People knew mill there when they moved in

Chemainus – I read with some interest the story about complaints re noise and light pollution from the WFP mill in Cowichan Bay. Section 4(5) of bylaw 2857 states that the bylaw does not apply to “The making of noise which is usual to or inevitable in the permitted uses in a prescribed zone”.

According to the story, the mill was built in 1975 and the spokesperson for the group, Mr. Schuerholz, apparently moved in two years after it was built.

The mill has been operating for 39 years providing jobs for people and tax revenue for North Cowichan.

It seems to me that anyone who moved into the affected area after 1975 did so

with the full knowledge of the mill’s existence, much as we folk up in Chemainus were aware there was the mill in Crofton which on occasions gives us some odour as do the farms around us when they spread manure.

I am sure some abatement steps can be taken by WFP but this is akin to someone moving into a home in Richmond under the glide path to YVR and then complaining about the noise of aircraft landing and taking off.

While unfortunate, it is what it is.

Alex Currie (Sr.)

Chemainus

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