Sidney Gateway development plan not expected until March

Application permit to come first, followed by 40-day review by the Town of Sidney.

A depiction of the proposed Sidney Gateway commercial area.

The Victoria Airport Authority is not expecting a development permit application  on the proposed Sidney Gateway shopping area until March.

VAA President and CEO Geoff Dickson told North Saanich District council Monday night that development company Omicron is expected to have the application ready by early March. Once it is submitted to the VAA, Dickson said the review process begins and the Town of Sidney will be given 40 days to look it over.

He said no action is expected, therefore, until late April or early May.

“It’s been a long and interesting process for the airport,” he said.

Dickson told council that the Town of Sidney approved a rezoning request for the 100,000 square-foot commercial site, located at the corner of the Pat Bay Highway and Beacon Avenue, back in Sept., 2016. Traffic impacts are still being reviewed by the B.C. transportation ministry, he added, with those comments expected to come out soon.

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