CVRD Refutes Accusation Related to Land Closure

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) is refuting comments made in newspaper advertisements and in a letter from 3L Developments Inc., that the development's decision to close some popular recreational property to public access is because of actions of the Regional District and the Province.

The CVRD received a letter from 3L Developments Inc., stating that it would be closing access to Stotan Falls, and to hiking and biking trails along the Puntledge and Browns Rivers, claiming that policies of the regional growth strategy (RGS) left them no choice but to do that.

“The land owned by 3L Developments Inc. is private land and the owner is free to make whatever choices it wishes about public access to that land,” said Edwin Grieve, chair of the CVRD's board of directors. “But to suggest that the intention to restrict access is related to CVRD policies or actions is unfortunate and untrue.”

The “Puntledge triangle” has been identified as an important recreation area and the CVRD has been proactive in acquiring new park properties and rights of way to support public trails in this area. More Information on CVRD parks and trails.

The Comox Valley Regional District is a federation of three electoral areas and three municipalities providing sustainable services for residents and visitors to the area. The members of the regional district work collaboratively on services for the benefit of the diverse urban and rural areas of the Comox Valley.

Media contact: December 21-28: Geoff Garbutt, executive manager of strategic & long range planning Tel: 250-334-6077 After January 1, 2013: Debra Oakman, chief administrative officer Tel: 250-334-6055