May 30, 2008
Victoria, BC – On April 14, 2008, Western Forest Products applied to subdivide lands stretching from Sooke to Jordan River. In January 2007, the Minister of Forests removed these lands from provincially regulated Tree Farm Licences without notifying the public, local governments, or First Nations. The subdivision applications now sit before the Ministry of Transportation’s provincial approving officer, Bob Wylie, who may accept or reject them. If accepted, the proposed subdivisions would open up pristine coastal areas and expansive forest resource lands west of Victoria to low-density, residential and commercial development.
With the assistance of the ELC, the Sea-to-Sea Greenbelt Society’s lawyer has filed submissions encouraging the provincial approval officer to hold public hearings before he approves the subdivision applications.
Subdivision Application – Request for Public Hearing Documents:
Related Links:Documents: Auditor General’s Report:
Removing Private Land from Tree Farm Licences 6, 19 & 25: Protecting the Public Interest?
(Oct 19/07) Background: ELC requests Auditor General Investigation
(Nov 20/07) Supplemental letter to the Auditor General
UPDATE: Summary of ELC Submission to CRD (September 29.09)