Water quality depends in part on how many people live in the watershed, as well as the number and types of businesses and industrial uses.
Residents are often surprised to see new developments. When were these developments approved? What was the approval process?
Development within the watershed should be governed by the current Official Community Plan and current zoning. The current OCP is 20 years old.
The CVRD has used consultants to help prepare a new Official Community Plan, one component of which applies to the Shawnigan Lake Watershed. Work to date has involved a consultant, several members of the Shawnigan Lake community, and CVRD staff. There have been a number of OCP Open Houses, but many people are still not aware of the OCP and the work done to date. The work on a Draft of the OCP is currently being done by CVRD staff. The CVRD has a page on the OCP.
The closer a new development is to the water the more the development will affect water quality. Most current development is taking place well back from the water. In the hills at the southern end of the lake we have
- an existing and a new industrial park near the rail crossing on South Shawnigan Lake Road,
- the subdivision on Stebbings Road,
- the community on the Elkington Lands,
- the trailer park on South Shawnigan Lake Road, which has now become The Estates at Shawnigan Station with strata title,
- a gravel pit and possible a golf course south west of the lake,
- the new houses on the south western ridge.
There could be more. There could be many more.