Highlands council’s decision to appeal a Supreme Court ruling that overturned the Bear Mountain bylaws is one of several options being considered, says mayor Mark Cardinal. The previous month, Justice Malcolm Macaulay declared illegal the District’s bylaws authorizing Bear Mountain to develop a golf course, 150 residences, a hotel/resort and a commercial area in south Highlands. Rezoning discussions were contentious in the rural community.
Also making news the week of Dec. 30, 2006:
Langford gives thumbs down to adopting a transfer of development rights policy. The proposal would have allowed property owners who want to preserve a parcel of land, for green space or heritage use, to sell development rights on the land to someone who could then transfer that property density to another parcel. Langford employed the policy earlier in 2006 for the second phase of Bear Mountain development. It enabled the procurement of approximately 30 acres of green space at Parkdale Hill in the Glen Lake area, in return for more density at the Bear Mountain property south of Florence Lake.
View Royal councillor George Bickerton apologizes to council colleagues and town staff for storming out of a committee meeting. He says he left a Dec. 12 planning committee meeting in a huff because two other councillors were trying to speed passage of a proposed bylaw requiring fire sprinklers in all new housing in the town. Minutes of the meeting simply note: “Councillor Bickerton removed himself from the chambers.” He says he couldn’t listen to it anymore and walked out. He apologized for his “unprofessionalism and lack of control.”
Also making news the week of Dec. 30, 1996:
Local RCMP arrest a man in connection with the armed robbery two days earlier of the Four Mile Pub cold beer and wine store in View Royal. The store was held up at approximately 8 p.m. by a man wielding a knife, who was given cash and fled. He was arrested in a walk-in medical clinic at Colwood Corners.
And, anyone hoping to win a seat at the Langford council table this fall will likely have to get past a list of incumbents determined to hold onto their posts. Mayor Stew Young says he plans to run again, as do Denise Blackwell and Winnie Sifert. It is expected the entire slate will run for re-election.
A gas attendant is robbed at knifepoint at approximately midnight on Christmas Day, at the Petro Canada station on Island Highway. A man armed with a butcher knife held up the night attendant and was seen running away on the highway, having escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash from the till.
Also making news the week of Dec. 30, 1986:
Colwood RCMP have charged 12 drivers with impaired driving in the roughly three weeks since beginning their Counter Attack Program. The number of impaired drivers is identical to last year, but the number of traffic violation tickets issued is high, making the holiday season a busy one for local RCMP. In that same time period, 78 motor vehicles have been involved in accidents. A Colwood RCMP spokesperson says one of the worst nights is surprisingly not New Year’s, but Christmas Eve.
– Compiled by Arnold Lim