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Echo Heights becomes mostly parkland

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Most of Chemainus' Echo Heights forest officially became parkland Wednesday.

Mayor Jon Lefebure says council ended some eight years of tense debate by passing fourth and final readings of a bylaw to preserve about 90% of the 52-acre publicly owned forest as parkland.

"The remaining property is zoned residential (R2), and was logged two decades ago," his release reads.

"It will be subdivided into an estimated 17 single-family residential lots, and will be sold to fund community-amenity projects."

Council also abandoned an earlier bylaw which would have seen 20% of Echo Heights developed for a variety of single- and multi-family residential uses.

"In addition to dedicating the land as park, the adopted bylaw goes further and specifically requires any development or improvement of the park must be directed toward the preservation of the atmosphere, environment, and ecology of the park for public enjoyment," notes Lefebure.

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