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Local environmental groups ask council to not approve boundary expansion

Local environmental groups in Campbell River are asking City council to not approve a boundary expansion.

In a release, Greenways Land Trust, Campbell River Environmental Committee, and Stop the Brawl say an application for an urban containment boundary expansion has been submitted to allow development south of Jubilee Parkway.

The development aims to improve housing supply.

The area holds the jubilee fen wetland, which was partially destroyed by construction fill dumping in the past.

While there has been work to restore the wetland, including a covenant that would protect the fen, the organization says it hasn’t been finished yet.

Executive director Katie Lavoie says the covenants are not registered.

“In addition, there has been no reporting back to the public on the annual monitoring reports that were to have commenced once the restoration was completed,” said Lavoie.

Their concern is the expansion would put the wetland at risk of more damage if it’s approved.

They also say because of required conditions not being met, it is uncertain in how the property could contribute to housing requirements.

Lavoie adds another concern is with consulting taxpayers.

“Ongoing maintenance and upgrades of infrastructure for any future developments in the Urban Containment Boundary expansion area will impact taxation,” said Lavoie.

The trust says one way to amend the expansion is through a public hearing open to residents.

It will take place in the Tidemark theatre on May 1 at 6:00 p.m.

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