September 22, 2004—Letter from Save Our Parkland Association urging the Municipality and the GVRD to find means to protect the fragile, ecologically unique coastal bluffs at Cape Roger Curtis for residents of Bowen Island and others who live in the lower Mainland.
SAVE OUR PARKLAND ASSOCIATION
P. O. Box 39028, Pt. Grey R.P.O.
Vancouver, B. C. V6R 4P1
2 Sept. 2004
Mayor Lisa Barrett and Members of Council
Bowen Island Municipality
981 Artisan Lane
Bowen Island, B.C., VON 1G0
Dear Mayor Barrett and Members of Council
Cape Roger Curtis
I am writing on behalf of Save Our Parkland Association which was formed in 1963 and deals with issues concerning parkland, protected areas and open green space.
In 1991 one of our members, Dr. Bert Brink, Professor Emeritus, and former Head of Plant Science at the University of British Columbia, submitted a report which recommended that the fragile, ecologically unique coastal bluffs at Cape Roger Curtis should be protected in order to preserve this remnant of dry coastal Douglas Fir habitat.
Now, we understand that the privately-owned 650 acres of Cape Roger Curtis have been sold to a developer who plans to develop ten 10-acre lots within the next ten years (and a total of sixty four 10-acre lots in all in the future). As we understand it, no public discussion has been held.
Save Our Parkland Association urges Council to find means to protect at least the most ecologically sensitive areas so that Bowen Island residents and others who live in the Lower Mainland area will be able to experience this special area in perpetuity. As you are aware, one of the aims of the Greater Vancouver Regional District is to preserve and enhance local bio-diversity; Cape Roger Curtis is an outstanding example, and should remain that way.
c.c. Cape Roger Curtis Trust Society
Mr. Marvin Hunt, Chair, GVRD Board
Ms. Judith Higginbotham, Chair, GVRD Parks Dept