The Comox Valley Regional District has received a number of bylaw complaints for three properties within the region owned by Mr. Amandio Santos. The complaints were regarding unsightly nature of the properties with an accumulation of refuse, derelict vehicles, and garbage. As well several complaints were received regarding fulltime occupancy of recreational vehicles and within accessory buildings. Several concerning health complaints were received regarding lack of working septic systems, access to water and hazardous living conditions. These complaints were forwarded to respective agencies for follow-up.
On September 15, 2020, the CVRD first filed proceedings in BC Provincial Court against Mr. Amandio Santos on nine separate charges related to bylaw complaints on three properties within the Comox Valley Regional District. Additionally on January 4, 2021, the CVRD filed another eight charges with the BC Provincial Court.
On September 22, 2021 in BC Provincial Court, Mr. Amandio Santos and his company River Dam Holdings Inc pleaded guilty on six of the charges, in relation to unsightly premises, storing of derelict vehicles, and occupying a building contrary to a posted notice. These charges resulted in $35,000 payable to the CVRD in fines, as well as requirement to pay $7,000 in CVRD legal costs. Conditions on two of the properties were also placed during the proceedings at Cougar Smith and Schultz Road. The Holiday Road property has recently been sold.
The CVRD will continue to monitor these properties for compliance with the signed consent order as well as all other applicable bylaws.
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.
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Amanda Yasinski, Manager of Bylaw Compliance