BCTV took a look at the latest CVRD Eco Depot Advenures and you have to wonder why actually working with the community is such a difficult concept for the CVRD politicans to grasp?
Cobble Hill community activst Dara Quast and Shawnigan CVRD Director Bruce Fraser offered BCTV contrasting views regarding the latest CVRD manouvers designed to allow the fast sale of the Eco Depot properties.
The CVRD would have an easier time of it and spend a helluva lot less of our money if they would just do it straight. It is when they try to bullshit the troops that they get into trouble.
The farmland proposed for the Eco Depot is a 22 acre property is zoned Agriculture A-1 with about half of it within the Provincial Agricultural Land Reserve.
What was Director Fraser thinking when he tried to spin a zoning dance for us with his reference to A-1 Agriculture property which he describes as ‘Upland Forestry?
Kazam! Oh my goodness, Doctor Director Bruce just created a new zone out of thin air. We can see where this is going, but that really is a stretch and the residents are watching. They are watching very closely.
There is no such designation as ‘Upland Forestry’ unless that was a foreshadowing of an upcoming CVRD rezoning effort to change the land from Agriculture to this new ‘ ahem, ‘Upland Forestry’ designation.
That of course would require a Public Hearing and we all know how much the CVRD would like that, 2,3,4.
Look, this is simple. There are a number of choices, but the taxpayers must be the deciders. Their widom surpasses the politicans by a country 1.6093 kilometers.
It could be sold or it could be retained and controlled by the local community for park use, possibly with an agricultural component, but that requires a proper public process before it is finally determined.
One thing for sure is that the figures given by the CVRD show 1.3 million but that is short. When all is said and done and staff and legal costs are factored in look at a price tag closer to 2 million dollars spent to date.
We still have an opportunity to get it right. Bring in the CVRD Planning Staff and let’s design an inclusive democratic process this time around.