The members of the Mid Island Construction Association (MICA) and the Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA) voted to amalgamate into one association solution for the construction community on Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and Coastal BC. On June 1, 2011, the existing Island construction associations approved a special resolution to amalgamate, MICA and VICA one new society called Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA). The newly integrated VICA allows for a cross-island communication and collaboration on key member and industry issues, member services, education and networking that has not, until recently, occurred between the boards of directors MICA and VICA. The new society will continue to operate with two offices, one in Victoria and another in Nanaimo. And a new Board of Directors, consisting of members from the existing boards, was approved by way of a vote by the general membership and has been appointed:
Marlon Brown – CornerStone Tile, Don Cameron – G & E Contracting, Chris Erb – C & M
Developments, Alan Fletcher – AFC Construction, Dave Flint – Flynn Canada, Stu Hopewell –
Atlas Truss, Arthur James Hustins – ABC Precast & Ready Mix, Angus Macpherson – Cairnview
Mechanical, , Ross McLean – Houle Electric, Anthony Minniti – Century Group Inc., Sheldon
The Schooner Cove and Lakes District Neighbourhood Plans for the Fairwinds Community at Nanoose Bay have passed a major milestone on their way to becoming a reality after the Regional District of Nanaimo board gave third reading to bylaws incorporating both Schooner Cove and the Lakes District plans into the Nanoose Bay Official Community Plan. Highlights of the two plans include the revitalization of Schooner Cove as an oceanside marina-oriented residential village, with the addition of a public waterfront boardwalk, shops, cafés, neighborhood services, parks and walkways. The plan for the Lakes District calls for a 300-acre public park, as well as a mixed array of single and multi-family homes, all connected by hiking trails and pathways.
Fairwinds is a well established residential community with several current real estate projects on the market. Ocean and golf course view lots set on a quiet cul-de-sac at Bonnington Ridge in Fairwinds are now selling, with only four lots remining. These Vancouver Island view lots range in size from 1/3 to over 1/2 acre.