

Bogusz said the VAA still has to seek changes to Sidney’s official community plan and zoning bylaws and negotiate the use of Town services to accommodate the project — but that is months away.

Bogusz noted there has been some interest from the commercial sector in the property, but added it’s all hypothetical right now.

He said the VAA and Town must continue discussions and take any plans to the public before ground is broken.