B.C. government buys Sage Hills land for treaty settlement

With federal funds, the Province has purchased Royston property where age Hills planned to create a sustainable community.

With federal funds, the Province has purchased the property in Royston where a company called Sage Hills had planned to create a sustainable community, as confirmed by all parties involved.

Val Wright of Royal LePage in the Comox Valley sold the 2,083-acre property for $4.9 million, about $150,000 above the listed price. The Supreme Court of B.C. approved the deal last week.

The provincial Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation has said the land will be included in the final settlement package in K’ómoks First Nation treaty negotiations. The property is adjacent to land already offered to the band.

“Obviously there is a shortage of Crown lands in the Comox Valley,” KFN chief negotiator Mark Stevenson said. “Additional lands made available for us is something that we require if we could have a final agreement, because the land package is not enough.”

The band has approved an Agreement in Principle — the fourth of six stages in the B.C. Treaty commission process, but Stevenson said more land is required to finalize an agreement.

“They (senior levels of government) haven’t made the offer to us, but if they do then presumably that would be included in the final agreement,” he said.

The Sage Hills property is adjacent to an area in Royston where the KFN has a woodlot, which was part of the offering in the AIP.

“It’s a significant size as well,” Stevenson said. “We have properties that are adjacent to the Kensington development, and we have the woodlot which is also adjacent to Kensington and which borders the Sage Hills property. All of those pieces would make one contiguous piece.

“The Agreement in Principle is a good Agreement in Principle but it made provisions for additional lands to be added. Presumably that’s going to happen,” Stevenson added.

He notes outstanding issues include a forest licence — which the KFN requires but does not have — as well as fisheries and fiscal negotiations.

“At this point Canada doesn’t have a mandate to pursue fiscal negotiations or fish negotiations, and we’re waiting for that to happen.”

reporter@comoxvalleyrecord.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

A B.C. Centre for Disease Control map showing new COVID-19 cases by local health area for the week of April 25-May 1. (BCCDC image)
Vancouver Island’s COVID-19 case counts continue to trend down

Fewer than 200 active cases on the Island, down from highs of 500-plus earlier this spring

Cumberland is hoping for its lab at the Cumberland Health Centre to re-open. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Cumberland hopeful for lab re-opening

“People in Cumberland are getting a little bit left behind with the loss of that lab.”

Ramona Johnson at the I-Hos Gallery. Photo by Ali Roddam/Black Press
Community rallying to support I-Hos Gallery manager

Ramona Johnson has recently been diagnosed with cancer for the second time

Brian Chow, a medical first responder for the Comox Valley division of St. John Ambulance for over six years, is one of the volunteers giving time at the COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Comox. Photo supplied
Medical first responders volunteer at Comox vaccine clinic

St. John Ambulance Medical First Responder (MFR) volunteers are providing support and… Continue reading

A West Vancouver developer has applied to the City of Courtenay to construct a 39-unit strata development at 2650 Copperfield Rd. Scott Stanfield photo
Courtenay council gives second reading to contentious development proposal

At the May 3 meeting, Courtenay council approved second reading for a… Continue reading

Jay Valeri and Lyndsey Bell own Bigfoot Donuts in downtown Courtenay. File photo
Courtenay donut shop wins Small Business BC Award

Bigfoot Donuts has won the Premier’s People’s Choice category of the Small… Continue reading

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The following is a list of restaurants offering take-out and patio dining. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
List of Comox Valley restaurants offering take-out, patio dining options

Restaurants in the Comox Valley continue to adapt to government-imposed restrictions in… Continue reading

Jay Valeri and Lyndsey Bell own Bigfoot Donuts in downtown Courtenay. File photo
Courtenay donut shop wins Small Business BC Award

Bigfoot Donuts has won the Premier’s People’s Choice category of the Small… Continue reading

Starting Tuesday, May 11, B.C. adults born in 1981 and earlier will be able to register for a vaccine dose. (Haley Ritchie/Black Press Media)
BC adults 40+ eligible to book COVID-19 vaccinations next week

Starting Tuesday, people born in 1981 and earlier will be able to schedule their inoculation against the virus

Parks Canada and Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks dig the washed up Princess M out from sand along the south shore of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Rescue attempt costs man his boat off Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Coast Guard response questioned after volunteer responder’s speedboat capsizes in heavy swells

Al Kowalko shows off the province’s first electric school bus, running kids to three elementary and two secondary schools on the West Shore. (Zoe Ducklow/News Staff)
B.C.’s first electric school bus making the rounds in Victoria suburbs

No emissions, no fuel costs and less maintenance will offset the $750K upfront expense

Road sign on Highway 1 west of Hope warns drivers of COVID-19 essential travel road checks on the highways into the B.C. Interior. (Jessica Peters/Chilliwack Progress)
B.C. residents want travel checks at Alberta border, MLA says

Police road checks in place at highways out of Vancouver area

Victoria police say the photo they circulated of an alleged cat thief was actually a woman taking her own cat to the vet. (Black Press Media File Photo)
Photo of suspected cat thief released by Victoria police actually just woman with her pet

Police learned the she didn’t steal Penelope the cat, and was actually taking her cat to the vet

Most Read