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North Cowichan turns down major development near new hospital – Cowichan Valley Citizen

WestVista project denied in 3-3 vote

Plans for a comprehensive development project that would have included up to 850 new homes and a commercial area near the new $1.44-billion Cowichan District Hospital were nixed in a 3-3 tie vote at North Cowichan’s council table at its meeting on March 6.

Mill Bay-based WestVista development company proposed to build the development on a 31-acre property located north of Herd Road, which is outside North Cowichan’s urban containment boundary and is in a designated future-growth area in the municipality’s newly adopted official community plan.

According to the OCP, which was updated in 2022, the area is not to be developed until after all other areas zoned for development in the area have been built out.

WestVista, which claimed the development would yield more than $60 million in property taxes by year 25 of the project, had requested that North Cowichan take its land out of the future-growth area and allow development to soon begin there.

But a staff report recommended that council deny the application because the proposal represents a significant departure from the growth-management section of the OCP, which is one of its core components.

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