Parksville waterfront development rejected

City hall denies latest proposal, calling it against the current — and soon-to-be-new — official community plan.

The Watermark development on Parksville’s waterfront – in its latest proposed form – is no more.

Parksville city council rejected the design for mixed commercial-residential structures at what is now the Parksville Beach Motel. They did so, based on city staff recommendation that noted the proposal and request for rezoning was not in step with the current official community plan.

Nor would it comply with the new OCP, currently in progress, according to staff.

The decision means proponent Bernie Walsh will either have to come up with yet another plan for the site, or stick with the current tourist-commercial zoning. The latter does allow the owners to build a three-story motel or similar structure.

A frustrated Walsh told The News later that he and his partners would probably not return to city hall with a new plan – until there was a ‘change of blood’ among council and city staff.

For more details and reaction, pick up Friday’s print edition of The News.