SORCA and Cheema Family Sign MOU on DL 509/510

SORCA and Vancouver developer Bob Cheema have entered into a precedent setting memorandum of understanding to develop a vision for District Lots 509 and 510 as Canada’s first bike-in, bike-out mountain bike community.

Squamish, British Columbia is in the top 10 destinations in the world for mountain biking and some of its most iconic trails run through District Lots 509 and 510 in the Garibaldi Highlands area.

Says Mr. Bob Cheema, “Given the evolution of mountain biking on lots 509 and 510, I am seeking to add value to any development I undertake by preserving and enhancing as much of the adjacent mountain bike trail network as possible. Think of a development that is value-added by adjacent mountain bike trails just like the developments in Whistler-Blackcomb are value-added by adjacent ski runs. My intention is to create a development of extraordinary value to Squamish.

Jeff Cooke of SORCA notes, “We think there is the potential for a development that creates positive value for the developer and Squamish’s citizens, its visitors, its mountain bikers and its economy. Given the value mountain biking has to Squamish as both a recreational amenity and economic driver this effort is going to critical in defining development that leverages that value to while contributing to the housing needs of our growing community.

The output from collaboration between Mr. Cheema and SORCA to develop a vision for lots 509 and 510 will be the basis for broader consultation with Squamish. This output will include:

  • A detailed land use plan, including total developable land, maximum dwelling units and
    commercial and industrial land uses and the lands to be endowed for recreational use;
  • Description of the housing mix for the build out of development;
  • Description of the phasing and sequencing of the proposed development;
  • The identification of environmentally sensitive areas and wildlife habitats, and
    identification of significant, contiguous areas for protection and restoration; and
  • The identification of interconnections between development and the lands to be endowed
    for recreational use (i.e. the Garibaldi Highlands trail network)
  • Artists renderings of key development features

Download the full Press Release and MOU

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