Politicians frittering away ‘golden opportunity’ along Puntledge River

Dear editor,

Every so often a community has a golden opportunity.

Dear editor,

Every so often a community has a golden opportunity.

The Comox Valley is in the position to realize one now.

What if I told you that the Comox Valley has an opportunity to secure 185 acres of riverfront property complete with many swimming holes, cross-country bike paths and walking trails. In addition, the acquisition would preclude private development from closing off riverfront access to the public, access that the public has enjoyed for years.

This access was always on private forestry land that has since been sold by the forestry company as no longer viable to them. We have the opportunity to gain this beautiful parkland at no cost to the taxpayer.

Now I am sure you realize that I am talking about the land along the Puntledge River including Stotan Falls.

The present owner is prepared to give up this fantastic riverfront parkland, a jewel of a park with no rival in the Valley.

The only consideration the owner is asking for is the rezoning of the non-riverfront property to develop a very green, small acreage subdivision with a small commercial centre to service the needs of those residential owners. A subdivision completely serviced and paid for by the developer.

What do you say is the problem?

The problem is a document developed by the local politicians, both municipal and regional, called the Regional Growth Strategy.

It is not so much the document but how it is being used. The strategy was developed with a five-year review but a provision to amend it during that five-year period or any other five-year period if it was renewed.

This amendment provision was to allow for major or minor amendments that may be required during the life of the RGS. I would think that this opportunity to receive a 185-acre riverfront park free of cost would justify considering an amendment to the RGS supporting the property owner’s proposal.

Unfortunately, some politicians are having a hard time seeing the benefits of the riverfront park over their loss of control on which areas in the Comox Valley get developed.

I would unhesitatingly say that if you took a look at what would be in the Valley’s best interest (politicians surely should consider this as well), the gaining of this parkland would rank right up there as a No. 1 priority.

There are two issues here — a rezoning of land and the securing of a 125-acre riverfront park. I believe the acquisition of the park should take precedence over the rezoning of some land.

This Valley will continue to grow and require more parkland. Please think about whether this park should be added to the Valley for all of us to enjoy it or stay in private hands.

As I said, this is a once-in-a-lifetime golden opportunity for the Valley — let’s not lose it.

J. Murray Presley,

Courtenay

 

Just Posted

From left, Karen Cummins, Suzanne Gravelle and Ted Grainger pose with the winner of this year’s Comox Valley Nature Tree of the Year contest - a western yew, located in the Cumberland Community Forest. Photo by Dianne Grainger.
Comox Valley’s ‘Tree of the Year’ unveiled

By Kerri Scott Special to The Record For the first time in… Continue reading

A Comox Valley shellfish operator pleaded guilty and was fined $10,000 in provincial court in Courtenay earlier this year. Record file photo
Comox Valley shellfish operator fined $10,000 for violations

Fisheries Act charges against three others in same case were stayed

The design of a proposed roundabout at the intersection of Rodello Street and Comox Avenue. Photo submitted
Town taking a second look at Comox Avenue roundabout

The idea first came to fruition in late 2014 for the intersection of Rodello Street and Comox Avenue

Noella Rousseau of CVCDA’s Project Inclusion Program checks out the garlic bed at the Free To Grow Community Garden. Photo supplied.
Comox Valley Child Development Association program unveils new community garden

There’s a new community garden in the Comox Valley, which is doubling… Continue reading

The industrial lands project for Cumberland’s Bevan Road has taken another step forward. Photo by Mike Chouinard
Bevan Road water issues addressed for Cumberland council

Council approves development for new yogurt facility’s buildings

t
How to tell if a call from ‘CRA’ is legitimate or a scam

Expert says it’s important to verify you really are dealing with the CRA before you give out any info

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The courthouse in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file)
Nanaimo man, already in jail, found guilty of sexual abuse of sons

Man previously sentenced for sexual interference involving girl in Nanaimo

British Columbia-Yukon Community News Association’s 2021 Ma Murray Awards were handed out during a virtual ceremony on Friday, June 10. (Screen grab)
Black Press Media winners take gold at B.C. and Yukon journalism awards

Publications received nods in dozens of categories

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greets campers while visiting McDougall, Ont. on Thursday, July 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
71% of B.C. men say they’d prefer to go camping with Trudeau: survey

Most British Columbians with plans to go camping outdoors say they’d prefer to go with Trudeau or Shania Twain

Members of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ Marine Mammal Response Program rescued an adult humpback what that was entangled in commercial fishing gear in the waters off of Entrance Island on Thursday, June 10. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Response Program)
Rescuers free humpback ‘anchored’ down by prawn traps off Vancouver Island

Department of Fisheries and Oceans responders spend hours untangling whale

Chilliwack cocaine trafficker Clayton Eheler seen with a tiger somewhere in Asia in 2014. Eheler was sentenced to nine years jail in 2018, but was released on bail in October 2020 pending his appeal of conviction.(Facebook)
Director of civil forfeiture seeks $140,000 from Fraser Valley drug dealer’s father-in-law

Clayton Eheler’s father-in-law Ray Morrissey caught with money in Fort St. John by B.C.’s gang unit

Frank Phillips receives a visit from his wife Rena at Nanaimo Seniors Village on their 61st wedding anniversary, March 31, 2020. Social visits have been allowed since COVID-19 vaccination has been offered in all care homes. (Nanaimo News Bulletin)
B.C. prepares mandatory vaccination for senior care homes

180 more cases of COVID-19 in B.C. Friday, one more death

Lorraine Gibson, 90, received a COVID-19 immunization at the South Surrey Park and Ride vaccination clinic. (File photo: Aaron Hinks)
Surrey has had 25% of B.C.’s total COVID-19 cases

Surrey recorded 4,012 cases in May

Most Read