Public Comment Period on Intent to Make a Determination
Japanese Garden Emergency Access Lane Upgrade – Royal Roads University

March 17, 2023 — The authorities must decide whether the proposed project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.

To help inform this decision, the authorities are inviting comments from the public on the project and its potential effects on the environment. All comments received will be considered public. For more information, individuals should consult the Privacy Notice on the Registry website.

Written comments must be submitted by April 5, 2023 to:
Becky MacInnis, Environment Officer / MARPAC Formation Safety and Environment
Mailing Address:  Formation Safety and Environment, Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, PO Box 17000 Stn Forces
Victoria, BC, Canada, V9A 7N2

The Proposed Project

The Department of National Defence (DND) has proposed a new undertaking associated with the existing and ongoing Japanese Garden Revitalization Project. To ensure that the Japanese Garden Teahouse building(s) can be approved for public use, access to the Teahouse must meet the British Columbia Fire Code 2018. This Project aims to upgrade to an existing access road (south of Walled Garden), such that the road meets the British Columbia Fire Code 2018 fire truck vehicle access requirements. This Project consists of three components:

  • Widening the entrance to the existing gravel access road and extending the length of the gravel access road to the Japanese Garden Teahouse;
  • Add in a gravel-fill fire truck turnaround at the northeastern extent of the access road (add gravel fill to raise and level ground for the turnaround); and
  • Install a culvert extension underneath the gravel turnaround. The culvert would extend an existing outfall location for Walled Garden perimeter drain by approximately 2 meters.

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