Panama Flats plan heads to Saanich public hearing Monday

Concept plan for Carey Road property came before council earlier this year, includes new pathways, Colquitz River fixes

  • Aug. 15, 2014 7:00 p.m.

Saanich’s proposal to reclassify 14.5 hectares of land as Agricultural Land Reserve property is moving to public hearing on Monday.

The proposal includes drainage improvements to enable agricultural use, the creation of a seasonal habitat for native animals and plants and development of a more extensive trail system through 4112 Carey Rd.

Realignment and restoration of sections of the adjacent Colquitz River would also aim to enhance fish habitat and restore the local Garry Oak ecosystem.

Saanich announced the $2.4-million deal to purchase Panama Flats from Island Berry Co. in February 2011.

A concept plan came before council earlier this year for consideration before next week’s public hearing.

“I think the master plan that we’re laying out is icing on the cake, really,” Mayor Frank Leonard previously told the News.

Leonard said applications to add land to the ALR are relatively rare but that the proposal is the right fit for Saanich.

The District hopes to establish the site as public open space to provide floodplain management, optimize environmental values, create new park space and trails, and enhance food security.

The public hearing takes place at 7:30 p.m. in council chambers, 770 Vernon Ave. To register, contact legislative services no later than 4 p.m. Monday at clercsec@saanich.ca or 250-475-1775.

 

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