Victoria councillors have given the thumbs up to variances requested for a 5,200-square-foot floating seaplane terminal in the Inner Harbour.
The plans call for the existing terminal, which sits on city-owned land at 950 Wharf St., to be demolished and replaced with a public plaza and other public amenities.
Architect firm Chow Low Hammond designed the new structure, which is expected to cost $4 million.
The plans must still go before the city’s advisory design panel.
Construction likely won’t begin for another 18-24 months, said Randy Wright, senior vice-president of Harbour Air, one of three partners in the project along with Kenmore Air and Westcoast Air.
“It’s been a long road, an education process for me working through the hurdles of city hall. But I’m very excited for Victoria that we can bring in a world-class gateway to the South Island,” he said.