a Waterfront Landing vision
The vision for a new neighbourhood on the former Interfor mill site is that of a Brownfield conversion to a sustainable, comprehensively planned and compact urban waterfront neighbourhood based on principles of Smart Growth on the Ground along with numerous elements of sustainability and green development – where a diverse mix of residents are just a short walk, cycle, or ferry ride away from the amenities of a thriving Downtown Core. Waterfront Landing will be a cohesive, sustainable and liveable neighbourhood that respects the natural environment and preserves and enhances those valued attributes of Downtown Squamish.
The Waterfront Landing neighbourhood would meet the needs of multiple generations and lifestyles through multi-family housing choices that includes affordable and adaptable housing. The addition of up to 1,500 units and an estimated population of up to 3,500 residents directly into the heart of Squamish would also significantly strengthen the economic, social, and cultural vitality of Downtown.
Situated along the Mamquam Blind Channel, this comprehensively planned Downtown multi-family residential neighbourhood would be strongly integrated with the Downtown Core through physical attributes and a reliance on shops, services and amenities in the Core. On-site amenities, such as the public waterfront walk, trail system, public harbour, planted boulevard with sidewalks on both sides of the street system, and potential water transport service options will reduce reliance on the private automobile, encourage pedestrian and cyclist activity, thus promoting an active lifestyle. Other on-site community amenities include local service commercial, a public waterfront park, and a public lagoon that will be available for recreational use by all Squamish residents.
This unique lagoon would provide significant environmental benefits and extend through the centre of the property. This sustainable water feature would provide many residents with waterfront homes along the two kilometres of waterfront and an ideal spot for the public to canoe and kayak.
This urban neighbourhood concept would also feature a public area with a restaurant, boat launch, harbour, two marinas, and marine-oriented light industrial. This will add vitality to the area and a focus area for people to visit.
- 1,500 units for 3,500 new residents (for a town with a 15,000 population)
- site size: 53-acres
- townhouses, mid-rises, and three condo towers (12-20 storeys each)
- retail, office, new marina, parks, trails, lagoon, waterfront promenade, public harbour
- to be developed over 15-years