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Milne: New development applications still coming in

Milne: New development applications still coming in

At a time when development in Sechelt is ramping up, District staff are processing applications being brought before us as well as updating plans for the future of our community.  In October, nine new   applications related to development were received.  The status of the over 40 applications that are ‘in process’ with us has been updated on the Development Application chart on Sechelt.ca.  I encourage all who are interested in the progress of these applications to review this information.

Public engagement on the development of Sechelt’s Integrated Community Sustainability Plan has been underway for the past two months.  Public discussions on components that are key to building a sustainable future have been held.  A draft Plan that will mold the input received into a document that will guide decision making is scheduled to come forward to our Planning and Community Development Committee on Dec. 20.

This month, the focus of our ongoing community consultation is updating our Parks Master Plan.  Sechelt’s parks system has achieved wonderful success in the 30-year history of the District.  Our residents can be rightfully proud of how beach accesses, active and passive park spaces, and the beautification of public areas throughout our community have enhanced what nature has provided Sechelt.  In the past 10 years, development projects have been undertaken in 18 parks, on 23 of our over-50 public beach accesses, 29 streetscape areas, six of our playgrounds and on 20 trails or walkways.

As we look to move forward, it is time to check in with our residents on their views.  Updating our Parks Master Plan will allow us to plan future projects in ways that make good sense from the District’s standpoint.  With your input, the Plan will also be able to focus on areas where residents see needs or advantages to particular projects.  Is there a need for an off-leash dog park in Sechelt that is separate from active use park space at Kinnikinnick?  What is your vision for our downtown Trail Bay and our Davis Bay waterfronts?  What improvements would you like to see in public spaces in your neighbourhood?  An Open House on the Parks Master Plan will be hosted Thursday, Nov. 16 from 5 to 8pm in Seaside Centre.  Attend to share your views.  Alternatively, submit your input online to info@Sechelt.ca or by posting comments on the District’s Facebook page.   Help create the Sechelt of your dreams with a strong plan for the future of our community’s public spaces.

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