How many lots are there?
The Elkhorn opportunity consists of 9 lots ranging in size from 78 to 102 acres, most with waterfront on the Little Oyster River.
What do the lots look like?
Irregular in shape and of varying size, the Elkhorn acreages have been laid out to maximize the attributes of each individual parcel. Lot line locations have been overlaid on aerial photos and can be obtained by contacting a Couverdon representative.
Will these be strata developments or fee simple?
Elkhorn is a fee simple development meaning no monthly strata fees for the buyers of the lots.
ZONING & DEVELOPMENT
What is the Zoning? Can I build more than one house on the property?
The zoning applicable to Elkhorn is Upland Resource (UR). The UR zone allows for a number of different resource based uses and permits one single family dwelling per lot. Lots within the development are located in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) which further defines the permitted land uses and densities. For further detail on zoning, official community plan and the ALR, please visit the following links:
Elkhorn – Link to Strathcona Regional District Bylaws
Agricultural Land Commission
How much does it cost to clear a building site?
An access driveway and very generous building site has been cleared on each lot for the benefit of the buyer. Because of the size and unique nature of each lot, additional land clearing costs will vary dependent upon geological structures, vegetation, subsurface conditions and level of desired land improvement.
Can I sub-divide the property? Where do I go to make an application?
Local land use controls, which define property subdivision and minimum parcel sizes, are managed by the Strathcona Regional District. Additionally, the acreages are in the Agricultural Land Reserve and the Agricultural Land Commission must also be consulted for subdivision matters. Under the noted Upland Resource zoning, Elkhorn would require rezoning prior to any subdivision application. Please refer to the above links (in zoning question) for more information.
Are the lots serviced?
Power and telephone lines front the lots at the road. Lot buyers will be responsible for extending these services into the individual lots. There is no municipal water or sewer in the area.
How much will it cost to drill a well?
Installation of a well will vary based on the type of well required, depth of the well, subsurface geological conditions and potential water treatment systems. It is recommended to contact a reputable well drilling company with strong experience in the local development area.
How much will it cost to build a septic field?
Installation of a complete septic disposal system will vary based on system specifications and site specific factors. It is recommended to contact a reputable installation company local to the development area.
What is the topography of the land?
Elkhorn acreages have a gently rolling topography providing several high points and opportunities for valley and mountain views. Other natural features include both rivers and seasonal creeks, which meander through the lots adding to the tranquility of the country setting.
What is the history of the area?
The Elkhorn area, just south of the small town of Campbell River, has seen predominantly rural residential and resource uses for the past several decades. It is areas like Elkhorn with both forestry and agricultural resources, that have supported the growth of small communities in mid Vancouver Island.
What are the area amenities?
Elkhorn is located in the beautiful Strathcona Region, in close proximity to the City of Campbell River. The area offers a variety of recreational opportunities including alpine skiing, cross country skiing, hiking, camping, mountain biking, salt and fresh water fishing and wildlife viewing. Activities and destinations in the Elkhorn area are:
Strathcona Provincial Park
Over 250,000 hectares, boasting such features as the Della Falls trail to the highest waterfall in Canada and world class alpine hiking to peak and lake destinations.
Mount Washington Alpine Ski Resort
Elkhorn is 35 minutes from Mt.Washington Ski Resort. In addition to the alpine skiing and cross country skiing in the winter, Mount Washington offers great hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding in the summer. Mt. Washington is known for its very high snow accumulation usually resulting in a snow base of over 5 meters deep.
Golfing is readily available in the area. Courses such as Crown Isle, Storey Creek and Glacier Greens providing the opportunity for year-round tee times.
Mountain biking in the Comox Valley, specifically the Cumberland area, is second to none. Known as a biking destination for the Island, the area’s trail inventory will keep even the most accomplished riders satisfied.
A popular sport in these parts and easily assessable on the east coast of Vancouver Island via Campbell River, or on the west coast via Gold River. Nearby lakes and rivers feature fresh water fishing, with many fish species available year-round.
Comox Valley Regional Airport and the Campbell River Airport have several direct daily flights to Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton. Ferry terminals at Duke Point and Departure Bay in Nanaimo with traffic to the Lower Mainland are approximately 60 minutes south on Hwy 19. Ferry travel from Little River Ferry Terminal in Comox offers service from Comox to Powell River.
FINANCE AND TAXES
Who will finance these properties?
Elkhorn will appeal to financial institutions who specialize in lending for residential land and construction. Additionally, institutions like Farm Credit Canada, Business Development Bank of Canada and other local Vancouver Island based credit unions can be used for the agricultural business aspect and potential of these developments. Please contact a Couverdon representative for more information.
What are the Property Taxes going to be?
Please contact a Couverdon representative for more information regarding taxes.