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General News · 27th September 2008
Jenny Hiebert
If Bylaw #14 receives support at the upcoming Public Hearing, all forest zoned lands will be excluded from the "severance provision" as currently permitted in the Cortes Zoning Bylaw #2455.

The "severance provision" exempts lands that are divided by a highway from the minimum lot sizes normally attribured to the zone designations and allows subdivision subject to approval by the Ministry of Transportation. The provision is currently permitted in the Cortes Zonng Bylaw (2002) #2455 under section 502 -2 a ii. This section currently states:
No minimum lot size shall apply...where a portion of the existing parcel is physically separated from the remainder of a parcel by a highway, but shall not include areas marked "Return to Crown" as indicated on a registered plan. In such cases, each severed portion may become a separate lot upon approval of subdivision by Ministry of Transportation."

The net effect of this provision is that forestry zoned lands can be subdivided without the requirement of a rezoning and therefore, without a public hearing. The existence of this provision came to light when a forestry-zoned parcel in the Seaford area was subdivided utilizing this provision. Afterwards members of the commmunity expressed serious concerns and research into the long term implications of the provision on forestry-zoned lands began. Strathcona Regional District (contracted) planning staff were directed to generate a report outlining the impacts this provision would have on forestry-zoned lands. Subsequent to that report an amendment to the zoning bylaw to exclude all forest-zoned lands from the provision was drafted and proceeded through first and second readings . this allowed the amendment to proceed to public hearing. The proposed amendment to Sec. 502 - 2 a ii of th zoning bylaw states:

"No minimum lot size shall apply....where a portion of the existing parcel is physically separated from the remainder of a parcel by a highway, but shall not include parcels zoned Forestry One (F-1), Forestry Two (F-2), and Forest Land Stewardship One (FLS); or areas marked "Return to Crown" as indicated on a registered plan. In such cases, each severed parcel may become a separate lot upon approval of subdivision by Ministry of Transportation."

On Saturday, October 4, a public hearing will be convened at 10:30am at Manson's Hall to hear the views of the public regarding this proposed zoning bylaw amendment. All those who believe that his or her interests are affected by the proposed amendment will be given an opportunity to be heard. All those wishing to speak will be given a fair and reasonable opportunity to do so. Those uncomfortable with public speaking can bring written submissions to the public hearing. Anyone unable to attend can forward comments on this proposed bylaw amendment via email to planningStrathconaRD.ca. Emailed comments MUST BE RECEIVED by 4:30pm October 3. Any emailed material received after that cannot be reviewed by public hearing delegates, or by the regional borad, in the course of making a decision on the proposed zoning bylaw amendment.

Emails shoud be to the attention of Kent Leontowich and reference Bylaw #14, amendment to Bylaw #2455, Cortes Island Zoning Bylaw, 2002, to exclude all forestry zoned lands (F1, F2, FLS1) from the severance provision as outlined in Section 502 -2 a ii "Lot Size Exceptions."
Observe, remember and repeat...
Comment by Richard Lawton on 27th September 2008
The detrimental effect of current regulation is minor. (IT could create 2 parcels from NE 1/4 Sec 31; NW 1/4 Sec 30; and SE 1/4 Sec 37.)

We are again insulting a private forest owner by deliberately devaluing their assets.

The price of this is potentially enormous.

The original change from 10 acre RU-1 to 100 acre F-1 'dezoned' MacBlo's land without proper consultation.
MACBLO's FRIENDLY, COOPERATIVE, ACCOMMODATING BEHAVIOUR DIMINISHED CONSIDERABLY.

Later we rezoned and devalued the new owner (Weyerhaeuser)'s log dump on the Gorge without ANY consultation!
WEYERHAEUSER SOLD HUNDREDS OF ACRES OF PRIVATE FOREST UNDER OUR NOSES!

Island Timberlands, the most recent owner, SOLD THE REST OF THE PRIVATE FOREST LAND ON SOUTH CORTES.

While other issues contributed, a significant factor in their decisions was OUR short sighted, self interested behaviour.

Does no one at the middle of this mess understand cause and effect?

How about simple human nature? (Or perhaps I'm missing something... are villains not human?)

* We are doing the same dumb thing again! *

And meanwhile we are begging IT to be open, kind, considerate, communicative and compassionate...

Whaletown Commons....

2,000 acres to be logged or not....

2,000 acres to be retained for future forest use or sold...

For heavens sake, wake up!