A Gathering Storm (part 2)

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A sensitive wetland under siege lies at the center of a brewing legal battle

Questionable Qualicum development in protected ecosystem

A Brief Background

“Town staff have consistently refused every development proposal for this parcel for over 20 years…” — Luke Sales, Director of Planning

The Hunt Begins

The missing development permit

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Sensitive swamps like the Laburnum wetlands stand today due to our past stringent development permit process.

The “Verbal Exemption” Process

“The building inspector and I are satisfied with the environmental and geotechnical reports and the exemption applies.” — Luke Sales, Director of Planning

The Environmental Report

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Plentiful populations of amphibians live in these wetlands and can be found with little effort

“It is our understanding that the Town of Qualicum Beach has not requested a Development Permit application for development of the proposed house sites and therefore we will not provide a discussion of Ecological Greenway DPA guidelines.” — Toth and Associates Environmental Services

The Geotechnical Report

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Test holes were dug on a cleared pathway (“Seacroft Road”) to determine the safety of building homes in an adjacent protected wetland. The test holes locations have no meaningful relevance to the proposed homesites

“At your request, we have carried out a Limited Geotechnical Assessment at the site of a Proposed Development at Lot C, Laburnum Road, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia.

The work comprised a limited walkover, the results of which are summarized herein, together with excavated test pits to assess the subsurface conditions. This report includes recommendations for foundations and site development.” — Core Geotechnical Inc.

The Building Permit, please!

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So our dwindling wetlands have taken another hit, before even a simple building report has seen the light of day?

A Valid Exemption or Bylaw Variance?

“I think you are probably referring to the wetlands, that…it didn’t need to come to us because there was no variance, there was no OCP change, there was just business as usual” — Mayor Brian Wiese on April 15th

The Preservation Story

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A wetland lost and turned over for profit, without due diligence or even the minimally needed building permit

The Response from our Public Servants and Town

Is this the Democracy We Deserve?

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As our sensitive ecosystems are diminished, is this not worth protecting according to our community’s wishes and bylaws?

The Path Forward

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We have partnered with WCEL to bring accountability to the town we so dearly love. We hope to restore our democracy and environmental by all means available.

Qualicum Nature Preservation Society

Protecting the pieces of us that grow free in the wilds

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