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Notice of Motion to Secure Public Access to Park Land on Bear Mountain

Notice of Motion to Secure Public Access to Park Land on Bear Mountain

(Langford, B.C.) – At the June 5, 2023, Council meeting, City of Langford Councilor Keith Yacucha tabled a Notice of Motion, coauthored with Councilor Kimberley Guiry to direct Staff to explore all legal options, including expropriation, to formalize and secure public access over privately held lands known as 1270 Bear Mountain Parkway within Langford by way of a statutory right of way over portions of the strata road known as Academy Way and the Bear Mountain Golf Course.

The Notice of Motion was raised in response to the owner of the private lands recently implementing restrictions and costs associated to public and visitor access to the road leading to BC Parks lands with access to hiking trails to Goldstream Park and Mount Finlayson.


Councilor Yacucha further motioned that Council direct staff to work with the District of Highlands to determine if the District would be willing to secure access over those portions of the adjacent lands to the north of 1270 Bear Mountain Parkway which fall within the District of Highlands, known as 1500 Hannington Road by way of a statutory right of way to secure access through these lands to the lands to the west known as Goldstream Provincial Park, in a location satisfactory to the Province of British Columbia.


The Notice of Motion also stated that if the District of Highlands does not wish to secure access as set out above, that staff are directed to determine a route, to be secured by a statutory right of way, over those portions of 1270 Bear Mountain Parkway as may be necessary to connect directly to Goldstream Provincial Park, in a location satisfactory to the Province of British Columbia.


The Motion will be debated by City of Langford Council at the June 19, 2023, Council meeting.


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