Victoria, BC - The Capital Regional District Board has appointed 20 residents to a Citizen Advisory Panel for the preparation of the Regional Parks Strategic Plan. The purpose of the panel is to provide advice to the Regional Parks Committee on the preparation of a new strategic plan that will set the direction for the regional parks and trails system over the next decade.
“This panel of residents is from throughout the district; the panel is comprised of a wide age range of people with diverse interests in and knowledge of regional parks,” said Christopher Causton, CRD Parks Committee Chair. “Panel members will play an essential role in engaging the public in an open and inclusive way so that ideas, opinions, values and issues are known and considered. They will also help prepare the strategic plan and, ultimately, recommend a plan to the committee.”
The 70 applications received by CRD Regional Parks were reviewed by a team of six peers who recommended the appointments to the Board. The panel consists of 13 people from the three sub-regions in the CRD and one person from each of the three electoral areas:
- Five people from the Core (Saanich, Victoria, Oak Bay, Esquimalt and View Royal)
- Three people from the Saanich Peninsula (North Saanich, Central Saanich and Sidney)
- Five people from the West Shore (Colwood, Langford, Highlands, Metchosin and Sooke)
- One person from each of the electoral areas: Southern Gulf Islands, Salt Spring Island and Juan de Fuca
- Four students will be appointed to the panel by each of the school districts in September
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 will set the course for 2010-2019.
Citizen Advisory Panel Members
Citizen Advisory Panel Terms of Reference
For further information please contact:
Laurie Sthamann, Communications Coordinator
CRD Regional Parks