Construction of the Victoria International Marina, British Columbia Canada, will now finally begin after crucial federal approvals have been won.

Its developers, WAM Development Group in partnership with Community Marine Concepts have announced approvals received from Transport Canada and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

These mark the final stages in what has been a protracted sign off for the new marina.

“The project has already received municipal and provincial approvals, and these federal approvals are significant milestones in the approval process,” said Larry Halgren, who took over from Lachlan Maclean as marina project lead in September. 

Construction is expected to take approximately ten months, say developers, with  dredging commencing in July 2013. This means the first yachts (up to 46m LOA can be accommodated) could moor in Victoria by late Spring 2014.

“It’s great to see receive the Habitat Authorization permit, as our biologists have been working with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to ensure marine life is protected and habitat is improved over the course of the development of the marina,” continued Halgren. 

“We’ll be removing 100-year-old wood waste from the seabed and planting three eelgrass beds along the north shore of the harbour, just west of the marina between Lime Bay and Colville Island.”

Two buildings awaiting permit from the City are the final steps towards marina lift off

Victoria international Marina has been seven years under the microscope of environmental and navigation specialists from government and the private sector.

The project has necessitated resubmission of permits after they were gained, downsizing the original 52 berth marina to 29 berths and securing support from local First Nation communities.

Now the end looks in sight with just two more permits to be gained; the building permits for the two structures that will sit either side of the marina.

“We now hope to submit a building permit application to the City of Victoria later this year,” said Halgren. “This project will contribute to a healthy working harbour and we’re excited to see it progressing.”

Related Links

Victoria International Marina Website

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