Big crowd at LakeTown meeting

It was a packed house at the Youbou Community Hall on Monday September 28 during the public meeting

Above

Gazette

It was a packed house at the Youbou Community Hall on Monday September 28 during the public meeting regarding the proposed LakeTown Ranch music concert/ camping/outdoor recreation site.

The owners have submitted an application to amend both the Youbou/Meade Creek Official Community Plan and the Area I – Youbou/Meade Creek Zoning Bylaw. The purpose of the requested bylaw amendments is to permit an outdoor concert and events venue along with a camping facility.

At the meeting Cowichan Valley Regional District staff explained the process related to the application and the applicant along with his consultants made presentations concerning the proposal.

During the question and answer period many residents took to the microphone to ask Sunfest owner Greg Adams about everything from noise issues, security, parking and extra traffic concerns.

While there were people for and against the proposal, the people behind the proposal appeared to outnumber those against. But, even the people behind the proposal had concerns.

Local resident Les Bowd stated while he was a proponent of the proposal,  he recognizes that it would have  a great impact on the area and wants to be certain that all concerns would be properly heard and listened to.

Jack Peake had concerns about noise from the event as well as whether the venue could be leased out to hold other concerts that might bring a different crowd. Greg Adams assured him that would not happen.

Mike Bishop is a Youbou resident who says he is behind the project, but is not naive enough to think it won’t have problems. Getting it started shouldn’t be one of those problems, he says.

Greg Adams said although he has been courted by other communities to bring the event to their area, he thinks it is important to keep the event in the Cowichan Valley.  Many were concerned that the proposal was too big and moving too fast, but Adams noted that the proposal has been a long time in the works and it was moving fast because of the work that had been done prior to the proposal being at this stage.

Many seemed to agree that the benefits outwiegh the problems with the proposal. One Youbou resident who was against the proposal for a number of reasons summed up her feelings as she quoted singer Joni Mitchell, “You don’t know what you’ve got till its gone.”

Many took home the comment sheet to fill out and send to the CVRD.

 

For anyone wanting information on the proposal it can be found on the CVRD website cvrd.bc.ca

 

 

Just Posted

Capitals drop two; Interior trip in the cards

Cowichan will face Penticton or Merritt in first round of playoffs

Drugs a top priority for North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP, notes quarterly report

Drugs a priority for RCMP, notes quarterly report

North Cowichan to pause all logging in forest reserve for 2019

Municipality expects decision to cause $150,000 shorfall this year

Vancouver measles outbreak prompts vaccine vigilance on Island

No cases here yet, but Island health authorities push measles vaccinations - and not just for kids

‘Riya was a dreamer’: Mother of slain 11-year-old Ontario girl heartbroken

Her father, Roopesh Rajkumar, 41, was arrested some 130 kilometres away

Coming up in Cowichan: Estuary fundraiser, landlord info and more

Chance for landlords to learn about their rights and responsibilities The Cowichan… Continue reading

Searchers return to avalanche-prone peak in Vancouver to look for snowshoer

North Shore Rescue, Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog teams and personnel will be on Mt. Seymour

Market volatility, mortgages loom over upcoming earnings of Canada’s big banks

Central bank interest hikes have padded the banks’ net interest margins

Hearings into SNC-Lavalin affair start today, but not with Wilson-Raybould

She has repeatedly cited solicitor-client privilege to refuse all comment

VIDEO: 8 things you need to know about the 2019 B.C. budget

Surplus of $247 million with spending on children, affordability and infrastructure

B.C. pot giant Tilray to acquire hemp food company Manitoba Harvest for up to $419 million

Tilray will pay $150 million in cash and $127.5 million in stock.

Tears, flowers at impromptu memorial for Syrian children killed in Halifax fire

The family had only lived in the Quartz Drive home for a few months

NDP candidates push for stronger climate action as Singh supports LNG Canada

Singh has tried to project unity in the party while facing internal criticism for poor fundraising and low support in the polls

Most Read