Land donation will create largest park in Nanaimo area

Bill Cleverley / Times Colonist - MAY 30, 2018 08:08 PM


Lantzville will soon receive one of the largest donations of parkland the province has seen in the past decade. LoneTree Properties, a subsidiary of Calgary’s Storm Mountain Development Corp., which is developing the Foothills planned community north of Nanaimo, will donate 730 acres to Lantzville this year.

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Knappett Industries Ltd. has been awarded an $8-million civil construction contract for the Foothills residential development in Lantzville. Construction work is to start in early September and be completed in summer 2018, said developer Lone Tree Properties Ltd. Knappett is based in Nanaimo and Fort St. John. The first stage will see 3.5 kilometres of road construction. A 1.14-million-litre concrete reservoir will be built and other work includes sewer connections, utility underground services and water lines. Nanaimo’s Herold Engineering is the lead engineer on the project.

Foothills is a 1,838-acre planned community that is designed to eventually see construction of 730 homes with a mixed-use village and a 900-acre park.

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“From a master plan perspective, we’re looking at the Foothills as being ‘an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise,’” says Ben Hurlbutt, director of marketing and sales at the Foothills. “It’s not for any one age group or one person type — we’re here for people who love the outdoors, want to live in a community with 900 acres of parkland at their doorstep and enjoy that kind of lifestyle.”

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“We’re going to work on taking our time and catering to people that are really committed to living in the community,” he said. “Some of the speculation that you find in Vancouver, you could turn that on [in Lantzville] pretty quickly and get a result, but it wouldn’t be a meaningful community result.”