Victoria, BC – The Capital Regional District (CRD) General Manager of Planning and Protective Services released the following statement today:
With the conclusion of the January 26 public hearing in the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area (JDFEA) concerning the JDF Rural Resource Lands Official Community Plan and Land Use Bylaws, a report is being prepared for the CRD Board. CRD Directors who serve on Committee A of the Board, including JDFEA Director Mike Hicks, will receive the report of the Public Hearing on the bylaws at the February 10 board meeting. The bylaws will also be considered for third reading on February 10.
Directors voting on this issue are limited from making any direct comments on the proposed bylaws as part of the process. The CRD, however, is well advanced in the zoning and Official Community Plan process. Potential development proposals will be evaluated in the context of a plan for the area that reflects the long term regional and local planning objectives and the aspirations of JDFEA residents.Following third reading, CRD approved bylaws will require approval from the Ministry of Community and Rural Development as well as the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
The CRD is aware of the recent decision of Western Forest Products to place parcels of land in former Tree Farm License areas up for sale. The JDFEA Advisory Planning Commission, JDF Land Use Committee and JDF planning department have processes in place to assist in the response to issues arising from any sale of WFP lands.Some of the lands in question are included in the Resource Lands planning area; others are also included in the local Shirley/Jordon River planning area, where distinct regulations affect individual parcels.
The CRD is continuing to work toward the protection of the former Tree Farm License lands, recognizing their importance to local communities and to the Region for their ecological, recreational and scenic values.Support from other levels of government to protect parcels as parkland would be welcomed. The CRD is also continuing work to identify and inventory environmental, recreational and wilderness areas through ongoing planning work.
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For further information please contact:
Sheila Taylor, Manager, Community Relations
Corporate Communications, CRD
Tel: 250.360.3308 | Cell: 250.216.4427