Some concerns were raised, but no one said they were against changing zoning to allow a resort to be built in West Porpoise Bay, during a public hearing on the subject Aug. 28.
The 30-unit resort proposal by Vanta Pacific includes a 20-room boutique hotel and restaurant, six guest cottages and four townhouse guest suites on a 1.02 hectare piece of property located at the corner of Poise Island Drive and Ripple Way.
Four residents spoke to Vanta Pacific’s proposal during a public hearing in Sechelt last Wednesday.
Bob Paulin said he was all for the development, noting it would be a “natural poster child” for council’s assertion they are “open for business.”
Other speakers weren’t so wholeheartedly in favour, but didn’t cast their vote against the project.
Two wanted to ensure the nearby strata lands would be protected and that if the resort failed, the land would revert to its original zoning. Other concerns included construction traffic, the stability of a rock retaining wall, the need to keep pedestrian access open to the waterfront and possible upgrades to the local dock if it’s to see more use.
Resident Jason Herz said he wanted to see a bigger setback from the ocean enforced for the property to ensure “the timber on the foreshore is protected.”
During the public hearing, proponent Yoko Chen addressed concerns, saying she would keep the pedestrian access open, do a detailed geotechnical inspection of the retaining wall, work on improving the dock and build a new Ripple Way Road before construction starts in order to keep traffic away from nearby residences.
Immediately following the public hearing, Sechelt councillors went into a special council meeting where they gave three readings to Vanta Pacific’s required zoning change.
Coun. Darnelda Siegers justified the move, saying all of the concerns “will be dealt with during the development permit process.”