The Fernie Nordic Society operates the Elk Valley Nordic Centre partially on the lands proposed to be developed under the Galloway Lands proposal. (Courtesy of the Fernie Nordic Society)

The Fernie Nordic Society operates the Elk Valley Nordic Centre partially on the lands proposed to be developed under the Galloway Lands proposal. (Courtesy of the Fernie Nordic Society)

Galloway Lands residential development proponent posts ‘Trails and Public Use Answers’ to website

The answers were to questions posed by the public for a Jan. 6 open house

The Galloway Lands residential development website now has a page with responses to questions posed by the public regarding trails and public use of the land should the project become a reality.

The development proposal from Reto Barrington’s Handshake Holdings is for up to 75 multi-acre lots on a 457-acre tract of land between the Fernie Alpine Resort and Mt. Fernie Provincial Park.

The proponent was sent back to the drawing board by the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) on Jan. 14, who were considering an application to re-zone the land to allow for the development. The RDEK sought more information on several key issues, including road safety, wildfire and structure fire safety and suppression, septic and water systems, and environmental assessment.

The webpage, posted on Feb. 22, includes responses to 19 questions and comments.

The page, found in the ‘News’ section of the website, reads: “On January 6th, 2022 we held an open house at which we received numerous questions about the project. The answers to those questions received around Trails and Public Use are the first of a number of replies by Handshake Holdings Inc., each of which will be posted on the website and emailed to the mailing list throughout the coming weeks as the underlying studies are completed and the answers become available.”

“We take your questions seriously and will address all of them prior to moving forward with our next project submission. The coming posts will be providing additional information and clarity in several key areas, including road access, fire protection, water and septic, and wildlife corridors, affordability, and more.”

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