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The CVRD Should Work With the Community This Time

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger

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.

Dara Quast-Community Activist

Dara Quast-Community Activist

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?

Shawnigan CVRD Director Bruce Fraser does not really get the zoning part yet.

Shawnigan CVRD Director Bruce Fraser does not really get the zoning part yet.

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.public

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.

Ya know, the 1.3 Million doesn't add up, not really.

Ya know, the 1.3 Million doesn’t add up, not really.

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.

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2 comments to The CVRD Should Work With the Community This Time

  • Sharon Jackson

    I am curious as to why that area would be designated “Upland Forestry” as opposed to Hill 60 or Bald Mountain. Apparently, “upland” means something different to me.

    • Richard Hughes

      You would have to ask Doctor Director Bruce. It has not been designated and there is no such thing as ‘Upland Forestry.’

      Could it spell a rezoning attempt or is it just a remark designed to set the community up to support sub division and sale?