Protesters gather in front of CRD offices

Proposed development protested

  • Mar. 2, 2011 8:00 p.m.

MOre than 300 people rallied downtown last Wednesday to oppose a tourism development proposed near the Juan de Fuca Trail.“Don’t Fuca with the Juan de Fuca,” and “Stop the sprawl,” read signs held by the group that braved the weather in front of Capital Regional District headquarters. The proposal by Ender Ilkay calls for the phased development over 20 years of 257 tourist cabins, two recreation centres and six caretaker residences. The project would spread over 33 hectares, bordering Crown land and parkland. Another 203 hectares would remain undeveloped.The land in question is part of a much larger tract of forest removed from the tree-farm licence in 2007 by the provincial government. This unpopular action resulted in public furor.

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