Regional District of Nanaimo Gives Third Reading to Schooner Cove and Lakes District Neighbourhood Plans.
On May 24, 2011, the elected directors of the Regional District of Nanaimo gave third reading to bylaws incorporating both Schooner Cove and the Lakes District plans into the Nanoose Bay Official Community Plan by unanimous vote in both instances. This was a major milestone and the culmination of an extensive three-year process of public consultation.
"Residents support massive Nanoose project," was the Oceanside Star headline after the Lakes District Public Hearing.
An editorial in the Star attributed the large favourable turnout to the efforts of the plans' proponents. "This is yet more evidence of the high quality of work brought to this process by (Fairwinds Real Estate Management Inc.)."
Highlights of the two plans include revitalization of Schooner Cove and marina, as an oceanside marina-oriented residential village with the additon of a public waterfront boardwalk, shops, cafes, neighbourhood services, parks and walkways. The plan for the Lakes District calls for a 300-acre public park, referred to as "a park the size of Rathtrevor" as well as a mixed array of single and multi-family homes, all connected by hiking rails and pathways.
For more information on the Neighbourhood Plans and the planning process, please visit www.schoonercovelakesdistrict.ca.