Shawnigan Lake – It appears from recent letters there may be some people who feel enough time has passed since the 2011 Eco Depot referendum to simply ignore the results and build anyway.
Those people could not be more wrong.
It would be sheer lunacy for the CVRD board to “resurrect the south end Eco Depot” on Cameron Taggart Road. The location was rejected by a full 65 per cent of those who voted (2,669 to 1,451). Justice Gaul of the B.C. Supreme Court ruled on Dec. 31, 2012 that the CVRD could not have built a “utility” (waste transfer station) on the land in the first place.
Under the new South Cowichan zoning bylaw 3520 it would be explicitly prohibited. Also, the CVRD board voted to subdivide and dispose of the property. Currently, the subdivision process is awaiting final approval and, barring any unforeseen circumstances, “for sale” signs should hopefully be up by this summer.
The saga of the Eco Depot is over, but it will not soon be forgotten. I will be forever grateful to all the wonderful people who put their lives on hold for a year and a half to write emails and attend meetings, sign brigades, and protests to keep that beautiful old road and the surrounding area rural and peaceful.