Re: Notice of intention to apply for a disposition of Crown land (July 15, page 8 and July 22, page 24)
I would like to remind the citizens of Nelson comments concerning this application were to be received by FrontCounterBC by yesterday.
Nelson’s Sustainable Waterfront and Downtown Master Plan calls our waterfront “the natural gem of the city.” I certainly agree!
I believe that:
1. Nelson’s waterfront Crown park land should continue to be owned by the public.
2. Nelson’s waterfront Crown park land should remain zoned as park and open space.
3. Nelson’s waterfront Crown park land should undergo a contaminated sites regulation review process.
This Crown land should remain public park land because:
1. Parks are good for people. They bring pleasure, health, and joy to all local citizens and tourists and they embody the Canadian tradition of preserving public lands for the benefit and use of all.
2. This Crown land fits in well with the City’s waterfront vision of an anchor park on our eastern waterfront.
3. This Crown land needs to be evaluated for contamination and, if necessary, the land should be remediated in order to protect our environment. Also, the City of Nelson needs to protect itself against any possible future claims of liability.
I urge all Nelson citizens to get informed about this issue. Help save our waterfront Crown park land!