Victoria, BC – The Capital Regional District wants to hear from the public about the boundary for the new Jordan River Regional Park Reserve. The park was established in 2010 when the CRD acquired 187 hectares of land at Jordan River from Western Forest Products.
“The CRD was required to purchase the lands based on legally defined parcels even though some of it did not have park value,” said CRD Regional Parks Committee Chair Susan Brice. “We want to hear from the public about what lands should be retained for the park, and what could be deemed surplus.”
The public can voice ideas and interests on the park boundary by attending a community meeting or by filling out a comment form online.
Wednesday, February 22
6 – 9pm
Sooke Community Hall, 2037 Shields Rd.
Thursday, February 23
6 – 9pm
Victoria Ambrosia Conference Centre, 638 Fisgard St.
The community meeting will include an information review, presentation, questions, and workshop.
The information gathered through the public consultation process will be compiled in a report. It will be presented to the CRD Regional Parks Committee and Board for consideration. A separate report on the park boundary will go to the committee and board at a later date. The CRD will ensure that First Nation interests, the Shirley/Jordan River Official Community Plan, and Juan de Fuca Land Use Bylaw are considered together with regional planning strategies to determine the park boundary.
The Jordan River Regional Park Reserve lands were part of 2,350 hectares the CRD purchased from Western Forest Products in the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area for $18.8 million. These lands were acquired for both regional parkland and watershed protection, and will transfer to the CRD over a three-year period. The land is being purchased through the CRD’s Land Acquisition Fund, with assistance from The Land Conservancy of BC, Province of British Columbia, and individual donors.
Jordan River Map
For further information, please contact:
Laurie Sthamann, Communications Coordinator
CRD Regional Parks
Tel: 250.360.3332 | cell: 250.889.8030