A picnic area, playground, two piers and a sand beach could be coming to the Westhills development on the southern shores of Langford Lake.
Council is awaiting approval in upcoming meetings to resolve whether or not to submit a Crown land tenure application endorsing the project to see if development applications meet provincial environmental approval.
“[Department of Fisheries and Oceans] has confirmed that an authorization under the Fisheries Act is not necessary as long as best practices in design and construction are followed,” a staff report from planning informed council.
The Province had asked for Section 11 Water Sustainability Act authorization and a Crown land tenure application from the city concurrently before assessing whether the project can gain their green light.
Langford would take over maintenance duties if the development is approved and completed.
The City will “hold a legal lease over that portion of the foreshore and lake encompassing the retaining wall, boardwalk and piers for a period of 10-30 years,” staff write.
A February 2019 conceptual design of the project shows two piers around the lakefront wall area, one with a public canoe and kayak docks. It also depicts a public playground, washroom facility and a “barrier-free” swimming beach.
The City is currently reviewing several building applications from the developers to build high-rise condos in the lakefront area. The public amenity contribution is part of a proposed deal for waterfront restaurant off of Leigh Place.