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Help save Blue Mt Birch Cove Lakes

Please attend meeting on Monday eve June 20; write a letter by July 4. More from Our HRM Alliance: ‘Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes is a proposed 2,000 hectare park located directly behind the Bayers Lake Shopping Centre and in-between Timberlea and Kingswood subdivision on Hammonds Plains Road and just over the hill from Clayton Park. It features a lovely forest and over a dozen lakes, a complete canoe loop, and habitat for a number of endangered species. Few cities in the world have such an amazing wilderness in such a core area to the city. It’s been ten long years since Halifax Regional Municipality promised in its to create a large natural park at Blue Mountain – Birch Cove Lakes in its 2016 Regional Plan. So far the city has done nothing to fulfil the promise.

“Now Halifax Regional Council is seeking public feedback on a terrible new facilitator’s report regarding negotiation of the boundaries for the regional park. Shockingly, the report proposes allowing a huge sprawling suburb be built on the most environmentally sensitive lands, precisely where HRM’s new park is supposed to be – all around the Birch Cove Lakes. If this flawed report is adopted by Council it will kill the beautiful dream of this world-call park for Halifax forever! The facilitators report will be presented to HRM Council after a single public meeting THIS MONDAY, June 20 at 7pm at the Future Inns 30 Fairfax Drive, Halifax, followed by a (very) brief period where written comments will be accepted by HRM. After that HRM Council could make some very bad decisions based on this flawed report.

“You can help keep this ecologically significant wilderness area safe!! Council needs to know that the public is committed to having the Regional Park created as promised and do not want to see it undermined for the benefit of a few well-healed developers. Please make plans to attend the public meeting and get informed!

The meeting is THIS MONDAY, June 20, at 7pm at the Future Inns 30 Fairfax Drive, Halifax, near Bayers Lake Shopping Centre.

“And, most importantly, please write a brief letter to HRM Council stating your support for the Park as promised in the 2006 Regional Plan and your opposition to any development inside the Birch Cove Lakes area. All feedback must be submitted in writing to the Municipal Clerk by mail, P.O. Box 1749, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 3A5; by fax, 902-490-4208; or by e-mail, clerks@halifax.ca.

“Your help is critical to save the Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes area.”

Here’s a 2 pager from the EAC that lays out the situation that you can print and share: BMBChandout2