Does my City Councillor support the Birch Cove Lakes?

So, when Birch Cove Lakes is discussed at Regional Council tomorrow, how might a concerned citizen tell if their particular councillor is truly working hard to create winning conditions for the Birch Cove Lakes regional park versus only talking about it. Well, there’s an easy answer to that. And it involves “secondary planning”.

Will your letter on Birch Cove Lakes be heard??

1500 people took the time to write City Hall to talk about why the Birch Cove Lakes matters to them. That’s an extraordinarily enthusiastic response, particularly considering the obstacles that were placed in the way of full public participation. Several people sent copies of their letters to me, and I have to say, those letters were personal and heartfelt. They were well thought out and often contained personal stories and anecdotes about the Birch Cove Lakes and why protecting the place is important. So, the next step is for the elected councillors to actually read those letters, right?? Well, perhaps not.

The many maps of the Birch Cove Lakes

With all the controversy swirling around the Birch Cove Lakes and the facilitator’s report, there has been a lot of talk about maps. Maps from the city; maps from the developers; Maps from the provincial government. It can all get a little confusing. Some are even arguing for a “larger park”, but are referencing the wrong map, which means they are actually asking for a “smaller park” than what’s already contained in the City’s regional plan. So, to help out, here’s a quick breakdown of the various maps for the Birch Cove Lakes.

What’s next for the Birch Cove Lakes?

First of all, a big thank you to everyone who took the time to write City Hall in support of the regional park for the Birch Cove Lakes. The Municipality was inundated with over 1500 written submissions.

Please stand up for the Birch Cove Lakes

If you’ve ever been to the Birch Cove Lakes in Halifax, you know that it is a special place. From the moment you reach the big granite outcrop at Susies Lake, or the panoramic lookoff at Fox Lake, or the amphitheatre-like setting of Charlies Lake, you know instantly the importance of the place.

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