NAC Action Alert
WRECK BEACH - Vancouver, BC

February 5, 2004

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                     NATURIST ACTION COMMITTEE
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DATE:    February 5, 2004
SUBJECT: Wreck Beach, Vancouver, British Columbia-CANADA
TO:      Naturists in the Pacific Northwest and Canada

Dear Naturist,

The Naturist Action Committee has identified an important milestone in the evolution of the relationship between the University of British Columbia (UBC), neighbour to Wreck Beach within Pacific Spirit Regional Park (PSRP), stewarded by the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD), and the general public.

BACKGROUND

Since 1987, the GVRD have had jurisdiction over the cliffs and foreshore along the 8 km of Wreck Beach between Booming Ground Creek to the southwest and Acadia to the northeast. Wreck Beach is the foreshore portion of Pacific Spirit Regional Park. This strand of 8 km accounts for a total of 57% of total park usage in a park that includes over 1500 acres!

ATTEND THE PUBLIC PLANNING WORKSHOP

This "important milestone" is an urgent public planning workshop symposium to be held February 7, 2004, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. in Room 200, the University's Student Union Building, 6138 Student Union Boulevard on the UBC campus.

The Naturist Action Committee urges you to attend this important workshop.

We want both the GVRD and UBC to realize that naturists who value Wreck Beach are united in their concerns for the beach, foreshore, cliffs and adjacent uplands and how development by UBC on those adjacent lands might impact the environmentally sensitive estuarine lands along Wreck Beach, directly, or indirectly. The stated purpose of this planning workshop symposium is "to provide an opportunity the UBC community and neighbours to discuss ways to address concerns regarding the implementation of the Official Community Plan for UBC."

WHY IS GIVING UP MOST OF A SATURDAY SO IMPORTANT?

The Wreck Beach Preservation Society (WBPS) has fought since January 25, 1977, to prevent Wreck Beach from being destroyed by development that UBC has fought equally hard to implement. Since those early years, WBPS have lobbied for the public to have a say before, not after the fact.

From the development of the UBC Master Plan to the development of the Official Community Plan, to the crafting of the area neighbourhood plans (APC's), the Wreck Beach Preservation Society, led by NAC Board Member (and Federation of Canadian Naturists' Government Affairs Officer) Judy Williams, have pushed for representation on bodies that will help shape the future of Wreck Beach.

By far the largest and most significant of the various Neighbourhood Plans is the South Campus Neighbourhood Plan. Both the Wreck Beach Preservation Society and the Pacific Spirit Park Society have been excluded from the South Campus Neighbourhood Area Planning Committee, despite making repeated requests and lobbying to be included as provided for in the Memorandum of Understanding between UBC and the GVRD.

MORE INFORMATION

Find more information on the NAC web site.

  www.naturistsociety.com/NAC

Click on "Alerts," choose Current documents and then select this NAC Action Alert. The online version includes links to the Planning Workshop workbook which participants will be discussing and adjusting to adequately address public concerns about the entire planning process at UBC, its transparency, and accountability.

HELP NAC HELP CANADIAN NATURISTS

The Naturist Action Committee exists to advance and protect the rights of naturists throughout North America. In Canada, we work closely with the Federation of Canadian Naturists (FCN). To continue to reach out to concerned naturists like you, NAC's dedicated volunteers rely on your grassroots participation and financial support.

Please help today by sending a generous donation to NAC. Use the address below, or call toll free (800) 886-7230 to donate by phone using your MasterCard or Visa.

  NAC
  PO Box 132
  Oshkosh, WI 54903
 

Thank you for choosing to make a difference!

Naturally,

Bob Morton
Chairman & Executive Director
Naturist Action Committee

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Naturist Action Committee (NAC) - PO Box 132, Oshkosh, WI 54903
Executive Dir. Bob Morton      - <ctnudists@aol.com>
Board Member Judy Williams     - <judyw@direct.ca>
Online Rep. Dennis Kirkpatrick - <naturist@sunclad.com>
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