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Habitat Conservation

This page was last reviewed on January 10, 2013.

In June of 2008, Cumberland Council endorsed the following recommendations with respect to the document Nature Without Borders, Comox Valley Land Trust Regional Conservation Strategy:

1. That Council recommends to the Comox Valley Regional District Board that the document Nature Without Borders: The Comox Valley Land Trust Regional Conservation Strategy and associated conservation data be considered in the preparation of the Comox Valley Regional Growth Strategy.

2. That Council recommends to the Comox Valley Regional District Board that representatives of the Comox Valley Conservation Strategy Steering Committee be considered for inclusion on any interagency / environmental committee that may be formed as part of the formulation of the Regional Growth Strategy.

3. That Council endorse regional conservation planning, as defined by Nature Without Borders: The Comox Valley Land Trust Regional Conservation Strategy as a first step in land use and regional growth management planning.

4. That staff be directed to ensure that OCP amendment and rezoning applications for lands which include environmentally sensitive ecosystems, excluding Upland Wildlife Corridors as defined in Nature Without Borders: The Comox Valley Land Trust Regional Conservation Strategy, include mapping and a detailed inventory of environmentally sensitive areas, a development impact assessment including, where relevant, the cumulative effects of any concurrent and subsequent development contemplated by the Official Community Plan and an impact mitigation plan.

5. That based on Nature Without Borders: The Comox Valley Land Trust Regional Conservation Strategy, staff be directed to work with the Comox Valley Conservation Strategy Steering Committee and Comox, Courtenay and Regional District staff to identify cross-jurisdictional conservation projects and develop partnership opportunities for implementation of projects; and furthermore that the first of these projects be:

a) develop regionally consistent ecological greenway definitions which clearly distinguish them from recreational greenways and bring forward for Council consideration bylaw amendments to incorporate the new definitions into existing land use and servicing regulations; and

b) undertake a policy and regulatory gap analysis of a multi-jurisdictional watershed.

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