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INTRODUCTION
AND
OVERVIEW
BPAAC RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE HRCA
BOARD OF DIRECTORS REGARDING
POTENTIAL USES OF THE BACKCOUNTRY...
BACKCOUNTRY PLANNING AREAS ADVISORY
COMMITTEE
 Founded in 2012
 Serve as Advisory Committee to Board of Directors re:
Ba...
BACKCOUNTRY WILDERNESS AREA
 8,200 Acres Land in Wilderness Area
 1,200 Acres Land in Planning Areas
 499 Acres Owned b...
DISTRIBUTION OF LAND IN BACKCOUNTRY
WILDERNESS AREA
Distribution of Land in Backcountry Wilderness Area
Reserved Wildernes...
BACKCOUNTRY PLANNING AREAS
BPAAC 2014 DELIVERABLES
1. “Complete a Summary of the 2012 Survey Results.”
 List of uses supported for not supported by ...
THE SURVEY
 Sent to sample of HR Residents in late-summer 2012
 Went to 3,000 residents
 Received responses from 1,307 ...
POTENTIAL RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
Expanded hiking, biking,
running and horseback riding
Concerts, weddings, special
eve...
POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Outdoor amphitheater Equestrian / event center
with covered pavilion,
indoor/outdoor a...
OTHER TYPES OF USES
Recreation center Animal rescue / rehabilitation
facilities
Indoor ice arena Houses of worship
Basebal...
BPAAC CONSIDERATIONS IN DEVELOPING
REPORT
 Stayed true to the OSCA Plan objectives
 Committee objectives stated in preci...
BPAAC REVIEW PROCESS
 Began by looking at raw numbers
 Community generally divided as to whether should
be any developme...
NO AMENETIES / DEVELOPMENT AT THIS POINT IN
TIME IS AN OPTION
 No amenities / development may be preferred by most
reside...
BPAAC’S REVIEW OF AMENITIES,
DEVELOPMENT, AND USES
 Looked at percentage support received for each and
every amenity, dev...
BPAAC’S DISCUSSION OF AMENITIES,
DEVELOPMENT, AND USES
 Discussed pros and cons of each amenity, development
opportunity,...
BPAAC’S DISCUSSION OF AMENITIES,
DEVELOPMENT, AND USES (cont.)
 Each person researched a few opportunities and
brought to...
BPAAC’S DISCUSSION OF AMENITIES,
DEVELOPMENT, AND USES (cont.)
 Narrowed list to 4 main amenities / opportunities:
 Cove...
COVERED PAVILION
 Higher End Pavilion
 Not specifically
contemplated by report,
consistent with
Amphitheater
 Located i...
ROPES / CHALLENGE COURSE
 Amenity not otherwise
immediately available
 Great revenue-
generating opportunity
 Strong su...
HORSE FACILITIES
 Do not envision large
“equestrian” center
 Good revenue-generating
opportunity
 Existing facilities c...
ARCHERY RANGE
 Existing range has
been successful
 No room for
expansion or growth
 Range does not have
competition-dis...
PHASES II & III
 Any amenities should be designed and construction
with possibility for expansion
 Additional horse faci...
WHAT NEXT?
 Determine whether want to proceed at this time with
exploring development in the Planning Areas
 Feasibility...
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Backcountry Wilderness Area Planning Committee Plans

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Backcountry Wilderness Area Planning Committee Plans

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW BPAAC RECOMMENDATIONS TO THE HRCA BOARD OF DIRECTORS REGARDING POTENTIAL USES OF THE BACKCOUNTRY PLANNING AREAS
  2. 2. BACKCOUNTRY PLANNING AREAS ADVISORY COMMITTEE  Founded in 2012  Serve as Advisory Committee to Board of Directors re: Backcountry Planning Areas  Evaluate suitability of uses and development identified in the OSCA  Current Committee Members  Len Abruzzo  Kiel Downing  Phil Heiser  Megan Lindsey  Jon Loe  Josh Quist
  3. 3. BACKCOUNTRY WILDERNESS AREA  8,200 Acres Land in Wilderness Area  1,200 Acres Land in Planning Areas  499 Acres Owned by HRCA  20 Acres Considered for Potential Development
  4. 4. DISTRIBUTION OF LAND IN BACKCOUNTRY WILDERNESS AREA Distribution of Land in Backcountry Wilderness Area Reserved Wilderness Preserve - Development Strictly Prohibited (7,000 acres) Planning Areas Land Not Owned by HRCA (701 acres) Planning Areas Land Owned by HRCA (499 acres) Land Contemplated by this Report for Potential Use (20 acres)
  5. 5. BACKCOUNTRY PLANNING AREAS
  6. 6. BPAAC 2014 DELIVERABLES 1. “Complete a Summary of the 2012 Survey Results.”  List of uses supported for not supported by the Survey  Analyze discrepancies in the Survey  Analyze amenities, infrastructure, etc. needed for recreational and non-recreational uses
  7. 7. THE SURVEY  Sent to sample of HR Residents in late-summer 2012  Went to 3,000 residents  Received responses from 1,307 (44%)  November 2012 Report of Survey Results  Three Main Pertinent Categories:  Potential Recreational Opportunities (10 options)  Potential Development Opportunities (6 options)  Other Types of Uses (12 options)  Rank 1 – 5 to indicate Strongly Support, Somewhat Support, Somewhat Oppose, Strongly Oppose, or Don’t Know
  8. 8. POTENTIAL RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES Expanded hiking, biking, running and horseback riding Concerts, weddings, special events Expanded camping Skate park Rodeos, horse boarding, riding competitions, lessons Off road bike park with pump track, cyclocross track, dirt jumps, etc. Golf course Frisbee golf course Ropes / Challenge Course Fishing ponds
  9. 9. POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES Outdoor amphitheater Equestrian / event center with covered pavilion, indoor/outdoor arena Nature center Tree farm Cemetery / memorial gardens Reservoir for water storage
  10. 10. OTHER TYPES OF USES Recreation center Animal rescue / rehabilitation facilities Indoor ice arena Houses of worship Baseball / softball fields Fire/police station Soccer fields Library Tennis courts College/university Private sports training facilities Public school
  11. 11. BPAAC CONSIDERATIONS IN DEVELOPING REPORT  Stayed true to the OSCA Plan objectives  Committee objectives stated in precise language in Report  Main Focuses  People – Health, Education, Involvement  Nature – Protect wildlife and conserve land  Finances – Generate money needed to run programs, protect wildlife, and conserve land
  12. 12. BPAAC REVIEW PROCESS  Began by looking at raw numbers  Community generally divided as to whether should be any development or additional recreation in BC  42% support no recreational amenities of any kind  54% support no development of any kind  57% support no other uses of any kind  Categories may be potentially confusing  Recreation, Development, Other Uses not specifically defined in the report  Amphitheater is development but wedding recreation  both require similar type of structure  Golf course is recreation, but soccer fields are “other” uses
  13. 13. NO AMENETIES / DEVELOPMENT AT THIS POINT IN TIME IS AN OPTION  No amenities / development may be preferred by most residents  Social costs – residents lose opportunity to benefit from BC  Financial costs – HRCA assessments would have to continue to finance BC  $532k 2015 Operating Budget with $290k Transfer from Rec Fund  $95k Budgeted Capital Expenditures  OSCA Plan states general goal that land should be made available for future recreational and educational uses  2012 OSCA Mission and Vision support use of land for recreation and education
  14. 14. BPAAC’S REVIEW OF AMENITIES, DEVELOPMENT, AND USES  Looked at percentage support received for each and every amenity, development opportunity, and use  Ranked according to approval by survey respondents  Top ranked amenities and opportunities include:  Trails  Nature Center  Fishing Pond  Ropes / Challenge Course  Amphitheater  Concerts, Weddings, Special Events  Support received / not received detailed in Exhibit B
  15. 15. BPAAC’S DISCUSSION OF AMENITIES, DEVELOPMENT, AND USES  Discussed pros and cons of each amenity, development opportunity, and use  Process was challenging (and imperfect) for several reasons:  Categories seemed to overlap and conflict  57% support riding competitions and riding lessons  93% support trails, including horseback riding trails  37% support an event / equestrian center  Categories were not precise  Nature center  Amphitheater  Considered Survey but could not rely exclusively on Survey
  16. 16. BPAAC’S DISCUSSION OF AMENITIES, DEVELOPMENT, AND USES (cont.)  Each person researched a few opportunities and brought to group for discussion  Considered Objectives  People  Nature  Finances – Very challenging. Many desirable amenities and opportunities would not generate meaningful revenue  Feasibility  Able to eliminate some options immediately due to feasibility  E.g. Fishing Pond – Could possibly add reflection pond  E.g. Golf Course – General decline in golfing industry
  17. 17. BPAAC’S DISCUSSION OF AMENITIES, DEVELOPMENT, AND USES (cont.)  Narrowed list to 4 main amenities / opportunities:  Covered Pavilion  Ropes / Challenge Course  Horse Facilities  Archery Range  Rational  Generally supported by survey  Proven success in Backcountry  Opportunity to generate revenues  Share utilities and cross-benefits  Construction costs appear consistent with BC budget  Aesthetics – Natural materials consistent with a ranch  Trails should continue to be incorporated
  18. 18. COVERED PAVILION  Higher End Pavilion  Not specifically contemplated by report, consistent with Amphitheater  Located in scenic area, near other amenities  Attachable walls to extend usage  Multi-use facility  Supports all other amenities by providing gathering place
  19. 19. ROPES / CHALLENGE COURSE  Amenity not otherwise immediately available  Great revenue- generating opportunity  Strong support on survey  Opportunity to introduce different type of person to BC  Support education goals
  20. 20. HORSE FACILITIES  Do not envision large “equestrian” center  Good revenue-generating opportunity  Existing facilities cannot be expanded; provide limited opportunities  Modest barn-type structure, loafing shed, riding areas, and pasture  Would create opportunity to own horses  Allow for expanded classes and programs
  21. 21. ARCHERY RANGE  Existing range has been successful  No room for expansion or growth  Range does not have competition-distance shooting  Move close to other facilities to maximize use and share utilities
  22. 22. PHASES II & III  Any amenities should be designed and construction with possibility for expansion  Additional horse facilities  Expanded archery range to allow for competitions  3-D archery range  Reflection pond  Frisbee golf
  23. 23. WHAT NEXT?  Determine whether want to proceed at this time with exploring development in the Planning Areas  Feasibility study  Present to community through CIP

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