City of Victoria Approves Mega-Yacht Marina's Development Permit

The City of Victoria’s Mayor and Council unanimously approved the development permit for the two marina buildings that will sit on the site of the Victoria International Marina. The developer, WAM Development Group, plans to build the mega-yacht marina along the Songhees waterfront in Victoria's Middle Harbour.

“This is another big step forward for the marina,” said Lachlan MacLean, Vice-President of WAM Development Group. “Once constructed, the Victoria International Marina will provide a new coffee shop, restaurant and overall gathering place for the community where residents and visitors can socialize or relax.”

The City of Victoria reduced the size of the marina late last year, shrinking it by half its current 29-slip design. As a result, the developer had to re-apply to Transport Canada for the navigable waters permit.

“The next step in the approval process for the marina is the Federal Government approval for the navigable waters permit and environmental screening,” explained MacLean. “Given we had already been granted the permit last year when the marina was set to be larger, we are confident that this will happen soon.”

According to MacLean, with the development permit approved, the Provincial Crown Lease and First Nations agreement he hopes construction on the buildings will begin by July 2012.