Neither the CVRD nor 3L Developments will deny that a monetary settlement has been reached in an alleged human rights issue between the district and the developer, stemming fro m an application to develop land near Stotan Falls, although neither side will confirm amounts.
Local media outlets have said the Comox Valley Regional District board agreed in-camera on a settlement sum in the range of $10,000 to $20,000, based on advice from lawyers.
“There was a settlement,” 3L spokesman Kabel Atwall said. “I can’t talk to the specifics.”
The settlement follows a decision by CVRD board chair Edwin Grieve and district CAO Deb Oakman not to attend further meetings or participate in discussions related to 3L Development lands.
The district has said their decision was private and “made in an abundance of caution.”
3L has applied for an amendment to a bylaw pertaining to the Regional Growth Strategy, which guides growth and development in the Valley over the long-term. At the last committee of the whole meeting, directors approved in a 7-3 vote a staff recommendation to not initiate a bylaw amendment. Courtenay directors Starr Winchester, Bill Anglin and Manno Theos opposed the recommendation.
3L lawyers are threatening legal action against the vote.
“Our client is entitled to the procedural steps for amendments established in the RGS, and if those steps are not followed by the board, our client will seek its remedy in the courts,” John Alexander of Cox Taylor states in a letter to the CVRD.