Qualicum Beach Coun. Barry Avis says he is tired of development talk

Avis says he believes the land in discussion off Laburnum Road is properly zoned now

A returning development proposal for the west side of Qualicum Beach frustrated one councillor and may lead to a review of the committee process.

“Anecdotally, everyone I talk to seems to be in favour of this, of seeing something, seeing the right type of development,” Livewell Cohousing’s Gary Morrison told council Monday night as a late addition delegation.

With one councillor absent at the committee of the whole (COW) meeting last week, a tie vote meant the application failed, so Morrison was back hoping the full council would “consider allowing us to move forward into the development approval process and the public consultation process.”

“I believe the zoning that’s on there now is the correct zoning,” responded Coun. Barry Avis, not hiding his frustration.

“I commend you on your ability to keep coming, I’m sure it’s costing you money, but I’m quite honestly getting a bit tired. I’m just being straight with you.”

The project started as a cohousing proposal in Parksville more than two years ago before settling on a 20-acre, rural residential zoned property at Laburnum and Claymore roads in Qualicum Beach.

Qualicum Beach director of planning Luke Sales said that while there are around 200 vacant lots in town, this is the only one of that size within the Urban Containment Boundary and not in the Agricultural Land Reserve.

The original proposal that included cohousing — described as a more socially and community oriented strata — along with regular subdivided single family homes, was rejected for infringing on wetland habitat setbacks.

“At the time the idea of some very affordable cohousing did have some appeal, now we’re at the opposite end of the spectrum,” Avis said of the new proposal, which drops the 29 cohousing units for just the 29 single family homes in one corner of the property.

Later Coun. Bill Luchtmeijer said: “I think we as a council… are actually using (COW meetings) a little incorrectly… to filter out community involvement or input to council.”

He said the usual development procedure is for people to apply to the planning department, be referred to the advisory planning commission, then put before council for first reading.

“What I’m seeing now is we’re not giving them that opportunity. We’re weeding their proposal out before it actually gets to council and on the table. We have an outside committee making decisions of what we look at.”

“We have a strategic plan coming up later where we say we’re going to engage the community. Well, tonight I heard we’re tired of listening. That’s not engaging the community.”

Luchtmeijer made a notice of motion for council to develop a more specific plan for how projects get presented to council, which will come back to council at a future meeting for further discussion.

Meanwhile, Morrison is still pushing for council to send his project to public hearing, convinced the public wants it.

“We think, if given the opportunity to go to the public and consult on a broader basis, that you will get that same message.”

Just Posted

Inside the music

Big Read: step behind the curtain at the venerable Vancouver Island Music Festival

Hotel, restaurant and multi-use residential complex proposed for Resort Drive

Parksville could soon see more rental units, some zoned for commercial use

More Qualicum Beach, Nanoose Douglas-fir ecosystem protected from logging

B.C. Gov’t announces 980.5 hectares of protected land added

Qualicum Beach mayor plans to run for re-election

Teunis Westbroek hopes to continue serving needs of Town’s residents as mayor

25th year for TOSH’s Grand Prix d’Art in Qualicum Beach

Dozens of artists to take part in painting competition July 28

BC Games: Day 1 comes to an end

Medals have already been handed out following one day of competition in the 2018 BC Summer Games

BC Wildfire update on Okanagan blazes

Watch the media briefing on the current fire situation in the Okanagan.

ZONE 6: Rugby star Maggie Banks carries family legacy to BC Games

Shawnigan Lake student and Coquitlam native following her parents to the national program

RCMP help to save goats from wildfire

The fast-approaching wildfire, sparked Thursday, forced the evacuation of five homes

VIDEO: Near drowning captured on popular B.C. river

Search and Rescue manager says the popular pastime of floating in the summer is inherently dangerous

Crosswalk vandalism leaves black mark for Cowichan as B.C. Games begin

Rainbow crosswalk defaced just days after being painted

Photo gallery: BC Games Day 1

A brief look at action from the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley

UPDATED: Anti-pipeline campers digging in as eviction deadline expires

The City of Burnaby had ordered the Kinder Morgan pipeline protesters out for violating bylaws

Trump was taped talking of paying Playboy model: AP source

Source says former personal lawyer Michael Cohen secretly recorded discussion prior to 2016 election

Most Read