The Capital Regional District (CRD) is seeking public input on its draft Regional Trails Management Plan.
The Regional Trails Management Plan will guide decision making, priority setting, and budget planning over the next 10 years or more. The CRD regional trails system is currently made up of the Galloping Goose, the Lochside and the E&N Rail Trail – Humpback Connector. The Regional Trails Management Plan will also apply to any new regional trails that are developed in the future.
“Everyone’s suggestions are valued and will be considered through the planning process,” said CRD Regional Parks Committee Chair Susan Brice. The development of the regional trails network will facilitate active, healthy lifestyles for people of all ages and abilities by providing opportunities for recreation and active transportation.online. Comments will be received until midnight, January 31, 2016.
Two public open houses will be held in January 2016. Dates and times will be posted on the CRD website. Displays at these sessions will highlight some of the key aspects of the Regional Trails Management Plan and CRD Regional Parks staff will be available to answer questions.
“The draft plan addresses many of the interests and concerns raised through public participation processes over the past few years,” said Brice. “This second round of public engagement will gather comments for consideration before finalizing the plan. The Regional Trails Management Plan will also be referred to the municipalities, electoral areas, and First Nations for comment prior to finalizing the plan for approval by the CRD Board in 2016.”
Based on the initial public participation processes, the top five issues raised relate to:
- multiple use conflicts
- a desire for more trails
- trail maintenance
- crosswalk/intersection safety
The draft plan sets out a vision for a network of interconnected trails, linking communities, key destinations and the regions beyond the CRD. It also sets out policies and actions to direct management of all regional trails and specific plans for the three existing regional trails.
- Original press release
- Draft Regional Trails Management Plan (PDF)
- Comment form are available online
- Regional Trails System Map (PDF)