Create a Nature Park in South Langford

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The City of Langford currently has a unique opportunity to create a large nature park in South Langford that will both protect endangered species and provide opportunities for outdoor recreation and education (hiking, nature kindergartens, etc.).

A 70+ acre parcel of greenspace in South Langford is up for rezoning to allow for a high-density development. The land on these parcels is currently steep, undeveloped forest containing rare Garry Oak meadows, critical habitats for the endangered sharp-tailed snake and western painted turtle (as flagged by the federal government and CRD), at least 6 other species at risk (Corvidae assessment, 2018), and two important creeks that feed the Bilston Creek watershed.

The developer (Langdon Weir Consulting) and The Land Conservancy have both committed to exploring the ecological and economical benefits of a conservation covenant to protect part of this land, but we need the City of Langford on board to make it happen.

We are asking that the City of Langford to commit to the following:

  1. Work with the developer and community groups to create a conservation covenant that will protect large contiguous areas of the parcel that contain biodiversity-rich and sensitive habitats.
  2. Direct funds from the Langford Parkland Acquisition Reserve Fund to support the process of creating a new forested park that will protect these ecologically important areas and create a valuable community resource for Langford residents.

Along with signing this petition, please consider writing to Council. We've made it easy for you by providing one-click letters- no writing necessary!

Please also consider attending the public hearing for this proposal on Monday November 25th. It is crucial that as many people attend as possible!

For more information on this proposal and other ways you can take action, visit http://cslsd.ca/