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No time to pick and choose
The Comox Valley Environmental Council is a 23-year-old group of more than 20 local green organizations which meets about five times a year with local politicians.
Ideally CVEC tries acts as a liaison between governing agencies and the various green groups in order to facilitate environmental projects and activities. CVEC is a low key organization we leave the banners, yelling, tree hugging, etc. to other groups.
However, it is necessary at this time that CVEC speak up regarding the CVRD Regional Growth Strategy and proposals for real estate development at Stotan Falls.
CVEC 100 per cent supports the RD staff with their recommendation to not process an amendment to the Regional Growth Strategy Plan as requested by 3L Developments Incorporated for the Stotan Falls area.
CVEC supports the RGS which was approved in 2011 after a long development process, and with plenty of opportunity for public (and other) input. As with most other planning and management tools, there is a provision for review five years after implementation.
Now is not the time to ‘pick and choose’ where development is to occur. The RGS is very clear on where settlement growth areas are to be, and CVEC is pleased to support the CVRD staff in their firm stand on this.
Editor's note: Dave Lacelle is the chair of the Comox Valley Environmental Council.