Vancouver Island Land Use Plan
Vancouver Island is located on the Pacific Coast of Canada, separated from the British Columbia mainland by Georgia Strait, Johnstone Strait, and Queen Charlotte Strait (Map 1). At its southern end,the Strait of Juan de Fuca separates the Island from the State of Washington, USA. Vancouver Island is approximately 3.35 million hectares in size, representing 3.5% of the land area of British Columbia. The majority of its 702,000 residents are located along the eastern coast, with over half concentrated in the urban centres of Victoria, Nanaimo, and Campbell River.
The portion of Vancouver Island addressed in this Land Use Plan (the Plan Area) is shown in Map 2. The Plan Area includes all of Vancouver Island except for the Clayoquot Sound area, which has been subject to a separate planning and management process. It also includes the adjacent nearshore coastal zone and some offshore islands.
- Vancouver Island Summary Land Use Plan (February 2000) [pdf]
- View Plan
- Backgrounder [pdf]
- Map of Vancouver Island Land Use Plan Designations
Vancouver Island Land Use Plan - Higher Level Plan
- Vancouver Island Land Use Plan Higher Level Plan Order [pdf - 535KB]
- Order Cancelling Resource Management Zone Objectives for Joint Approval of Forest Development Plans [pdf - 70KB]
- Map 1: Resource Management Zones Established by Higher Level Plan Order [pdf - 620KB]
- Map 2: Special Management Zones within Higher Biodiversity Landscape Units [pdf - 488KB]
- Map 3: Special Management Zones with Primary Visual Resource Values [pdf - 521KB]
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