Controversial legal battle hits the courts

A legal battle between the City of Courtenay and the owners of Maple Pool went before the courts Thursday in Nanaimo.

A legal battle between the City of Courtenay and the owners of a local campground/RV site that operates a community living project went before the courts Thursday in Nanaimo.

The City initiated legal action in 2011 against Dali and Jin Lin, seeking to shut down Maple Pool Campground that provides low-income housing for homeless and marginalized individuals. Then-city CAO Sandy Gray had said the issue is zoning, which prohibits the couple from housing people on the property, which sits in a floodplain. The property flooded in 2009 and 2010.

Advocates fear that most of the 50-some tenants would become homeless if evicted.

See Tuesday’s Record for more details.