Posted in Area A Director, CVRD

Mosaic commits to logging plans near Langley Lake

EDIT July 5,2021: received the following from Area A Director Daniel Arbour yesterday when I asked what were the next steps he would take now that Mosaic is proceeding.

https://www.comoxvalleyrecord.com/news/mosaic-commits-to-logging-plans-near-langley-lake/

Regional district members wanted to defer harvesting to discuss watershed

Mosaic Forest Management plans to go ahead with logging plans near Langley Lake sometime over the summer.

Union Bay and Comox Valley Regional District representatives had called for logging to be put on hold for work on a watershed plan, but company representatives have told the CVRD board it is confident of its plans to protect the watershed while logging.

“We will attempt the complete harvest in the dry season,” Molly Hudson, Mosaic’s director of sustainability, told the CVRD board at a meeting on June 29.

RELATED STORY: Comox Valley board wants to halt Union Bay-area logging plans

Hudson outlined on a map the plans for two roughly nine-hectare, second-growth blocks. The closest the work will come to the lake, which provides drinking water for Union Bay, is about 600 metres, with other parts extending to a kilometre or more away.

“There’s no water in these blocks today,” she said. “There are ephemeral, non-fish streams.”

She stressed the creek beds are currently dry, so conducting harvesting during the summer should reduce the chance of any effects on the lake. They will also haul away the timber in the opposite direction from the lake.

The company reiterated the point that it wanted to hold off any harvesting plans until the Union Bay community’s new water treatment plant was operational. Mosaic representatives said they operate in 34 community watersheds on the island and are prevented by provincial legislation from negatively affecting water quality.

“We can’t control the water source, but we can manage that risk,” said David Beleznay, Mosaic’s manager for hydrology and terrain.

Area A director Daniel Arbour credited the company foresters and staff but reiterated concerns he has had with logging near the lake. He has called for logging plans to be deferred so local government and company can come up up with a more detailed watershed plan.

Arbour also said he could foresee some opportunities such as working toward some kind of carbon credit program with the company.

“I believe a project could be supported through local governments,” he said.

Other members of the CVRD board had issues with suggestions the logging practices represented the “best science” available in terms of methods. Chair Jesse Ketler said this description seems to fit within the practices of clear-cut logging, and she suggested other means such as selective logging or heli-logging might be better.

Hudson responded the company uses many different methods to harvest timber, adding that certain methods are designed to promote the reforestation of seedlings.

“We harvest in a whole bunch of different ways across the landscape,” she said. “These decisions are not made solely from a cost perspective.”

As part of the presentation, the Mosaic representatives outlined the company’s stewardship work to protect forests and watersheds, which includes working with different organizations for environment enhancement and certification.

“It’s a big step for us on our path toward carbon neutrality,” Hudson said.

She talked about other efforts such as reforestation and reducing the burning of residual debris.

“We’ve been working in recent years to reduce our pile burning,” she said.

Area C director Edwin Grieve asked whether the company had been approached by any businesses about using its residual material, especially in light of its goals over burning.

Beleznay said the company is open to looking at more ways to reduce burning.

“The door’s wide open,” he said.

Posted in Area A Director, CVRD, Government, Kensington Coastal Pointe, Kensington Island Properties aka KIP Costanza, 34083 Yukon Inc., Kensington Union Bay Properties Gp Ltd, Kensington Union Bay Properties Ltd., Kipshit Creek, Royston Union Bay Sewage plan 2020, The Union Bay Community, Union Bay Estates, Union Bay Resorts

Answers from CVRD Regarding Sewage Grant Application, Union Bay Estates aka Kensington Island Properties Sewage Application and Gravel/sand Pit Application

I think we are screwed.

What criteria is used to approve the developer to use a specific area of the over 700 acres of land as a gravel pit?

Does the CVRD have a say in the location of the Gravel/Sand pit?

Update on the Sewage Grant application for Union Bay and Royston.

Does Kensington Island Properties sewage application to dump treated sewage into Hart/Washer Creek meet the conditions in the MDA?

Is the CVRD willing to own a system that dumps treated sewage into Hart/Washer Creek as set out in the MDA?

Posted in Area A Director, CVRD, Kensington Coastal Pointe, Kensington Island Properties aka KIP Costanza, 34083 Yukon Inc., Kensington Union Bay Properties Gp Ltd, Kensington Union Bay Properties Ltd., Kipshit Creek, Royston Union Bay Sewage plan 2020, The Union Bay Community, Union Bay Estates, Union Bay Resorts

CVRD Zoom Meeting Update for Areas A, B and C Today at Noon

https://allthingsunionbay.com/2021/06/01/opportunity-to-ask-questions-of-cvrd-june-16-why-the-turnaround-on-the-kensington-island-properties-aka-union-bay-estates-mda-regarding-sewage/

Opportunity to ask questions.

These are the questions I submitted:

Typo – should read ‘willingly’

UPDATE: Video of the meeting. Didn’t get all my questions answered as some of those answering wandered off to things I didn’t ask, but have come away with more info. These meetings are so important and easy to attend and get answers from those making the decisions.

The first half hour is a presentation by each Area Director and the second half is questions.

Posted in Area A Director, Conversion, CVRD, Kensington Coastal Pointe, Kensington Island Properties aka KIP Costanza, 34083 Yukon Inc., Kensington Union Bay Properties Gp Ltd, Kensington Union Bay Properties Ltd., The Union Bay Community, Union Bay Estates, Union Bay Resorts

Info From CVRD – Logging, Conversion and Union Bay Estates aka Kensington Island Properties Parks and Trails

Lots of info in these documents – let’s be informed.

Logging in the Watershed. Hopefully, Daniel will be successful in protecting our watershed. Nice to see someone forging ahead to actually protect our water source for the future instead of just begging the logging company to hold off over and over. http://agendaminutes.comoxvalleyrd.ca/Agenda_minutes/CVRDBoard/BRD/15-Jun-21/202106%20Arbour%20Mosaic%20Forestry%20Activities.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1KsS9C-Tc7pKBo7LihclZbz-SOFEi2P8eSpICYoXjpI4E-pQIwxKh5KhU

Conversion: http://agendaminutes.comoxvalleyrd.ca/Agenda_minutes/CVRDCommittees/EASC/14-Jun-21/zzzDyson%20SR%20UBID%20Conversion%20Update.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3lJHmyZYvSzMvwzQySsPqTgo1IhsEMJdpyH-6xIsyAGEqKyw6GCmh0-QQ

Sorry, I put the wrong link – corrected now. KIP dedicated Parks and Trails: http://agendaminutes.comoxvalleyrd.ca/Agenda_minutes/CVRDCommittees/EASC/14-Jun-21/Dyson%20SR%20UBE%20Section%20510%20Provision%20of%20Park%20Land.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2nXInJBiDtjqcDrGPBirMBd3AJjDF8d9HMRVC6fx4g77OpMa60v9g1J18

Posted in Area A Director, CVRD, Government

Union Bay Getting Beat Up on All Fronts – Developer’s Gravel/sand Pit, Dumping Treated Sewage in Hart/Washer Creek, and now Logging in the Watershed

Another subject the gong show trustees proved to be useless at addressing. Previous posts when this came up in Jan. 2018 – after Trustee Kaljur brought it up at their first meeting in Nov. 2016, and was repeatedly ignored. https://allthingsunionbay.com/?s=logging+in+the+watershed

Have to give Area A Director Daniel Arbour credit for alerting the landowners to this proposed logging in the watershed. We paid over $5 million for a water treatment plant, and how is it going to handle the effects logging will have on what goes into the lake?

Drone footage of Langley Lake that is from Dec. 2016 and Aug. 2015.

Posted in Area A Director, CVRD, Kensington Coastal Pointe, Kensington Island Properties aka KIP Costanza, 34083 Yukon Inc., Kensington Union Bay Properties Gp Ltd, Kensington Union Bay Properties Ltd., Kipshit Creek, The Union Bay Community, Union Bay Estates, Union Bay Resorts

Is CVRD and Kensington Island Properties aka Union Bay Estates Cooking Up a Shit Stew for Union Bay?

NOTE: the feature picture above is the VP of KIP aka UBE referring to the 2010 MDA negotiated between KIP and the CVRD as “clearly states…”, but now it no longer clearly states? What changed? Is there a revision in the 2017 MDA that I missed, because from this FAQ https://drive.google.com/file/d/1h2uIHyBTLCin6x4VuayZ4Q1mwPWIha0v/view?usp=sharing by the CVRD regarding the revisions, has pretty strong language that specifically addresses the sewage questions. That language has all but disappeared and now we’re getting the ‘intent’ of the MDA to allow this developer to renege once again.

This email is the conclusion of my unanswered questions about the CVRD holding KIP to the conditions spelled out in the MDA. https://allthingsunionbay.wordpress.com/2021/05/11/more-union-bay-estates-sewage-cvrd-appears-to-be-caving-to-ole-slick/

What has ole slick followed through on since all the promises made in 2006 when the developer needed the support of the community? Anyone?

This email chain started with a statement left by our Area A Director, Daniel Arbour on the facebook Union Bay Bulletin Board.

Short version: CVRD staff and Area A Director will not answer my 2 questions. Can’t respond unless I meet in person? WTF?