In April 1999, a Project Management Committee commenced work to prepare a Parks and Open Space Plan for the community of Nanoose Bay under the Terms of Reference approved by the Board. The project work involved considerable public consultation including regular Project Committee meetings, a public workshop, a residents' survey, an open house and a posting on the RDN website. The Project Committee was comprised of the Electoral Area Director and six Nanoose Bay residents, and a representative from Weyerhaeuser Ltd.
At the May 8, 2001 Regional District Board meeting, the Nanoose Bay Parks and Open Space Plan was approved as the guiding document for parks and open space planning and management in Nanoose Bay.
The Parks and Open Space Plan provides a vision for the community of Nanoose Bay and a set of recommended actions to work toward this vision. An Implementation Table summarizes the key actions that are advanced in the Plan.
The range of topics addressed in the Plan include Nanoose Bay parks, trails and open space resources, management of parks, trails and open spaces in Nanoose Bay, and the development of a system of parks, and open space including community and regional trail corridors, community parks, open space protection through community greenways and access to the waterfront. A number of adjustments to the draft Plan were undertaken by the Committee based on community feedback, particularly in relation to the sections on access to the waterfront.
The Parks and Open Space Plan calls for the establishment of a new Nanoose Bay Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee. There has been considerable community interest in parks and open space issues from the start of the project and it is expected that this interest will continue through the new Parks and Open Space Advisory Committee. The Terms of Reference provide for a seven member Board appointed Committee to provide advice on Plan implementation and the ongoing parks program in Nanoose Bay.
The Plan looks to the Regional District to continue to play a significant role in the acquisition of additional parklands for community park purposes in Nanoose Bay. The acquisition of park lands will require a variety of Regional District managed funding strategies, including where appropriate continuing to collect funds in lieu of dedication at the time of subdivision, partnering with other land management agencies on tenure of properties and if agreed upon by the electorate, through taxation. Specific park operational and acquisition figures have not been determined as it is the intent of the Plan for it to function as a guide for operational, development and acquisition strategies when dealing with property development, agencies partnerships or willing buyer / willing seller.
Various government agencies will be able to use the plan as a guiding document. These agencies include the Department of National Defense, Ministry of Transportation and Highways, Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks, BC Assets and Lands Corporation, Department of Fisheries and Oceans and Environment Canada.
There are a number of recommendations contained in the Plan that address improved access to Provincial crown lands including Ministry of Transportation and Highways waterfront access sites and other crown properties. Proposals regarding these sites will be developed on a project-by-project basis for approval as presented in the Park Plan.
To download a copy of the Nanoose Bay Parks and Open Space Plan please use the following links.. If you are not able to download these documents in the format provided, a copy of the Plan may be purchased ($10.00 + taxes) from the Recreation and Parks office (contact details below).
|Document Title||Download||File Size|
|Implementation Document||click here to download||27KB|
|Full Nanoose Bay Parks
and Open Space Plan
|click here to download||848KB|
|Map #1||click here to download||518KB|
|Map #2||click here to download||577KB|
|Map #3||click here to download||594KB|
|Map #4||click here to download||758KB|
RDN Recreation and Parks Department
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