This is an example of the disinformation Union Bay was fed. By the way, KIP never corrected these false ‘facts’ from the Comox Valley Record.
Sign of progress
The Courtenay Comox Valley Record. Courtenay, B.C.:Sep 26, 2007. p. A30
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After seven years of seemingly endless hearings, Union Bay will be revitalized by a Kensington Island Properties 845-acre development.
It’s good news for the majority of the folk in the small, scenic community who made it clear they’re weary of stagnation in the place, which has languished since coal was king many decades ago.
The smaller number of residents who prefer Union Bay just the way it is and fought the good fight to keep it that way will have to adapt or move.
They might take some solace in the knowledge that KIP has been extremely responsible in paying for salmon enhancement in Hart (Washer) Creek.
The company, which has been extraordinarily patient during the long approval process, will also provide sites for a school and train station. KIP will develop water and sewage treatment centres that will service all Union Bay residents, not just ones living on its property.
The development itself will include a golf course, 1,690 single-family, multi-family and condo units, 15,000 square metres of commercial space and a marina — giving people reason to stop in Union Bay rather than just cruising past on Highway 19A.
In the end, KIP had invested so much and wanted the development badly enough to endure more twists and turns than a John Grisham novel.
KIP hung in through a failed Union Bay incorporation referendum and complex negotiations for a regional water system that might still be bogged down if not for a provincial edict favouring Comox Lake rather than Van West Lakes.
KIP engineers and consultants are already springing into action in what looks like a responsible and positive addition to the face of the Comox Valley.
Time will tell how other large developments fare in Cumberland and Courtenay.
“The smaller number of residents who prefer Union Bay just the way it is and fought the good fight to keep it that way will have to adapt or move.” Hmm. Funny.
Here’s another gem from the editor:
The Courtenay Comox Valley Record. Courtenay, B.C.:Feb 15, 2008. p. A34
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If democracy manifests the will of the majority, then what has happened with the Kensington Island Properties proposal is most undemocratic.
It’s been obvious for some time that a clear majority of Union Bay residents approved of KIP’s 342-hectare development proposal called Kensington Coastal Pointe.
After an agonizing decade-long process culminating in Kensington meeting more than 20 conditions insisted upon by the Comox Strathcona Regional District (CSRD), KIP finally appeared to have a green light late last year.
That’s when a small group of dissidents calling themselves the Baynes Sound Area Society for Sustainability (BSASS) appealed at the 11th hour to some skilful development-killers from Victoria.
In short order, a lawsuit was filed and the K’omoks Band adopted a hard-line stance absent in previous discussions with Kensington.
With new demands from the local native band and a predictable complaint about lack of consultation, the provincial government withheld approval of bylaws necessary for the project to proceed.
Kensington vice-president Brian McMahon could not be blamed for throwing up his hands and walking away.
Valley residents should be vigilant to protect their interests and way of life in the face of major developments proposed for the area — and that is not meant to criticize the Trilogy project in Cumberland.
But Coastal Pointe is a responsible development that even includes provision for Habitat for Humanity housing. Kensington improved salmon habitat in Washer Creek and was prepared to pay a significant part of the cost for a badly needed water filtration system, sewage treatment system and a new fire hall.
If Kensington walks away, how will the 1,000 residents of Union Bay pay for that?
God help the people in Union Bay who helped to kill the project if they’re ever overheard complaining about having to pay their share.
No one batted an eye over this editorial. Typical.