Fairwinds Lakes District Regional Park Management Plan 2015-2025
The Regional District of Nanaimo is currently developing the first ten-year Management Plan for the future Regional Park within the Fairwinds Lakes District.
Approximately 100 ha of parkland, including over 16km of trail, will be dedicated over the course of six development phases as part of the rezoning and subdivision of 287 ha of land owned by Fairwinds. Regional park dedication will help to protect the siteâ€™s natural features while providing opportunities for both passive and active recreation.
BackgroundThe rezoning of the Fairwinds Lakes District was completed in July 2014 with the formal adoption of the zoning bylaws and the Phased Development Agreement (PDA).
The PDA is a legally binding agreement between the RDN and Fairwinds which outlines development phasing and provision of community amenities in the Lakes District over the next 20 years.
Phased Development Agreement (2014)
- Phased Development Agreement (PDA)
- Regional Park Masterplan â€“ from PDA, Schedule F
- Parks Phasing Plan â€“ from PDA, Schedule D
- Preliminary Geotechnical Terrain Assessment
- Detailed Biophysical Inventory
- Environmental Impact Assessment
- Integrated Stormwater Management Plan
Project TimelineManagement Plan development will run from October 2014 to June 2015, with two Public Open House events scheduled for November 2014 and May 2015. A draft plan was available for public review and comment in May 2015 and a final plan was submitted to the Regional Board for review in June 2015.
First Public Open House & SurveyThe first Open House event was held on November 18, 2014, from 5:00-7:30pm at the Nanoose Place Community Centre. Project consultants and park staff were on hand to share information and answer questions about management plan development.
A Public Survey was available at the Open House event and online from November 18 to December 9, 2014. Thank you to everyone who participated.
If you were not able to attend the Open House, please review the information panels below:
Second Public Open House & Draft Plan ReviewThe second Open House event was held on May 13, 2015, from 5:00-7:30pm at the Nanoose Place Community Centre, 2925 Northwest Bay Rd, Nanoose Bay. RDN staff and project consultants were on hand to receive feedback on a draft of the Management Plan. A Public Survey was available at the Open House event and online from May 1 to May 21, 2015. Thank you to everyone who participated.
Final Plan Review and ApprovalOn June 23, 2015 the RDN Board approved the Management Plan for the Fairwinds Lakes District Regional Park in principal pending submission of the final Enos Lake Protection and Monitoring Program (Appendix E) by the developer. The final Management Plan, and all completed Appendices, are posted below.
The RDN Board also formally approved the proposed name of Qwiyulass Regional Park for the future park within the Fairwinds Lakes District. Qwiyulass is the Snaw-naw-as name for Notch Hill; it is a hulâ€™qumiâ€™num term that means â€śthe watch.â€ť The name was suggested by public survey respondents and supported by the Snaw-naw-as First Nation and the project Advisory Committee.
Final Plan (June 23, 2015)
- Appendix A: Summary of Public Engagement
- Appendix B: Summary of Environmental Assessments
- Appendix C: Phased Development Agreement Summary Chart
- Appendix D: Park Masterplan and Development Guidelines
- Appendix E: Enos Lake Protection and Monitoring Program
- Appendix F: Garry Oak Meadows Management Plan