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SEAS was established in 2003 for the sole purpose of educating, informing and advocating on issues that affect the rural nature of the Shirley community.  The focus and goal is to always keep Shirley a rural community.  Stay Rural is the motto.

With over 100 lifetime members SEAS continues to be one of the key neighbourhood groups representing Shirley residents on issues of  development, growth, watershed protection and drinking water safety.

SEAS has been an active participant in the Shirley Community with regard to monitoring development, maintaining the rural nature of the neighbourhood and acting to educate the general public about issues affecting the community.  

SEAS represents over 100 lifetime, dues-paying members.  SEAS meets annually and work diligently to educate and inform the public.

It is one of the goals of the Society to work with applicants on all aspects of their proposed developments in the Shirley District.

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About Us

What is SEAS? SEAS is the Shirley Education and Action Society founded in 2003 when a group of local residents, fed-up with attacks on Shirley rural community, came together to end the constant attacks from outside the community.

The Mission. The Society was formed under the BC Society Act with, at the time, over 100 life members.  The mission was to make sure Shirley would “stay rural” in the face of constant and unrelenting development pressures.  That meant reacting, educating and acting against development proposals that did not meet the vision of the official community plan or the concept of keeping Shirley a rural community.

The Future. Since that time a core group of supporters has kept the goals and mission alive and is now leading a renaissance of the Society.  While the mission has not changed, the focus now is watershed protection and all that entails.

History. With the strong leadership of founding member and first elected President, Maureen Nelson and others in the Shirley community, SEAS volunteers worked endless hours to educate and inform members of the community about the affect of these misguided development plans and other government proposals.

Some important victories. Along the way, there were several victories:

no development on the Chew Property;

a healthy defeat of the amalgamation with Sooke proposal;

a smarter plan for the Sheringham Point Road property subdivision;

no development of a gas station or RV park on the mini mart property;

and many other examples of SEAS volunteers fighting to keep Shirley rural.

Now is the time to join the fight to keep Shirley rural. Become a member now.

Membership is $10.00 for one year and $100.00 for a life membership.

President’s Message

Helping Shirley Stay Rural – by SEAS President, Dominique Bernardet

Since 2003 the rural lifestyle most everyone hoped would continue unfettered has been under constant attack.  Local and Provencal government, working in conjunction with out of town developers has tried and tried again to turn Shirley from a rural small town to another Langford or Colwood.

First it was acres and acres of property that was once owned by Merrill Ring logging.  It was sold with a “no development covenant” on the deed to Chew Excavating.  Chew thought they could have the covenant removed and made several attempts.  The community came together and stopped the outsized and suburban development – working to keep Shirley rural.

About the same time Guiding Owl Investments purchased 175 acres surrounding the Sheringham Point Lighthouse.  The owners of the Vancouver based development company tried to walk over the local community to build whatever they wanted using the Bare Land Strata Act, which circumvents local development by-laws.  Only because of restrictions by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the CRD Parks Commission (SEAPAC at the time) members of community were able to negotiate the best deal possible, limiting the development, and saving access to the lighthouse.

Next the Province tried to amalgamate Shirley and other rural communities, into Sooke – a Municipality that represents the ultimate in urban sprawl.  Using the “logic” that Shirley cannot govern itself and indicating that the Province would not entertain creating a Municipality for Shirley, the Minister of Community Affairs, Ida Chong, decided in secret with the Sooke Mayor and Council that Shirley would be theirs.  After an 82% NO vote, the Province backed away.   Sooke, however, persisted and annexed property from other areas near Shirley in effect stealing the tax base from the rural communities.

And then developers tried to build an RV Park on land just above the highway at Tieullie Place.  SEAS leadership and membership rallied the community and fought for the rural nature of Shirley once again.  The RV Park was defeated and the land remained bare – making room for Stoked Pizza which has recently been established on the land.

While the examples listed show how the government and out of town developers are trying their best to flat out destroy the rural nature of Shirley — what do all the examples have in common?

All these attempts that would take away the rural nature of the Shirley Community were actively opposed by SEAS and its volunteer membership.

What is SEAS?  SEAS is the Shirley Education and Action Society founded in 2003 when a group of local residents, fed-up with attacks on Shirley rural community came together to try and end these constant attacks.

With the strong leadership of founding member and first elected President, Maureen Nelson and others in the Shirley community, SEAS volunteers worked endless hours to educate and inform members of the community about the affect of these misguided development plans and other government proposals.

Along the way, there were several victories

  • no development on the Chew Property;
  • a healthy defeat of the amalgamation with Sooke proposal;
  • a smarter plan for the Sheringham Point Road property subdivision;
  • and many other examples of SEAS volunteers fighting to keep Shirley rural.

Now comes the ultimate attack on Shirley’s rural lifestyle.  The Western Forest Products Provincial land give away and subsequent development plans.

Over 132,000 hectares (that’s over 326,000 acres and over ½ of Shirley) are now in jeopardy of becoming the ultimate in unplanned and unfocused development and thoughtless urban sprawl.

SEAS needs your help and membership now more than ever.

Please consider joining the many SEAS volunteer members in fighting to keep the rural lifestyle alive in Shirley.  

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Take Action

SEAS mission is to keep Shirley Rural.  A main focus to Stay Rural is watershed protection.  SEAS is dedicated to improving watershed protection, safeguarding local water sources and monitoring the effect of proposed developments on water safety, supply and quality.

Please let your elected officials know your support protecting the watershed in Shirley.

Letter to John Horgan, MLA supporting his efforts to insure a safe and quality water supply for the community, and

Letter to Mike Hicks, Regional Director, asking him to work with SEAS and instruct local JdFEA Planners to do more in their planning process to insure watersheds are protected.

Thank you for taking action on watershed protection.

LETTERS:

Hon John Horgan, MLA

122 – 2806 Jacklin Road

Victoria, BC V9B 5A4

john.horgan.mla@leg.bc.ca

Dear Mr. Horgan:

Knowing of your interest and dedication to quality drinking water supplies and watershed protection, I am writing today to encourage you to do everything you can to assist SEAS and our local community to protect our water.

I understand that the Province has undertaken a review of the Drinking Water Act and fully support your efforts to ensure it is strengthened to protect our watershed and our water sources.

Please keep me informed about your progress on this important issue.

Protect the Shirley Watershed - Horgan

Dear John Horgan, MLA and Premier

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Mike Hicks, Regional Director

#3-7450 Butler Road

Sooke V9Z 1N1

directorjdf < directorjdf@crd.bc.ca>

Dear Mr. Hicks:

I am writing today to ask that you help SEAS and our local community better protect our drinking water supply and our watershed.

The local JdFEA planning office does not do enough to notify, inform and or educate our community about subdivision or other development plans in time for SEAS or me to make informed decisions about their effect on water supply, water quality or the impact on our watershed.

I am very concerned about the subdivisions or developments approved by the Province or the local planning office that have no review regarding the effect of such projects on my water, the community watershed or local water systems.

Please help SEAS and our community do more to protect our drinking water supply and watershed.

Thank you.

Protect the Shirley Watershed - Hicks

Dear Mike Hicks, CRD Director

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