Forest hamlets explore ‘frontier’

Posted by Rumin Mann
March 11th, 2011

Elkington Forest is an opportunity to put things right — to learn to live with and within nature, and to practice sustainability.

Just 85 homes will be built in this 400-hectare conservation community, which is less than an hour’s drive from Victoria.

It will consist of three hamlets that will see the protection of 85 per cent of the surrounding, privately-managed forest at the southern boundary of the Cowichan Valley Regional District on Vancouver Island.

“Sustainability — the final frontier,” says Doug Makaroff, president of Living Forest Communities, the developer of Elkington Forest.

“After all, there is no Planet B. That’s what makes learning how to use our planet responsibly an absolute necessity.”

Supported by near unanimous support from government and the public, the developer’s vision for Elkington Forest is moving ahead with plans for the “low-impact” project.

The development follows the purchase of the land by Living Forest from the Elkington family about a month ago.

The forest mainly consists of Douglas fir, western red cedar, hemlock and shore pine. The topography includes several streams and wetlands flowing into Elkington Pond, Devereux Lake and Stebbings Lake.

Physical work on the hamlets will begin in earnest this spring — with construction of a show home — and during the summer with the development of infrastructure, says Makaroff. To date, three homesites have been sold, with another six or more in the sales process.

Pleased with the initial sales activity, Makaroff says construction of private residences could begin in October and carry on for three years. House-and-lot prices start at about $475,000 and top out at about $1.4 million.

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