I take exception to Brian Wilford's 'editorial comment' in the Sept.5 Star.
He comes down hard on the Regional District of Nanaimo for doing what they are elected to do.
They actually dismissed their own planning staff's recommendation not to even consider Baynes Sound Investment's application in the first place, in order to actually gauge the public's view concerning the idea of developing a whole new semi-urban community inside an existing rural community, something not even "on the radar" in our last community growth plan.
They agreed to put it before the public for BSI and BSI agreed to provide the information requested in the proscribed format regional governments use.
BSI did not do so, not because of "requests for revisions of revisions" but BSI's complete omissions of information or data in some of the main and most important aspects of the submission.
If BSI really has spent what they claim to have spent so far, maybe they should have spent a bit on someone with enough knowledge and/or experience to put together a proper submission first. Somehow I don't think $600,000 is out of line when considering a $225-million mega-project, nor do I think it is out of line for the RDN to put an 'extended' time limit on that submission when the submitter has already agreed to an overall
timetable for the process.
I would actually call that something like "accommodation," sort of like the coal mine application being rejected for like major omissions, eh? This particular group of "investors" has not been sitting on this acreage for any length of time or they could have put in an application much sooner than they have. They are really just another group of speculators in a long line of speculators who hope to be the ones to crack the nut of getting relatively cheaply bought land out of the Agricultural Land Reserve and turning it into gold to fill their pockets.
I doubt whether they have the depth of pocket to finance "a mega-project" but have no doubt that they will be offering goldplated streetlight posts and erminecovered bathroom fixtures before the dust settles on this.
What we are seeing here is what happened down at Fairwinds for so many decades, as owner after owner went broke trying to get the political alchemy correct to turn plain old rocks into gold.
The players eventually got to a size where they actually do have the size of pockets that can "wag the dog," but at Deep Bay this time around with this particular group? I just don't think this dog is gonna hunt.
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