Couverdon is the real estate arm of TimberWest Forest Corporation, which is the largest private land holder on Vancouver Island controlling 800,000 acres of timber forest. Couverdon, launched in 2009, is charged with the investigation, planning, design, and sustainable development of new and existing communities on the Island. Sasaki is providing ongoing environmental resource analysis, strategic land use planning, transportation planning, design, and development management services.
The Sasaki team has created conceptual master plans and tested the development feasibility of 13 locations on the island. Sasaki's approach has created a solid foundation for future development that consists of a comprehensive documentation of natural resources, site constraints and opportunities, and market potential. Sasaki proposes innovative planning concepts to shape land use policies in a way that preserves and enhances the environment, benefits the community, and has a positive economic impact.
Through Sasaki's work, Couverdon is earmarking and prioritizing properties for land sales and joint development through entitlement and rezoning. As entitlement strategies for these properties are advanced, Sasaki has established a series of principles to guide development. Such principles include a commitment to protecting a majority of lands as a natural and recreational resource, engaging community stakeholders, maintaining or improving the fiscal health of the host community, and providing a model for affordable and sustainable community building.