Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District Board has released a draft Gulf Islands Regional Trails Plan for public review. The draft identifies a conceptual regional trail route on each of Galiano, Mayne, North and South Pender, Salt Spring and Saturna Islands, and includes direction for its implementation over the long term.
“Regional Trails in the CRD are envisioned to be major routes for recreation and active transportation that connect communities and key regional destinations,” said David Howe, CRD Southern Gulf Islands Electoral Area Director. “The draft plan proposes the development of a regional trail on each of the islands, initially focusing on connecting the ferry terminal to a commercial hub or other key destination on the island.”
“The Gulf Islands Regional Trails Plan will help foster tourism, recreation, active transportation, and economic sustainability for all six islands,” said Wayne McIntyre, CRD Salt Spring Island Electoral Area Director. “By setting a direction for the creation of a regional trail on each island, the plan complements the Experience the Gulf Islands initiative and a coordinated approach to connecting people and communities with enhanced pedestrian and cyclist travel opportunities.”
The CRD conducted an initial round of engagement in March that included public open houses on the islands, meetings with First Nations, and an online comment form, all of which informed the vision, trail routes and priorities, and policies outlined in the draft plan. The engagement process and input received are highlighted in a public participation report.
The draft Regional Trails Plan is available online. Comments may be provided online from July 31 to September 30, 2017. The public is invited to attend an information session, being held across the islands in August and September, to get highlights of the plan. Input received this summer and fall will be considered before finalizing the Regional Trails Plan for approval by the CRD Board in 2018. For dates and details of upcoming information sessions, please visit: www.crd.bc.ca/project/gulf-islands-regional-trails-plan.
The CRD delivers regional, sub-regional and local services to 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24-member Board of Directors, the CRD works collaboratively with First Nations and all levels of government to enable sustainable growth, foster community well-being, and develop cost-effective infrastructure while continuing to provide core services to residents throughout the region. Visit us online at www.crd.bc.ca.
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