The province has purchased six acres of land in a fast-growing Langford neighbourhood where the Sooke School District says a future elementary school is needed.
The $6.6 million deal would allow another elementary school to be built in the South Skirt Mountain site in north Langford, meant to take the pressure off existing and future enrolment at Lakewood and Millstream elementary schools.
The province says major housing developments are planned for the South Skirt Mountain site.
The school district is projecting an overall increase of 1,800 students in the next five years.
“In such a fast-growing school district, we are always looking to purchase land, but can’t always afford to do so,” Sooke Board of Education Chair Ravi Parmar said in a release.
“This land in north Langford is in a perfect location to hopefully house a school that will be within walking distance for many families who will be moving into that area of Langford.”
Langford is the fastest growing community in the Capital Regional District, going from 18,840 residents in 2001 to 35,342 in 2016.
It is estimated to reach more than 42,000 by 2026.
The province is spending $55 million in capital projects in the Sooke District since September of 2017, including an announcement in December to purchase 16 acres of land in west Langford to build an elementary and middle school.
In March, a $25.2 million commitment was made for an addition to Royal Bay Secondary school.