The City of Colwood is drafting a Waterfront Stewardship Plan to protect the sensitive ecology and archaeology of its coastline and lagoon areas through thoughtful design that guides people through the space in appropriate ways.

Establishing a safe multi-use pathway that reduces trampling of habitats by people and pets, and moving gatherings away from sensitive areas becomes ever more important as the population of the West Shore and surrounding areas continues to grow rapidly.

Involving you in planning

This draft will be presented to Colwood Council with the intention of creating a Master Plan to inform Council decision-making for the next 10 years.

Planning will be informed by public and stakeholder input as well as existing policies including the Official Community Plan and Parks and Recreation Master Plan. The project team is working with stakeholders including First Nations, the Canadian Wildlife Service, Parks Canada, CFB Esquimalt, Royal Roads University and many others.

The Stewardship Plan will outline how sensitive areas could be protected by directing visitors onto a multi-use pathway from the Lagoon Bridge to Royal Beach and present concepts for environmental landscaping that incorporates carefully designed features such as view points, seating and washrooms.

The final plan will identify options for protecting the highly sensitive wildlife habitat and archeological resources with design that enhances accessibility and guides activity to the most appropriate areas beyond the lagoon area along the full length of the waterfront.

Join the community conversation

Go to Let's Talk Colwood to learn more and share your thoughts.

The project team will be out and about in the community through the fall to answer questions, engage in conversation and hear directly from community members.