Rock of the Woods public meeting Monday

A public meeting related to a temporary use permit for a concert in Area E will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 26 at the Eagles Hall.

A public meeting related to a temporary use permit for a concert in Area E (Cowichan Station/Sahtlam/Glenora) will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 26 at the Eagles Hall.

The promoters of Rock of the Woods, a successful music festival, have applied for a three-year permit to hold their event on an Irvine Drive property.

Concert-goers have been supportive of the project, but neighbours have spoken out against the idea, raising concerns about noise, traffic and environmental impact — but also about the temporary use permit (TUP) process itself.

Because the property where the festival has been held the last two years is zoned residential, a special event permit is required for the four days of the year when it takes place.

Having been at the property two years already, an additional three years leaves residents feeling the venue is more permanent than temporary.

They feel their concerns have been ignored.

A public meeting held last January regarding Rock of the Woods’s 2015 permit attracted nearly 200 and people were spilling out of the doors at the hall in Glenora. The move to the Eagles Hall will allow for more to attend and voice their opinions this time around.

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