In this edition of Save Linley's Hidden Ridge Campaign News:
- Developer Submits Revised Proposal
- Door-to-Door Petition Canvassing Begins in Lost Lake Neghbourhood
- Species At-Risk in Linley Valley
Developer Submits Revised Proposal
In the spring of 2017, the City of Nanaimo determined that the Developer's original application to amend the Official Community Plan and Rezone the properties at 5260, 5280 and 5300 Tanya Drive was incomplete. After months of waiting, a revised application has been received by the City. While we won't know the details of the application until the City posts it to the What's Building webpage, we do understand that this application is likely to be reviewed by the Community Planning and Development Committee in November thereby paving the way to the proposal to go to City Council for 1st and 2nd reading in December.
Time is of the essence to collect signatures on the petition asking City Council to reject this development or any changes to the Official Community Plan that threatens the integrity of Linley Valley Cottle Lake Park and impacts the Lost Lake and surrounding neighbourhoods.
Door-to-Door Petition Canvassing Begins in Lost Lake Neighbourhood
Volunteers took to the Lost Lake Neighbourhood streets Friday evening for the launch of our door-to-door canvassing to hand out information flyers and gather signatures on the paper petitions that will be presented to City Council during the hearing of this application.
With signatures now over 1000, the public voice to reject taking these properties out of the Urban Land Reserve and to add them to the existing Linley Valley Cottle Lake Park is growing. Our goal is to cover all the neighbourhoods surrounding Linley Valley - but we urgently need more volunteers. If you have even a few hours to spare, please consider volunteering to canvass a neighbourhood. And share the online petition.
Protecting the Habitat of Species At-Risk
Thanks to Ron Clark, Save Linley's Hidden Ridge official photographer and walker, two special species needing our protection have been identified, before their habitat is lost forever.
Northern Reg-legged Frog
A Northern Red-legged Frog on the trail beside the wetlands at the bottom of Tanya Drive. Northern Red-legged Frogs (Rana aurora) are a native species that have declined in some parts of their range due to habitat degradation and loss from agriculture, urban development and forestry. Northern Red-legged Frogs are nationally listed as Special Concern by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) and they are on the provincial Blue List.
Pacific Sidband Snail
Some wild animals in the park don’t attract much attention. They are seldom noticed. They are not furry or feathery, or cute or pretty. Such is the Pacific sideband snail. This one was crossing the path in the Linley Valley forest during a most refreshing morning rainfall (Sept 9, 2017).
Endemic (“endemic” means it’s found nowhere else) to the Pacific Coast of North America, the shell has 6.5 to 7 whorls with a thin black line along the bottom of each whorl, and a shell diameter of 3.5 cm+ makes it the largest land snail in BC. The body of this snail is rosy-pink or pinkish-brown and the surface of the flesh looks deeply wrinkled or “pebbly” in texture. Two long delicate retractable tentacles come out of its forehead, and two short ones come out on either side of its mouth. The longer "forehead" tentacles end in eyes. The lower pair is the snail’s "nostrils". A slow moving animal, it travels at a snail’s pace, and can live up to six years.
Just in case you were wondering about their sex life, snails are simultaneous hermaphrodites, that is, they have both male and female sex organs at the same time!
Loss and fragmentation of habitat has greatly reduced the snail’s population, and it is blue listed (Special Concern) in British Columbia.