Half of new homes in North Saanich spoken for

Small lot development on East Saanich Road offered workers a pre-sale opportunity

Crews clear brush off property at 9395 East Saanich Rd. The land is the site of what has been dubbed Canora Mews

As the brush is cleared from property at 9395 East Saanich Rd., more than half of the 40 residential lots planned for the site are being spoken for by people who work for businesses based in North Saanich.

Keycorp Consulting offered the lots to employees within the umbrella of the Sidney and North Saanich Industrial Group, Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and North Saanich Volunteer Fire Department. As of the conclusion of the initial offering and open houses last week, 27 couples or individuals had expressed an interest in buying one of the new homes.

The two weeks between Sept. 7 and 21 is the period allowed for financing to be secured and down payments placed on each lot.

“The vast majority of them work in North Saanich but do not live there,” says Rohan Rupf, director of Keycorp’s marketing branch. “We’re very happy with that response.”

Chris Fudge, executive director of the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, said the initial response by some of their members’ employees was good.

“It piqued some interest,” he said.

The project, now called Canora Mews, was the subject of more than a year of debate and controversy in the District of North Saanich.

The development is planning to put 40 units on smaller-than-typcial lots within the municipality, with an option for secondary suites, and that had local politicians split over how affordable,workforce housing could be attained in North Saanich.

That division continues, as council prepares to debate a consultant’s report on the District’s housing strategy at a meeting on Sept. 9.

Gary Lunn, one of the project developers, said Canora Mews is not the model for future growth in North Saanich. It is, he said, an appropriate development for the location within the municipality. The response to their initial sales offering, Lunn agreed, confirmed the need for workforce housing in North Saanich at a price point below the average house price in the community.

The homes at Canora Mews will cost between $399,000 and “the high $400,000s” said Rupf. Lunn added the down payments will be kept in trust until construction can begin.

With permits in place to clear the land, Lunn said the development still has to follow North Saanich’s policies to proceed with construction of the homes. While he said he’s not anticipating any snags, there is still the outstanding issue of connecting the site to the District’s sewer system.

Lunn said they have already committed to paying $15,000 per lot to cover the infrastructure costs.

He said the District is still looking into its connection options, but the developers will still pay what they agreed on.

“There will always be permit issues in any process,” Lunn said “but we’re not expecting any serious issues. We’re confident we’ll be able to deliver these new homes on time.”



Just Posted

READERS’ CHOICE: Saluting the stars of the Saanich Peninsula

Welcome to the Peninsula News Review’s 13th annual Readers’ Choice Awards, our… Continue reading

BCAM slated to get one of last remaining Lancaster bombers

Approval seems certain despite emotional Torontonian appeals

Saanich Peninsula athletes earn their place at B.C. Games

The Saanich Peninsula will be well-represented next week as the 40th annual… Continue reading

A sled dog with an amazing past shows a young pug the ropes

A local school bus driver and passionate dog lover has written his… Continue reading

Launch party for Vancouver Island’s new soccer team a success

Over 3,000 seats will be added to Westhills Stadium in the next 6 months

BC Games: Day 1 comes to an end

Medals have already been handed out following one day of competition in the 2018 BC Summer Games

Big-time racing on tap in Langford this month

Western Speedway the place to be for a roaring good time in summer

BC Wildfire update on Okanagan blazes

Watch the media briefing on the current fire situation in the Okanagan.

ZONE 6: Rugby star Maggie Banks carries family legacy to BC Games

Shawnigan Lake student and Coquitlam native following her parents to the national program

RCMP help to save goats from wildfire

The fast-approaching wildfire, sparked Thursday, forced the evacuation of five homes

VIDEO: Near drowning captured on popular B.C. river

Search and Rescue manager says the popular pastime of floating in the summer is inherently dangerous

Crosswalk vandalism leaves black mark for Cowichan as B.C. Games begin

Rainbow crosswalk defaced just days after being painted

Photo gallery: BC Games Day 1

A brief look at action from the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley

UPDATED: Anti-pipeline campers digging in as eviction deadline expires

The City of Burnaby had ordered the Kinder Morgan pipeline protesters out for violating bylaws

Most Read