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October 16, 2007

All those not in favour…

Filed under: Governance and Legal,Views — Jocko @ 6:55 pm

The Balance On Pender group, Michael Doyle, Randy Lynch (629-9981), Victor Jones and Ellie Ross, are encouraging North Pender residents to petition the provincial Minister of Community Services, Honourable Ida Chong <CS.Minister@gov.bc.ca> and Saanich North and the Islands MLA Murray Coell <Murray.Coell.MLA@leg.bc.ca> without delay if they want to use a last opportunity to prevent the proposed Official Community Plan (OCP) by-law with Sensitive Ecosystem Development Permit Areas (SEDPAs) from getting final approval. They contend the SEDPAs received almost no focused public scrutiny and that if approved, could negatively affect the values of some properties by restricting what landowners can and cannot do with their land including where to build, which may not be on the preferred building site. They predict that further litigation over the matter could end up costing tax payers more money and cite the recent failed lawsuit of the North Pender Islands Trust trustees to prevent short term vacation rentals (STVRs) as an example. They would like the section on SEDPAs be removed from the bylaw by the Minister and be dealt with separately to fully address public concerns over implementation and cost issues as well as potential litigation from poorly defined guidelines and errors on the available maps. One or more of the following actions are urged by the group:

1. Submit a personal letter to Honourable Ida Chong, Minister of Community Services, 218-2186 Oak Bay Ave., Victoria, B.C. V8R 1G3 or to Murray Coell, MLA, Saanich North and the Islands, Suite F, 2412 Beacon Ave., Sidney, B.C. V8L 1X4

2. Sign a petition and drop it off in the “Balance on Pender” folder in the Community Box at Pender Island Realty

3. Email them at <info@penderocp.com> stating “I, (your name and N. Pender property address), a resident of North Pender Island, ask Minister Chong to remove the Sensitive Ecosystem DPA designations from the proposed OCP for separate public review.”

4. Fax petitions to 250.629.2086

For more information visit: http://www.penderocp.com/

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