Decision on RV use at Roberts Creek delayed until mid-May

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SCRD rural trustees to choose between two recommendations at May 12 board meeting

Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) trustees have elected to defer their decision on an application for RV use on Roberts Creek property until the next board meeting on May 12.

At a previous committee meeting on April 21, SCRD staff made a recommendation to drop the request that would temporarily allow the use of four recreational vehicles on private property at 1220 Lockyer Road, and instead reduce use in six to 12 months with a compliance agreement. At this meeting, rural administrators voted four to one in favor of the new course of action.

But at the April 28 board meeting, SCRD board chair Darnelda Siegers withdrew the motion for discussion, citing a conflict with a previous recommendation the board had passed in March to allow to the request to proceed to second reading and a public hearing. Since staff cannot act on both recommendations, a decision had to be made.

“Some directors have indicated that they might like a little more time to review the recommendations and the process that we need to follow,” Siegers said, adding that directors had been briefed on the process just before the board meeting. advice.

The Rural Directors voted three to one (Area A Director Leonard Lee did not vote and was counted as in favour) to defer the decision to stick with their original motion, or reconsider and to move forward with the new staff proposal.

Halfmoon Bay manager Lori Pratt had been the only manager to vote against the “liquidation” proposal at the April 21 committee meeting. At council, she said she would prefer to reject the motion and move forward with second reading and a public hearing.

“As far as I’m concerned, we could reject this number 10 recommendation now, because it shouldn’t have been done without the other reconsideration presented first in terms of process,” Pratt said.

Roberts Creek manager Andreas Tize voted against deferring the motion. “I prefer it to be done today,” he said. “I thought we were delaying because we wanted to hear from the public, but it doesn’t look like that, it looks like we’re just procrastinating.”

Pratt said if the directors wanted to hear from the public, they would let it go through the public hearing process.

After the vote, Siegers (who is not eligible to vote on the issue) responded to public comments around the Lockyer app.

“Unfortunately, some say the SCRD is basically deporting people. It’s not,” Siegers said. She described the process the request has gone through so far, which began there. nearly two years ago and includes SCRD public meetings and reports in November and March, as well as a public briefing hosted by the applicant in January.

“There have been many opportunities for voices to be heard and opinions to be considered on this proposal, and we have heard many,” she said. “It’s not just a housing issue. This app deals with regulations, compliance, environment, and human health and safety issues. To infer that this is a simple situation couldn’t be further from the truth. It is a complex application.

Siegers outlined nine proposed conditions the applicant would need to meet for an Official Community Plan (OCP) amendment and requirements from other agencies: Vancouver Coastal Health, local First Nations and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure.

“It is regrettable that the applicant did not report to the SCRD before the implementation of his projects. This request was brought to the attention of staff and the board after the owner made his changes and allowed people to live on his property,” Siegers continued. She shared the concerns the SCRD has since received.

“We all understand that pressure has been put on our region due to housing affordability and population growth. This problem is bigger than an application and a single property. This forces us to consider how we are addressing this issue across the Sunshine Coast Regional District as it affects many similar properties that we are aware of but have not yet been asked to address,” she said. . “Our council recognizes the need to prioritize changes to our planning to examine the current and future needs of this region. Apps like this highlight this pressing need. Our planning department is making changes to our bylaws and official community plans to try to accommodate this, and residents will hear more about these changes in the coming months – in fact, in the coming months. next weeks.

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