Proposed development on Thain Road bad for community

Where and when was the proper public consultation?

Proposed development on Thain Road bad for community

Proposed development on Thain Road bad for community

There is a new housing development planned for 6210 Thain Rd. which is a quiet, rural side road close to Cobble Hill Mountain Park. The very large parcel of land was previously owned by a man who donated the land upon his death to the church.

Now the property has been quietly sold to a developer for a housing development. Where and when was the proper public consultation? Why weren’t the citizens of Cobble Hill allowed any input? Why is our regional representative allowing this kind of massive and destructive growth without asking us? People move to Cobble Hill because the area is one of the few remaining rural and quiet places to live.

We are losing green and wild spaces at an alarming rate, cutting down forests, pushing wildlife out of their homes, and building hundreds of houses that require tons of water during a time when not only do we complain of summer drought but now are experiencing winter drought, as well. Housing developments have many negative aspects the community, and certainly the established residents living near one, don’t want: extra traffic, with usually two cars per household; noise pollution from lawn mowers, leaf blowers, etc; population increase and density; increased water usage; incredible amounts of strain on the environment by building roads, fences and other structures that increase water runoff and erosion; loss of the forests, which are natural water retainers and erosion prevention systems; and so much more. There is an elk herd who use that property year-round, as well as bears, cougars, and other wildlife who call it their home.

The property is situated beside Cobble Hill Mountain Park, so I would rather see the increase in taxes, which we can’t avoid anyway, go to adding this land to the park and preserving our quiet, rural way of life instead of leveling the forest for ugly houses, fences, cement, and asphalt.

Please, if you share these concerns, the time to act is now. Write the CVRD, and our political representatives and ask them how our local government can just bulldoze over the concerns of the citizens and do what they want. As we know, projects often are a done deal by the time any public input is asked for. Therefore, we need to voice our concerns right now. This kind of irreversible loss is happening in many areas of the Valley. We want to stop the destruction of wild spaces before it’s too late because once this forest is gone it will be gone forever.

Karen Trudell

Cobble Hill

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The CVRD will reconsider its policies on fireworks after receiving complaints. (File photo)
Cowichan Valley Regional District considers options for fireworks after receiving complaints

Distict only allows fireworks on Halloween and New Year’s Eve, with a permit

Ben Maartman, left, and Murray McNab are running for regional director for Area H North Oyster-Diamond in a Cowichan Valley Regional District byelection later this month. (Photos submitted)
Preliminary Area H byelection results show Maartman up by seven votes, McNab to ask for recount

Results of the by-election to by finalized by noon on Tuesday, December 1

Freighter anchored off Kin Beach in Chemainus. (Photo by Don Bodger)
Cowichan MP hosting virtual town hall on freighter anchorages issue

Residents can participate through MP’s website or Facebook page Dec. 3

Santa will be in Honeymoon Bay on Dec. 13. (File photo)
Santa to visit Honeymoon Bay on Dec. 13

Families must call ahead due to pandemic

A B.C. Ambulance Service paramedic wearing a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 moves a stretcher outside an ambulance at Royal Columbia Hospital, in New Westminster, B.C., on Sunday, November 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. records deadliest weekend of COVID-19 pandemic with 46 deaths; more than 2,300 cases

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provides COVID-19 update

Kettle bells sit aligned in an indoor fitness studio. (PIxabay.com)
1 COVID-19 case at a B.C. fitness studio leads to 104 more infections, 6 school exposures

According to case data released by Fraser Health, one case of the novel coronavirus carries a big impact

Vehicles drive past a display thanking essential workers in Burnaby, B.C. on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marissa Tiel
B.C. changing COVID-19 case reporting as virus spread continues

Manual counting takes more time, leads to errors

Black Press Media and BraveFace have come together to support children facing life-threatening conditions. Net proceeds from these washable, reusable, three-layer masks go to Make-A-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon.
Put on a BraveFace: Mask fundraiser helps make children’s wishes come true

From Black Press Media + BraveFace – adult, youth and kid masks support Make-A-Wish Foundation

Christy Jordan-Fenton is the co-author of the book Fatty Legs, which has been mentioned amid the controversy of an Abbotsford school assignment on residential schools.
Co-author of residential schools book condemns controversial Abbotsford class assignment

Children’s book mentioned amid controversy at W. A. Fraser Middle School

Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka takes over as energy and mines critic for the B.C. Liberal opposition. Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick (right) moves from health critic to assistant deputy speaker. (Hansard TV)
B.C. Liberals pick critics to take on Horgan’s NDP majority

Interim leader Shirley Bond takes seniors, long-term care

Left to right: A screenshot of NTC nurse navigator Lesley Cerney, FNHA regional mental health manager Georjeana Paterson and Island Health’s medical health officer Dr. Charmaine Enns addressing Ehattesaht community members from Ehatis reserve in a Facebook live update. (Ehattesaht First Nation/Facebook)
Medical team sent to Ehatis reserve near Zeballos to guide community through COVID outbreak

17 cases, eight recoveries and no hospitalizations as Island Health praises First Nation’s response

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland listens to a question from a reporter on the phone during a news conference in Ottawa, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Spending too little worse than spending too much, Freeland says as Canada’s deficit tops $381B

‘The risk of providing too little support now outweighs that of providing too much’

Still from a video surveillance camera of a man alleged to have stolen from several people at knife-point in Chilliwack (Rosedale) early on Nov. 28, 2020. (Facebook)
B.C. man defends his family against intruder, saves neighbour while wielding hockey stick

RCMP looking for footage that captures violent crime spree in Chilliwack

Most Read