A plea for a wider view of Pheasant Glen proposal in Qualicum Beach

Meanwhile, Qualicum Beach town council sweeps off the table motions to reject resort application

Motions on the floor deferred from their last regular meeting regarding Pheasant Glen’s proposed development were killed Monday night by town councillors.

The recommendations put forward by planning director Luke Sales from the Nov. 4 meeting suggested council refuse Pheasant Glen’s application to amend the zoning and official community plan to permit permanent residences at the golf resort. However, at their committee of the whole meeting last week — which attracted more than 200 people to the civic centre — council voted to start the process of a focussed OCP review that could clear the way for a more streamlined route for Pheasant Glen’s approvals.

Coun. Scott Tanner was the only councillor opposed to the motion at the committee of the whole last week and he was also the only one in favour of going ahead with the Nov. 4 recommendations by Sales to refuse the application.

When all the smoke cleared, Sales was instructed by council to come up with a timeline and budget for the Pheasant Glen approval process. Council will have a look at that plan at its next regular meeting, which is not until Jan. 13, 2014.

All of this happened Monday night prior to a passionate presentation by Ray Abermann, a resident of Nenzel Road, which runs alongside the area proposed for development. Abermann was calling on council to do a more detailed and expansive OCP review of the area before permitting Pheasant Glen’s development.

“Eighteen years ago we found our little piece of heaven in Qualicum Beach,” said Abermann. “And we were content in the knowledge our comfort, lifestyle and value of our home would be protected.”

Abermann said he understood Qualicum Beach was “destined to grow,” but he called on council to “safeguard our existing neighbourhoods.”

He said he expected all the town’s residents should be given a say in what happens in the Pheasant Glen area, and he also raised the spectre of further development in the area around Pheasant Glen on land owned by Island Timberlands. He also questionned the nature of the proposal, which calls for 100 permanent residences, 60 resort cabins, a clubhouse and pavilion.

“Unfortunately, the Pheasant Glen proposal cannot be considered as a resort,” said Abermann. “It’s a high-density housing subdivision wedged in a rural neighbourhood.”

Pheasant Glen’s owners say the development would net the town’s coffers $3.5 million in development cost charges and $500,000 a year in net new taxes.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Clinic helps retired Parksville educator return to running

ORCA Learn to Run program to start Feb. 5

U.K. press wonders if Nanaimo bars lured Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to Canada

‘Prince Harry’s favourite snack revealed,’ trumpets tabloid

Naked Naturals has tentative deal for $2.5M purchase of town-owned in Qualicum Beach

Business plan includes a new grocery store, 32 units of rental housing and parking

Robbie Burns to be celebrated across Parksville Qualicum Beach

Legions host suppers and celebrations in trio of communities

‘Like an ATM’: World’s first biometric opioid-dispensing machine launches in B.C.

First-of-its-kind dispensing machine unveiled in the Downtown Eastside with hopes of curbing overdose deaths

Canucks extend home win streak to 8 with 4-1 triumph over Sharks

Victory lifts Vancouver into top spot in NHL’s Pacific Division

BC Green Party leader visits northern B.C. pipeline protest site

Adam Olsen calls for better relationship between Canada, British Columbia and First Nations

B.C. society calls out conservation officer after dropping off bear cub covered in ice

Ice can be seen in video matted into emaciated bear cub’s fur

Horgan cancels event in northern B.C. due to security concerns, says Fraser Lake mayor

The premier will still be visiting the city, but the location and day will not be made public

B.C. landlord sentenced to two years in jail for torching his own rental property

Wei Li was convicted of intentionally lighting his rental property on fire in October 2017

Blue Monday is a myth but seasonal affective disorder and the winter blues are real

Canadian Mental Health Association says weather can affect mood

PHOTOS: Eastern Newfoundland reeling, search underway for missing man after blizzard

More than 70 centimetres of new snow fell overnight, creating whiteout conditions

Prince Harry, Meghan to give up ‘royal highness’ titles

‘Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much loved members of my family,’ says Queen Elizabeth II

Most Read