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Proposed Hornby Island Campground Expansion Sparked Local Community Concerns

A petition advocating for an alternative location for Tribune Bay Campground’s proposed expansion on Hornby Island has garnered community support, collecting hundreds of signatures. The expansion, planned for a recently acquired protected area by B.C. Parks, has sparked concerns among residents.

The petition, spearheaded by Petra Chambers, raised questions about the potential ecological impact of the development, according to an article published by the Comox Valley Record. Chambers explained that the project lacks due consideration for the area’s ecological sensitivity.

“They are not proceeding carefully, and they are not proceeding respectfully given that this is an ecologically sensitive area, according to the Island Trust, the official community plan, and the Agricultural Land Reserve. Anyone from here also knows that area is a wetland and not a good camping location,” Chambers said in the report.

To gather more information, Chambers sought a Freedom of Information Act request in February, seeking environmental assessments conducted by B.C. Parks regarding the proposed development. As per the report, she has not received a response.

In the British Columbia Parks’ assessments, the report identified several potential issues with the proposed campsite area. These include shallow root systems in trees that could pose risks to workers and campers during windstorms, water supply challenges, and concerns related to the wetland.

Henk Van Klinken, another Hornby Island resident collaborating with Chambers, echoed her concerns. “There is a long-standing pattern where people have prioritized human needs and sacrificed nature. The B.C. Parks proposal still perpetuates that,” Van Klinken said.

In addition to ecological impact, the concerns questioned the legality of developing a government-protected area while overlooking environmental risks. 

Despite community criticisms, Daniel Arbour, Area A director for the Comox Valley Regional District, favors the expansion. He views it as a positive investment for Hornby Island, potentially reducing the density of campsites and enhancing visitor experiences. Additionally, Arbour praised B.C. Parks for its community engagement efforts, highlighting adjustments made in response to feedback, such as eliminating a proposed road.

The situation on Hornby Island underscores the importance of thoroughly considering ecological impacts before filing a proposal. This also applies to any private campgrounds or RV parks. Owners and operators can learn from the residents’ concerns by conducting comprehensive environmental assessments. For campground proposals, this approach highlights the necessity of evaluating the ecological sensitivity of potential development sites, ensuring that projects do not disrupt protected areas or wildlife habitats.

Additionally, this case emphasizes the value of maintaining open and ongoing dialogue with local residents and regulatory bodies. Effective community engagement involves addressing concerns and adjusting plans based on feedback. For future campground developers, this proactive move helps gain community and council approvals.

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Floatless856
Floatless856
May 22, 2024 4:25 pm

Did you know that having transparent talks with locals and experts before pushing through projects in sensitive spots like Hornby Island is super important? It’s all about finding that sweet spot where the community and nature both benefit in the long run. Let’s keep the balance, right?

IanLark
IanLark
May 23, 2024 1:33 pm
Reply to  Floatless856

It’s crucial to find harmony between growth and honoring the community’s roots. Let’s collaborate to guarantee any development aligns with the island’s distinct charm and principles. Together, we can safeguard our environment and way of life for generations to come. Our shared future depends on it.

GiaSunrise
GiaSunrise
May 22, 2024 5:25 pm
Reply to  Floatless856

Finding balance between community needs and environmental conservation is vital. Engage in transparent discussions with locals and experts for valuable insights and collaborative solutions. Consider hosting town hall meetings for constructive dialogue.

XenaNight
XenaNight
May 22, 2024 8:58 pm

Isn’t it interesting how the community and nature bond on Hornby Island? Residents like Petra and Henk show true dedication to preserving its natural charm despite proposed changes.

ElizaFrost
ElizaFrost
May 22, 2024 9:08 pm

Have you heard about the Hornby Island campground expansion sparking concerns? It’s got me thinking about how we need to carefully consider the impact on the island’s resources. What do you think about engaging in dialogue and assessments for sustainable development in such projects?

BirchGem878
BirchGem878
May 22, 2024 11:03 pm

Isn’t it intriguing how the Hornby Island campground expansion has sparked such a buzz in the community? Residents are gearing up for a Save Our Island rally to champion sustainable practices. It’s like a heated debate around the campfire – will a middle ground be found between nature’s needs and recreational demands?

Curvature96
Curvature96
May 22, 2024 11:22 pm

It’s really important to listen to the worries of Hornby Island locals about preserving the island’s beauty. Let’s all work together for a sustainable future and protect Tribune Bay’s environment. Your thoughts on this matter are truly valuable. Let’s keep the conversation going!

Brooke Valley
Brooke Valley
May 23, 2024 1:06 am

It’s essential for us all to chat constructively about the Tribune Bay Campground expansion on Hornby Island. Let’s find a balance that respects both the community and the environment. Let’s work together for a win-win solution!

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