The Shawnigan Village Rail Trail (SVRT) has been part of the Parks Master Plan since its adoption in 2012. Further community input was gathered during the South Cowichan Official Community Plan (OCP) process and desire for the project was solidified during the ThinkShawnigan Village Plan consultation in 2019. In addition to these large community consultations, there were multiple smaller community engagements via both CVRD Parks and various Director’s Meetings. Phase 1 and 2 were completed in 2020. The SVRT is being built on the Island Corridor Foundation (ICF) right-of-way which is 100ft wide. Phase 3 of the trail will have no impact on our local property taxes as it is fully funded by gas taxes. Currently we are waiting for the final design document and the environmental assessment report for this phase of the trail.
Most common reasons why community members support the project;
As your Area Director it is my role to support the vision of the community and address the concerns of the residents. Unfortunately, many of the current concerns can not be properly addressed until the final two reports come forward (The Environmental Report and the Design Reports.) Once these reports are produced, the CVRD should be able to answer the detailed questions of those living near the ICF right-of-way. It is unfortunate that we don’t have all the details yet, however, I am confident that the final outcome will take into account the concerns of all of our community members.
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