CRD to Develop New Regional Parks & Trails Strategic Plan Guided by Citizen’s Advisory Panel

May 21, 2009

Victoria, BC – The Capital Regional District is preparing to develop a new strategic plan that will set the direction for the regional parks and trails system over the next decade. The plan involves a comprehensive public participation component to ensure ideas, opinions, values and issues are known and considered.

“This new plan will define the long-term ‘big picture’ framework for our regional parks and trails,” said Christopher Causton, CRD Parks Committee Chair. “Citizens involvement is essential in preparing this plan and the CRD wants to engage the public in an open and inclusive way.”

A Citizen’s Advisory Panel will be set up to help prepare the Strategic Plan. The purpose of the Panel is to provide advice to the Regional Parks Committee on the preparation of the Strategic Plan and to recommend a plan.

The panel’s terms of reference and forms to apply for membership on it are available at CRD Parks or 250.478.3344. The application deadline is June 12, 2009.

In 2000, the CRD Board adopted a ten-year Regional Parks Master Plan, now called the Strategic Plan. It had a major influence on Regional Parks and guided the establishment of the Land Acquisition Fund, which led to 2,800 hectares of new parkland valued at $28 million. The plan helped direct the stewardship of natural areas and connect people to the land. The new Strategic Plan for will set the course for 2010-2019.

The Regional Parks system in has been built over the past 43 years. Today, it encompasses 11,575 hectares of land in 28 regional parks and 88.5 kilometres of contiguous regional trails.

Citizen's Advisory Panel Application Form:
Terms of Reference, Application Form

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For further information please contact:
Laurie Sthamann, Communications Coordinator
CRD Regional Parks
Tel: 250.360.3332