Seymour Valley Community Newsletter
August 21, 2002
Issue 6
Edited by Bill Maurer

Notice Board

The Seymour Local Plan is a 20 year plan for our community.

Please review proposed ammendmants below and provide us with any additional comments / suggestions ASAP.



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Seymour Local Plan
Seymour Valley Addendum
  1. Introduction
  3. Managed Growth & Development
  4. Housing & Schools
  5. Transportation & Traffic
  6. Natural Environment
  7. Parks & Open Space
Upcoming Meetings
Active Issues
Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve Education

Neighbourhood Trivia Question of the Month

What is the name of the creek that connects Hogan's Pools with the Maplewood Farm Pond and what route does it follow? Click here for the answer.

Seymour Local Plan

The SVCA is now slowly becoming involved in the planning process. Although we still do not have any representatives on the SLP Residents Committee we have submitted an addendum to staff and the committee which contains the first draft of a long term vision for our community.

The current draft version of the Seymour Local Plan can be found on the district's website, at local libraries, and at the Community planning counter at District Hall. The Seymour Local Plan covers the area between Parkgate and the Seymour River north of the Seymour Parkway. The summer public education and input process has now been completed and draft 2 of the plan is under development by staff. A public hearing is scheduled to be held in the Sep / Oct timeframe although the specific date has not yet been set.

Please review the Seymour Valley Addendum below  and submit comments and suggestions to The paragraphs in blue are proposed ammendments to the existing draft SLP. The layout of the addendum is the same as the district's Seymour Local Plan document to make it easy to merge the proposed changes into that document. Refer to the district's document to see items which are not included below.

Seymour Valley Addendum

Paragraphs in blue indicate proposed changes to Seymour Local Plan.

1.0             INTRODUCTION

Increase the Seymour Local Plan boundaries to incorporate entire area serviced by Seymour Valley Community Association. This includes adding the properties to the north of the Seymour Parkway and south of Grantham and includes adding the properties west of the river and north of Grantham. Ie. Seymour Blvd, Seymour Court, Bow Court, Heritage Blvd, Grantham Place, Tanager Place, Parkhurst Road, and Hillary Place.


Lot subdivision requires approval of the local community or community association which will assess based on environmental impact and character of the neighbourhood.

Riverside Terrace

Alter the primary access to this property to Browning Place and/or Alder Ave. Repatriate Hogans Pools into one contiguous Conservation Area by eliminating the current Riverside Terrace access road (aka Jordan St road allowance) from Riverside Drive. Restrict the development of this property to current zoning which is rs1 1 acre lots. Find a different parcel of land for a Seniors home in another part of Seymour or in one of the multi-family developments planned for Maplewood. Devlopment potential of this property is approximately 12 single family homes. Evaluate feasibility of an equestrian center to help maintain this rapidly disappearing aspect of the North Shore.

4.0             HOUSING & SCHOOLS

Objective 4.1 To maintain and protect existing, stable residential neighbourhoods and housing stock.
Policy 4.1.1 Retain existing zoning in established residential neighbourhoods unless otherwise determined by the neighbourhood itself; ie Seymour Valley, Blueridge, Seymour Heights, McCartney Woods, Windsor Park, Dollarton, Cove Cliff (Map 4)
Objective 4.3 Safeguard lands, natural and built assets for future generations
Policy 4.3.1 Designate District land, suitable sites and other resources for long term housing needs of an aging population and future generations.
Implementation Riverside Terrace (Map 4) will be designated for further study as a potential future site for supportive housing, subject to environmental and transportation issues being addressed.

Remove or replace with:
Riverside Terrace may be developed as a subdivision of approximately 12 single family homes as per current rs1 1 acre zoning. No other use will be considered or permitted.

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Modify section V of table to indicate 12 units for Riverside Terrace as per current zoning.


Objective 5.1 Identify and create alternative access options and facilitate changes to the major road network, in order to improve local conditions.
Policy 5.1.4 Improve safety along major roads for local neighbourhood use.
Implementation Acknowledge sensitive nature of traffic speed on Riverside Drive and continue to monitor on a periodic basis. Establish community based speed reduction programs whenever speed levels become excessive. Increase traffic and parking signage on Riverside Drive and add a Welcome sign and notice board near the Parkway.
Policy 5.1.6 Facilitate the movement of goods in to and out of the community.
Implementation Restrict parking on Riverside Drive to one side to facilitate easier access of trucks, emergency vehicles, and street cleaners.
Objective 5.2 A community-focused transportation system that is safe, equitable and inclusive for vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians and transit users.
Policy 5.2.2 Continue to improve accessibility to public transit services, including the provision of alternative transit models.
Implementation Investigate feasibility of shuttle bus service to Chapman Way if available. Add lighting to trail connecting Rivergrove Place to Blueridge. This trail is the only way for upper Seymour Valley residents to presently access the nearest bus services which are available on Berkley. This trail is not usable at night unless residents bring a flashlight with them.
Policy 5.2.3 Continue to improve the circulation system and facilities for cyclists and pedestrians.

Install bike rack near bus stop at Riverside and the Parkway to facilitate Bike and Ride for children, teens, and adult residents. Acknowledge use of Riverside Drive by mountain bikers to access Mountain Bike Trails in the LSCR. Create cement sidewalks along Riverside Drive Add a sidewalk to the east side of Riverside from the Parkway to Swinburne.
Policy 5.2.4 Minimize the impact on local neighbourhoods of traffic destined for District and Regional facilities located in Seymour.
Implementation Maintain existing resident only parking restrictions in the summer months May 15 to Sep 15.  Extend parking restrictions to the bottom of Riverside drive in summer months.


Objective 6.3 To preserve, restore and enhance natural areas, key habitats and other special areas.
Policy 6.3.2 Preserve and enhance wildlife habitat and corridors.
Implementation Provide a protected wildlife corridor from the Mountain Forest to the Maplewood mudflats. Establish complete Canyon Creek wildlife corridor on both the east and west sides of the Seymour Valley. This provides a corridor between Hyannis Point and Hogans Pools to the east and upper Lilloet road to the parkway on the west. This includes passing NPL zoning for lots identified in Bylaw 6970 ammendments. This also includes establishing NPL zoning for lots 2L05 P2536, 2L05 P2076, 2L05 P20696, and an area under the BC Hydro R/W to the west directly across the river from Swinburne ave which is not currently zoned as NPL. Establish Seymour River as a fish corridor. Note: Current plan indicates this is a wildlife corridor. Wildlife (mammals) cannot use the Seymour River Canyon for travel.
Policy 6.3.3 Protect the forested character of Seymour.
Implementation Protect, and allow to remain undisturbed, tracts of wilderness to preserve the overall forested character of Seymour and support present wildlife habitats. Preserve undeveloped forest areas of Mountain and Cove Forests as natural park. Developer and tree companies will conform to required standards for tree protection and preservation in accordance with the District Environmental Protection and Preservation Bylaw (EPPB). Continue to ensure effective protection of trees during land development activities in accordance with the District Environmental Protection and Preservation Bylaw (EPPB).
Objective 6.4 To protect development from natural hazards.
Policy 6.4.2 Work with other jurisdictions and owners to protect development near areas of steep slopes
Implementation Examine the feasibility of a DNV-Provincial Government land exchange agreement to achieve objectives relating to the protection of steep slopes along Riverside Drive.

7.0              PARKS & OPEN SPACE

Objective 7.1 Identify and protect areas having biophysical, environmental, recreational, or historical value.
Policy 7.1.2 Promote environmental protection through the responsible management of recreational access to Seymour's trails, wilderness and waterfront. Acknowledge the environmental importance and sensitivity of Hogan's Pools as a natural area and limit access through designated trails as described in the Hogan's Pools Park Environmental Inventory and Park Concept Plan.

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Objective 7.2 Create linkages between neighbourhoods, parks, community/recreation centres, schools and shopping areas through interconnected parks, warterways and green space.
Policy 7.2.1 Provide connections necessary to complete existing trail systems, respecting environmental considerations and regulations.

Implementation Upgrade the existing Baden-Powell Trail connecting Deep Cove to Grouse Mountain and continue to implement the guidelines of the Baden Powell Trail Study. DNV Parks to consult with trail users to identify priority sections for improvement on a regular basis. Create connecting trails so that the entire Seymour Valley can be circumnavigated via the Canyon Creek corridor. Upgrade the steep sections of the trail connecting Rivergrove Place to Berkley by adding more steps.
Objective 7.3 Maintain and enhance existing park facilities and amenities and plan for new ones to meet current and future park and open space needs
Policy 7.3.1 Maintain and upgrade Seymour's existing parks, trails and open spaces to continue to meet users' needs.
Implementation Investigate a suitable park location and create a playground in the Seymour Valley.
Policy 7.3.2 Identify opportunities for future park, trail or open space development and enhancement, while respecting environmental concerns and regulations.
Implementation Provide year-round access to Pool 88 in the Seymour River and to the stairway leading to the pool.
Replace with:
Maintain May 15 Sep 15 closure of access to Pool 88. Enhance / rebuild trail from Baden Powell Trail to west side of Pool 88 / 99. Create parking on Lilloet road where BP Trail intersects it. This will form the summer access to Pool 88 / 99 without impacting the residential character of the upper Riverside Drive area. 

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Objective 7.4 Improve access and enjoyment for trail and park users while minimizing impacts on local areas.
Policy 7.4.2 Provide sufficient and appropriate parking and amenities to meet park and trail users' needs and protect the surrounding neighbourhoods. In consultation with the surrounding neighbourhood and trail users examine issues and potential solutions to providing parking for access to the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve from the top of Riverside Drive.

Replace with:
Maintain May 15 Sep 15 parking restrictions on Upper Riverside Drive. Place sign at the Parkway and Riverside Drive entrance indicating that the primary access and parking to the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve is located at the top of Lilloet road.

Photos and Story Maintain informal parking at entrance to Riverside across from Hogans Pools currently used mainly by mountain bikers accessing LSCR via Riverside. 

Upcoming Meetings

Sep 3rd First post-summer Regular Council Meeting
Sep 4th SVCA Executive Meeting
Sep 7th Cates Park Beach Cleanup
Sep 8th Cates Park to Panorama Park Waterfront Walk
Sep 19th Public Hearing - Bylaw 6970 -
Amendments to Park, Recreation & Open Space Zone and New Park Zones
Sep 19th Bear Network Meeting
Sep 19th FONVCA Meeting

Active Issues

Issue Contact Phone Email List
Traffic Calming Harry McGucken 604-929-6586
SVCA Organization Bill Maurer 604-929-9442
Bear Awareness Barbara Murray 604-924-0807
Block Watch Glen Parker 604-929-8450
LSCR Monitoring and Advisory Committee Willy Schuurman 604-924-3704
Seymour Local Plan Bill Maurer 604-929-9442

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Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve Education

The Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve has an excellent education program designed to promote an understanding and appreciation of the ecology of Seymour watershed and its multiple uses. Programs are designed to develop knowledge, awareness, respect and enjoyment which leads to a sense of responsibility for our natural ecosystem. Take advantage of these affordable workshops and lecturers in your extended backyard.

For more information and registration, see LSCR Education

FALL 2002 Weekend Workshops

Digging Through Time

September 14 : 1 pm - 4 pm : Cost ~ Adult $5.00; Children & Seniors $3.00; Family $10.00
Bob Muckle - Capilano College Social Sciences, will share what he and his student archaeologists have uncovered in an active dig right here in the LSCR.

Photography Fieldtrip

September 21 : 10 am - 2 pm : Cost $5
Come along on this fieldtrip for natural photography opportunities in the LSCR. We will take you and all your photo gear to remote places to capture spectacular images.

Mushroom Mania

October 19 : 10 am - 1 pm : Cost ~ Adult $5.00; Children & Seniors $3.00; Family $10.00
October is mushroom season! Come on our mushroom hunt to learn how to identify edible, poisonous and interesting species of forest fungus.

FALL 2002 Evening Lectures

The Seymour Valley Archaeology Project

Bob Muckle ~ Archaeologist, Author, Consultant, Capilano College Social Sciences Instructor

September 18 : 7 pm - 9 pm

For the past three summers, archaeologists directed by Capilano College's Bob Muckle have been documenting the remains left by loggers and settlers in the LSCR. This illustrated lecture will focus on the results of excavations at an early 20th century logging camp; showing how broken bottles, rusty nails, dirty dishes, and other types of garbage allow glimpses into camp life. The lecture will also describe the remains of an early settlement along the banks of the Seymour River and describe how people and nature have impacted the remains at the camp and the settlement in recent decades.

The Evolution of West Coast Ecology

Dr. Keith Wade ~ Ecologist, Naturalist, Bio-geographer, Capilano College Biology Department Instructor

September 26 : 7 pm - 9 pm

Ecologist, bio-geographer and naturalist Dr. Keith Wade is one of BC's leading experts on old-growth forests. An explorer of local and global forests and natural ecosystems, Keith will apply the depth of his knowledge and insight to the evolution of North America's coastal temperate ecosystem. Although diverse by Canadian standards, this coastal ecosystem is young, relatively undeveloped, and still in its infancy when compared to tropical ecosystems.

Spotted Owl Research

Ian Blackburn ~ Rare & Endangered Species Biologist

October 16 : 7 pm - 9 pm

Fear over its existence has incited rallies, garnered international attention, and even caused people to tie themselves to trees. For almost 2 decades, the endangered northern spotted owl has been perched as an icon on the delicate balance between the use and preservation of temperate old-growth ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest. Ian Blackburn, Rare & Endangered Species Biologist for the Ministry of Water, Land & Air Protection will share with us an update on his current research; highlighting the owls' current status in southern BC, impacts of human growth and development, and current and future management plans.