So he was crowing about getting the revisions in the MDA and now he wants to make changes. Notice there is no mention of a sewage system for the community.
Next steps Before construction of any of the housing units can occur, Kensington will have to supply a wastewater treatment facility in order to service the projects. “We have to get the wastewater treatment plant up and running before we can sell any homes,” he said. “In order to do that, we need to get the pipes in the ground, we need to get roads built. We were meeting this morning talking about where the pipes are going to go.” McMahon said the company has applied to the Ministry of Environment to begin work on implementing a wastewater treatment facility. “That application is in the process,” he said. McMahon added the goal is to possibly begin construction on homes by summer 2019. “Before that, there will be roads, pipes put in the ground. There will be all the underground servicing going in,” he said.
After all the promises made by this developer since 2005 – none of which materialized due to the developer manipulating trustees who negotiated a water agreement without gaining/negotiating any of the very public promises. Gained 4 acres of land at the same elevation as the old waterworks and lost almost 2 acres for the firehall during their ‘negotiations’.
It’s no surprise the promised sewage system constructed to add cells allowing Union Bay and Royston to join is just another one to add to the list. This developer ‘appeared’ to agree to the stipulations set out in the MDA but consistently tries to force changes.
This developer will never abide by the MDA and will continue the relentless complaining and excuses and falsehoods. It never stops. Landowners need to ensure the MDA is honoured and not dissected a piece at a time.
KIP has always claimed they would build a system that would be expandable to allow Union Bay and Royston landowners to add to the system. Make KIP abide by the MDA.
Violated the 2010 MDA by subdividing 28 contaminated acres of the coal hill knowing there was a covenant on the land and yet advised the CVRD by KIP’s solicitor a false statement:
On April 28, 2017 solicitors for KIP advised the CVRD through its solicitor that KIP is of the view that it is currently in compliance with the master development agreement in all material respects.
Mere weeks earlier KIP violated the MDA by subdividing the 28 acres. Application was submitted April 6, 2017, and the date of entry was Apr. 20, 2017. So the above claim by KIP’s solicitor on Apr. 28, 2017, was false.
Documents show the Comox Valley Regional District did not know about the transaction between KIP and the province until early May, a few weeks after the subdivision had already been registered. This occurred even though the CVRD has a section 219 covenant with KIP that prohibits subdivisions until certain terms of a Master Development Agreement (MDA) signed in 2010 are met.
Kudos to Mike Chouinard for providing continuing coverage of important matters in Union Bay. We have been lucky the last few years with excellent local reporters who have gone on to bigger and better things.
Across from Argyle Road, just outside the heart of Union Bay, there’s a field, and facing drivers connecting to the Old Island Highway are two signs with conflicting messages,
To the left, the sign says, “Vote No to CVRD,” while the sign to the right offers a rebuttal, ”Vote Today. Vote CVRD Makes Sense.”
On Saturday, Nov. 28 then, Union Bay voters made their choice as to which message they supported, ultimately deciding to go a new direction. The question before voters was: “Are you in favour of dissolving the Union Bay Improvement District and converting to Comox Valley Regional District local service areas?”
Unofficial results as of Saturday night showed 418 Yes votes to 159 No votes, meaning about 72 per cent of 557 voters opted for change.
Voting at the Union Bay Community Hall on general voting day was described as “steady,” following a couple of days of advance voting earlier this month.
At issue for voters in the community south of Courtenay was whether to roll the three services of water, fire protection and streetlights into Comox Valley Regional District administrative jurisdiction, or to maintain the status quo of having the Union Bay Improvement District (UBID) board and staff oversee operations, though with recommendations to enhance current governance.
The referendum question marked the end of a period for the community to consider the future of its governance. This has included discussions with stakeholders, forums for voters and a report looking at the ramifications of converting the services to the regional district. The governance discussion itself followed more upheaval on the board in recent years, which has included court action and resignations of board members.
“In recent years, there have been a number of challenges to UBID’s governance model including multiple board trustee resignations resulting in a loss of quorum. Staff transitions have added to the challenges,” the conversion study states.
On Nov. 19, returning officer Peter Crawford released numbers from the two days of advanced voting, held on Nov. 10 and 17. Voters cast a total of 415 ballots prior to general voting day. The recent governance study report notes that UBID provides service to 690 properties and almost 800 ratepayers.