Victoria, BC- Camping is to resume effective immediately at Jordan River Regional Park, the Capital Regional District (CRD) announced today. The decision comes following negotiations with BC Hydro, which will see the CRD sell disposable lands to the crown corporation, and retain all lands on the waterfront side of West Coast Road, including Sandcut Beach and the campground.
“I am pleased the campground will be open for the 2015 camping season,” said CRD Board Chair Nils Jensen. “The agreement ensures public access to the oceanfront park land, which has long been a popular area because it provides easy access to the beach and is a primary access point for surfing.”
BC Hydro will pay the estimated $150,000 towards the cost of an emergency warning system. BC Hydro is in discussions with the CRD for the purchase of its non-waterfront lands in the evacuation area and the acquisition of a restrictive covenant prohibiting future residential development on the waterfront lands within the evacuation area.
The CRD suspended camping on an interim basis after receiving a letter from BC Hydro on December 18, 2014 stating its seismic study identified potential hazards from the Jordan River Diversion dam in the event of a major earthquake.
“Since receiving this letter, the CRD has been in discussions with BC Hydro, the Province and local First Nations in regards to our land interests, the impact of the flood inundation zone, and impact to the CRD campground,” said Mike Hicks, Juan de Fuca Electoral Director. “I would like to personally thank Minister Bill Bennett and the Leader of the Official Opposition, John Horgan for their assistance.”
For more information on Jordan River Regional Park, visit https://www.crd.bc.ca/parks-recreation-culture/parks-trails/find-park-trail/jordan-river
Letter from BC Hydro
Map of Jordan River Regional Park
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