Westshore Business

Westshore Business Corridor - an in-depth discussion with Colwood Mayor Rob Martin, Citified Media CEO Mike Kozakowski and Langford Acting Mayor & Councillor Matt Sahlstrom

August 5, 2020

Colwood Mayor Rob Martin (5:57 - 24:50)

- families are attracted to the Westshore…"the place to be"

- Colwood's focus is on creating prosperity in the household…i.e., household wealth

  1. Housing affordability
  2. business support, especially small business

- Development activity:

  1. Wale Road "hole" - 147 affordable housing units
  2. Colwood Corners Corridor
  3. Royal Bay - 2100 residents / 300,000 sq ft commercial 40,000 sq ft supermarket / 10,000 sq ft Day-care
  4. within the next 5 years we'll see a billion dollars of development spending between all the numerous Royal Bay projects
  5. Rob reviews how Colwood can help the region in total
  6. Olympic View, Allendal District and Colwood Corners round out the balance of developments that will generate $2.5 Billion in development activity

Attendees Question - transportation review - how will people move around efficiently?

 

Citified Media CEO Mike Kozakowski (24:56 - 53:35)

- we discuss how to get in and out of Sooke more efficiently

- $90 million highway improvement project continuing - extensive detailed discussion

- BC Transit improvements (Sooke residents top CRD transit users)

- 80 kilometres of undeveloped land just beyond Sooke (Westhore Business Cooridor)

- Port Renfrew Tourism exploding with Tourism activity

- we chat sewage and water capacity for the region

- we review the political & community appetite for growth

- daycare & medical facility development updates

 

Acting Mayor & Councillor Matt Sahlstrom & Langford Manager of Business Development & Events Donna Petrie (53:35 - 1:13:00)

- Langford's community priority specific to building out the arts & culture sector

  1. Maritime Museum
  2. 1200 seat theater
  3. Planetarium with observation deck
  4. Conference Center

- Film Industry and Studio Development updates

- Donna Petrie chats in detail about "I am Langford", an exciting branding and promotional project (June - end of September)

- Langford on pace for record construction activity and development permit applications this year

- transportation needs & capacity related discussion

- we review the Luxton area grounds development updates

 

Summary - 1:14:00

Rob Martin - 1:16:04

Mike Kozakowski - 1:18:16

Matt Sahlstrom - 1:22:16

 

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