Langford, Metchosin and Beecher Bay First Nation sign a unique land swap deal
An historic partnership between three communities is promising to create jobs, protect valuable greenspace and secure the economic future of the Beecher Bay (Sc’ianew) First Nation.
Under the proposed agreement, the Beecher Bay First Nation will exchange treaty lands within Metchosin for a share of development lands in Langford, requiring a municipal boundary change.
This is a multi-step process that would see the Beecher Bay First Nation forego 250 acres of Treaty lands within Metchosin, preserving them as greenspace in perpetuity.
Another 120 acres of private land would also become protected greenspace.
In return, Metchosin would shrink its boundary with Langford by 380 acres, to allow the creation of a new business park in Langford.
The newly-formed business park, which is expected to create as many as 4,000 permanent jobs, would be one-third owned by the Beecher Bay First Nation, offering the Band a sustainable revenue stream.
In addition, the Beecher Bay First Nation, Metchosin and Langford will enter into a tax sharing agreement related to the business park development.
Beecher Bay Chief Russ Chipps along with Langford Mayor Stewart Young and Metchosin Mayor John Ranns made the announcement Monday.