The District of Kitimat has shown strong leadership in shoreline sustainability by enrolling their new Minette Bay West park project in Green Shores.
While other parks in BC have achieved Green Shores certification retroactively, the District of Kitimat is the first municipality in BC to incorporate Green Shores into a park master planning process from the outset.
In the park concept preparation for Minette Bay West, the Stewardship Centre for BC’s Green Shores program guided the planning and design process, including the project conceptualization and Request for Proposals (RFP) stages. The four broad Green Shores principles and the Green Shores for Coastal Development Guide have since provided a foundation and guide for the concept planning process.
The District has hired a consulting team consisting of industry-leading experts in landscape architecture and coastal biology who are familiar with, and passionate about, Green Shores. Some of the team members were involved in the initial development of Green Shores and continue to work with the Stewardship Centre as Green Shores advisors and educators.
The planning team is currently evaluating three concept plan options for Minette Bay West park. Considerations include community input from over 1,100 contacts, site investigation (environment, archaeology, wildlife), Green Shores credits, our vision and guiding principles, and more. The target for refining the options into a final concept plan is summer 2017.