In 2007, EKISTICS was commissioned by Bentall Kennedy to lead the master planning and re-visioning of the remaining 750 acres of the Fairwinds Resort Community. Working as the prime consultant, EKISTICS led a team of specialists to work with the community, Client and Regional District through an extended public consultation process to craft a new future – one that would be more sustainable, not only managing its collective “footprint”, but also establishing a rich experience of place.
Extending across the Nanoose Bay peninsula to include lakes and wetlands, forested ridges and rare Garry oak meadows, the plan for what became known as the Lakes District, is grounded in principles of “complete community” design building on the RDN’s Regional Growth Strategy.
The Lakes District Neighbourhood Plan is organized around conservation and recreation, protecting the highest-value natural features through the dedication of a 300-acre regional park, while defining smaller neighbourhood clusters within areas of lowest sensitivity. The Plan provides for the phased development of a diverse mix of 1,700 homes fit within clustered neighbourhoods that link to walkable community destinations such as the Enos Lakehouse and parks accessed by a pedestrian-friendly network of traffic-calmed streets, tree-lined pathways and forest trails.
The Lakes District Plan reflects the results of a detailed understanding of the land in concert with community dialogue to establish a more sustainable community – one that works with nature to support a local lifestyle that lives lightly on the land.