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Tetrahedron Park – Public Consultation on Options for Re-designation
The Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) has applied to BC Parks for an amendment to their park use permit to enable improvements to the community water supply system infrastructure in Tetrahedron Park. The proposed improvements are not permissible within a Class A park. If the requested future improvements to the community water supply in Tetrahedron Park are to be allowed, re-designation of all or a portion of the park to a different status of protected area would be required.
At the time of the park’s establishment, the area was designated a Class A park, with a commitment to consider changes to the park at some time in the future when the need to upgrade the community watershed infrastructure arose:
“Government, upon park designation, made a commitment to allow for continued management and enhancement of the Chapman/Gray Creek watersheds as future community water supply sources for the Sunshine Coast residents. However, the Park Act does not allow for improvements to existing watershed infrastructure in the park, and new methods of land designation must be reviewed in order to permit this type of non-conforming use within Tetrahedron Provincial Park.”
Park Re-designation Options for Consideration
BC Parks is exploring options to implement the direction in the management plan. Three options have been identified:
- Re-designating the entire park to a Protected Area.
- Re-designating a portion of Tetrahedron Park to a Protected Area, and maintaining Class A park status on the rest of the park.
- Re-designating the entire park as a Conservancy.
How is a protected area different from a Class A park?
- Protected Areas are established by Order in Council under the Environment and Land Use Act.
- The Environment and Land Use Act empowers a Land Use Committee of Cabinet to ensure that all aspects of the preservation and maintenance of the natural environment are fully considered.
- Allowable activities in Protected Areas are determined by the specific provisions set out in the Order in Council establishing the area.
- The Order in Council would apply relevant sections of the Park Act and regulations to the Protected Area, and one or more activities not usually allowed in a Class A park are allowed to occur and described in the Order.
- Aside from what the Order in Council would allow for (in the case of Tetrahedron Park, the community water supply infrastructure’s construction, operation and maintenance), provisions of the Park Act would apply giving the area the same level of protection as a Class A park.
How is a Conservancy different from a Class A park?
- Similar to a Class A park, Conservancies are established and managed under the Park Act.
- Both the Class A park and Conservancy designations offer a high level of protection to ecosystems, biological diversity, and cultural and recreational values.
- The intended purpose of a conservancy explicitly recognizes the importance of these areas to First Nations for social, ceremonial and cultural uses.
- Commercial logging, mining and hydro-electric power generation, other than local run-of-the-river projects, are not allowed in Conservancies.
- A wider range of low impact and compatible activities may be permitted in a Conservancy than in a Class A park as directed by a Management Plan.
- Any activity in a Conservancy must not restrict, prevent or hinder the development, improvement or use of the Conservancy in accordance with protecting and maintaining their biological diversity and natural environments, preserving and maintaining social, ceremonial and cultural uses of First Nations, protecting and maintain their recreational values and ensuring the development or use of their natural resources occurs in a sustainable manner.
Public Consultation and Additional Information
BC Parks gathered public input about options for re-designation of Tetrahedron Park through a 38 day public consultation period from May 2 to June 8, and through two open house events – May 2nd in Sechelt and May 24th in Roberts Creek. This input will inform BC Parks’ consideration of re-designation options.
The public consultation period is now closed. Thank you for your participation. BC Parks greatly appreciates the feedback which it has received in this boundary adjustment process for Tetrahedron Park.
- Public Information Paper [PDF] (updated May 22, 2018)