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Shawnigan Lake West Arm Lands Secured for Park Dedication
Shawnigan Lake - The initiative of a Shawnigan Lake developer, Trestle Estates, has secured environmentally sensitive lands around the west arm of Shawnigan Lake as protected parkland by the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD). The agreement will see 5.25 hectares (13 acres) of undeveloped forested and riparian area lands along the north and south side of the west arm dedicated to the CVRD for park, with 0.4 hectares (1 acre) retained by the developer for a residential lot.
“The forested lands at the head of Shawnigan Lake’s west arm are a major contributor to the lake’s ecological health,” explains Shawnigan Lake Area Director Sonia Furstenau.
The residential lot will be located next to West Shawnigan Lake Road outside of the sensitive riparian area of the west arm. A site assessment by Polster Environmental Services confirmed development of the residential lot will have minimal environmental impact.
“We are pleased to be providing a development in our home community of Shawnigan Lake which will leave a legacy of park and protected areas for this and future generations,” said Craig Partridge, an owner of Trestle Estates. “We appreciate the assistance of David Polster in selecting the site for the residential lot at the west arm and will ensure his recommendations for the dwelling construction are carried out.”
A further 30.8 hectares (76.1 acres) of wetlands and uplands will be transferred to the CVRD for park land by the developer as part of the Trestle Estates residential development underway further west on Renfrew Road. These wetlands and west arm of the lake are interconnected. The park dedication will provide lasting protection of an important ecological system supporting Shawnigan Lake.