Protect public interest

At the April Juan de Fuca Land Use Committee (JDF LUC) meeting, I spoke at length on reasons why the Marine Trail Holdings group proposal to rezone their parcels for a residential resort does not meet the criteria to go forward.  Here is another one.

A public information meeting was held for the Marine Trail Holdings application presented in September instead of APC meetings. People had the same concerns as put forward for a lesser proposal in 2009: water supply, fire protection, environmental protection, access to the Juan de Fuca Provincial Park, wildlife conservation, and traffic.  The public didn’t accept the idea of a residential resort.

At their February meeting, the JDF LUC voted for a public information meeting in March: they wanted more time, wanted more information, wanted the process followed.

Additional information for the JDF LUC at their April meeting: Jordan River Community Association sees no benefit; Shirley Volunteer Fire Department recommends against the proposal; Ministry of the Environment nixes access to the Marine Trail at Bear Beach; an expert from Royal Roads says the location and plan for the resort aren’t appropriate; the assessment of costs to the communities is missing; the Environmental Law Clinic reminds the CRD that tourist and residential uses in the Rural Resource Lands go against the Regional Growth Strategy; and finally, most members of the public want the Resource Land zone  to stay.

So, with no proper information about the Phased Development Agreement, the JDF LUC voted to recommend CRD LUC A have the bylaws for rezoning prepared and sent to a Public Hearing.

There will have to be substantial guarantees that the public interest is protected before the rezoning bylaw and Phased Development Agreement are accepted at Public Hearing.  People said no to the proposal.  How are these decision makers accountable?

Heather Phillips

Sooke

Lyme

Just Posted

Victoria wins crucial WHL contest over Giants in Langley

Royals take over second in B.C. Division ahead of Vancouver

Man hospitalized after early morning Sooke Road crash

Police say injuries are non life-threatening

Premier John Horgan announces improvements to Highway 14

Construction on the $10 million project is set to begin immediately

LETTERS: Sooke preschool celebrates 30th anniversary

Kingfisher Preschool to hold anniversary event May 26

WATCH: Giant waves smash Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Point

Folks made their way to Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Point Lighthouse on Thursday, Jan.… Continue reading

World’s fastest log car made in B.C. sells for $350,000 US

Cedar Rocket auctioned off three times at Barrett-Jackson Co., netting $350,000 US for veterans

Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump’s one-year festivities

Trump spends day trying to hash out a deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

RCMP nail sex toy thief

Shop owner plays a role in arrest

Ice-cream-eating bear draws controversy

An Alberta Wildlife Park posted a video this week of one of their bears going through a Dairy Queen drive-through

LETTER: The sewage spiral continues in Greater Victoria

My left brain has been trying to digest the news and comments… Continue reading

Fernie, RCMP go to court over city log books in fatal ammonia leak probe

Log books center stage in clashing of investigations between the city and RCMP

Renowned Comox Valley sasquatch researcher passes away

A renowned biologist and leading Canadian sasquatch researcher who called the Comox… Continue reading

B.C.’s biggest pot plant planned for Oliver

Co-founder Tony Holler said the 700,000 sq. ft. facility would produce 100,000 kg of pot per year

Most Read