View Royal waterfront homeowners petition council

The newly formed Waterfront Association of View Royal is concerned over riparian rights, dock regulations and communication from the city.

View Royal residents living on Esquimalt Lagoon approached town council on Monday with a petition signed by 145 waterfront property owners.

The newly formed Waterfront Association of View Royal is concerned over riparian rights, dock regulations and communication from the city.

“We do not support or recognize any special rights by the Town of View Royal to restrict or define the use below the natural boundary of the sea,” founder Dawn McCooey said, describing the petition. “When it restricts private enjoyment of the waterfront … it’s getting a little ridiculous.”

The issue initially came up as View Royal set out to develop a position on dock guidelines for recommendation to the Department of National Defense, which regulates the lagoon. DND is beginning the process of addressing non-compling docks and getting property owners to bring them up to regulation.

The focus of the association has developed from there.

“It’s beyond docks. We’re really talking more about the bigger issues of raparian rights,” McCooey said.

Mark Sager, a lawyer and the former mayor of West Vancouver, presented the petition to council.

Sager’s brother who owns waterfront property in View Royal. Council received the petition without discussion.

“We’re looking at the fairness of these kinds of restrictions on waterfront property owners, the same rules do not apply to other properties,” McCooey said.

Communication is the other issue. McCooey and the others want the town to be better at getting information to waterfront property owners, with more notice for open houses and faster responses from the town.

“That’s really the core of the issue,” McCooey said. “The starting point is that they need to communicate. Of course, they’re saying they have and they are and they do, but there’s 145 signatures saying they don’t think that’s the case.”

kwells@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

Moose Hide campaign takes message to Canadian schools

Campaign launches new K-12 education platform

Lost wedding ring found on Valentine’s Day

Dan Milbrath’s ring is back where it belongs

Victoria installation for the blind causes problems for those with mobility issues

The truncated domes installed at Blanshard and Fort streets aren’t helpful for everyone

Funds being raised for double-amputee Ecuadorean dancer

North Saanich woman is putting out collection jars if people would like to donate

New report finds some Syrian refugees struggling in job market

Government-sponsored refugees have found it more than difficult than privately sponsored refugees

‘Just like Iron Man’: Calgary surgeon undergoes experimental spinal surgery

Dr. Richi Gill was in a freak accident on a boogie board during a family vacation in Hawaii

‘Violent’ B.C. man wanted on Canada-wide warrant

Prince George man with ties to Vernon sought by police

Homicide police investigate assault turned deadly in Surrey

60-year-old man died at hospital after assault

Trudeau’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts, resigns amid SNC-Lavalin furor

Butts categorically denies the accusation that he or anyone else in the PMO improperly pressured former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould

Deported B.C. man who came to Canada as a baby granted chance at return

Len Van Heest was deported to the Netherlands in 2017

A Mother’s Wish: Ryan Shtuka’s mother wants her son to be ‘forever known’

‍‍‍‍‍“Let me tell you a story …. it all began with a boy named Ryan”

Sex abuse survivors to meet with Vatican summit organizers

Pope Francis has urged participants to meet with abuse victims before they came to Rome

Ex-FBI official: ‘Crime may have been committed’ by Trump

Andrew McCabe said FBI had good reason to open a counterintelligence investigation into whether Trump was in league with Russia

Most Read