The legal case involving the Maple Pool campground has come to a close, with the parties involved settling on mutually agreeable terms.
The announcement was made this evening at Courtenay city council. Courtenay Mayor Larry Jangula says as part of the settlement, the property will retain 53 sites to be used for affordable housing, and the owners will have the added option of using 23 other sites as short-term or seasonal housing.
Jangula says public feedback and support on the issue played a big part in the resolution.
(The following joint statement courtesy of the City of Courtenay)
“The City of Courtenay and the owners and residents of Maple Pool are pleased to announce that the claim and counterclaim relating to Maple Pool have been settled on mutually agreeable terms.
While the strict terms of the settlement are confidential, as part of the settlement the owners of Maple Pool have entered a covenant restricting the use of up to 53 sites at the Maple Pool campsite exclusively for affordable housing. These sites are located at the highest elevations of the property and away from the most direct path of river flows in a flood event. The owner and residents are also providing waivers of liability to the City in relation to flood hazards and costs. The owners have also agreed and covenanted to protect from any further development a 30 metre area for environmental and fish protection along the banks of the Tsolum River and other streams. Finally, the settlement will allow Maple Pool to operate 23 lawfully non-conforming seasonal and short term campsites at market rates.
The parties wish to acknowledge the patience, hard work, creative problem solving, and good faith discussions that allowed for this settlement to be reached.”