Interface Planning Casebook - Case File 7
Features of the Case
Loss of a hiking and skiing route to the top of Grouse Mountain in Quick due to change of land ownership at the start of the route (McNeil Rd. leading from Hwy 16 see map below).
This route was a popular hiking and skiing destination for many years, including B.V. Backpacker hikes and as a ski training ground for the B.V. Cross Country Ski Team. When land ownership at the bottom of the route changed, the new owners refused permission to cross, thus cutting off access to the top of Grouse Mountain which is Crown Land. As far as we know the road was constructed with public money as it leads to the B.C. Hydro Microwave Repeater Station.
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Opportunity or Problem
There needs to be an inventory of hiking trails and routes that are being used to access Crown land (as is presently being done by the BV Stewardship Coalition). These routes need protection by legal rights-of-way (see Potential Solutions).
There has to be a legal mechanism to preserve established rights-of-way of access routes to Crown Land when private land ownership changes, when land is subdivided or developed and when public land is sold off. The public right of passage should be advertised by notice in the newspaper and the Valley Vision website.
Planning Principles at Stake
Non-motorized public access to Crown land should be preserved as it is not always possible to reach the destination within reasonable time and effort along other routes. This case violates principles No. 6,7 and 33.
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Mel and Evi Coulson
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