[QUOTE=cerealkilla';2930096]Interesting. I would suggest they want their cake (development) and to eat it too (tourism). This is not entirely impossible. In fact, in many cases, good relations with land-owners have proven critical to trail retention and preserving access. It is inevitable that some trails will be lost, even if "zero trail loss" is achieved through re-routes. However, there are many examples of MTB groups working cooperatively with either land-owners or resource-title holder (yes, different matter) to keep trail access available. Many land-owners recognize that their social license in the community includes their relationship with recreation and nature enthusiasts, and that appeasing these groups facilitates public hearings on the development and enhances the marketability of their product. However that gets worked out is a mixture of the Govt (including local) sticking their nose in for concessions when granting permits for rezoning etc, along with bike groups working to develop relationships with the landowners and title-holders.
How all that applies to the CMHC situation is for the other experts here to debate, and is not altogether clear given their nebulous status as a govt agency, their capacity for managing their land, and their relationships with community and local state agencies. I'm rather interested in the "other experts" takes on this. I think the answer to this will be key to the outcome of this situation.
really good post…there are lots of great relationships out there with land owners, and there are more challenging ones, but I know around here pretty much all the developers understand how important trails are in this town, and increasingly in other places in the Sea to Sky too, and it's becoming more normal to accommodate rather than totally kick out. I would suggest in that regard the CMHC is pretty out of step of what has become more the status quo in the region, in attempting to totally stop the use of the land in this manner.
Hopefully cooler heads can prevail and everyone agree how important this natural resource is to the mental, physical, and financial well being of the community.