"So.........what is this all about?
Our community has hoped for a “Village in the Park” for decades and it has yet to materialize. We seem to think it is out of our hands to secure.
It is not.
A clear solution is available to the Municipality: a straightforward exchange of lands in Snug Cove with Metro Parks. It has happened before, and it can happen again, but only if our Council is willing to initiate it.
Even though some suggest it is not possible, it is our understanding there is statute, ample legal precedent, and previous studies, to permit this exchange. It appears it can be structured as the acquisition and disposition of specific areas - equally valued - of parkland for parkland (possible exchange arrangements are offered for discussion in the attached documents). What's more, it need not delay or derail initiatives currently underway, including Lot 1.
We believe a mutual reaching out to each other by the Municipality and Metro Parks - with wisdom and good faith - will finally yield the transformational outcome we seek: a Village in the Park.
We respectfully encourage Mayor Skeels and Council to pass a resolution and formally engage Metro Parks to effect the purposeful exchange of parklands in the cove.
We welcome your support and invite your comments.”
P.S. In the meantime we are creating Foxglove Community Housing Trust and will propose a 28 unit project for Lot 3 of the Community Lands. You can check out the concept here:
Here is the link to the overview document:
More specific detail in these four documents: