This editorial by the then editor of the Comox Valley Record is a perfect example of some of the blatant misinformation provided to the community on behalf of this development. The editor falsely states KIP would pay a significant part of the filtration system, Sewage treatment system and a new Fire Hall. I highlighted the text. I guess the editor didn’t bother to read the judge’s decision that the landowners were not given the opportunity to speak to the change in water source for KIP.
“The issue is, and always has been, water” Honourable Mr. Justice R. D. Wilson taken from his BC Supreme Court Judgment, April 28, 2009
Lots of information of what transpired on my old blog including the falsehoods provided the the FAKE Union Bay Residents’ Association headed by Susan Hargreaves (who managed to confuse this referendum with joining the Regional District at the last UBID meeting Jan. 18, 2018). People are gullible.
I’m not complaining about having to pay my share as I never believed the bullshit spewed by KIP and supporters (suckers).
By the way, KIP won’t be contributing CEC’s until he starts building homes – can’t build homes without a sewage system. The CEC’s are what UBID is relying on for funds to help pay for the huge infrastructure costs we are facing.
The Courtenay Comox Valley Record. Courtenay, B.C.:Feb 15, 2008. p. A34
(Copyright (c) 2008 Black Press Group Ltd.)
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.