Community design charrette results and coastal engineering and hydraulics considerations relating to Sechelt’s Trail Bay foreshore will be reviewed at a public information meeting at the Seaside Centre at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4.
“The Trail Bay foreshore is an integral part of our community,” said Sechelt Mayor John Henderson in a news release. “Following the storms earlier this year, Sechelt was obliged to make extensive repairs to keep our foreshore pedestrian area safe. Since then, with input from the community and numerous technical experts, we have been working to develop a long-term plan for responsible and sustainable redesign of District infrastructure in this area.”
On March 29, Sechelt hosted an open house, attended by about 100 residents, to discuss community uses of the area and to present information on the challenges the community faces in maintaining the site.
This was followed by a design charrette in April where community representatives and experts in the fields of natural restoration, coastal engineering and landscape design worked together to produce concepts for changes to area infrastructure that consider public safety, adjacent developments, ocean hydraulic effects and anticipated changes in storm surge and tide levels.
“The Sept. 4 meeting is to share the results of the research to date with the community,” added acting chief administrative officer Emanuel Machado.
“An overall plan for the area needs to be developed before Sechelt can start looking at individual infrastructure projects, such as renaturalizing the beach and foreshore and determining how much these may cost. In addition, work within the foreshore area will need to be done with the agreement and involvement of other jurisdictions that will be impacted.”
Information on the survey, design charrette and the expert presentations will be posted on www.sechelt.ca following Tuesday’s meeting