Preserve the Cable Bay Trail Area and expand the park boundaries
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This Petition has been amended to include the lands within the City of Nanaimo lands. 15 metres on either side of the trail for a total of 420 acres are private lands where a Golf Resort and Spa has been proposed.
This Petition is evidence that City of Nanaimo voters do not approve of development on the lands surrounding Cable Bay Trail. We are calling on the City of Nanaimo and the RDN to work together to increase the existing trail space and protect the trail from future development attempts on both the RDN lands and City of Nanaimo lands.
This is a Petition asking the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) to purchase the (97 Acres) known as “Nicola Road” PID 008-747-725 adjacent to the Cable Bay trail which is a City of Nanaimo park.
The Cable Bay trail rewards residents and visitors with the best of the west coast; big trees, mossy bluffs, and the Salish Sea. People walking the trail can view glades of sword ferns, native wildflowers, fried egg jellyfish, sea lions, seals, otters, even orcas, and abundant intertidal creatures all within the community of Cedar. A world class location like this should be protected and remain the crowning jewel of this area - for all to enjoy for years to come.
The owners of the lands around this world class trail are seeking to harvest timber and change the landscape of the community forever. We are asking the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) to act NOW and to negotiate the purchase of the 97 acres listed as Nicola Road PID 008-747-725 to increase the park space and protect the natural essence of the lands around the Cable Bay trail.
The developer has openly listed a valuation of both the lands contained within the City of Nanaimo and the RDN and stated:
"The Official Community Plan designation is “Resort Centre”, which was established as a masterplan. The owners have received strong support from City of Nanaimo staff and elected officials to consider change of zoning for the west-side lands (west of the Cable Bay Trail) to allow Industrial uses. This change of use is strongly supported in the June 2020 Report to Council which confirmed “a notable lack of new (industrial land) supply” . . . “while there is a strong and growing demand for industrial within the City”.
We ask that the public show the City of Nanaimo and the RDN that the community of Cedar is not the place to expand industrial development. Residents and visitors to the area are outraged as the lands proposed for development run adjacent to residential properties and the Cable Bay Trail. Many of these residents are horseback riders and trail users that access the lands surrounding the Cable Bay Trail on a daily basis. People come from all over Vancouver Island daily to relax and unwind and take in the beauty of ferns, mossy rocks, wild flowers, fungi, big leaf maple groves, remnant Garry Oak meadows, and of course the birds, deer and other wildlife that is is abundant in this forested area.
The one thing we have learned this year is COVID has increased the need for natural spaces and the pressure on the trails has reflected that. Every weekend the parking lot is overflowing and cars line both sides of Nicola Road. We need to increase our Regional Parks to accommodate the lifestyle we have chosen on Vancouver Island. The Cable Bay trail is also a tourist destination - people from around the world choose to come and enjoy the forest and ocean vistas.
We are asking the RDN to protect these lands and purchase them.
Now is a great time to reimagine our landscape. We are asking The RDN to please act on this by purchasing these lands and if appropriate, to work with other Government agencies to secure these lands and provide much needed park space to local/island/Provincial residents and national/international trail users.
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