The Grouse Nest site is envisioned as a complete community integrated within the coastal rainforest. It is a new development on 35.2 hectares of rocky shoreline and forest on the Sooke Basin. Site planning is sensitive to existing environmental conditions and aims to decrease development impact by concentrating buildings in previously logged areas. Established forests and the stream valley are preserved to maintain their function in the local ecosystem. The compact site development features a range of housing and commercial space in order to build a socially and economically sustainable community. Mixed use zoning and diverse housing options contribute to a vibrant and dynamic neighbourhood. All houses are within a walkable distance of the village core, providing the needs of daily life, and wilderness trails. The site is planned to focus on the natural environment and minimize automobile use by creating attractive, easily accessible cycling and walking paths. Public access to the waterfront is facilitated through improvements to the foreshore including the existing Galloping Goose Trail. This well used cycling and pedestrian path connects Victoria to Sooke, and is made a focal point of the new community through additional features such as gathering places and connections to the water and the village core.
Sooke Basin Development Inc.
352,000 square metres