Church-Spruce subdivision and road in application process

Derek Kilbourn

Sounder News

Wednesday, June 5 2019

The Church-Spruce road connection is still in the works, with applications from the developer out to the Islands Trust and Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI).

Approval for the subdivision has not yet been granted by MOTI. Officials with MOTI said this past week, “This subdivision file has been submitted for preliminary layout approval to the Provincial Approving Officer. It is currently under Ministry review and no approvals have been granted at this time.”


The future road, as seen from the end of Spruce Ave, is proposed to connect through to Church Road and is under construction - but will not be made public until after the Transportation Ministry and Islands Trust have approved applications for the subdivision. Derek Kilbourn photo.


At the Islands Trust level, the developer for the subdivision has applied for development permits involving steep slopes and Riparian Area Regulations.

At the May 16 Local Trust Committee (LTC) meeting, planning staff said there are a number of conditions on the subdivision - among them, the development permits. Staff said the applicant had not submitted information in time for the May 16 meeting, but that application should be ready for the LTC members to review at their July 11 meeting.

Until all of the conditions of the permit and subdivision approval have been met, the application cannot be approved.

Staff said that means the road cannot be made public, and the public trails proposed to go through the property cannot be built, but it is up to the applicant to meet the conditions.