Master planned community’s donation to District of Lantzville creates outdoor enthusiast’s paradise
Lantzville B.C. – The Foothills, an 1838-acre, (744-hectare) master planned community located in Lantzville and minutes from the Nanaimo, BC Ferry terminal, announced today that 730- acres (295-hectares) of private land will be dedicated this year to the District of Lantzville as land to serve as public park and open space.
The Foothills is nearing completion of a one yearlong construction program for its first phase of home sites and the park will appeal to outdoor enthusiasts across Canada. Located in the Regional District of Nanaimo, north of the City of Nanaimo, the 730-acre area property offers hiking trails, mountain biking trails, rock climbing and amazing views of the Strait of Georgia.
At 295-hectares the Park is the largest land donation in British Columbia since 2009 when Skaha Bluff was donated to the BC Provincial Government (Source). In comparison, Stanley Park in Vancouver is 1,001 acres (405 hectares). Residents can explore bluffs, gullies, forests, rocks, cliffs, high country marshes, viewpoints, creeks, and a diversity of vegetation from fern filled rainforest canyons to dry viewpoints with natural arbutus trees.
“The Foothills as the highlands in Lantzville, is a gateway to numerous recreational experiences,” says Allard Ockeloen, Chief Executive Officer, Lone Tree Properties Ltd. “It’s an outdoor enthusiasts’ paradise.”
The proposed land donation by Foothills will be the largest park in the Nanaimo area. The land will be dedicated to the District of Lantzville as District lands with Park zoning. The District will manage the land in conjunction with its Parks and Recreation Commission
During 2017’s release of home sites, the project sold $20 million in home sites in one day and since then, more the 70 home sites have been sold to date bringing the total homes soon to be under development up to 101. The developer started a $15 million civil construction project last year and is nearing completion on infrastructure and roads to service the first phase of home sites.
“We are creating a community that represents the best aspects of this beautiful area,” says Ockeloen. “We want to offer the opportunity to live next to a natural sanctuary, a recreational destination park the whole community can enjoy – forever.”
The Foothills master-planned community at full build out will comprise 730 homes and a mixed-use village in upper Lantzville. Lone Tree Properties Ltd., a subsidiary of Storm Mountain Development Corporation, is the developer of the project located in a small-town community (Lantzville – pop: 3,700) that hugs the Strait of Georgia between Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.
The Foothills is releasing the last 26 premium view home sites in Broad Ridge Pass. Interested parties should register at www.thefoothillslifestyle.com/
The new release of home sites are located on some of the best sites the community has to offer and are in the first phase of a multi-phase, master-planned community. The first and second phases will be solely residential, the third will include a range of residential and full mixed-use village and the final phases of residential will feature some larger acreages.
Home owners will find the best of Island living, including outdoor experiences, food, education, arts and culture. Designed to foster a broad range of social interactions and vibrancy, the beauty of the landscape will be preserved, and will provide a memorable island setting for all stages of life.
In order to preserve the beauty of the land extensive environmental studies have been conducted to determine where the development interacts with sensitive areas and what the best practices are to ensure minimum to no impact. Construction is being conducted carefully and will progress gradually, over the space of 10 to 15 years, in order to avoid major impacts to community members.
Homes in the first phase are located on the north area of the site, closest to the existing neighbourhoods in Lantzville. Homes are expected to be family oriented and high-end with spectacular views. Residential home site prices range from $250,000 to over $600,000 with the majority of home sites being in the high $300,000 to low $400,000 range.
Beyond shopping, residents of The Foothills will be in close proximity to recreation in the mountains of the Foothills and the UNESCO Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Reserve, hundreds of miles of coastline, beaches, waterfront communities and many small islands as well as the world renowned beauty of Tofino and Pacific Rim National Park and the internationally recognized Vancouver Island University.
Home owners can easily go skiing at Mt Washington with views of the ocean or visit a rich world of artisan food and drink in nearby areas known as “the Provence of Canada”.
For more information on The Foothills visit http://www.thefoothillslifestyle.com/ to register.
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The Foothills is an 1838 acre, master-planned community located in Lantzville, B.C. The neighbourhood will consist of 730 homes, a mixed-use village area, and a 900-acre park. Designed to foster a broad range of social interactions and vibrancy, the beauty of the landscape will be preserved, and will provide a memorable island setting for all stages of life. The area will offer the best of Island living, including outdoor experiences, food, education, arts, culture and a healthy lifestyle.