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York Development Update
Updated September 9, 2021
Victoria Airport Authority is pleased to announce that it has entered into a long-term lease with Edmonton-based York Realty and approved the development of 7.8 acres of industrial-zoned land at the Victoria International Airport. The site will see the establishment of a 115,000 sq. ft. delivery station to be operated by Amazon. This facility will not only provide for the growing demands of Amazon services on the peninsula but will also strengthen YYJ’s strategic position as a major transportation and logistics hub. Construction is expected to commence in early September and be complete by Fall 2022.
- Site preparation is underway
- Environmental monitoring of site activities
- First Nations cultural monitor onsite
Upcoming (remainder of September)
- Preparation for site servicing (storm, sanitary and water)
Amazon Delivery Station
Amazon’s delivery stations power the last mile of its order process and help speed up deliveries for customers. Packages are transported to delivery stations via trailer trucks from Amazon fulfillment and sortation centers. Packages are then sorted, packed and loaded into delivery vehicles and shipped to homes in local communities.
Following the project’s presentation to the Town of Sidney as part of the VAA development approval process, York proceeded to incorporate significant design changes to the facility in response to comments received by the community. These changes included removal of the second level of the warehouse to reduce the over-all height and mass of the facility, re-alignment of access points along Galaran Road, and emphasis on enhanced building façade design and landscaping.
In collaboration with the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council, York Realty will be working with Tseycum First Nation, Tsartlip First Nation, and Tsawout First Nation on incorporating design elements and art installations into the building exterior and landscaping design plans which will reflect the rich culture and heritage of the W̱SÁNEĆ People. The W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council has been in discussions with the VAA and York Realty regarding the delivery station and are satisfied with the commitment York Realty and Amazon have made to ensure low environmental impacts, to create a relationship with the Tseycum, Tsartlip and Tsawout First Nations, and to recognize W̱SÁNEĆ lands and culture.
Development Benefits and Considerations
The proposed benefits and considerations of this project include:
- $65 million state-of-the-art building.
- Approximately $900,000 in annual property tax revenue for the community and the region.
- Stimulus for local road infrastructure improvements including a roundabout on Galaran Road at Beacon Avenue.
- 100kW solar array on the building which will reduce C02 by two tonnes annually.
This equates to
7,311 km driven 2 acres of forest 680 litres of diesel
- Commitment and infrastructure in place for future electric vehicle fleet.
- Traffic flow will be managed and designed to be "off peak" (9:30 am - 11:00 am and 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm).
- Line-haul trucks will be accessing the site via McDonald Park Road and unloading within the enclosed building structure, greatly reducing potential noise.
- Public sidewalks will be installed and the entire frontage will have enhance landscaping, improving the overall aesthetic.
- Minimal exterior lighting to respect proximity to the residential neighbourhood and airport and is Dark Sky compliant.
Delivery dispatch schedules have been proposed for off-peak daytime hours (dispatch occurring between 9:30 am - 11:00 am) and avoid the morning and late afternoon traffic rush to decrease the warehouse's impact on existing traffic levels. It is important to note that the recently completed Beacon West Traffic Study presented to Sidney Town Council in April, concluded that this development alone did not trigger the need for a roundabout.
Line-haul truck arrivals and departures will use the access point on McDonald Park Road on the opposite side of the property from the Galaran Road residential neighbourhood. Unloading activities will be occurring from within the building structure, greatly reducing potential noise. While line-haul truck movements may occur throughout the 24-hour period, it is anticipated that the majority of arrivals and departures will occur at night or outside of typical travel times.
As part of York's development permit submission to VAA, Watt Consulting Group prepared a traffic access review. The review determined that the distribution centre's delivery schedule specifically avoids peak commuting times of the day by staggering their start and finish times to reduce impacts to the surrounding area. Larger truck deliveries to the site are also scheduled to avoid conflict with higher traffic times. Other typical industrial land uses do not have the ability to schedule their traffic operations to off peak periods; therefore, these other industrial land uses can have significantly higher peak travel times. The distribution centre can also assign their traffic to the most beneficial route for the surrounding community. If traffic is routed to/from the north, additional traffic impacts can be avoided at the Highway 17/Beacon Avenue intersection.
Ancillary to the review, Watt prepared an hourly traffic volume analysis for Beacon Avenue/McDonald Park Road and Galaran Road which includes the incremental effect of the proposed warehouse traffic. This analysis concluded that there would be an overall increase in traffic on Beacon Avenue/McDonald Park Road of 12% and a 36% increase in traffic for that portion of Galaran Road that is adjacent to the York site.
Roundabout - Beacon Avenue/Galaran Road Intersection In accordance with the Beacon West Traffic Study, VAA has committed to working with York Realty, the Town of Sidney, the District of North Saanich, and other stakeholders to plan for the design and construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Galaran Road and Beacon Avenue and for the eventual realignment of Stirling Way to connect to the roundabout.
Highway 17/ Beacon Avenue Intersection VAA has committed to working with the Town of Sidney, District of North Saanich, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI), and other stakeholders to address improvements at the Highway 17 and Beacon Avenue intersection.
Feedback and Project Contacts
Thank you to everyone who has taken an interest in this project and for your feedback to date. You may continue to reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Procurement inquires can be directed to Jason McNutt, Senior Project Manager at J.McNutt@eaglebuilders.ca
For any construction, noise or site questions or concerns, please contact Colton Gervais, Site Superintendent at email@example.com
VAA, York Realty and Amazon are committed to ongoing dialogue with the Town of Sidney, W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council and local residents throughout the project and will continue this commitment during buildout of the facility including when the facility launches. Please check here for future scheduled engagement opportunities.