No Breakwaters: email from Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resources

The province confirmed on May 23, 2013 that the breakwaters were NOT approved in the Cape Roger Curtis dock tenures.

From: Anderson, Keith FLNR:EX [mailto:Keith.Anderson@gov.bc.ca]
Sent: Thursday, May 23, 2013 4:00 PM
To: Doug Hooper
Subject: RE: Cape Roger Curtis docks

Hi Doug:

I have finally had a chance to get back to your note.

1. Breakwaters
The applications were accepted for review with proposed development plans that included breakwaters and these proposals were sent out to referral agencies with the breakwaters in the referral package.  However, after reviewing the private moorage policy, we concluded that the construction of new breakwaters was not considered as an acceptable structure under the current policy.  A review of the standard wording provided in the purpose statement under the policy which is loaded into the documents also does not make reference to breakwaters.  In creating the documents, the standard wording , provided in the policy,  was used.   As a result there is no authorization to construct a breakwater in the Licences Of Occupation which were issued on files 241700, 02410701, 2410702, or 2410703.   The purpose statement for each of the documents reads:

On the terms and conditions set out in this Agreement, we grant you a licence of occupation of the Land for the purpose of constructing , operating and maintaining a dock, wharf, or pier (including walkway ramp) or combination thereof, used for personal, non-commercial use.

2. Tenure term
The current private moorage policy designates Specific Permissions as the standard form of tenure. The Specific Permissions do not have a term, they run in perpetuity with the land.  A decision was made to issue a Licence of Occupation for 5 years rather than the specific permission because the applicants indicated they would try to build much smaller facilities than they had submitted in their original proposal.  The shorter term will allow the ministry to determine how much area is actually required before issuing a long term tenure, with the expectation that the overall area for each site will be much smaller.

Please let me know when you would like to meet.

Keith Anderson
Manager, Authorizations
South Coast Region
Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
Suite 200,  10428 153rd Street
Surrey BC V3R 1E1
www.for.gov.bc.ca/Land_Tenures/crown_land_application_information/policies.html

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