Woodlands should not have been lost

"Rezoning illegal and in contradiction to OCP" says letter writer

Dear Editor,

Bill Dietrich is not the only one who is upset about the loss of the Miama Slough Woodlands Park to Kingma’s greed (‘Harrison Hot Springs: Ripe for the Picking’ July 23 letter). This precious woodland was in the OCP as future parkland and had been promised to the community for many years. We even spent public money clearing the underbrush and garbage out of it.

The OCP states that the OCP bylaw is meant to provide a high level of certainty about future land use. But the current mayor has dismissed it as “just a bunch of suggestions which are not binding on council”. So the mayor and council followed ” Harrison Horizons” the Unofficial (secret) Community Plan prepared by Kingma and rezoned it for condos. I believe the rezoning was and is illegal as it still contradicted the OCP in many unchanged places. The zoning could have been overturned in court but the Village would have spent unlimited amounts of tax dollars defending it. (According to former councillor Jackson, they spent $650,000 on the Vanderwolf fiasco.) No civilian has that kind of resources to fight city hall. This scandalous destruction of Harrison’s green space warrants investigation by Victoria and severe punishment for all those responsible for it.

John Allen

Harrison Hot Springs

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

Just Posted

Upper Fraser Valley RCMP re-open community policing offices

CPOs have been closed for weeks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but re-opened Tuesday

RCMP ask for assistance to find missing Chilliwack man

Raymond Gene Jarvis has been missing since early July

Popkum fire chief urges caution after Saturday rescue from Bridal Veil Falls

11-year-old boy was stable, fire chief Walter Roos said, when delivered to a waiting ambulance

Chilliwack RCMP seeing surge in telephone-based tax scam

Victims are phoned by someone claiming to represent the Canada Revenue Agency, demanding money

Recent surge in COVID-19 cases not unexpected amid Phase Three of reopening: B.C.’s top doc

Keep circles small, wear masks and be aware of symptoms, Dr. Bonnie Henry says

Thousands of dollars of stolen rice traced to Langley warehouse

Police raid seizes $75,000 in ‘commercial scale’ theft case

UPDATE: Mission spray park closed after children suffer swollen eyes, burns

Mission RCMP are investigating incident that injured several children

B.C. NDP changing WorkSafeBC regulations to respond to COVID-19

Employers say reclassifying coronavirus could be ‘ruinous’

Baby raccoon rescued from 10-foot deep drainage pipe on Vancouver Island

‘Its cries were loud, pitiful and heartbreaking,’ Saanich animal control officer says

Statistical flaws led to B.C. wolf cull which didn’t save endangered caribou as estimated

Study finds statistical flaws in an influential 2019 report supporting a wolf cull

Surrey’s first Ethics Commissioner brings ‘objectivity’ to the job

Vancouver lawyer Reece Harding is Surrey’s first Ethics Commissioner, also a first for B.C.

Windows broken, racist graffiti left on Okanagan home

Family says nothing like this has happened since they moved to Summerland in 1980s

19 times on 19th birthday: Langley teen goes from crutches to conquering Abby Grind

Kaden Van Buren started at midnight on Saturday. By 3 p.m. he had completed the trek 19 times.

Most Read