Marine Trail decision may be tabled until June

It is going to take some time yet before any decisions are made as to the rezoning application made by Marine Trail Holding Ltd.

At the May 11 meeting of the Capital Regional District Board it will be recommended by planning staff that Voting Block A defer consideration of the rezoning bylaw, phased development agreement and covenant on a proposed development by Marine Trail Holdings Ltd. to the June 8, 2011 meeting.

“We were going to vote on first and second reading,” said Juan de Fuca Electoral Area Director Mike Hicks.

He said the CRD lawyers want to tighten up the zoning bylaw for Ender Ilkay’s Marine Trail Holdings Ltd. application and phased development agreement before it goes before the Land Use Committee Voting Block A.

“They want to make it as detailed as possible. The CRD staff and lawyers are very conscious of the possibility of legal action.”

Hicks said as regional director he is disappointed he can’t carry on but realizes this is just part of the process.

“I will be voting and recommending my colleagues table this at the board and not send it back to the JDF Land Use Committee, because the LUC members have given 110 per cent in making this exhaustive decision.”

He also said there was no new information that would change their recommendation and it was time for the board members to carry on.

“I don’t want to go through this again,” said Hicks. “I feel strongly that there is nothing to be gained by sending it back.”

It was expected that there would be a large turn out from those opposing the development and the decision made by the JDF Land Use Committee to send the application to Voting Block A.

Voting Block A consists of the mayors of Colwood, Langford, Metchosin, Sooke and regional director Mike Hicks.