CRD, conservation groups buy controversial Jordan River lands
Friday, March 05 2010 @ 05:21 AM EST
Contributed by: terrytvgal
The Capital Regional District has negotiated a massive deal with Western Forest Products to buy more than 2,300 hectares of high-profile waterfront and forest land, days before much of the southwest corner of Vancouver Island was set to go up for sale.
The agreement in principle, with a pricetag of $18.8 million, includes more than 3.5 kilometres of shoreline along Sandcut Beach and the Jordan River surfing beach and townsite. It also takes in land beside Sooke Potholes regional park and areas, such as Weeks Lake, that will add to the buffer around the Greater Victoria water supply’s catchment area and complete the Sea-to-Sea Greenbelt.
Under the deal, the CRD — with the help of The Land Conservancy and hopefully, the province — would buy 49 of the 61 parcels set to go up for sale. Most of the area will be protected as park, but some land on the inland side of the West Coast Road could be sold to help pay for the purchase. ...
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