Dealing with RD a pleasant experience

Dear editor,

My development permit for a new store on Ryan Road was recently approved by the Comox Valley Regional District.  I thought it was important to share with you that my experience was far from what I expected. A few years ago we built a large commercial building in the Crown Isle commercial area. Our overall experience dealing with the City of Courtenay on that development project was challenging. I was expecting the same bureaucratic delays, green mail, signage restrictions and the like. Mr. Coulson I feel your pain.

Things were different at Regional District. Brian Chow, planner, and Alan Mullaly, manager planning services, managed the development file for the Comox Valley Regional District. They were very professional and quite supportive of our development plan. Mr. Chow was helpful in advising us of the procedures and bylaws that had to be followed. He encouraged us to ask for what we wanted and did not discourage us from making any requests for variances. Mr. Chow was also forthcoming on upcoming potential bylaw changes that would impact our development.  Developments bordering on ALR would require greater setbacks that would have eaten up too much land that in turn would have made the new development impossible. This notice motivated us to accelerate our submission. This kind of transparency was unexpected but the consequences were significant.

I contacted Rod Nichol, Area B Director to discuss our project.  I offered to send him the drawings for his review. Mr. Nichol offered to meet at the new location at a time convenient to me. Mr. Nichol had yet to be sworn in and took the time one early morning to visit the site. I didn’t expect such a hands-on approach. He was truly interested in the project, the overall appearance and the new jobs it would create. I see why he achieved a landslide majority in his district.

I submitted the plan in October and it was approved in January. I believe it would have been approved quicker if it wasn’t for the election and Christmas break.

The complete process was a welcome change. The CVRD Planning Department has their act together and I encourage others to build in the Regional District.

Danny Keyes

Comox Valley RV

 

Just Posted

Major renovations planned for Washington Inn Apartments in Courtenay

Province doles out nearly $5 million affordable rental accommodation project

Curious Comox Valley – What would you like answered?

It appears that Comox Valley residents have a lot on their mind… Continue reading

Comox Valley students taught to honor Indigenous language

One man’s legacy and one Indigenous language will forever be preserved in… Continue reading

Ginger Goodwin’s Cumberland cemetery grave desecrated

Just days before the Miners Memorial weekend, Ginger Goodwin’s grave has been… Continue reading

Cannabis store proposed for west side of Courtenay

Courtenay Council has approved second reading of a zoning amendment for a… Continue reading

VIDEO: Acknowledging skeptics, finance minister vows to build Trans Mountain project

Bill Morneau said he recognizes ‘huge amount of anxiety’ in Calgary over future of oil and gas sector

Girl, 10, poisoned by carbon monoxide at B.C. campsite could soon return home

Lucille Beaurain died and daughter Micaela Walton, 10, was rushed to B.C. Children’s Hospital on May 18

30 years later: B.C. woman uses sidewalk chalk to reclaim site of her sexual assault

Vancouver woman didn’t think her powerful story, written in chalk, would ignite such support

Slain friend motivates rookie football player to make it with hometown B.C. Lions

Jaylen Sandhu, stabbed to death in 2014, a source of inspiration for promising RB Jamel Lyles

Driver of stolen vehicle caught after fleeing accident scene in Island community

Section of Chemainus Road closed until suspect located and eventually taken into custody

Home care for B.C.’s elderly is too expensive and falls short: watchdog

Report says seniors must pay $8,800 a year for daily visits under provincial home support program

B.C. ‘struggling’ to meet needs of vulnerable youth in contracted care: auditor

Auditor general says youth in contracted residential services may not be getting support they need

Pair of B.C. cities crack Ashley Madison’s ‘Infidelity Hotlist’

Data from the website reveals Abbotsford and Kelowna hottest spots for cheaters

Life’s work of talented B.C. sculptor leads to leukemia

Former Salmon Arm resident warns of dangers of chemical contact

Most Read