The Nigel Valley is a 3.61 hectare (8.9 acre) portion of a semi-urban block located in the District of Saanich, BC. The site is comprised of twelve individual properties currently owned and occupied by number of health-care institutions, supportive residential, market residential and non-market residential uses. At present, 185 residences within the Nigel Valley provide homes for families, seniors, vulnerable individuals, a licensed residential care facility for adults with physical disabilities, and an institutional centre providing day services and programs for individuals with developmental disabilities. Current building uses and forms range from two-storey institutional, to four-storey apartments, town houses and 3 single-family dwellings.
The purpose of the project is to develop a plan for the future redevelopment of the site that balances the needs of each of the landowners, while considering the opportunities for neighbourhood transformation and development synergies afforded by a comprehensive planning process. The redevelopment opportunities include new market housing, neighbourhood commercial services, and social enterprise to realize an integrated and inclusive neighbourhood. An important component of the planning process is the identification of a phasing strategy to respectfully consider existing residents, services and buildings, and the long-term build-out and funding of the neighbourhood.