Greir has it right

Although we feel frustrated with our experience with the City of Parksville, we will continue working with the present zoning



This is a copy of a letter I recently sent to Parksville city council.

After many steps, our vision of an in-fill subdivision on Pioneer Crescent was rejected by the majority of councillors on June 17, 2013.

We thought we had done everything we could possibly do to make this proposal a reality.

We had our engineer draw up the plan. The director of planning approved the idea. It was in the Official Community Plan. The engineering department needed a geotechnical report, traffic study and decided at a later date that a parking study should also be done.

The fire truck issue came up on more than one occasion and the fire department was satisfied with our studies. Each one of these steps is very costly.

The advisory planning committee liked our proposal. We thought we were on the right track.

We were advised that a public meeting be held. We were amazed that there were many people attended that didn’t live in the area.

I was even more stunned that Coun. Bill Neufeld and a group of women in the parking lot of the open house on April 25, at Shelly Centre were commenting negatively and sarcastically to me about the proposal as I approached the meeting.

They had no way of knowing that I was the property owner of 633 Pioneer Cres. I felt this behavior was not at all professional for an elected official.

Nor was I impressed that at the council meetings there was so much misinformation being blatantly thrown around for discussion.

We never proposed this was affordable housing and said so. I am not even sure if the councillors understood we, as the developer, would be supplying and installing substantial infrastructure.

We were advised there were more positive comments than negative submitted to city hall. Many in the neighbourhood liked the idea of revitalization.

Having owned the property for six years, we know this is not a “heritage” area, other that the name of the road. It is known by realtors and property managers as “the rough part of Pioneer.”

The lane behind the property is nothing more than an area for property owners to toss their garden waste. One owner on the corner of the lane was in favor of making it a proper road.

The proximity to the highway was another comment for discussion and children crossing the highway. There are children living in the area and most take the school bus that drives right past 633 Pioneer.

Another comment was about seniors living in the houses in our design. Believe it or not, not everyone wants a rancher. Some of our designs had master suites on the first floor and guest bedrooms upstairs.

One of the councillors suggested it was too far from town and not walk-able. That was a hard one to understand. It is six blocks from the grocery, pharmacy and liquor store.

Thank you to Coun. Al Greir for his common-sense statements. He seemed to be the only person to fully understand our vision. Too bad the city will not be collecting property taxes on those 12 lots.

Too bad about the loss of the development charges.

Although we feel frustrated with our experience with the City of Parksville, we will continue working with the present zoning and believe the neighbourhood will change regardless of who is on city council.

Ronalyn Cownden





Just Posted

(File photo)
Crime report: Crooks busy pilfering bikes throughout Parksville Qualicum Beach area

Thefts among 295 complaints Oceanside RCMP deal with in one-week period

The proposed running track upgrade at Ballenas Secondary is now on course. (PQB News file photo)
RDN: Parksville track upgrade project gains some traction

Staff recommends board approve $204,000 funding

The total earnings of Town of Qualicum Beach council and mayor amounted to $186,649 in 2020, including expenses. (Town of Qualicum Beach photo)
Nine Qualicum Beach town employees earned more than $100K in 2020

Mayor and council received earnings totalling $186,649

(PQB News file photo)
Fireworks report highlights enforcement challenges for Regional District of Nanaimo

Director: ‘I just think it’s wasting everybody’s time’

Terry Mazzei next to a truck after it was struck by lightning, with him inside, on Wednesday afternoon, June 9. He walked away from the incident without injury and the truck sustained only mild damage; a blown front tire and newly broken gas gauge. (Wendy Mazzei photo)
Nanoose Bay man walks away unscathed after lightning strike

VIDEO: ‘We like to think that his dad was watching over him’

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Premier John Horgan speaks as provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, right, and health minister Adrian Dix look on during a press conference to update on the province’s fall pandemic preparedness plan during a press conference from the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. officials to provide details on Step 2 of COVID reopening plan Monday

Step 2 could allow for larger gatherings and a resumption of recreational travel

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Most Read