Culverton Rd Development

Culverton Rd Development

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Brenda Clarke started this petition to Cowichan Valley Regional District

This is and open petition regarding the propose application #RZ20E02 to develop the 18.37 acre parcel at 5611 Culverton Rd into a 50 unit development. Please accept this as the informed opinion on the topic of this proposed development of any resident from whom you receive it.

The residents of Culverton, White, Ellison, Aquino, Belvedere. Jordans Cowichan Lk, Arla, Brenan Rds among others, are deeply concerned about the impact this proposed development will have on our lives and livelihoods. This is a rural community, where we residents all have adequate space do pursue their hobbies and interests without coming into conflict with those of our neighbours. When problems do arise, we know our neighbours and discuss issues with them to mutual resolutions, rarely needing to involve the municipal government bodies. We look after each other in times of struggle; such as the current pandemic, during and after major storms and power outages or when there is a personal tragedy, such a fire, illness or death affecting one of us.

Currently, the average property size in the area is over 2 acres, with the smallest few landholders still having nearly half an acre to themselves. The proposed development on Culverton Rd seeks to pack 50 residences into 18.37 acre parcel. This will result in parcels that are signifcantly smaller than any others in the area at a maximum of 1/3 acre each. We feel this density-level will certainly result in a sub-urban type problems, as new residents interfere with each other's enjoyment, resulting in more strain on emergency services and the municipal government, and bringing tensions to our neighborhood that we all live here to avoid.

Unlike othe neighboring areas, our community for many consecutive years has enjoyed that our water wells, fed from common aquifer (1-80) remained viable and clean year round. However climate change is a fact and summer droughts are getting longer. Regardless of the potential positive testing results, adding 50 more users to aquifer 1-80 will put the future viability of our wells further into question. Most of us do not currently have cistern tanks and pumps that would be necessary to receive water deliveries if our wells ran dry. The addition of this large group of users would put us into a situation where we may feel those large expenses will be a necessary preparation.

The water table in the area is very high. Many of us have natural ponds on our properties that are rich with life. We are fortunate that the current population is still in balance with this, but its uncertain how many more septic systems it will take to upset that balance, pollute our ponds, and drive away the wildlife we have chosen to live in harmony with.

Our community is already growing at a rate long-term residents have never before seen. Newcomers to the area, who do not yet understand our values, are already raising concerns as they pass through, speeding along our poorly maintained roads, to and from their new homes, putting our families, pets and livestock at increased risk. We ask that you do no suddenly dump another 50 plus vehicles into this already tenuous situation.

We ask the you consider all these factor, and hear our collective community objection to thei proposed development prior to makinng a desicion on it

 

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