Gates blocking public access down near popular Comox Valley watering hole

The developer looking to create a riverfront community near Stotan Falls has opened the gates that have been blocking traffic flow.

The developer looking to create a riverfront community near Stotan Falls has, for the time being, opened the gates that have been blocking traffic flow on Comox Logging Road and Duncan Bay Main.

“As a matter of good faith we opened the gates yesterday (Thursday) to indicate that we’re willing to sit down and try to resolve the situation,” 3L Developments spokesman Kabel Atwall said in an interview.

The company hopes to construct homes and develop trails at the confluence of the Puntledge and Browns rivers. However, the Comox Valley Regional District has said the proposal is not in synch with the Regional Growth Strategy, which addresses land use in the Valley over the next 20 years.

In March, the district board rejected an offer from 3L, which would sell the property for $9 million. The offer included Stotan Falls and Bull Island.

“The directors do not support the intensive urban residential development that 3L is proposing and are concerned about the impacts that such a development would have on the surrounding resource lands and agricultural areas,” board chair Edwin Grieve stated in a letter to 3L president David Dutcyvich.

The company then closed the gates and enforced No Trespassing signs at Stotan Falls — a popular swimming hole and hiking area. A Save Stotan Falls Facebook page appeared shortly thereafter, as did a protest at the falls.

The regional district has given 3L three options: apply to rezone, subdivide or amend the RGS. The company has chosen the latter.

“Maybe that will move things along a bit,” Atwall said. “Hopefully we can all work together to get this thing resolved.

“We think it’s a win-win for everybody,” he added. “It’s no cost to the regional district because we’ve got our own water and sewer, and they can collect millions of dollars in taxes from us. Plus get 50 per cent of the property as park, including the riverbeds and everything else.”

District CAO Debra Oakman will meet with staff next week to discuss preparing a report for July’s committee of the whole meeting.

A Frequently Asked Questions bulletin regarding 3L Developments and Stotan Falls has been posted on the noticeboard at www.comoxvalleyrd.ca.

reporter@comoxvalleyrecord.com

 

Just Posted

Affordable rental housing complex opens in Courtenay

The Braidwood facility will house 34 people at risk of homelessness

Applications open for record bursary, scholarship funding at North Island College

Current and future North Island College students can now apply for scholarships… Continue reading

Second Stage Players present laughter and love in We Are Family

Get your tickets early to see the Evergreen Club’s Second Stage Players’… Continue reading

Open house opens access for those suffering from vision loss

Pat Chicquen understands how isolating losing vision can be, which is why… Continue reading

Valley SPCA overwhelmed with 45 cats taken from local property

Many of the cats have never been around humans, or have never been touched or handled.

VIDEO: Restaurant robots are already in Canada

Robo Sushi in Toronto has waist-high robots that guide patrons to empty seats

Comox Valley Hospice Society finds new Ocean Front home

Comox Valley Hospice Society (CVHS) recently announced plans to construct a new… Continue reading

Permit rejected to bring two cheetahs to B.C.

Earl Pfeifer owns two cheetahs, one of which escaped in December 2015

Real-life tsunami threat in Port Alberni prompts evacuation updates

UBC study says some people didn’t recognize the emergency signal

Care providers call for B.C. seniors’ watchdog to step down

The association also asks the province to conduct an audit and review of the mandate of her office

Nitro Cold Brew Coffee from B.C. roaster recalled due to botulism scare

“If you purchased N7 Nitro Cold Brew Coffee from Cherry Hill … do not drink it.”

Short list for new gnome home includes Parksville, Coombs

Five potential locations have been chosen by Howard’s owners who will decide Tuesday

B.C. man gets award for thwarting theft, sexual assault – all in 10 minutes

Karl Dey helped the VPD take down a violent sex offender

Baby left alone in vehicle in B.C. Walmart parking lot

Williams Lake RCMP issue warning after attending complaint at Walmart Wednesday

Most Read