J.E. Anderson & Associates has been working on a spacious 21-lot subdivision in the Cedar neighbourhood of Nanaimo. The project, called Blue Heron Landing, is close to the Nanaimo River Estuary, at the south end of the city.
The team at J.E. Anderson’s Nanaimo office looked after the engineering and land surveying for this new subdivision. This included the planning and design of individual lots and planning out the servicing for each property. Engineers and surveyors had to accommodate a number of concerns, given that this is in an environmentally sensitive area.
The property is adjacent to land protected by the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), which has become an estuary after the land became flooded due to beaver dams in nearby Nanaimo River. Therefore, the lots are bigger than urban standard – many around 0.2 acres. Their size creates a larger buffer zone between the subdivision and ALR lands. So of course, residents can expect to see blue herons and other estuary wildlife nearby. Additionally, the subdivision features grassy boulevards between the street and sidewalk, which is an unusual aesthetic feature for Nanaimo.
“This is a really nice-looking subdivision – the lots are bigger and there’s lots of greenery,” said Dave Wallace, B.C. Land Surveyor at J.E. Anderson’s Nanaimo office. “The environmental sensitivities made the project all that more interesting as we took it through the planning, rezoning and approvals processes.”
Wallace notes this is one of the first subdivisions of its kind in Cedar, and developers are starting to build more housing all the way to Ladysmith. He expects this will trigger the creation of more commercial complexes and services in the area to meet a growing demand.
“I’ve been here for 37 years and it’s interesting to see the huge growth in Nanaimo now underway,” said Wallace.
More photos and information can be found about Blue Heron Landing on the listing agent’s website: Lori Brothers, Royal LePage Nanaimo Realty.