As a proud resident of Britannia Beach for the past 15 years, I’ve seen a LOT of changes in our little community. We’ve done a lot of “waiting and seeing”- developers have come and gone, making promises, presenting drawings, scale models, case studies, and scientific reports- some things came to fruition, and others still seem to be on “permanent hold”.
And that’s okay with us. It’s a great place to live, no matter the community scale. And now there’s another promising development proposal, just down the road.
Last fall, Taicheng Development Corporation purchased the 400+ acre Makin Lands south of Britannia Beach and now are presenting their plans on creating a ”complete local town center with Aboriginal cultural characteristics, a live-work community with full range of service, retail, entertainment and touring attractions. ”
Also sounds a bit like many of the other plans that have been presented over the years.
This time the developer is also one with not only a proven background of developing such communities, but is one who also apparently has the financial ability (overseas investors and shareholders) to do so.
An “informal” presentation on Monday March 12th drew a small gathering of local industry professionals interested in hearing the proposal. And the feedback is overwhelmingly positive.
Taicheng Corporation appears very committed to working with the community to create a unique, sustainable, destination community- more than just another touristy pit-stop enroute to Whistler. That means more shopping options (groceries!), jobs, activities, and perhaps even a school and a medical clinic. Now that I like!
Another public information session will be held at the Britannia Beach Community Hall (above the CRS Trading Post, next to the General Store) on Thursday March 15th, from 7 to 9 pm. If you’re at all curious, it’s a good idea to pop by and check it out for yourself.