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Below are some resources to better understand issues regarding development in Parksville and the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN)

City of Parksville Official Community Plan

City of Parksville Master Parks Plan

RDN Regional Growth Strategy

RDN Parks and Trails Strategy

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Write Parksville Council and tell them you oppose rezoning this property.  If you need ideas, here is a sample letter that covers some of the issues:

Dear Mayor and Council:

I am writing today to tell you that I oppose the development of 1465 Greig Road.  I have three reasons that you should not support the OCP amendment and the change in zoning.

 

Reason 1 - 1465 Greig Road is a land bridge that offers wildlife a corridor between wilderness areas for denning, foraging, and breeding. Developing this site, even with trails around it, is inviting wildlife problems. Englishman River Park and the estuary are important feeding grounds and wildlife will travel on this corridor even when it is developed.

 

Reason 2: A report included in the submission to council (July 2022) is a floodplain report by Kerr Wood Leidel Associates, for the previous developer, Anthem Properties. They recommend using 1 in 500 year flood guidelines and state that due to the nature of the housing proposed on the site (a large subdivision) it falls into the “high risk” (consultants’ words) category due to the high loss potential. The maps show several proposed development areas (by both developers) in the active floodplain area.

 

Reason 3: Urban sprawl occurs when cities allow development to spread outside of the core area where the bulk of shops and services are. One very large impact that sprawl has is additional traffic. With 800 units we can expect at least 1000 cars on the site. With all the grocery stores, library, schools and most other services in downtown Parksville (the closest grocery store is 3.2 km away) we must expect residents of this development to drive to them.

 

Please consider these issues and deny the developers request for a change in zoning and an amendment to the OCP.

 

Thank you for your consideration.

 

 

 

 

Name:________________________

 

Address:_________________________________________________________________

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