Public Tour and Engagement on Island View Beach Regional Park Draft Interim Management Plan

Sep 16, 2013

Victoria, BC - Join the Capital Regional District for a guided staff tour of Island View Beach Regional Park on September 21, followed by a public engagement session on September 26 to gather feedback on the draft interim park management plan.

CRD is updating the 1989 management plan for the park. The plan is an interim document as staff complete work over the next year on four strategic priorities related to dog management, coastal sand dune ecosystem restoration, the campground, and land administration prior to finalizing the park management plan in 2014.

The draft plan sets the day-to-day management direction for the park. It presents the vision, goals, direction statements, and management objectives and actions for environmental conservation, cultural heritage management, visitor experience and parks operations based what was heard during the initial phase of public consultation. A highlight of the plan is that the visitor experience remain largely the same with an increased emphasis on natural resource management.

“Public engagement is an integral component of the planning process and we want to hear your feedback on the interim plan,” said CRD Regional Parks Committee Chair Susan Brice. “Island View Beach is a Regional Conservation Area, due to the presence of sensitive and threatened ecosystems, and a number of rare and endangered plant and wildlife species. It is also one of the region’s most popular parks, with more than 325,000 visits annually. As responsible stewards of the park, CRD’s goal is to conserve the natural environment and provide appropriate outdoor recreation experiences in this context.”

Public Tour
Saturday, September 21 – 1:30-3:30pm
Island View Beach Regional Park
Meet at the picnic shelter
RSVP 250.360.3338
Google map directions

Public Engagement Session
Thursday, September 26, drop in between 6-9pm
Tsawout First Nation Gym
7728 Tetayut Road, Saanichton
Google map directions

The planning process for preparing a park management plan for Island View Beach Regional Park includes many steps. The information gathered during the public consultation process has been used by CRD Regional Parks to help prepare the draft interim plan. Next steps include:

  • host events to share the draft interim plan with the public and District of Central Saanich and Tsawout First Nation, and collect feedback;
  • report back to the CRD Regional Parks Committee in November 2013 with the results of the engagement and present an interim park management plan which considers public feedback received;
  • present the interim park management plan to the CRD Board for approval in December 2013;
  • in 2014 address the four strategic priorities and seek public feedback on a final park management plan.

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For further information please contact:
Laurie Sthamann, Communications Coordinator, Regional Parks
Capital Regional District
Tel: 250.360.3332 | Cell: 250.889.8030