This Editorial Was Published in The Comox Valley Record -
it was bad enough at the time. When I read it now - it pisses me off even more!
Democracy losesThe Courtenay Comox Valley Record. Courtenay, B.C.:Feb 15, 2008. p. A34
(Copyright (c) 2008 Black Press Group Ltd.)
If democracy manifests the will of the majority, then what has happened with the Kensington Island Properties proposal is most undemocratic.
It's been obvious for some time that a clear majority of Union Bay residents approved of KIP's 342-hectare development proposal called Kensington Coastal Pointe.
After an agonizing decade-long process culminating in Kensington meeting more than 20 conditions insisted upon by the Comox Strathcona Regional District (CSRD), KIP finally appeared to have a green light late last year.
That's when a small group of dissidents calling themselves the Baynes Sound Area Society for Sustainability (BSASS) appealed at the 11th hour to some skilful development-killers from Victoria.
In short order, a lawsuit was filed and the K'omoks Band adopted a hard-line stance absent in previous discussions with Kensington.
With new demands from the local native band and a predictable complaint about lack of consultation, the provincial government withheld approval of bylaws necessary for the project to proceed.
Kensington vice-president Brian McMahon could not be blamed for throwing up his hands and walking away.
Valley residents should be vigilant to protect their interests and way of life in the face of major developments proposed for the area -- and that is not meant to criticize the Trilogy project in Cumberland.
But Coastal Pointe is a responsible development that even includes provision for Habitat for Humanity housing. Kensington improved salmon habitat in Washer Creek and was prepared to pay a significant part of the cost for a badly needed water filtration system, sewage treatment system and a new fire hall.
If Kensington walks away, how will the 1,000 residents of Union Bay pay for that?
God help the people in Union Bay who helped to kill the project if they're ever overheard complaining about having to pay their share.
What a pile of bullshit! This is a guy the community is to look to for accurate information? Did Allen not read the ruling from the judge? Does Allen not get it that the Regional District illegally changed the bylaws which resulted in the lawsuit? Where's that fire hall KIP is so generously giving Union Bay you refer to, Mark? Where's the fucking accuracy? Puts the Comox Valley Record in the "Rag" category.
Luckily, I don't count on some imaginary being to help me. I will be proud to be a part of seeing this development bite the dust, don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. There are people in this community who will do anything to advance themselves financially. Greed, plain and simple.
If Kensington Island Properties wants to go ahead, they will have to make huge changes to their plans. The editorial got one thing right regarding keeping an eye on things: "be vigilant to protect their interests and way of life in the face of major developments proposed for the area"
In April 2011, I stated they had another worthless document http://maryreynoldsunionbayblog.blogspot.com/2011/04/kensington-island-properties.html
In My Opinion, Kensington Island Properties is done.
All I have left to do is celebrate!!