Pottinger Gaherty Environmental Consultants, Ltd. – Jan 2005
The purpose of this report, prepared for CRC Joint Venture, was to summarize the environmental attributes of the site; and provide a baseline picture of the existing ecological conditions on the site. This info will be used to assess the impacts of the proposed development; and develop an environmental management plan to avoid or mitigate potential impacts and propose enhancement measures. Read PDFs of Overview Environmental Inventory text; or view Figure 1 (Location Map); Figure 2 (Vegetation Classifications); Figure 3 (Wildlife Habitat Characteristics); Figure 4 (Waterbird Species Count); Appendix 1 (Additional Ecological Information); Appendices 2 & 3 (Expected Occurrence of Wildlife Species; and Threatened and Endangered Vertebrate Species Potentially Present); Appendix 4 (Photographs); Appendix 5 (Site Cards)
Pottinger Gaherty Environmental Consultants, Ltd. – Jan 2005
November 15, 2006 – Cape Roger Curtis need not be cut up into 58 trophy lots. Many examples exist where owners/developers, government and citizens have worked together to produce a solution where everyone wins.
For example, BC Tourism now proudly proclaims:
“Francis Point Marine Park is an eco friendly park established in 2001 to protect some very sensitive ecological marine and forested areas. The large park protects the waterfront of the Francis Peninsula. The parkland is a combination of forested hills and open grassy, moss covered landscapes.”
Not long ago the owners were advertising this land at Pender Harbour for sale. Existing zoning allowed potential developers to subdivide into >400 half acre lots. Instead, the stakeholders (owners, government, conservation organizations and local public interest groups) came up with a creative solution that included ecological gift rebates for the owners, contributions from conservation-minded philanthropic donors and limited contribution from Government. Now the public can enjoy 180 acres of nature and ecologically sensitive zones are protected. Forty acres remain for potential development.
Bowen has its own example – Quarry Park. About 5 years ago, a 35-acre lot south of Cowan Point Drive was to be developed. Instead of dividing it up into 5 acre lots, local developer, John Reid, worked with the owner, the Municipality and others to create a much more eco friendly solution which would benefit everyone.
The area to be developed was reduced to 15 acres, 20 acres was given to the Municipality for a park and money was provided to fund restoration of the landscape.
Quarry Park, officially opened last September, is more than just the Municipality’s first park, it is also an important part of the Greenway which is gradually being secured across our “Island of Walks”. The Greenway is a means of linking natural areas with corridors for wildlife and trails for people. When complete, it will extend from the Cove to the Cape – the jewel at the south-west corner.
There are many other impressive examples –700 acres on Gabriola; Central Park on Denman; Burgoyne Bay on Salt Spring; the Matson lands in Victoria.
If solutions are being found elsewhere, why can’t we do the same? The exceptional lands and wild coastline of Cape Roger Curtis should not be lost to the wealthy few but kept for people and wildlife for all time.
Directors, Cape Roger Curtis Trust Society
October 26, 2006 – Last week’s excellent lead article in the Undercurrent about Bob Turner’s first year included some very disturbing comments. He is clearly frustrated by the current course of the potential development of Bowen Island’s precious Cape Roger Curtis lands. The Mayor was quoted as saying “… we [the Council] are essentially spectators to the process” and “… there’s no guarantee that there ever will be a public process [concerning the development of the Cape].”The Cape Roger Curtis Trust Society (CRCTS) is a substantial voice for the public interest, with over 300 members. In addition, we liaise with other groups who have a demonstrated interest in CRC, such as the BI Conservancy and Tunstall Against Traffic (TAT). Our members care very much about the future of this extraordinary and unique tract of land and they care about the impact of unmanaged development on the Island.
We are all very disturbed by the current stalemate that exists relative to any effort to find some satisfactory middle ground between an uninspired 60-lot development and the well- established public interest.
We worked hard in the last election to make the potential development of the Cape a central issue. We were pleased and optimistic when the newly-elected council defined the public interest in Cape Roger Curtis in a motion passed in February/06. However, we were disappointed when the Municipality issued a Preliminary Layout Review (PLR) last summer, thus allowing the dull and unimaginative 60 ´ 10 acre lot development proposal to move another step closer to reality.
Council has called for the owners to apply for a comprehensive rezoning, so that the future of CRC can be addressed in a more creative and thorough manner. Nothing has happened. Instead the owners have blocked community access and applied for the go-ahead on the first 10 lots plus the roads needed to service these lots. All this is happening without any comprehensive examination of the consequences to the Island of this development. This death by a thousand cuts approach, each cut of which may (according to the article), appear “reasonable” is very worrying.
Our Society’s goal, from the beginning, has been to work for a result that includes a modest development on the CRC lands, with housing concentrated within a limited footprint, while a significant portion of the land remains in its current natural state.
There are many excellent examples, elsewhere in BC and on Bowen too, where an innovative collaborative approach by all parties – developers, regulatory authorities and the public – has lead to development where everyone wins. We will be preparing a series of articles on these and related issues to promote a more sensitive and creative dialogue between all parties.
We hope for an outcome which everyone can be proud of.
Directors, Cape Roger Curtis Trust Society
June 23, 2006 – By Jacqueline M. Massey Bowen Island Undercurrent
The committee of the whole has recommended council instruct staff to write a letter to the developers of Cape Roger Curtis urging them to refrain from “any further physical land alteration, such as road construction or land clearing …”
The resolution came as a result of council members, along with much of the public being taken by surprise by recent actions authorized by Cape Roger Curtis Joint Venture. Last week, trees were felled and land was leveled at the entrance to the Cape at the end of Whitesails Drive.
Councillors expressed frustration that they lacked an informed response when questioned by the public as to what exactly was taking place on the 650-acre property. They noted that no public notice was given, that municipal staff, council, nor residents of Tunstall Bay were informed of the nature and extent of the construction underway.
In an email to council, the municipality’s administrator, Isabell Hadford noted that a development permit was issued to WCD Consulting Ltd. last September for the construction of a driveway/service road to access the lands. The municipality issued a driveway access permit on January 19 of this year, stipulating a six-month deadline in which to complete construction.
“Staff was aware that the driveway was proceeding, we just didn’t know when it would happen,” wrote Hadford.
She also noted that according to the permit regulations, work was only to proceed under the supervision of an environmental monitor. According to the construction management plan, the monitor was to liaise with the municipality regarding construction progress. Hadford noted that local government staff was told that work was taking place only after it had begun.
In the strongly-worded resolution passed unanimously this Monday, council indicated that it was concerned that such actions could “jeopardize the public’s trust that the future of Cape Roger Curtis Lands can be determined in an open and orderly process…”
Last February, council adopted a framework for future planning for the lands advocating a comprehensive rezoning development plan. The owners of the Cape had previously applied for a 60-lot subdivision.
As recent as June 15, which is the date when the construction of a driveway access became apparent, CRC Joint Venture indicated a commitment to an “open, transparent” process. In a letter to Stephen Foster, of the Cape Roger Curtis Trust Society, D.J. Grimble wrote that “We are pleased to confirm… that we have reason for cautious optimism that the framework for a rezoning process for the property will be laid out within the next few weeks.”
An update on the Cape Roger Curtis website indicated that an environment monitor inspected trees before they were cut down last week, to ensure that no nesting birds were present. The project status report said the driveway is being built to provide access to a summer residence for the use of the owners.
Council’s resolution included the request that CRC Joint Venture work with municipal staff to improve communication with the council and the public.
Councillor David Hocking, who drafted the resolution stressed that clear communication was key to the process. If he was a developer, he said, and especially one behind a “highly contentious” project, he would first ensure that the public was informed of his intentions, and aware that they were legitimate.
“That’s how things should be in a public process,” he asserted.
© Bowen Island Undercurrent – used with permission
June 22, 2006 – Extending from the end of Whitesails Road, clearing and levelling has begun at the north end of the Cape Roger Curtis lands. The developers explain that the road is currently to serve as a driveway to a waterfront property that the owners plan to build for their own use. While a road permit was issued several months ago, the actual clearing came as a shock to some islanders and Municipal Council. Concerns were raised that work has begun despite the fact that no agreements about the layout of the development have been made between the owners and community.
On Monday 19th June the Council passed a resolution instructing staff to write a letter to the developers urging them to refrain from “…any further physical land alteration, such as road construction or land clearance…”. According to the Undercurrent, the resolution also included the comment that such actions “…jeopardize the public’s trust that the future of the Cape Roger Curtis lands can be determined in an open and orderly process…” and requested that CRC Joint Venture work with municipal staff to improve communications with the Council and the public.
Read the Undercurrent article on this event.
June 8, 2006 – BACKGROUND: While the Trust Society invited an owner’s representative to meet with us and talk about creative solutions, they did not respond in any way to our previous request – their letter didn’t even acknowledge, let alone reject, our invitation to search out common ground solutions.June 8, 2006
Mr. Don Ho, Mr. Edwin Lee, Mr. Dan Grimble,
CRC Joint Venture,
P.O. Box 228,
Bowen Island, B.C. V0N 1G0
Dear Mr. Ho, Mr. Lee and Mr. Grimble,
Thank you for your detailed response to our letter, dated April 4, 2006. We do appreciate hearing your perspective on things to do with Cape Roger Curtis and its future development. More importantly, we are pleased to be able to have a direct conversation with you and to get a clearer sense of your perception of details surrounding the potential development of the CRC land.
You state in your letter that you are “quite prepared to work with Bowen Island’s elected representatives in a constructive and mutually respectful manner to explore and find ways and means to achieve each group’s objectives.” We are delighted to hear this and would like to assure you that our group, the Cape Roger Curtis Trust Society, representing a large number of the people on this island, share your approach. We recognize that your purchase of the CRC lands has been consistent with the rules as laid out in the OCP and defined by the Land Use Bylaws, as you note in your letter. And we certainly hope you to enter into the comprehensive rezoning process, as proposed by the Bowen Island council. Our intention is to work with council and any other organizations on the island deemed to represent the public interest, to bring constructive and creative solutions to the table that can meet a reasonable set of corporate objectives, as well as the needs of the people who call this unique community home. We, too, want to work towards a successful outcome.
With respect to your listing of the “substantive obstacles” to the rezoning process, our response is as follows:
You claim that certain individuals and groups hold “a sense of entitlement” to the CRC property. We acknowledge that some people who have been speaking out about CRC must sound that way at times.
Nevertheless, the Cape remains precious to many of us who live on this island and who continue to be involved in protecting the special values of this place. There is very little accessible wild space with coastline left on Bowen. Many of us have been walking, relaxing and recharging our spirits on the CRC property for generations. So it is hardly surprising to find that people have an emotional connection to that land and that they offer strongly emotional responses to the prospect of it being used for high-end housing. On page 1 of your letter, para. 3, you state that “the present tree cover is only of limited environmental, economic or aesthetic value.” That statement seriously misjudges the general perception of the CRC land by residents of this island, and grossly underestimates its preciousness to this community. The overall sense of beauty, harmony and well-being that many of us feel when visiting the CRC land, the nourishment gained when spending time walking the property or contemplating the seascape and/or sunset, results in a powerful aesthetic that is what is motivating so many of us to fight to protect as much of the Cape as is possible.
Yes the property has been in private ownership for a long time. But your pre-purchase research would certainly have flagged the very difficult path you were facing in developing the CRC land (after all, it’s why the purchase price was so low and, presumably, why you felt the need to hire someone locally as your representative). Although you state in your letter that attempts to purchase the CRC lands “were not successful”, our preferred language would be that those initiatives had not been ‘successful yet’. Or better still, ‘not successfully concluded at the time of your purchase’. The effort to protect CRC was well underway when you bought that land. It remains the firm goal of the CRC Trust Society to shepherd the creation of a contiguous, wild, marine coast preserve of significant size, and we will be a player at or near the negotiating table, representing the public interest in accomplishing that outcome. We may no longer be able to advocate that all the CRC land be committed to this end. However, in working with you, the owners of the property, and with our elected representatives and planners, we look to all parties, including your company, to bring creative leadership to the table to accomplish a successful rezoning process.
You have embarked on an initiative that represents far more than just new housing on this island. The potential development of the CRC lands touches on a large number of issues churning within this community. These issues come with various titles – pace of development, affordable housing, attack on green space, access to waterfront, transport and infrastructure sustainability, water supply, exceeding of ferry capacity, etc. There is a belief on Bowen that the values and aesthetics and rural/residential character of this island are under attack; that the place is gentrifying too quickly and that Bowen could be transformed into a bedroom community for Vancouver working people. The community values held here and elsewhere in the Gulf Islands represent something very different from that outcome, and many of us who see ourselves as guardians of those different values feel that the development of CRC represents a watershed moment in the emerging local debate around these issues. We have tried to caution Wolfgang Duntz about this, wondering if he might be underestimating this deeply held concern. It is something we wish to emphasize to you as you consider entering the negotiating process.
The new council was elected largely on a promise to protect land at CRC. We believe strongly that the creation of a park or ecological reserve on the CRC land will be a definite outcome of forthcoming negotiations. Residents will most certainly mobilize to resist a straightforward development of the CRC land under the current zoning. The potential for this community to experience the terrible divisions we have already witnessed on Galiano, Gabriola, Cortes and Saltspring Islands, where events devolved into an almost circus-like atmosphere over development issues, is a very real possibility here. Neither the community, nor our elected representatives, nor (presumably) yourselves, want such a disharmonious outcome. To avoid this, we have been hard at work developing a proposal that we think offers a workable compromise.
We would like to request a meeting with you, the owners of the company, to discuss two things:
1) We are well aware of the damage that off-road and 4-wheel-drive vehicles are doing to the paths on the CRC land. We also see the campfires and the garbage strewn about. We are troubled by it and often talk about it, but to date have been feeling that there is little we can do. However, after further conversation, our members thought that a wonderful way to channel our affection for the CRC land would be to volunteer our services as monitors and tenders of the land for the next few months. We could organize a few people to walk the property on a regular schedule, check the fires, clean up the garbage, and even create obstacles to limit the vehicles that do damage to the pathways. Of course this would all be done in consultation with you and only with the proper approvals.
2) We have been developing an ecological reserve option that we would like to discuss with you. It is an idea worth looking at; even if it doesn’t entirely fulfill your objectives, we believe that discussing it might help both sides clarify an appropriate solution. Our plan involves a purchase/donation/tax deduction design that would secure a piece of the property from you and then see it donated as an ecological reserve or park (eco-gifted to an organization like the Land Conservancy). We have been sounding out organizations and individuals who can afford to make sizable donations, and they have been telling us they will contribute, particularly if it will help resolve the CRC issue once and for all. We have been doing our homework, talking to lawyers, tax advisors, politicians, etc. Our proposal respects your goal to develop new housing and realize a reasonable profit, but foresees you moving forward with an agreed-upon and defined park space built in to the proposal. We see this approach as one that gives the municipal council, various conservation and park groups on the island, as well as the majority of islanders, a meaningful compromise they could endorse; one that would chart a more harmonious pathway through the forthcoming public hearing and approval process.
We would be happy to meet with you at your convenience. Please contact me at 604 9470977, or by email – email@example.com
Look forward to hearing from you.
Cape Roger Curtis Trust Society.
February 17, 2006 - A letter requesting the Joint Venture to take the community’s strong desire to protect this precious jewel, very seriously. Cape Roger is “a unique, surviving natural ecosystem, quite likely the only one within the Greater Vancouver Regional District (“GVRD”), and possibly in the whole southern Gulf Islands”. For Bowen islanders it is the last large undeveloped accessible coastline on the island.
February 17, 2006
Mr. Don Ho
CAPC Holdings Ltd.
1147 Homer Street
Vancouver BC V6B 5T5
Mr. Edwin Lee
1863 W63rd Ave
Vancouver, BC V6P 2H9
Dear Mr. Ho and Mr. Lee:
We have been asked by the directors of the Cape Roger Curtis Trust Society (“CRCTS”) to inform you of the latest efforts to save Cape Roger Curtis lands for the public and for conservation.
In the Fall of 2005, we had a brief conversation with Mr. Ho at a meeting sponsored by Mr. Duntz at Cates Hill Chapel. At that time, we asked if he had been kept informed of the community’s strong interest in saving the Cape. He did not reply directly. This letter is to try and convince you to take the community’s strong desire to protect this precious jewel, very seriously. To quote two well known naturalists, Beltz and Brink, it is “A unique, surviving natural ecosystem, quite likely the only one within the Greater Vancouver Regional District (“GVRD”), and possibly in the whole southern Gulf Islands.” For Bowen islanders, it is the last large undeveloped accessible coastline on the island.
On August 22 ,2005, we wrote to Mr. Duntz’s consultant, Catherine Berris, on behalf of the CRCTS. In this letter we attempted to make Ms. Berris aware of the community interest in preserving the Cape, as Ms. Berris had pleaded ignorance of this desire when asked at a previous meeting. A copy was sent to Mr. Duntz; you may have seen it. It contained a documented history of the community’s efforts to save at least a good portion of Cape Roger Curtis lands, starting in 1921 with a recommendation by the Vancouver Natural History Society’s recommendation to preserve the Cape. This effort has not been restricted to Bowen Island. A petition supporting a conservation donor’s offer to buy a portion of the land, which we sent to Mr. Ho and Mr. Lee in an earlier letter, contained over 700 names from all over the region as well as the continent and many other countries. The Cape draws many diverse people to enjoy its uniqueness, beauty and natural attributes.
On November 2, 2005, during a meeting called by Mr. Duntz, titled “Planning Alternatives,” he provided the following responses to some of the questions from the audience:
1. He would “rather sell to a conservancy group than to a private buyer”
2. He “can give the community time”
3. “Let’s take a year to explore.”
Mr. Duntz also indicated that he would be prepared to support the involvement of the GVRD.
CRCTS made several environmental reports relating to Cape Roger Curtis available to Mr. Duntz. These were compiled by reputable environmental consultants. The environmental assessments conducted for Mr. Duntz, as part of his development permit application, were carried out only in the Summer. Our advice from botanist Mr. Terry Taylor is that a complete study would entail observations in every season over 2 years.
In October 2005, Bowen Island Municipal Council, further to the resolution supporting the protection of Cape Roger Curtis, resolved to send a formal letter to the GVRD advising of possible future involvement of the GVRD in securing a large natural area at the Cape.
Prior to the municipal elections in November 2005, at All-Candidates Meetings, every one of the elected Councillors supported saving at least a portion of the Cape.
An application made by your representative for access to the Cape from Thompson Road through Block #6 of Crown land has affected the Islands’ Trust Fund Board purchasing this ecologically important land for conservation. The marsh involved has provincial status as a significant wetland ecosystem, rare in the Islands Trust area. Also, the Official Community Plan for Bowen Island states (page 36, section 3.9.4) that “Crown land should not be used for road access …”. This application is another blow to the public’s interest in preservation of our sensitive lands.
The only current legal access Mr. Duntz has applied for would be an extension of Whitesails Drive. The Whitesails residents are very angry about the possible disruption of the lives of people living along that road. And the people living on Thompson Road are upset at the prospect of increased traffic along their road. Of course any development affects the whole Island – roads, schools, transportation, and the general well-being of a quiet community.
On December 19, 2005, a motion was introduced in Council by a Councillor, setting forth in very strong terms the public interest in saving Cape Roger Curtis. This motion subsequently came before Council for approval at the February 13, 2006 Council meeting and was passed.
At the request of a Bowen Island resident, a poll conducted in November 2006 by McAllister Opinion Research bears out the contention that it is in the public interest to preserve Cape Roger Curtis and the natural setting of a rural community. (The results of this poll and the questions used are available at the Municipal Hall.) Over 70% of Bowen residents support the Cape Roger Curtis Trust Society’s Plan to protect at least 50% of Cape Roger Curtis lands in their natural state and preserve shoreline for public access. This Plan will protect the whole southern portion of the land, with sensitive coastal areas protected by keeping trails higher on the slopes.
The poll finds that nearly half of the 300 Bowen residents, contacted at random, mention development / over-development as a top-of-mind concern. Conserving natural areas and public coastline are important to 90%. These results define the public view that too much development conflicts with the desire for peace, quiet and access to nature.
In closing, we appeal to you as the owners of the CRC lands, working with your representative on the Island, to provide leadership on behalf of all Bowen Islanders. We ask that as you work through the rezoning framework laid out by Bowen Municipal Council, that the plans you put forward reflect concentrated and limited development, and that you work co-operatively with the organization on the island ,such as the Cape Roger Curtis Trust Society, the Bowen island Conservancy, the Bowen Island Parks and Recreation Commission and others in conjunction with Council and its planning department, to create a large, contiguous and wild coastal preserve.
Marion Moore and Jean Jamieson
on behalf of the Cape Roger Curtis Trust Society
Text of the Resolution of February, 2006
Regular Meeting of Council
February 13, 2006
Page 5 of 13
The main motion was adopted with three amendments, the final wording being as follows:
It was Moved and Seconded
- The current property owners at Cape Roger Curtis envision a development that could significantly affect, in one way or another, all members of the Bowen community as well as future generations;
- Cape Roger Curtis is one of the last remaining undeveloped coastlines of great beauty and ecological sensitivity in the Vancouver region;
- Cape Roger Curtis has been treasured by generations of Bowen Islanders for its remarkable shorelines, viewscapes and natural characteristics;
- Bowen Island has very limited opportunity for public access to its shorelines along waterfront trails, other than at Cape Roger Curtis;
- The coastal ecosystem of Cape Roger Curtis is rare for the east side of Georgia Strait, and includes environmentally sensitive areas and rare species;
- Large scale development at Cape Roger Curtis could have significant and negative transportation impacts on Bowen Island, including on adjacent neighbourhoods;
BE it resolved that Council consider the public interest at Cape Roger Curtis to include the following:
a. Conserving the majority of the coastline for eco-system protection;
b. Where there are no adverse ecological impacts, develop public, waterfront, walking trails along the majority of the coastline, connecting to the cross-island greenway;
c. Environmental protection of the land including environmentally sensitive areas and rare species;
d. Clustering of homes and any other structures in any new development to reduce land disturbance, maximize green space and the opportunity for trails, and facilitate transportation alternatives;
e. Minimizing and mitigating any negative impacts from any Cape Roger Curtis development on the adjacent neighbourhoods and on the Bowen Island community as a whole.
BE it also resolved that public interest may be further refined during any subsequent public process. CARRIED
Cape Roger Curtis – Action Plan RES# 06-043
It was Moved and Seconded
- Council has identified its view of the public interest for Cape Roger Curtis;
- There is no comprehensive plan for Cape Roger Curtis that identifies and responds to the public interest;
- There is an application for road access by the Cape Roger Curtis owners across Crown Land that could negatively impact the public interest; and whereas the Water, Land and Air Protection Ministry has provided an extension to February 17, 2006 for Council to respond to this application;
- There has been as application for road access from Whitesails Drive that could negatively impact that neighbourhood; and
- Both Bowen Island Municipality and the land owner have expressed interest in GVRD participation in negotiations.
BE it resolved
That staff be directed to meet with the applicant to discuss a comprehensive rezoning application consistent with these principles. CARRIED
One member of Council in Opposition
Adoption of Municipal Framework for Planning the Future of the Cape Roger Curtis Lands
A motion relating to the adoption of the “Municipal Framework for Planning the Future of the Cape Roger Curtis Lands” was moved and seconded. After debate, the following amendment was proposed:
It was moved and seconded that the following sentence be removed from page 3 of the Framework under Subdivison Application – Preliminary Layout Review (PLR): “Council agrees that it would be desirable for the solicitors for the Municipality and CRCJV to meet along with their respective clients to work out a mutually acceptable solution to this matter.” DEFEATED
Six members of Council in opposition
The main motion was adopted without amendments, the final wording being as follows:
RES# 06-044 It was Moved and Seconded
That Council adopt the Municipal Framework for Planning the Future Use of the Cape Roger Curtis Lands as outlined in Appendix 1 of the Planning Consultant’s report dated February 7, 2006; and
That resolutions No. 06-042 and No. 06-043 pertaining to “public interest” be included in the Municipal Planning Framework. CARRIED
One member of Council in opposition
Cape Roger Curtis – Reporting Process RES# 06-045
It was Moved and Seconded
That Council request the Planning Consultant to report back to Council on a regular basis regarding follow up discussions with the Cape Roger Curtis Joint Venture and the Integrated Land Management Bureau. CARRIED
Cape Roger Curtis – Items for discussion with Cape Roger Curtis Joint Venture RES# 06-046
It was Moved and Seconded
If there is a rezoning application, that Council direct staff to reference the following items in discussions with Cape Roger Curtis Joint Venture:
- The inclusion of an agricultural component (agricultural uses could include an equestrian centre, kitchen/market gardens) within those areas outlined in Schedule B2 of the Official Community Plan and ensure that any development does not unduly impact agricultural potential;
- The provision of a possibility for an institutional anchor;
- The development fully pay for any public costs incurred – i.e. that there be a true reckoning of the aggregate impacts on the community;
- The support for civic facilities located on the land or elsewhere be embedded in the project;
- The potential for density transfer be identified and encouraged;
- The whole project be a “Green Development” – using established standards for construction (i.e. following our green building guidelines or abiding by LEED, Energuide 80 or R2000), plus enhanced ‘Best Practices” for land alteration. CARRIED
Councillors Hocking and Shatzky re: Proposed motion regarding public involvement in Cape Roger Curtis
A motion relating to public interest for Cape Roger Curtis was moved and seconded. After debate, the following amendments were proposed:
It was moved and seconded that Bowen Island Municipal Council supports community members and groups to become involved in the rezoning process, including where possible in a coordinated way, securing conservation funding that may be applied to protecting Cape Roger Curtis lands. DEFEATED
Five members of Council in opposition
It was moved and seconded that “..including where possible, securing conservation funding…” be changed to “…including where possible in a coordinated way, securing conservation funding…”. CARRIED
One member of Council in opposition
The main motion was adopted with one amendment, the final wording being as follows:
RES# 06-047 It was Moved and Seconded
That Bowen Island Municipal Council supports community members and groups to become involved in the rezoning process, including where possible in a coordinated way, securing conservation funding that may be applied to protecting Cape Roger Curtis lands, and exploring other alternatives for Cape Roger Curtis for the purpose of helping the municipality achieve its objective of protecting the public interest in these lands. CARRIED
One member of Council in opposition