As you may recall, back on December 3, 2013, the proposed bylaws required to advance the development of the Schooner Cove and the Lakes District neighbourhoods received first and second reading from the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) Board of Directors.
Also at that meeting, the RDN Board decided not to set the date for a required public hearing, in order to provide the Nanoose First Nation (NFN) additional time to review the development.
Over the ensuing months, Fairwinds has worked with the RDN and met with NFN Chief David Bob and Band Council members, to discuss NFN's questions about the project. This constructive dialogue led Fairwinds to request that the RDN amend the proposed bylaws, so that culturally significant lands known as "The Notch" will be zoned entirely as park. The Nanoose First Nation has now indicated that it supports the amended proposed bylaws.
The RDN Board gave second reading to the amended bylaws at its April 22 meeting, and scheduled a Public Hearing for May 12. We appreciate all the public support we've received at previous public meetings - it has been a key factor in advancing the process to this point. We hope the community will come to the May 12 Public Hearing to confirm its support for the project, and to encourage the RDN to take this next step toward realizing the community's vision for the Lakes District and Schooner Cove neighbourhoods.
Fairwinds wishes to thank NFN for its collaboration, and to acknowledge the efforts of Ron Cantelon, MLA Michelle Stillwell, RDN directors George Holme and Joe Stanhope, and RDN staff to address NFN's concerns.
A note on the Notch: Located within Fairwinds, the Notch Lands are a regionally significant natural feature, with an elevation of 250 metres above sea level at its summit, and an area of approximately 43 hectares. Under the amended proposed bylaws, the entire Notch Lands will be zoned for park use. This includes 10 hectares that was previously proposed to be zoned for residential use.
(The preceding is from Fairwinds)