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We must be willing to save 'special places'
David Stapley, program manager of the Comox Valley Conservation Strategy Steering Committee, had a very good article in the paper on April 3 . He pointed out that some very special places in the Comox Valley such as Stotan Falls and considerable river frontage is in private hands. He goes on to say that the CVRD should be buying property such as this for present and future public use. He also points out the limited resources the CVRD has to acquire parkland.
Why buy, though, when the owner of Stotan Falls and additional riverfront land totalling 185 acres has offered this property to the CVRD for free. Not only is it being offered for free but it is being enhanced by public washrooms and parking. We are talking about thousands of feet of riverfront that otherwise could be sold to individuals who would probably deny public access.
The only requirement of the present owner is the rezoning of the adjoining non riverfront property into smaller acreage lots. Some of the CVRD regional directors will talk about the RGS and other concerns but all of these concerns can be addressed if there was the willingness to preserve these "Special Places".
Ask your Regional Board directors why they would not support the acquisitions of this special place at no cost to the taxpayers. Why would they continue taxing the Valley residents with special tax levies etc., which are not enough and too late for any significant purchases.
For example the 185 acre Stotan Falls and riverfront property is worth millions now but unfortunately by the time the CVRD had enough money in their Park Fund this same property will be worth considerably more, assuming it was still available.
J. Murray Presley