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The video going around about Stotan Falls

Aug 31, 2018 | Letters to Editor | 3 comments

Hello Tide Change editors,

Re that video going around about Stotan falls, it shows one side…fine, but is always posted in such a way that one can not make comments. This is not unlike 3L who have always presented their side but never mention the trade off that would be involved should they get permission, amend our zoning and “donate” that “Park”. 

I’ve heard them say they will give the Park as a “gift”. That is incorrect, because a gift does not have strings attached.  Anyway here are my comments re this film. I posted them to my Facebook page and would like it if I could post them here, especially near the film (which once again allows no comment).

My objective is to cut through the 3L “facts” with a little picture of what the trade off they are proposing before they would “Gift” us with Stotan Falls as a “Park” would look like.

I want to REFUTE a couple of its sentiments:

#1 “Save the park” You can’t save something that doesn’t exist. Stotan Falls is not a park and the only reason the developer is promising they’ll make it a park is so they can put One Thousand and One Hundred homes there…on both sides of the river. The area is not zoned for high density housing. Many places in this valley are zoned for and meant to take Urban Core Density now. The developer is holding Stotan Falls Hostage in order to attempt to change our Regional Zoning for their own gain..

#2 “Donating 260 acres” Many of those acres are lands they can not develop: land under the power line, land zoned riparian, land that is actually river, land that floods…Imagine those donated acres as “park” now imagine ALL THE REST with more than a thousand: houses, cars, cats, dogs, lawnmowers, fences, radios, skill saws, hammering, shops, traffic,run off, more people in the river… Would it still be anyone’s favourite swimming hole?

#3 “Share to spread awareness”. Promising a “Park” without ever mentioning the ONE THOUSAND AND ONE HUNDRED houses is not spreading awareness, it is spreading propaganda. Forget saving a “Park”, save Stotan Falls and our Rural Areas, save the RGS.

Thank you for what you do and this opportunity to contribute to an alternative to the regular media.

Diane Bostock

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  1. Dan Vie

    Hi Pieter, thanks for printing Dianne’s letter and your disclaimer on the front page. The video in question is clearly propaganda in line with 3L’s “Save the Park” campaign, and like most of 3L’s publicity is misleading as to their real interest, which is property development. Sharing it without comments that put it in context is not benefiting the public dialogue.

    Please see the Facebook group “Save the Puntledge Triangle” for in-depth discussion of this topic. Tell your CVRD Directors to refuse the amendment to the RGS, and not to allow a major 1100 home subdivision to be built on the rural land overlooking the falls. The RGS has a 20-year timeline and is not a philosophical document, it is legislation that governs our whole bioregion. This is an election issue, as anyone concerned with running for office needs to get up to speed on the RGS and realize that protecting our land and water resources from urban sprawl is critical. Save the Regional Growth Strategy = Save Stotan Falls. http://www.facebook.com/savethePT

  2. Diane

    Thanks Peter,

    My need to contribute stems from my belief that an individual developer

    challenging our Regional Growth Strategy’s key principle of ‘Urban

    Containment” is a huge, expensive, precedent. For such an important issue

    The Region’s residents need to learn far more than what the proponent’s

    half told story and omissions present.

  3. Pieter Vorster

    Hi Dianne,

    Thanks so much for your letter and the comments it brings. While I do admit there was no place on our frontpage to leave comments on the video, I am hopeful that by posting your letter like this we are answering your need to contribute.


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