Marina development and expansion frequently asked questions:
How will parking of cars be addressed?
There is room for parking based on the current planning codes which apply to all businesses within the ACRD authority. There will be approximately 14 addition parking spots needed in the proposed plans compared to the current Marina size and current building plans.
What about boat trailer storage?
There will be no accommodations for boat trailer storage on site.
Will house boats and live-a-board vessels be allowed?
No. The current MAR2 zoning does not allow houseboats or live-a-board use. This zoning will not change.
Will there be areas for the general public to park?
Absolutely, we have included spaces around the convenience store for the public to stop and visit the Marina and the Lake.
Will there be a boat launch facility?
There will not be a motorized boat launch facility put in place. We envision future improvement of the public access areas to make it easier to launch non-motorized watercraft into the lake.
What will the convenience store be like?
We’d like to offer a small provisioning store carrying everyday products focusing on island suppliers. A place where people will able to shop for their stay at the lake or locals will be able to pick up items for convenience.
Are there going to be public washrooms?
Yes. We have plans for multiple washrooms to be accessible to the general public on site. In the past we have offered washroom facilities in the convenience store and in addition we built multiple washroom facilities for women and men which could be accessed from outside the convenience store.
The marina appears to extend quite far into the lake. What impact will that have on wave action and current land owners?
The proposed Marina extends an estimated 165 feet further into the lake for an approximately 353 feet total distance at the longest point. It’s expected that improvement of the breakwater, the distance the proposed docks extend and the creation of a no wake zone will greatly reduce the wave action at the shorelines. Also, Transport Canada’s Navigation Protection Program will approve all expansion plans.
Will the new development restrict public access to Sproat Lake?
Actually, the opposite is true. In the proposed development much attention has been given to increasing and improving public access and convenience.
Will there be a sewage pump out facility?
With the right support and planning we think a proper pump out facility on the lake is not only ideal but a necessary addition and we hope to be able to integrate one in our plans.
How have you addressed environmental concerns?
From the onset of our ownership we began addressing and mitigating potential environmental effects the commercial business would have on the Lake. Our efforts resulted in a preemptive complete replacement and upgrade of the entire fuel system to modern safety standards and the diligent monitoring and testing of the current system. We have removed old fuel tanks, abandoned grease pits and abandon fuel tanks from decades ago and have remediated the entire site.
In addition we replaced rotted creosote retaining walls along the shoreline and created a fish habitat within the new rip rap retaining walls. Also, new docks will be designed to improve lighting throughout to enhance the marine habitat underneath. The envisioned pump-out facility will add a long overdue component to the environmental stewardship of Sproat Lake.
What about the potential for fuel spills, accidents and fire?
These potential incidents should be the concern of every one of us. We have been in discussion with the local Fire Department authorities to assess current water supply and response techniques for a fueling facility. At the Marina we have spill response inventory and fire suppression devices which exceed required standards. With a properly managed commercial facility, trained staff and a conscientious approach to the stewardship of the lake we maintain that the marina fueling operation is far safer and monitored more closely than individual boaters fueling vessels with a variety of portable containers.
Will the condos and cabins be sold?
At this point we expect some units to be sold and some to be retained. There are no established price points at this time.
Are the units restricted to seasonal use, can they be rented?
There are no seasonal restrictions on the units. They may be occupied permanently or per the current C6 zoning, (which will not change) and they may be rented out on a short term or long term basis.
What happens if the increase in more units doesn’t get approved?
The Casavant family has spent considerable time researching and communicating with people who share our love for the lake. We believe our development plan provides the look, ambiance and life style desired. If for some reason approval to proceed is not forthcoming we would likely need to consider larger, taller single family dwellings. This would not be our preferred choice or the direction our research suggested we take.
What happens if the Marina expansion is not approved?
The business of a marina is challenging to say the least. The current business model is barely sustainable and there is a strong chance the business will convert to a small private marina with restricted access, no fuel service, convenience store or public facilities.