The Rural Comox Valley Parks and Greenways Strategic Plan sets out a long-term vision for the Comox Valley's rural parks and greenways system. It also provides criteria for parkland acquisition and 20-year acquisition priorities and identifies possible funding mechanisms and partnerships to achieve the goals of the plan. As we approach the half way mark of the strategy parks staff are currently reviewing the plan and preparing an update to the regional board for March 2021. The report will highlight achievements thus far and update the status of other priorities including this updated map of the priorities for new parks and trails that forms Appendix 1 of the plan.
Background – Citizen Resource Group and Public Consultations
A citizen's resource group worked with CVRD parks staff to develop a draft vision, parkland acquisition criteria and a preliminary list of acquisition priorities that were presented to the public at three open houses in September 2010. Resource group members participated in the public open houses and assisted in finalizing the draft plan.
The CVRD also conducted a telephone survey with electoral area residents to receive feedback on a proposed tax to help fund the purchase of new parks and greenways and to find out what type of new parkland residents would like the CVRD to pursue. Public, local government, senior government ministries and First Nations comments on a draft plan were received between January 17 and February 28, 2011.
The final strategic plan incorporates the many public comments received, along with an implementation strategy with 26 action items.
For more information, view the CVRD Parks and Greenways Strategic Plan FAQs.