This site is an urban in-fill development on former agricultural land. This site was within the 200 year floodplain for Swan Creek and two developers had approached the municipality with traditional engineered solutions to stormwater management and flood control; however, this approach was not supported by the community. An innovative approach to stormwater management that would alleviate liability concerns for flooding and provide protection for Swan Creek was required.

By choosing to develop the property in conjunction with the restoration and stormwater treatment, the developer was able to obtain approvals and start construction in a very short period of time (63 days for all approvals). The property was subdivided to provide 31 single family homes, with 17% of the property dedicated to Saanich as parkland. This project has won several environmental awards.

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    - Cori L. Barraclough
    Freshwater Ecologist at Aqua-Tex