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3L and CVRD court dispute to continue on March 12th

COURTENAY, B.C- The court battle between the Comox Valley Regional District and 3L Development has had its schedule set up.

Earlier this month, 3L Developments Inc announced a closure for all of the Riverwood lands near Courtenay, where 3L has been aiming to develop a new area for housing in the Valley.

Located near the Duncan Bay Main bridge crossing the Puntledge River and along parts of the river’s course, the Riverwood area also contains the Stotan Falls, a popular swimming area in the Comox Valley.

The company has said that gravel roads in the area will be closed, and no individual access or vehicle access will be allowed through, with the exception of logging trucks that have an agreement with 3L for access.

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The move was the latest part of a dispute between the company and the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD), which has gone to the courts.

Back in October, 3L filed a petition to the Supreme Court of British Columbia, asking for the district’s denial of an application to amend the area’s Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) to be set aside.

The district has filed a response to the petition, which disagrees with every point raised by the company. The next appearance was set for this month in Vancouver.

Last week, the district has announced that they were advised 3L intends to amend their petition, with the case now being heard by the province’s Supreme Court in early to mid-March.

The date has now been sent for March 12th to March 15th in Vancouver.

The newsroom reached out to the CVRD for more information on the amendment, after Kabel Atwall, project manager for 3L, directed inquiries on the subject to the district.

The district has not yet been told what amendment the company plans on making to their petition.

“At this time we are not aware of what the amendments are,” said Jennifer Steel, spokesperson for the CVRD.

“These would be made public once they are filed with the court.”

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