Bowen Island Municipal Council passed an amended dock bylaw on Nov. 25. For details, including the Stop The Docks Nov. 26 letter to Minister Thomson, see dock bylaw passes despite widespread opposition.
Two important and positive amendments were made in third reading.
1. The maximum length of a dock was reduced from 60m to 40m.
2. The purpose of the WG1 zone was revised:
“The purpose of the Water General Coastal 1 Zone is specifically to provide public recreational opportunities, to preserve and protect the natural qualities of Bowen Island’s shoreline and to provide for the
orderly development regulation of recreational boat moorage associated directly with upland uses.”
- Councillors Duntz and Jennings recused themselves from voting, citing conflict of interest.
- Councillor Stone introduced and fought for the motion to reduce the dock length. Councillors Lucas, Morse, Rhodes, and Stone voted in favour of this amendment. Mayor Adelaar registered his opposition.
- Councillors Lucas, Morse, Rhodes, and Stone voted in favour of the amended bylaw.
THE UPDATED DOCK BYLAW REPORT CARD
| No Protection of
Cape Roger Curtis
|The bylaws do not designate the Cape coastline, or the high use section between the public parks at the Lighthouse, Pebble Beach, and Arbutus Point, as a ‘no private docks zone’. Over 1,350 residents and visitors have called for full protection of the Cape shoreline.|
|Inadequate Protection of Sensitive Marine Habitat||The bylaws provide inadequate protection of sensitive marine habitat. Council must assure protection of the tidal pools, mussel and eelgrass beds, underwater kelp forests and orca and other sensitive marine habitat features of the Cape coast.|
|Massive Size of
|The bylaws permit large scale docks to be built at the Cape. Docks will be allowed up to 60m (197’) in length. Docks of any scale should not be permitted at the Cape. CHANGED TO 40m.|
|No Breakwaters or Boathouses||The bylaws provide for the elimination of breakwaters and boathouses. This will help ensure that private docks or boathouses are not constructed in inappropriate waters, such as the highly exposed shorelines at Cape Roger Curtis.|
|No Protection of
|The bylaws allow for private docks to be placed 10 metres from public beach access points. Private docks should not be allowed on our public beaches – they impair the public use and enjoyment of the Cape Roger Curtis beaches forever.|