Qualicum Beach roundup: Airport land use update, speed limit reduction request, lawn bowling battle

Council notes from the latest regular meeting

Qualicum Beach airport land use update

Qualicum Beach town council endorsed the use of the south side of the airport primarily for Light Industrial and Airside uses, as in the draft Qualicum Beach Airport Land Use Plan. Council also referred the topics of housing an the lands north of the airport to the June 13 committee of the whole meeting for discussion.

“This is a project that’s been underway for quite some time, we have a consultant… who led a public information meeting recently,” said Qualicum Beach director of planning Luke Sales. “There’s been a public consultation exercise to have public input on the future of this property and that is still ongoing. There was a survey that closed recently and we had close to 700 responses.”

Sales said consensus among the public responses was wanting a general commitment to light industrial use on the south side of the airport.

RELATED: Town of Qualicum Beach holds information meetings on airport land use

Former St. Andrew’s Waterfront Park

Council directed staff to proceed with a proposal form Lanarc Consultants for the former St. Andrew’s Waterfront Park.

The town put forward a request for proposal process looking for consultants to help guide the vision for the valuable town-owned land.

“We received one response from Lanarc Consultants and this is a group we’re very familiar with,” said town director of planning Luke Sales. “They’ve been involved with the town in many aspects over the years, most recently with the design of the Seaside Memorial Park (Faye Smith Memorial Park) and they’re very familiar with many aspects of the OCP.”

Sales said the proposal is $50,000.

“That’s a substantial investment in this type of planning exercise, however as it is a high priority for the town and there is money allocated in the budget this year, staff are recommending that it proceed,” Sales said.

RELATED: St. Andrews Lodge waterfront to become town park

Speed limit reduction requested

Qualicum Beach resident Heather Quinlan appeared before council to request that the speed limit on Highway 19A be lowered from 70 km/h to 50 km/h from Hemsworth Road to Bennett Road.

“Trying to get out of Qualicum Road… either going towards Parksville or towards Qualicum Beach is a hazard to just past Hemsworth. It goes from 50 to 70 km/h and it’s a blind spot. There’s been numerous accidents,” Quinlan said.

Lawnbowling match: Parksville council vs. Qualicum Beach council

Qualicum Beach council members will take on Parksville council members in a lawnbowling match on Sunday, May 26 (Family Day) at the Qualicum Beach Lawn Bowling Club at 9 a.m.

Coun. Adam Walker said some stakes have been made for the competition.

“First, we’re asking all of council to contribute some funds…and the winning team will get the pot for a local charity,” Walker said. “Secondly, the Family Day committee has been looking for someone to warm up the dunk tank, so the losing mayor will volunteer for the dunk tank.”

karly.blats@pqbnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

Just Posted

2019 Federal election: Courtenay-Alberni candidates address seniors issues

“What are your party’s plans to ease the stress realized by seniors on fixed incomes?”

WATCH: Jordan now a key member on staff at Parksville business

Disability Awareness Month celebrated around province

RDN wants to play role in Ballenas track upgrade

Bringing dilapidated facility up to standard could cost close to $1M

Qualicum Beach joins in on global climate strike

Participants urge government to adequately address climate crisis

Coombs athlete, 91, brings home five gold medals from 55+ BC Games

Buschhaus now has 217 career senior games medals

VIDEO: A moment to remember during the World Lacrosse Men’s Indoor Championship in B.C.

Diego Hernandez Valenzuela’s team lost, but he felt like a winner Saturday

B.C. VIEWS: School officials join fact-free ‘climate strike’

Students, public get distorted picture of greenhouse gases

Handgun crackdown, health spending and transit plans latest campaign promises

Friday was the end of a busy week on the campaign trail

B.C. woman photographs massive ant swarm on Abbotsford driveway

She asked what the ants were doing? The answer: war

Iconic 90s TV show ‘Friends’ celebrates 25th anniversary

The iconic, decade-long television show aired its first episode 25 years ago today

Police arrest B.C. phone scammer linked to illegal call centres in India

Person arrested in Burnaby here on a work visa, says police

Air Canada forced girl, 12, to remove hijab: civil rights group

The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations calling for change

Man from Winnipeg who was hiking alone found dead in Banff National Park

RCMP say the man was hiking alone on Mount Temple Thursday

Most Read