The rot took hold with this developer 15 years ago along with the fake Union Bay Residents’ Association and has spread year after year dividing and destroying this community. In Union Bay you can only be friends with those deemed acceptable by your neighbours. Don’t have an independent thought and above all, don’t express it. Thuggish behaviour has become the norm.
This developer has been running the Union Bay Improvement District since 2005 through Sept. 2020 with the exception from April 2011 to July 2016 when we had 5 trustees working for all the landowners and not kowtowing to this developer. This developer spread falsehoods and turned the community against that board because they wouldn’t buckle under his pressure.
We can breathe a sigh of relief with the results of the referendum knowing our governance will now change. We still need to be informed – no one is claiming the CVRD is perfect – We can’t afford to be ignorant regarding issues with Union Bay and its future.
The developer knows now his flunky trustees and the landowner who claims not to be his “representative” have done all they can for him including negotiating the 2017 WIA which really gives Union Bay squat. Sure he gave 4 acres of land for the water treatment plant (yet his own consultants never identify any land within the development as suitable) at the same elevation as the existing waterworks. They negotiated DOWN on the agreed upon 4 acres for a new firehall. Great negotiators! I’d like to know how he came to the 4 acre figure since he had previously claimed 5 acres was too small. After all the promises over the years by this developer and that’s all they got in their “negotiations”? Do we have “soaker pits for the peat slurry” and are we paying trucking fees to haul the slurry away?
The Molstad board purchased the land the developer’s own consultants identified as the ideal location for the water treatment facility but for some reason the developer was opposed (which is contrary to his own statement in the last email exchange below “Phase 2 will see the new facility closer to the lake”) and offered the 4 acres at the same elevation as the old waterworks. His flunkies got on the board and sold “the ideal location” back to the original seller and instead built on 4 acres. The developer must have told them it was the right size and why would they ever question the bullshit being fed to them? What is going to happen in the future 20 40 years from now? Did they consider they may need a larger piece of land? Where will that leave future landowners – will they have to start from scratch and purchase land and build larger because we had ignorant manipulated people ignoring the future needs of Union Bay?
The developer favoured our current Area A Director when he ran for the position a couple of years ago. The developer didn’t want anyone who knew the history so his flunky trustees campaigned against a local who knew the entire history of this developer in Union Bay and campaigned for Arbour who has made positive statements about the Union Bay Estates development. Spider to the fly.