Victoria, BC ‑ The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board is pleased to announce that the final parcels of land acquired for parkland from Western Forest Products will transfer to the CRD at the end of December and complete the purchase. The land comprises 57 hectares in Jordan River valued at $4.5 million. The CRD Board is also moving forward to determine which lands will form the boundary for the new Jordan River Regional Park Reserve.
Lands north of Highway 14/West Coast Rd (shown on the map) have been deemed surplus to regional park needs. These lands will be offered for sale to the Pacheedaht and T’Sou-ke First Nations. Parcels JR5 and JR7 north of the highway are still under consideration by the CRD Board and a decision is expected in 2013.
“The CRD held public consultations on the park boundary for the new park reserve earlier in 2012,” said Alastair Bryson, CRD Board Chair. “Consultations included public meetings and discussions with the Pacheedaht and T’Sou-ke First Nations, who both expressed an interest in lands purchased by the CRD from Western Forest Products.”
“The proposed park boundary will protect land critical for the regional park,” said Mike Hicks, Juan de Fuca Electoral Area Director. “The surplus lands will be held for sale to the Pacheedaht and T’Sou-ke First Nations until December 31, 2014. If First Nations do not acquire those surplus lands the CRD will consider other options.”
The Jordan River Regional Park Reserve was established in 2010 when the CRD acquired approximately 180 hectares of land at Jordan River from Western Forest Products.
In 2010, the CRD and Western Forest Products announced the agreement to transfer 2,350 hectares of park and watershed lands in the Juan de Fuca Electoral Area for $18.8 million paid over three years. The majority of payment was through the CRD Regional Parks Land Acquisition Fund. The provincial government provided $2 million, The Land Conservancy of BC $250,000 and private donors contributed $360,500 toward the parklands’ purchase.
For further information, please contact:
Andy Orr, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
Capital Regional District