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Welcome! Thank you for joining us at our Open House. We would like to discuss the future of Couverdon lands located northwest of the Town of Ladysmith boundary.

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Who We Are Couverdon Couverdon is the real estate division of TimberWest, which has a long history on Vancouver Island. We are working with Vancouver Island residents to plan sustainable communities, providing new economic, social and recreational opportunities. Vancouver Island is an incredible place. As part of the Island’s largest private landholder, we feel a strong sense of responsibility for its well being and want to take a proactive role in how it evolves. Our goal is to create lasting value—for the people who live, work and relax on Vancouver Island; and those who invest in our lands, developments and company. Couverdon believes the best way to do that is with communities and partners. We are committed to leading ongoing community engagement processes to ensure that we reinforce the aspirations of the communities we partner with. We listen first to understand their needs and interests, and then discuss ways our land can help provide value. Conservation, agriculture, affordable housing and new communities; these are all part of the discussion.

Sasaki Planning & Urban Design Founded in 1953, Sasaki is an international design firm that is actively engaged in virtually every aspect of the built environment— Planning and Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Civil Engineering, Interior Design, Graphic Design and Strategic Planning. Our ongoing professional relationships with institutions, governments and private companies span a number of countries. This global reach is reflected in our diverse staff who represent 35 countries and speak 28 languages.

In the Planning and Urban Design realm we draw on a history of innovation and visionary thinking, combining strategies for today’s challenges with relevant, sustainable proposals for the future. Working collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams—on the regional, community, urban district, campus, and site-specific levels—we define and develop ideas, concepts, and strategies that address clients’ day-to-day needs, the realities of development, and the larger community vision.

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Couverdon Mission Couverdon is an integral part of the history of Vancouver Island and we are committed to being a full partner in its future, investing in and building the community. In the spirit of an economically, environmentally and socially sustainable Vancouver Island, Couverdon is dedicated to innovative management of its land assets, including the growth of sustainable communities to benefit current and future generations.

Economic We recognize that the resilience of the Island economy depends on the long term growth and development of local Island commerce. Couverdon will seek to invest in economically viable initiatives that stimulate the growth and diversification of the Island economy.

job creation

partnerships

local food production

economic development

diverse housing

balanced land uses

ecology

carbon reduction

green infrastructure

water

quality of life

culture & heritage

plan for growth

integrated neighbourhoods

mobility

Environmental We recognize the value of environmental sustainability. We will strive to protect the functional integrity of natural systems through the use of best practices in the planning, design and development of sustainable communities.

Social We recognize that the beauty of Vancouver Island, its places and its people are the key to its quality of life. Our extensive private land holdings give us the scope to effect consolidated land management and planning, in support of sustainable development on Vancouver Island. Couverdon will foster community health and well-being through the development of meaningful places, more complete communities, and civic infrastructure in support of the Island lifestyle.

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Why Are You Here? This open house is the beginning of a process which will give Ladysmith residents the opportunity to provide input and learn more about the boundary extension and land use planning process proposed by Couverdon. The Town of Ladysmith is one of the fastest growing municipalities in the province. With the support of Ladysmith residents, Couverdon would like to pursue a principled approach to community growth which is consistent with the Town’s sustainability objectives. Step 1 is engaging the community in the potential boundary extension and land use planning process (Today’s Meeting) Step 2 is working with the community and Town on a plan outlining a mixed-use residential neighbourhood for the proposed lands (Future Meetings) Community Engagement Process Couverdon is committed to ongoing engagement with the community. This Open House is the beginning of a community engagement process that will seek to: • Communicate key elements of the proposal to residents on an ongoing basis • Revisit the proposal based on feedback provided by residents, agencies, and other stakeholders • Report on the outcomes from community engagement events to Staff, Council and residents

Key Facts • Couverdon owns land adjacent to the northwest boundary of the Town of Ladysmith; this land is currently within the CVRD and is zoned for forestry use. • Couverdon is seeking feedback and support from Town of Ladysmith residents about expanding the Town boundary to include 270 hectares. • The area of land proposed to be included in the Town would require a land use planning process and ongoing engagement with the community. • In the future, the land use planning process would define the appropriate mix of uses to accommodate anticipated Ladysmith growth, including the right housing mix, jobs, services and amenities. • The addition of these lands would increase Ladysmith's tax base, provide short and long term jobs, consider transfer of ownership of watershed lands to the Town, and consider protection of key viewscapes.

Community Engagement Approaches • Town-wide notification of Open House(s) in local newspaper(s) • Project website providing extension process information • Community engagement process summary report(s) submitted to Ladysmith Council and Staff

Couverdon proposes a boundary extension and land use planning process that reinforces the aspirations of the community, the Official Community Plan and the Sustainability Vision.

Your feedback is important to us. Please fill out a comment form and deposit it in the drop box before you leave.

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Ladysmith Community Profile City

2001 Population 6,587

8,243

Campbell River

28,456

30,054

Parksville

10,323

11,831

Nanaimo

73,000

85,512

Duncan

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Ladysmith is one of the fastest growing and desirable communities in the province. • One of the “10 prettiest towns in Canada” (Harrowsmith Magazine)

2010 Population

Vancouver Island

Source: British Columbia Municipal Census Populations, http://www.bcstats.gov.bc.ca/census.asp Vancouver Island Information Page, http://www.vancouverisland.com/information

• Easy access to the mainland and beyond • Extensive natural areas and experiences

2001–2010

20.1 %

• Boutique and artisan economy • Strong cultural heritage

Percentage of Growth

12.8 %

Over 30% of Ladysmith’s growth in the last five years is a result of people relocating from places other than British Columbia.

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5.7 %

Duncan

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Due to this trend, the population is projected to grow further over the next twenty years.

2006 Ladysmith Age Demographic

14.6 %

Ladysmith

Age Distribution

0–19

23.0 %

Over the past decade, Ladysmith has become a popular retirement destination. In 2006, the median age was 45.9 and continues to increase.

20–44

25.5 %

Ladysmith Housing

45–64

30.7 %

65+

20.8 %

“Assuming a future average housing mix of 70/30 (single family to multi family), the number of future housing units required in Ladysmith could range significantly.” - Town of Ladysmith Official Community Plan, Page 10

Source: Statistics Canada - 2006 Community Profile, http://www12.statcan.ca/census Town of Ladysmith OCP 2003, Page 10, http://www.ladysmith.ca

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Land Use Planning & Policies Ladysmith’s Official Community Plan

Sustainable Community Vision

The Official Community Plan addresses key issues associated with land use. Many of the land use policies address current and future population needs and the opportunities to accommodate population growth. These include (OCP, s. 1.8.4):

Ladysmith: A Community Vision for a Sustainable West Coast Town (adopted in 2009) is the result of a community visioning process initiated by the Town to establish an overarching sustainable development strategy for its future. The vision and action plan defines a core set of sustainability goals:

• The Town of Ladysmith has expanded its boundary to accommodate planned growth. In a recent expansion, the area beyond Holland Creek was added. • Previous expansions of the Town boundary have also occurred in the south and north end of the community which have been added to accommodate growth.

• Reduce greenhouse gas and other air emissions • Reduce fossil fuel energy consumption and shift to renewable energy • Reduce potable water usage and manage wastewater efficiently including re-use • Manage materials use to reduce or eliminate waste

“Increased residential development is inevitable. The Town needs to plan for this growth to ensure the community does not grow up along the highway but grows in designated locations.” - Excerpt from Ladysmith Official Community Plan

• Protect and enhance the ecosystems and biodiversity locally, regionally and globally • Support a more sustainable food system, including increasing local food production, processing and consumption • Provide stable, diverse and prosperous local economic opportunities • Create healthy communities and individuals

The application of these goals to all aspects of Ladysmith resulted in eight sustainability pillars for the community: 1. Complete Community Land Use 2. Low Impact Transportation 3. Green Buildings 4. Multi-use Landscapes 5. Innovative Infrastructure 6. Local Food Systems 7. Healthy Community 8. Local, Diverse Economy

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Boundary Extension & Land Use Planning Proposal Ladysmith’s steady population growth over the past decade confirms the Town’s unique character and desirability as a place to live. The proposed boundary extension would give the Town and Couverdon an opportunity to work together on a sustainable land use plan that extends and reinforces the core values of the community. In February of this year, Couverdon met with Ladysmith staff and presented to Council the concept of a municipal boundary extension in the northwest area of Ladysmith to include Couverdon lands. Council was supportive of seeing a community engagement process move forward to involve residents and other stakeholders in the extension process. Couverdon is committed to community growth that achieves the triple bottom line of environmental, social and economic health, and our principles align naturally with Ladysmith’s Community Vision for a Sustainable West Coast Town.

PROPOSED BOUNDARY EXTENSION (270 HA)

DOWNTOWN WATERFRONT

HOLLAND CREEK AREA

A Principled Approach • Engage local stakeholders in planning for their future • Create economically sustainable communities

TIMBERWEST LAND

• Conserve ecological integrity • Create integrated networks of parks and natural spaces for outdoor recreation • Foster vibrant and diverse neighbourhoods

TIMBERWEST LAND

• Employ green infrastructure SOUTH LADYSMITH

THE PROPOSED BOUNDARY EXTENSION OF 270 HECTARES PROVIDES A NATURAL EXTENSION OF THE TOWN OF LADYSMITH. PROPOSED BOUNDARY EXTENSION OCP AREA PLANS TIMBERWEST LAND TOWN BOUNDARY

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• Celebrate our Island’s natural and cultural heritage


A Principled Approach 1. Engage local stakeholders in planning for their future A successful planning process depends upon thoughtful dialogue with Ladysmith representatives and stakeholders about the future. The Ladysmith sustainable community visioning process set a high bar for community input. We envision a similarly collaborative and highly inclusive approach with this boundary extension and development proposal.

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2. Create economically sustainable communities An economically sustainable community will maintain or improve the fiscal health of Ladysmith. We are examining economic development opportunities to support a diversity of land uses and provide high quality employment to Ladysmith. We are interested in exploring new industries around alternative energy technologies such as biomass and geothermal, innovative live/work concepts, and partnerships with key Vancouver Island institutions including Vancouver Island University.

economic development

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local food production

diverse housing

balanced land uses

green infrastructure

carbon reduction

integrated neighbourhoods


A Principled Approach

SLOPES >25%, TIMBER >100 YEARS, WETLANDS, STREAMS & 30M BUFFER 30M BUFFER ON SLOPES >25% SECOND GENERATION FOREST (50-100 YEARS) AGRICULTURAL LAND RESERVE PROPOSED BOUNDARY EXTENSION

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3. Conserve ecological integrity Through a comprehensive analysis of the land, view corridors and sensitive environmental systems are preserved and enhanced, including stream corridors and wetlands, steep slopes, and natural habitat. Archaeological resources will also be mapped and protected as part of the land’s important anthropological history.

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4. Create integrated networks of parks and natural spaces for outdoor recreation

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Parks, open space, and trails provide fundamental community benefits that sustain economic, environmental, and social health.

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balanced land uses

integrated neighbourhoods

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quality of life

culture & heritage


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MIXED USE VILLAGE (INSTITUTIONAL, RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL)

5. Foster vibrant & diverse neighbourhoods A healthy neighbourhood has a mix of housing types and sizes, providing options for a variety of lifestyles and stages of life.

diverse housing

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• Neighbourhoods integrated with and connected by natural landscape • Diverse land uses and balanced traffic management to support a complete community • Neighbourhood scale defined by walkability and proximity to shared amenities

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balanced land uses

green infrastructure

quality of life

integrated neighbourhoods

mobility

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A Principled Approach 6. Employ green infrastructure An integrated system of green infrastructure holistically addresses issues of water quality, energy, carbon footprint, public health, and neighbourhood identity.

PERVIOUS PAVING

BIOSWALE

We are exploring innovative strategies for a sustainable neighbourhood pilot project, including opportunities for net zero energy and water.

NATIVE PLANTINGS

RAIN GARDEN ECO CORRIDOR

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RAINWATER HARVESTING

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7. Celebrate Vancouver Island’s natural and cultural heritage Ladysmith’s identity is that of a small west coast town with a deeply rooted heritage and beautiful natural setting. Future expansion of the Town will celebrate and build upon Ladysmith’s strong community history and culture.

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LADYSMITH’S VISION FOR A SUSTAINABLE WEST COAST TOWN IS A VALUABLE GUIDE FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT (IMAGES FROM PUBLIC PREFERENCE HANDBOOK).

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Conserve Ecological Integrity

SLOPES

WETLANDS & STREAMS

SLOPES > 25%

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30M BUFFER

STREAMS 30 M BUFFER

TIMBER AGE

ENVIRONMENTAL SUMMARY

TIMBER 50-100 YEARS

SLOPES >25%, TIMBER >100 YEARS, WETLANDS, STREAMS & 30M BUFFER

TIMBER > 100 YEARS

30M BUFFER ON SLOPES >25% SECOND GENERATION FOREST (50-100 YEARS) AGRICULTURAL LAND RESERVE PROPOSED BOUNDARY EXTENSION

Other studies likely to be included as part of the process: • Watercourse Mapping and Setbacks Assessment

• Sensitive Ecosystem Identification

• Fish Habitat Classification

• Archaeological Assessment

• Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping

• Environmental Impact Assessment

• Wildlife Surveys (birds, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, invertebrates) with focus on Species At Risk

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Boundary Extension & Land Use Planning Proposal Realizing Ladysmith’s Community Goals The boundary extension and land use planning proposal provides Ladysmith and Couverdon with a unique opportunity to showcase their commitment to sustainable land use planning, to accommodate future growth, and to achieve key goals of the Official Community Plan and Community Vision for a Sustainable West Coast Town.

Growth Management: Integrate ecological, economic, physical, and social factors.

Community Facilities and Services: Create new recreational, parkland, open space, and agricultural opportunities.

Watershed and Viewscape: As part of this process we have a willingness to explore both the transfer of key watershed lands to the community and the preservation of important viewscapes in close proximity to the town.

Infrastructure: Limit impact on existing infrastructure and balance the capacity of the natural environment with the demands of growth.

Environment: Ensure continued stewardship of lands with strong ecological value. Economic Development: Enhance Ladysmith’s economic development, including exploring partnerships with prominent Vancouver Island institutions.

Diversity of Land Uses: Provide a range of land uses and housing types, including an exploration of affordable housing options, to create a series of ‘complete’ neighbourhoods that meet the community’s needs. Land Use Planning and Community Design: Engage stakeholders to implement Ladysmith’s vision for a sustainable west coast town.

“Couverdon is committed to being a full partner in Ladysmith’s future, investing in and building the community.” Ladysmith: Boundary Extension & Land Use Planning Proposal

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Next Steps This is the first of several open houses. Couverdon is committed to ongoing engagement with the community. With the support of the Ladysmith community, Couverdon will initiate a boundary extension and land use planning process in collaboration with key participants. PHASE 1 Spring 2011 Introduce Proposal to Council and Staff Summer 2011 Open House—Introduce proposal to Ladysmith residents, seek feedback on land use planning process and boundary extension proposal.

Key Participants in the Process Ladysmith Community Province & Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development

Report Open House findings to Council and Staff Based on feedback received in Phase 1 initiate Phase 2 community engagement activities.

First Nations Cowichan Valley Regional District

PHASE 2 Fall 2011 Background research and technical studies, including: environment, archaeological assessment, forest management strategies, transportation, market opportunities, site servicing. Open House—Provide an overview of preliminary results from land use planning background research and technical research Winter 2012 Report Open House results to Council and Staff Develop Land Use Concept Plans Open House—Introduce land use concepts to residents for feedback and to define the preferred concept Spring 2012 Report Open House results to Council and Staff Initiate draft Boundary Extension application to Province

PHASE 3 Open House—Introduce preferred concept to residents, provide an overview of Boundary Extension Application contents Initiate Electoral Approval Process.

Couverdon

Overview of Six Steps to Boundary Extension Process The Province has developed a guide for municipalities that defines how to embark on a boundary extension application process. The process is typically comprised of six steps: 1. Proposal Development and Referrals 2. Proposal Submission 3. Ministry Review 4. Electoral Approval 5. Provincial Approval 6. Implementation

For more information about the boundary extension process, please visit: http://www.cscd.gov.bc.ca/lgd/gov_structure/library/Municipal_Boundary_Extension_Process_Guide.pdf

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