Forbidden Plateau INFORMATION
Couverdon is currently developing a limited supply of view acreages on the slopes of Mt. Wood in the Comox Valley area of Vancouver Island.
How many acreages are there?
The first phase consists of 5 view acreages approximately 50 acres in size, two with water frontage on Brown’s River, all with ocean views overlooking Comox Harbour and Johnstone Strait. The second phase consists of 3 acreages with exceptional ocean views.
What do the acreage layouts look like?
The acreages are irregular in shape and oriented to take full advantage of the magnificent ocean views. 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?
The acreages at Forbidden Plateau are fee simple titles meaning no monthly strata fees for the owners.
Are the lots serviced?
Power lines front the acreages on Forbidden Plateau Road. Owners will be responsible for extending services into the individual lots. There is no municipal water or sewer in the area.
How much will it cost to drill a well?
Wells have been drilled on each acreage at Forbidden Plateau. Well records are available from a Couverdon Representative.
How much will it cost to build a septic field?
Perc testing has been completed and approved for the acreages. Due to the size of the titles, septic covenant areas on each acreage are not required. The installation and subsequent cost 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 for cost estimates.
How much does it cost to clear a building site?
An access driveway and 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.
What is the topography of the land?
“Terraced” and “sloping” are the predominant descriptors of the Forbidden Plateau acreages. This unique hillside topography provides for truly “top of the world” views from most locations within each acreage.
What is the elevation of the land?
Forbidden Plateau’s hillside topography ranges from 300m to 600m.
What are the area amenities?
Topography of the area is defined by Forbidden Plateau and adjoining Mt. Wood upon which the subject properties are located. The unique blend of excellent infrastructure adjacent to unparalleled back country terrain makes the Forbidden Plateau area ideal for the outdoor enthusiast. Uses in the immediate vicinity of the property include rural residential acreages, recreation/park, tourist commercial, forestry, artisans and agriculture in the valley. The Comox Valley which includes the towns of Courtenay/Comox/Cumberland as the closest urban centres, makes up a service area of approximately 66,000 residents. The area offers a unique blend of small town lifestyle and rural attributes complemented by the city amenities and services of Courtenay located 20 minutes to the northeast. Activities and destinations in the Forbidden Plateau area:
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. Within Strathcona Provincial Park, Forbidden Plateau offers cross country ski tracks, hiking, camping and fly fishing.
Mount Washington Alpine Ski Resort
Located 25 minutes from the Forbidden Plateau Hillside Estates. 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.
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.
Readily available in the area with courses such as Crown Isle, Storey Creek and Glacier Greens providing the opportunity for year around tee times.
A popular sport in these parts and easily accessible on the east coast of Vancouver Island via Comox and Campbell River, or on the west coast via Gold River or Port Alberni and the Alberni Inlet. Nearby Comox Lake also features fresh water fishing, with both trout and char abundant 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.
ZONING AND DEVELOPMENT
What is the Zoning? Can I build more than one house on the property?
The zoning applicable to the Forbidden Plateau Hillside Estates is Rural Twenty (RU20). This zone allows for a number of different resource and agricultural based uses as well as permitting two single family dwelling on parcels larger than 2.5 acres. For further detail on zoning, official community plans and other land use questions, please visit the following links:
The Comox Valley Regional District’s Planning Services webpage and launch the IMap Application.
Can I sub-divide the property? Where do I go to make an application?
Local land use controls, which define property subdivision rules and minimum parcel sizes, are managed by the Comox Valley Regional District. All the Forbidden Plateau Hillside Estates are zoned RU20 with a minimum parcel size of 20 hectares (49.4 acres). Please see the above link (in zoning question) for more information on minimum parcel sizes and zoning descriptions.
FINANCE AND TAXES
Who will finance these properties?
The Forbidden Plateau Hillside Estates will appeal to financial institutions that 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?
This information has not been determined to date.