Save Linley Valley's Hidden Ridge

Protect Linley Valley-Cottle Lake park

Initiated by Nanaimo Area Lands Trust (NALT) in 2001, and expanded by the City of Nanaimo in 2014, Linley Valley-Cottle Lake Park is an ecological and recreational jewel in the heart of Nanaimo. 

Linley Valley comprises a diverse range of habitats including meadows, wetlands, streams, forests and ridges that support an abundance of birds, animals and plants.  Among its inhabitants you will find  deer, beavers, red-legged and tree frogs, salamanders, a variety of bird species from large raptors to owls, ducks, geese, woodpeckers and song birds. Some of the species are listed as At-Risk. The Linley Valley is one of the most intact and productive natural habitats left in Nanaimo. 

Linley Valley contributes to the health and wellbeing of Nanaimo's citizens and visitors from near and far.  With a vast network of trails and places of peace and tranquility, many enjoy walking, biking and just being in this place of natural abundance.  Healthy communities need green spaces.

A Victoria-based developer has applied to the City of Nanaimo to build 469 units on 72 acres* of wilderness that are currently part of the Urban Reserve lands zoning, on the northern border of Linley Valley-Cottle Lake Park.  

The developer has applied to amend the Official Community Plan and change the by-laws so that the forests, ridges and wetlands located at properties 5260, 5280 and 5300 Tanya Drive can be rezoned for a steep slope housing subdivision.

If allowed to proceed, this development will:

  • destroy an ecological gem and irreparably damage the ecosystem of the entire Linley Valley, which is home to many at-risk species;
  • devastate sensitive wetlands and downstream water systems which are critical habitat for migrating birds, beavers and many other plants and animals;
  • severely diminish the cultural and recreational value of the parkland that Nanaimo has assembled to create the Linley Valley-Cottle Lake Park;
  • dangerously increase the fire risk in this urban forest interface;
  • require expensive and extensive utility installation and upgrades; and,
  • massively increase the daily traffic on Lost Lake Road and add further pressure in the event of heavy snowfall, an earthquake, or other natural disaster; 

Add your voice to all those who are asking Nanaimo City Council to:  

  1. Reject the developer’s applications to a) amend the Official Community Plan; b) remove the land from the Urban Reserve, c) have it rezoned for a steep slope subdivision;
  2. Work with the citizens of Nanaimo to develop a comprehensive plan for Linley Valley and the surrounding neighbourhoods;
  3. Add the Linley Valley's Hidden Ridge to the existing Linley Valley-Cottle Lake Park

* Information provided here is based on the Developers concept plan posted on the City of Nanaimo's What's Building Website as of June 26th, 2017.