First community preserve in the Kootenays!

Handshake Holdings community preserve is crafted with the vision and objectives of the Elk Valley Official Community Plan.

This proposal enables the RDEK to fulfill the current designation of these lands as ‘Resort Expansion’ while remaining consistent with many of the RDEK’s stated objectives, including:

  • the preference for a Conservation Design development
  • maintaining rural character in the region
  • the protection of key conservation areas
  • the enhancement of recreation opportunities

The best plan for the land!

The Handshake conservation preserve is a way forward that blends growth and development in the region with perpetual public access, fire smart planning, financial gain for the Regional District, and thorough environmental stewardship.

Leaving the Galloway Lands with the current zoning means that the lands are subject to alternatives that might not support or guarantee future public access or conservation design.

The Galloway Lands presently are managed forest for harvesting timber. The land has been clear cut twice, the most recent harvest in the late 80’s. The conservation development proposal creates an alternative to future logging on the lands.  It will result in the creation of 321 acres of conservation preserve and 70% of the lands as open space. 

The current zoning is not aligned with the Official Community Plan and will not provide future certainty for public use, wildlife or the environment.

Current zoning permits several large private parcels where each owner would individually determine its future.

Read the Conservation Summary and Recommendations, and Questions and Answers here.

Read the Galloway Lands Professional Reports here.