EDITORIAL: Courtrenay council right to decline annexation

You can get the impression that local governments never see a development application they don’t like.

You can get the impression that local governments never see a development application they don’t like.

Or that the City of Courtenay never tires of gobbling surrounding areas.

City council went against the grain recently with a wise, if obvious, decision.

Council unanimously denied an application for a single property annexation near the Little River ferry terminal.

The 24-acre property is between Anderton and Ellenor roads in Area B of the regional district.

Foundation Capital Corp., which owns the property, proposed a large housing project named Harbour View Landing. It would include a 150-plus-unit terraced condominium complex with rooftop gardens and a number of executive home lots.

Sounds great, except the property is far from any settled part of the city, as noted by director of development services Peter Crawford.

If the City annexed the property and approved Harbour View, would Courtenay taxpayers — already faced with a huge water and sewer infrastructure bill — have to pay even a portion of the cost to stretch services from Ryan Road almost to Little River?

One reason the request made any sense at all is that the property abuts the huge Block 71 parcel previously annexed by Courtenay for a Raven Ridge development that never happened.

However, Foundation representatives didn’t help their cause by claiming they had support from area residents when Mayor Larry Jangula and some councillors had not heard that.

A representative for the developer also lost style points by claiming MLA Don McRae supported the project. Under questioning, the delegation qualified that by admitting McRae’s support was contingent on local government support.

In the end, it was an easy — but absolutely correct — decision on behalf of Courtenay taxpayers.


Just Posted

Comox resident proposes golf course conversion to park

A Comox resident is hoping he’s not the only one who would… Continue reading

Moms of those killed by illicit opioids take to B.C. Legislature in call for action

Moms Stop the Harm, a nationwide network of families who have lost loved ones to overdoses rally

Taxing Vancouver Island

Big Read: find out which communities are paying the lowest and highest taxes on Vancouver Island

Y2K Spitfire comes home

Stocky Edwards guest of honour at banquet

Crown Isle acquires Longlands Golf Course

The Crown Isle Resort and Golf Community just got a little bit… Continue reading

VIDEO: Canadian toddler caught practising hockey skills in crib

Eli Graveline is getting praise from far and wide as the internet freaks out of cute throwback video

Man shot dead in Surrey ID’d as hockey coach and father of two

Murder of Paul Bennett – a respected Peace Arch Hospital worker and ‘champion of sport’ – ‘not random’

Serial killer Robert Pickton transferred to Quebec: victim’s family

Pickton was convicted in December 2007 of six counts of second degree murder

Canadian Syrian children’s choir not to attend festival over fears about U.S. travel

Many kids are recent immigrants from countries covered by Trump travel ban

Amalgamation fails in North Cowichan and Duncan

North Cowichan says yes, but Duncan says no

B.C. teacher ends Jeopardy! winning streak, taking home US$69,000

Ali Hasan, from New Westminster, has been gaining fans as a “one-man invasion,” says Alex Trebek

Jett Woo highlights 5 Canucks choices on Day 2 of NHL entry draft

WHL star out of Moose Jaw tabbed in Round 2

Lawyer fired in B.C. courtroom during trial for dangerous driving causing death

Dustin Dennis Zinter was charged following November 2015 accident near Nanaimo, B.C.

Most Read