Minette Bay West Concept Plan

 

What is the Minette Bay West Concept Plan?

The Minette Bay West Concept Plan was a planning and design exercise for 191 hectares of municipal land on the west side of Minette Bay (see below or click here to see a map of the study area). These lands, known as District Lots 95 and 471 or “Minette Bay West”, are designated as a park in Kitimat’s Official Community Plan and are zoned for greenbelt uses, including forestry and environmental preservation. The location presents a significant opportunity to provide public access to the ocean, which is a key priority for Kitimat Council.

                

The intent of the planning process was to create a concept plan for Minette Bay West that identifies recreational opportunities while respecting environmentally- and archaeologically-sensitive areas. The project team for this endeavour included the District of Kitimat (DOK), Haisla Nation and experts in the areas of biology, archaeology, landscape architecture, forestry and other disciplines. Consultants on this project included: Urban Systems, Kleanza, Silverwood Consulting, McElhanney, Archipelago Marine Research, Murdoch de Greeff Inc. and LM Forest Resource Solutions.

To ensure that the environmental integrity of the site is preserved, the Minette Bay West Concept Plan was based on Green Shores™ principles and guidelines. Green Shores is a program of the Stewardship Centre for British Columbia (SCBC) that promotes sustainable use of shoreline ecosystems. The four Green Shores principles include:

  • Preserve or restore physical processes;
  • Maintain or enhance habitat function and diversity along the shoreline;
  • Prevent or reduce pollutants entering the aquatic environment; and
  • Avoid or reduce cumulative impacts.

The Minette Bay West Concept Plan is enrolled in the Green Shores for Coastal Development program and it is intended that Green Shores certification be pursued as the project is implemented; level of certification is to be determined. More information about Green Shores for Coastal Development is available in the Credits and Ratings Guide for Waterfront Properties, 2016 edition. In June 2017, SCBC recognized DOK for environmental leadership and commitment to Green Shores. Minette Bay West is the first park project in BC to be premised on, and enrolled in Green Shores from the outset. For more information, please visit: http://stewardshipcentrebc.ca/minettebaywest/.

Concept Planning Process (July 2016 to August 2017)

 

  

For more information about the planning process for Minette Bay West, please view the Concept Plan package and summary of project communications and engagement. The Concept Plan was approved in principle by Kitimat Council on September 5, 2017 (click here to stream the meeting). The next step for this project is detailed design of Phase 1 of the Concept Plan; timeline for this work is Q3 2017 to Q1 2018. 

Project Documents and Resources

Background 

Videos

Phases 1 and 2

Phase 3