North Cowichan council has called for demolition of problematic building at 9384 Cottonwood Rd. in Chemainus. (Citizen file)

Controversial Chemainus building must be torn down

Weight of evidence from bylaw enforcement staff and police is enough for North Cowichan council

That illegally-occupied studio/accessory building at 9384 Cottonwood Rd. in Chemainus has to go.

North Cowichan council has had enough of the problematic place, which has engendered 10 years worth of complaints, involving neighbours, bylaw enforcers, and police. It’s been described as a studio, a storage building, and other names, but, although not properly plumbed or wired for occupancy, people have been living in it.

Council has ordered the owner to demolish it within 30 days.

That owner, Webster Daniel Parker, appeared during the meeting Sept. 4, to tell councillors that he was getting rid of the tenant of the main house, who he claimed was the source of the trouble and replacing him with another, who he claimed was popular with his neighbours. Some rumbles from a group in the audience behind him gave the impression this might not be so, but no one stood up to speak.

Although Mayor Al Siebring had read into the record an extensive motion, explaining exactly what council was going to order in regards to the demolition, Parker never addressed that subject at all when he got up to the mic to speak.

Councillors heard from senior bylaw compliance officer Rachel Hastings about illegal tenants piping raw sewage right into the ground behind the building, and then, when that option was removed, using a spot outdoors as an open air latrine, and from RCMP Insp. Chris Bear about the steeply increasing number of times that police have been called out to the address in the past couple of years.

In the end, councillors were unanimous in declaring they’d had enough, and ordering the accessory building be demolished and the resulting debris be removed within 30 days of Parker receiving notice of the order.

Just Posted

Pilot program to help Cowichan seniors age in place

Seniors Foundation partnering with B.C. tech company Hibou

Green leader Elizabeth May makes campaign stop in Duncan

Says she’s confident voters looking for Green alternative

Coming up in Cowichan: Special service at Cobble Hill cenotaph Saturday

Malahat Legion hosting special service at Cobble Hill cenotaph The Royal Canadian… Continue reading

Zivanai Masango opens new performance space at Little Zimbabwe Farm in Cowichan

Exciting African singer/ songwriter is the first to play the new studio at Cowichan Lake Road farm

Carter family continues tradition of making musical memories in Cowichan

On Saturday the Alf Carter Band, will be providing the entertainment at the Eagles Hall in Duncan.

VIDEO: First all-female spacewalk team makes history

NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir did work on International Space Station’s power grid

Zantac, the over-the-counter heartburn drug, pulled in Canada, U.S.

Health Canada also investigates possible carcinogen in some ranitidine drugs

B.C. public safety minister says cannabis edibles not in stores til January

Mike Farnworth says he wants regional issues considered when it comes to licensing

Greta Thunberg calls for climate action in Alberta, but doesn’t talk oilsands

Swedish teen was met with some oil and gas industry supporters who came in a truck convoy

Scheer denies spreading ‘misinformation’ in predicting unannounced Liberal taxes

Conservative leader had claimed that a potential NDP-Liberal coalition could lead to a hike in GST

Council asks to limit cruise ship visits to Victoria harbour

Mayor says motion is not meant to curtail current visits or limit local cruise industry expansion

Chilliwack man pleads guilty in crash that killed pregnant woman

Frank Tessman charged under Motor Vehicle Act for accident that killed Kelowna school teacher

Kawhi Leonard, former Toronto Raptor, welcomed back to Vancouver at pre-season game

Fans go wild at pre-season game between L.A. Clippers and Dallas Mavericks at Rogers Arena

Greens and NDP go head to head on West Coast; Scheer takes fight to Bernier

Trudeau turns focus to key ridings outside Toronto after two days in Quebec

Most Read