A neighbour-hood is taking shape in the Royal Bay development in Colwood.

Ospreys, sparrow hawks and kestrels in Colwood, oh my!

New streets and signs coming soon for Royal Bay development

Streets in the new Royal Bay neighbourhood will have a decidedly avian ring to them.

Colwood council approved a bird-themed naming motif for all new roadways within the Royal Bay development, welcoming Osprey Street, Caspian Drive, Kestrel Street and Sparrowhawk Avenue to Colwood. All birds are native to Esquimalt Lagoon.

“The developers are definitely staying consistent with the messaging … (And) respecting the history and geographical features of the city of Colwood and we very much appreciate that,” said Coun. Rob Martin.

The new names were vetted by emergency services representatives from fire and police departments to ensure they weren’t similar to other street names in Greater Victoria, which could lead to confusion. Sparrowhawk Avenue will run parallel to Ryder Hesjedal Way; the other three will run perpendicular between them.

“To be honest, this was driven by the developers; they have the rights to naming,” Martin said. “What we do is go through the process … these names, we thought were very fitting. (They’re) definitely staying focused within our community which is wonderful.”

The roads have been handed over to the City and Colwood’s public works department is ordering new signs, which are expected to go up in the next few months. That may coincide with the installation of four new signs welcoming visitors and residents into the Royal Bay community.

“This is exactly the type of signs we are aspiring to throughout Colwood (because) it’s sometimes hard to identify when you are in Langford or in Colwood,” Martin said.

“But the idea is we identify communities with the same conceptual signs throughout, so you have the idea you are in Colwood because the signs look the same.”

The new Royal Bay signs will be 12 feet high and 7.5 feet wide. Two will be erected on Metchosin Road, and two more on Latoria Road greeting drivers as they enter and leave the development.

“We are trying to build more way finding, Martin said. “It’s perfect, because it is exactly what the city would do and instead of the city having paid for it, the developers paid for it.”

alim@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

Overflowing garbage bin attracts Colwood councillor’s attention

Staff report will contain current locations, cost, and potential sites for new garbage bins

Rickter Scale: A novel approach to balancing the books

The Rickter Scale is a weekly column

Bates Motel recreated in Saanich for a haunting good time

Local artists, actors transform house into a free, ‘fun spooky’ Halloween attraction

Sidney handles plastic bags with wait-and-see approach

Officials say they will wait for courts and provincial action concerning single-use plastic bags

West Shore RCMP bust seizes $50,000 worth of drugs

More than 300 grams of cocaine and crack-cocaine seized in Victoria

WATCH: Greater Victoria’s top stories of the day

A round-up of the day’s top stories

POLL: Do you think the day of the federal election should be a statutory holiday?

Increasing voter turnout has long been a goal of officials across the… Continue reading

Alberta truck convoy plans counter-protest at climate rally with Greta Thunberg

United We Roll organizer says similar protest planned for Swedish teen’s event in Edmonton

COLUMN: Halloween shouldn’t be a purity test

The holiday is a time of pretending and fun

Scheer, Trudeau, Singh haggle over potential minority government outcome

If you believe the polls, it appears the Liberals and Conservatives are neck-and-neck

British family deported after ‘accidental’ U.S. border crossing

U.S. officials deny it was mistake, release video of vehicle crossing into Washington from Langley

Kamloops man hangs on to back of stolen truck as suspect speeds away, crashes

The pickup truck was seen leaving the roadway before bursting into flames

‘Sky didn’t fall:’ Police, lawyers still adjusting after pot legalization

Statistics Canada says 541 people were charged under the federal Cannabis Act between Oct. 17, 2018 and the end of the year

Fewer people prescribed opioids in B.C., but other provinces lack data: doctors

Patients who began taking opioids were prescribed smaller doses for shorter duration

Most Read