Councillor concerned town is being left out

Development may be happening elsewhere instead of Qualicum Beach, says Willie

Qualicum Beach councillor Dave Willie took the opportunity of a debate on the recent developer survey results Monday night, to slam the town’s existing official community plan.

Citing his priority that the town needs more revenue coming in, Willie said the town needs to consider changing land zoning through its OCP, so developers aren’t saddled with the cost of doing that themselves.

“I’m concerned that KSS (Kwalikum Secondary School) is still at risk (of closure),” he explained, “unless we develop some housing and put more butts in the seats. We’re still at risk.”

He noted new residential development projects in the Parksville area.

“For some reason, we’re not in the same market,” he continued. “I’m concerned that there’s a developer ready to build here — and still nothing.”

 

 

• The town will work on parking lot and road improvements around the Qualicum Beach branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.

 

 

• Councillor Scott Tanner said he’d received a dog poop bag with advertising on it, and said he’d leave a sample with town staff.

• Town staff are applying for a gas tax grant through the Union of BC Municipalities for 10 per cent funding of a waterfront master plan and bank stabilization strategy.

 

 

• The town is also applying for $15,000 to partial fund an airport fuel spill containment catch basin.

 

 

• The municipality has updated its council meetings schedule. The town council now has committee of the whole meetings, in addition to regular public gatherings.

The next council meeting is Mon., May 7, 2012 at 7 p.m.