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Marina in Victoria Harbour to have two commercial buildings

After the rejection of the proposed marina plan with a single floating building and an open-air paddling channel against the shoreline, the developers have decided to do back and implement the 2-building design that was submitted to the city in 2012.


See the Times Colonist article of February 19, 2016.

www.timescolonist.com/business/marina-in-victoria-harbour-to-have-two-commercial-buildings-1.2177381

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Comment: Paddlers Endangered by Proposed Marina

Op-Ed Contribution
Times Colonist
February 11, 2016

We are gravely concerned about the adverse impact on the safety of human-powered vessels posed by the marina development off the Songhees walkway on Victoria's middle harbour area. The planned marina will dangerously obstruct an area that has been reserved for many years as a safe corridor for paddlers of all sorts.

Members of our non-profit paddling clubs, representing about 4,000 local paddlers, regularly travel from the Gorge Waterway, across the Inner Harbour to the harbour entrance and the open ocean beyond.

Fairway Gorge Paddling Club, located just south of the Selkirk Trestle, is the largest and busiest training and recreational paddling facility on Vancouver Island. Statistics for the past year demonstrate their extensive use of the north shore corridor as part of their year round training programs: about 1,000 paddlers per week in six-person outrigger canoes (OC6), plus competitive and recreational smaller outrigger paddlers, and individual canoeists and kayakers.

Many more members of Vancouver Island Paddling, Victoria Canoe and Kayak Club, Ocean River Paddling Club and South Island Sea Kayaking Association also use the Songhees shore to travel in and out of the harbour safely throughout the year in a wide variety of outrigger canoes, ocean canoes, sea kayaks, surf skis and stand-up paddleboards.

The narrow (seven-metre) “paddling canal” planned between the Songhees Walkway shoreline park and the marina, with blind entrances on both ends, cannot be safely navigated by 45-foot OC6 boats, rowboats or other larger non-motorized craft.

Even 18-foot kayaks meeting unexpectedly in such a channel might be hard-pressed to navigate safely in all conditions. Consequently, many if not most paddlers will instead go around the outside of the proposed marina, adjacent to the seaplane and larger vessel traffic lanes, where the likelihood of serious marine incidents is greatly increased.

Paddling and rowing activities continue to expand in our area, prompting the growth of clubs and businesses to serve the needs of both active local residents and many tourists visiting Victoria. There is great economic benefit for Victoria in supporting developments that promote safe paddling, rather than restricting and endangering non-motorized vessel use of our beautiful harbour waters. The dragon boat and outrigger events regularly staged in the harbour waterways are highlights for Victoria, yet their viability will be put at risk by the current marina plan.

We question whether Transport Canada was well-informed about the safety of the boating public before approving the marina development plan, as the various Victoria paddling clubs were never consulted. We were also not consulted about the latest design changes to the proposed marina before they were adopted.

We have formally conveyed our safety concerns to all authorities, and we hope that decisions made can be reconsidered in the light of this information. We call upon the City of Victoria to immediately consult with paddling stakeholders and the public and to request a further review by Transport Canada before taking any further steps in approving this development. We invite all concerned citizens to support our efforts to keep Victoria Harbour safe for paddlers and contact Victoria city council directly at mayorandcouncil@victoria.ca.

Erik Ages, Fairway Gorge Paddling Club; Barbara Abercrombie, Vancouver Island Paddling; Shawn Hamilton, Victoria Canoe and Kayak Club; Tim Houlihan, Ocean River Paddling Club; Alan Campbell, South Island Sea Kayaking Association.

- See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/opinion/op-ed/comment-paddlers-endangered-by-proposed-marina-1.2170539#sthash.B0boW9ma.dpuf

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Mega-marina isn't right for us, ex-mayor says

Peter Pollen argues Victoria's tiny harbour needs more room,
not more moorage

PETER POLLEN
Times Colonist Op-Ed Contribution: January 6, 2016

Now that I am in my 89th year, rarely a day goes by when I don't thank my stars for living my life in this wonderful city. Unfortunately, it's easy to spoil a paradise with one big mistake

When I first ran for mayor, it was to prevent a big mistake. Under political pressure, the city was poised to approve a huge construction project comprising three, 30-storey buildings called the Reid Towers, two on the harbour shore and one in the water.

Completely out of scale, they would have blocked the waterfront and dominated the Empress Hotel and legislature.

"Too late, Alderman Pollen," said headlines of the day. It wasn't. Citizens of Victoria knew what they didn't want, and I was elected to the first of four terms as mayor.

I've always been aware of the vital role played by our small harbour in the vitality and attraction of our city. In council, we did our best to balance the commercial and recreational assets of the port, while seeking to improve public access and enjoyment of the harbour.

Now we are experiencing behind-the-scenes pressure to make a different mistake.

As with the Reid Towers, there is something outlandish in a promoter's plan to invade the quiet North Shore walkways, waterways and views enjoyed by so many Victorians, in order to build a marina for storing large luxury yachts.

As a businessman, I've always favoured sound and appropriate development, but there is no demand or need for more moorage. Despite huge effort, the promoter was unable to sell enough slips to finance the project.

If anything, Victoria's tiny harbour needs more room, not more moorage.

Active shipping lanes already crowd the second-busiest water airport in the world. Enough is enough!

To make space for the marina they intend disrupting and displacing thousands of regular users of what is, in fact, public land, a combination of city waterfront and a Crown land water lot controlled by the province.

In 2009, the University of Victoria's Environmental Law Centre released an expose of the backroom political manipulation involved with the marina. Reported in the Globe and Mail, it outlined how promoter Robert Evans and his associate, lawyer Bruce Hallsor, were the key members of federal sports minister Gary Lunn's re-election team in 2008.

After Lunn was re-elected, they were afforded direct access to transport ministers and their staffs. This was followed by Transport Canada quickly approving all aspects of the marina and even promoting it at taxpayer expense. Federal environment minister Jim Prentice, the brother of Lunn's riding president, even declined to order a normally standard environmental assessment of the project.

The report went on to disclose behind-the-scenes political manipulation in the B.C. legislature, citing Evans and Hallsor for backroom lobbying of ministers.

Government rules dictate Crown land must be allocated in a transparent and publicly accountable manner, and always for the public's benefit. However, in this case the Lands Ministry ignored a petition with 7,000 signatures, as well as gatherings of hundreds of protesters, all opposed to the marina.

In a complete rejection of its mandate, the ministry ignored all opposition and conducted a totally opaque process, which resulted ina rubber-stamping of every aspect of the project without holding a single public meeting.

When the failure to sell slips caused construction delays, the original financial backer sold out to Vancouver financial interests.

This resulted in a new design for a cheaper marina with all floating facilities. The new design was quickly and quietly adopted by both Transport Canada and the Lands Ministry, again without any public notice or consultation. It constitutes another example of the total lack of due political process endemic in this project. Victoria Harbour is administered by all three levels of government.

Clearly, Transport Canada and the provincial Lands Ministry are not interested in the concerns of Victorians.

Delays in construction highlighted their lack of due diligence and are an embarrassment.

This is a travesty. As citizens of Victoria, we deserve better. Our mayor and council must block this project, at least until the current issues and investigations are resolved.

Mayor Lisa Helps has committed to a public hearing and invited public input. I strongly urge Victorians to attend and to send their concerns to city hall
(mayorandcouncil@victoria.ca).

Peter Pollen is a retired Victoria businessman living in Oak Bay.
He served four terms as mayor of Victoria from 1971 to 1975 and 1981 to 1985.

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CELEBRATE OUR HARBOUR!

Sunday June 17th, 2012

On Sunday June 17th, 2012 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. the Victoria Harbour Celebration Society will present the 2nd Annual Celebrate Our Harbour Day. Take the family (and out-of-town visitors) to a free fun-filled afternoon of activities in the Inner Harbour. The festival is designed to experience the unique character, history, industry and beauty of the picturesque Inner Harbour. Celebrations will be held at two locations, Ship Point and Songhees Point, the traditional territory of the Coast Salish peoples.

Ship Point activities include dragon-boat tours, a kayak demonstration (1:15 p.m. and 3:30 pm.), a pirate school, a tour of Point Hope Maritime shipyard (11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.), a sand-sculpture demonstration, sea shanties (11 a.m., noon, 2 and 3, p.m.), Seaquest Explorer open house (11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and a walking tour (3 p.m.).

Songhees Point activities include a barbecue, information displays, paddle-craft test drives, harbor races with dragon boats, outrigger canoes, sea kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddle boards, open-water rowing boats and surf skis (11:30 a.m. to 1:40 p.m.) and two walking tours (11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.)

  • A free ferry taxi shuttle will carry passengers between sites.
  • The activities are free.
  • There is a suggested $20 donation to register for the harbour race.

The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ship Point and Songhees Point in the Inner Harbour,

For more information go to celebratevictoriaharbour.ca.

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SAVE VICTORIA HARBOUR
***** NEWS RELEASE - 1 September 2011 *****

OUTDATED HARBOUR SAFETY PLAN AND REGULATIONS NOT SUITABLE TO ASSESS MARINA DEVELOPMENT

VICTORIA, BC -- A year after a report by independent air safety consultants, QualaTech Aero Consulting, was released, nothing has been done by Transport Canada to address the safety issues identified in the report. The consultants, retained by Save Victoria Harbour, found that Victoria Harbour Water Airport does not have a Safety Management System in place, is not governed by specific up-to-date regulations, and continues to operate under an obsolete ten-year-old Transport Canada risk assessment.

“Transport Canada’s lack of action on updating the regulations and ensuring the best possible safety system here in Victoria should be of concern to all air and marine harbour users,”
said David Olsen, international air safety consultant, on behalf of the group.
“The department’s stony silence and lack of public information are not acceptable, given its triple role as air and marine regulator, airport and harbour operator and public safety watchdog at the second-busiest water airport in Canada.”
“Saying that the harbour ‘meets all regulatory requirements’ and ‘continues to meet all applicable criteria’ when those requirements are either obsolete or have never been formally approved gives no safety assurance to operators or the public,”
said Olsen.
“The continuing refusal of Transport Canada to undertake a marine and air safety case and to respond to the legitimate and thoroughly researched safety submissions by SVH and the public is unacceptable. In addition, failure to implement legal regulations for certification and safety management merely puts off the day of reckoning.”
Almost one year ago, then Transport Minister John Baird wrote to Denise Savoie MP, saying he was confident that the Canadian Aviation Regulations for Water Airports – pending for 10 years – could be finalized for pre-publication in the Canada Gazette by fall of 2010. This has not yet happened.
“Clearly the Minister’s confidence in his officials was misplaced,”
said Olsen.

Save Victoria Harbour is asking the Federal Minister of Transport, Denis Lebel, to put the mega-yacht marina application proposed for the Songhees shore on hold until the harbour’s safety regime is reviewed, publicly discussed and updated in accordance with the requirements for all certified airports in Canada.

The proposed marina will be a parking lot for some 30 yachts between 65 ft and 150 ft in length. It is opposed by former mayors and 7000 citizens who signed a petition that was formally presented in the House of Commons, the B.C. Legislature and the City of Victoria. The Province has issued a lease for the waterlot, while City of Victoria has deferred approval of the project’s development permit application for the shore-based facilities until several issues are resolved. Transport Canada has several approvals pending.

Specifically SVH is calling on Transport Canada to

  • complete the implementation of the Safety Management System for Victoria Harbour Airport and make the objective evidence and safety management manual available to all stakeholders;

  • concurrently complete a full marine and air safety case for the inner, middle and outer harbour covering all current operations, in order to provide to the public, harbour users, City Council and the Province, the assurance, based on objective evidence, that all risks are being managed; and

  • require that approval for any development within the Victoria Harbour Airport movement and maneuvering areas be contingent on a full Safety Case for such development and be in accordance with the approved SMS.

Save Victoria Harbour is a coalition of individuals and groups dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of Victoria’s unique harbour as a public resource. Olsen’s correspondence with Transport Canada on behalf of Save Victoria Harbour was released today.

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Contact: Diane Carr      phone: 250-389-1013      email: decarr@shaw.ca

Documents attached:
     •  Olsen Correspondence with Transport Canada
     •  Quala-Tech Report (highlights):
     •  Complete Quala-Tech Report

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VICTORIA HARBOUR DEFENCE ALLIANCE (VHDA)
***** NEWS RELEASE - 24 August 2011 *****

Lands Ministry sends bogus reply to former Victoria Mayor

Former 4-term Mayor Peter Pollen, a staunch contributor to the enhancement of Victoria Harbour, who heads VHDA, a group of citizens concerned about a proposed mega yacht storage marina, was sent a bogus letter by the Provincial Lands Bureau. Pollen wrote to Lands Minister Steve Thompson requesting responses to a series of questions concerning the province's offer of a 45 year marina lease to the developer.

Why has the province offered to lease out a public water lot, used daily by the public, without an environmental impact review and a proper analysis of the developer's business plan? Why has it disregarded a public petition with 7,000 signatures opposing the project and totally failed to meet the criteria of public transparency, consultation, benefit and accountability required before leasing any Crown Land? The 45 year lease was hatched in total secrecy, why is the Ministry thumbing its' nose at Victoria's citizens?

In response to the letter Pollen received a strange “fluff” reply signed by Bonita Wallace, a functionary in the Ministry's Land Bureau, which not only totally failed to address the specific questions, but veered off into areas not addressed by Pollen. It soon became apparent the Minister's “reply” was not responding to Pollen at all. It was in fact a bogus reply, a carbon copy of an old letter sent to someone else by a different official and simply regurgitated and signed by Wallace. Is this the Minister's idea of public accountability?

For Pollen the bogus response typifies the obfuscation and shady practices within the Land Bureau, where errors, improprieties and a cozy relationship with the developer have become endemic and completely eclipsed the Bureau's responsibility to ensure public transparency and accountability. Pollen believes a concerned public is entitled to answers on this issue, not secrecy, arrogance and contempt! In a follow up letter again requesting answers, the VHDA group suggests it's time for Thompson to “Clean out the stables” in the Land Bureau, put a stop to efforts to stall and manipulate the public, and provide proper answers and accountability. Victorians should be concerned a month has gone by and there are still no answers from the Minister.

The VHDA letters and the Land Bureau's original and bogus letters are attached (PDF attachment)
News Release - PDF version

Contact Peter Pollen (250) 595-3470

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Victoria International Marina June 2011
***** Provincial Lease Granted *****

Public Interest now betrayed by 2 levels of Government
Federal Government to Follow ?

  • Sept 2010: City of Victoria limits the size of the Victoria International Marina but does not have the courage to re-zone the area to parkland, leaving the door open for the destruction of recreational activities and the park-like atmosphere of the north shore.

  • June 2011: Province of BC grants a 2-yr permit of occupation to be followed by a 45-year lease. A valuable harbour property is leased to special interests for a pittance - damaging varied tourism opportunities in favour of an Alberta developer.

  • Transport Canada appears ready grant a permit under the Navigable Waters Protection Act - important safety concerns for seaplane operations and protection the rights and safety of non-powered watercraft users do not seem to be taken seriously.
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Information Relating to the Victoria International Marina

New Zoning plan
The lots occupied by the proposed Victoria International Marina were re-zoned by City Council on 7 September 2010. The marina is restricted to lie well within the Paul Kane and Cooperage corridors. Some relevant images:

The size of the marina has been reduced from 52 slips to 29 slips. Although the footprint of the marina has been reduced, other than viewscapes, none of the serious safety and operational issues associated with the marina have been eliminated.

The information provided so far indicates that the layout may not conform to the zoning restrictions. The layout violates the intent, if not the letter of the new zoning. The detailed plans deposited at City Hall (dated 23 September 2010) relate to the structures on Lots 3 and 4 (SCR-1 & SCR-2 on the Schedule 1 figure above). The profile shown raises even more safety worries for paddlers and, in fact, the plans do not appear to satisfy the conditions of the Navigable Waters Act permit which was granted earlier this year.

At present, our remaining recourse is to affect the decision from Transport Canada. Concerned citizens of Victoria, particularly those with boating experience in the harbour and those who have witnessed dangerous situations with marine and seaplane traffic should write to Transport Canada to ensure that they undertake an extensive safety assessment of all harbour activities. All relevant criticisms should be directed to the federal authorities responsible for consideration before granting any new permit.

The preferred email address to Transport Canada for comments on the Navigable Waters Protection Act permit application by Community Marine Concepts is:

Email: pacnwp-penpac@tc.gc.ca
Clicking on this link will also include a copy of your comments to Save Victoria Harbour.
Your comments will not be used or distributed by Save Victoria Harbour without your permission.
You can remove the CC if you wish your comments to remain private.

In addition, mailed comments should be sent to the Transport Canada at the first two addresses below. Copies can also be sent to the other people in the list.

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News release Sept. 23
HARBOUR SAFETY PLAN NEEDS UPDATE

Save Victoria Harbour: Press conference, September 23rd 2pm Public Release of an important consultants report on the safety of Victoria Harbour.

Victoria Harbour Safety Press Conference

A report by independent aviation safety consultants, QualaTech Aero Consulting, states that Victoria Harbour lacks a Safety Management System and is operating under a ten-year-old Transport Canada risk assessment, with no plans to put an airport safety management system in place until 2014 and no definite date to implement water airport aviation regulations.

The Save Victoria Harbour group is asking the Federal Minister of Transport, Chuck Strahl, to put an updated Safety Management System in place as an urgent priority, and that the mega-yacht marina proposal be assessed against the updated system before being allowed to go ahead.

Full News Release

Report Highlights

Full QualaTech Report (36 pages PDF 500KB)

Victoria Harbour Water Airport (CYWH), certified in 2000, is the busiest water airport in Canada (third in the world) and busier than a significant number of certified Canadian land-based airports [p.18].

Transport Canada:
• owns and operates the Victoria Harbour water airport,
• regulates both the aviation and marine activities in the harbour, and
• manages and polices the harbour through the Harbour Master and the Harbour Patrol, and is responsible for establishing policies, rules, regulations and standards to ensure safe air and marine operations in Victoria Harbour.
Recent Safety Studies
(1999) Transport Canada's "Systems Safety Review (Risk Assessment)" contained a number of flaws and is now obsolete [p. 22].
(2002) “Management Review of Victoria Harbour Navigational Activities” (“The Malatest Report”) also has some shortcomings. Since it is based on the above report, its present validity is questionable [p. 24].
(2010) Transport Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada "Environmental Assessment Screening Report" appears in part, to be based un-verified data, including data submitted by the marina proponent in support of its application [pp. 24-26].
Conflicting Regulations and Non-Compliance
• Transport Canada's website describes certification as: A procedure that certifies that an airport complies with the Canadian Aviation Regulations. (Part III, Sub-part 2).
• Canadian Air Regulations (CAR) mandate a Safety Management System (SMS) for all certified airports.
• Transport Canada has repeatedly deferred this requirement for water airports until 2014. By doing so, it has effectively decertified CYWH.
• Had it not done so, both operations at CYWH and the marina application would have been subject to a full safety case study under SMS [pp.18,19].
• It is not clear that certain other requirements of certified airports have ever been met at CYWH.

Supplementary Documents

QualaTech Supplementary Information (43 pages PDF 600KB)

About Qualatech (PDF)

Port of Victoria Traffic Plan (PDF)

Letters between Denise Savoie MP and The Honourable John Baird

Where to from Here - Before further developments of any kind in the vicinity of Victoria Inner Harbour and the Victoria Harbour Water Aerodrome, Transport Canada should undertake a formal safety case on the current marine and air operations in Victoria Harbour for the period 2011-2020 in accordance with Transport Canada's SMS guidelines. Then (completion of the safety case), and only then, should there be any further consideration by Transport Canada of the application for a marina on the north shore of Victoria Harbour. Any existing approvals should be recinded/held in abeyance pending completion of the safety case [p.12].

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What Vision do you Want for our Harbour?

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Speak up now before we lose the harbour we love!

Concerned citizens are strongly opposed to an application by Community Marine Concepts Group to build a private Mega Yacht Marina on the north shore of Victoria's Inner Harbour. We object to the loss of this valued public area now enjoyed by thousands of people, both on water and on shore, for the private benefit of one developer and 50 yacht owners.

Why are we concerned?
  • Loss of public access to this large area of the harbour

  • Impact on quality of life and enjoyment of natural harbour, pathways and views

  • Serious safety issues for all harbour users

  • Environmental impacts

  • No public consultation

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Celebrate Victoria Harbour Day
***** Sunday April 17th *****
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Songhees, at Lime Bay Park
on the WestSong Walkway

This will be a special day to protect, celebrate and encourage the safe use of our beautiful Victoria Harbour. Victoria Harbour Celebration Society (VHCS), a group of human-powered advocates, will be hosting this first Celebrate Victoria Harbour event.

Learn about the diversity of healthy, inexpensive, environmentally-friendly recreational opportunities in this fun event. There will be gatherings on the WestSong Walkway at Lime Bay Park with displays from local paddling and rowing clubs and companies that operate in the harbour.

Fun citizen-class racing for kayaks, canoes and rowing craft will occur from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm. Paddlers and rowers in attendance will be invited to join in, simply for the fun of it. The start will take place at in front of the Royal Quays on the WestSong Walkway.

David Anderson, Olympic silver medalist rower and former Victoria MP, will address the gathering at 12:30 p.m on behalf of the VHCS. Mr. Anderson will also be on hand for press interviews.

RACE START TIMES:

  • 11:30 - 6 person Outrigger Canoes
  • 11:50 - 1 & 2 person Outrigger Canoes
  • 12:10 - Sea kayaks, Canoes, Surf Skis
  • 12:40 - Standup Paddleboards (SUPs)
  •   1:10 - Open Water Rowing Boats
  •   1:30 - Racing Rowing Shells
  •   1:40 - Dragon Boats

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Victoria International Marina Jan 2011 Resubmission
***** Deadline for Comments was 7 Mar 2011 *****
Thanks to all who sent in comments

The VIM Proposal was Re-advertised in early February
Read the Letter from the NWPP

  • VIM must submit plans with sufficient detail to allow informed comments
  • Transport Canada will do a safety impact assessment using SMS protocols


Get the new Application HERE (10 pages, 3 MB)

Individual pages (more readable)
  • Page 1 - Cover (PDF or GIF)
  • Page 2 - Introduction (PDF or GIF)
  • Page 3 - Attenuator location (PDF or GIF)
  • Page 4 - Model Results (PDF or GIF)
  • Page 5 - Results cont'd (PDF or GIF)
  • Page 6 - Aerial View of Revised marina (PDF or GIF)
  • Page 7 - Marina Site Plan (PDF or GIF)
  • Page 8 - Paddling Channel at various tides (PDF or GIF)
  • Page 9 - Paddling Channel Clearances (PDF or GIF)
  • Page 10 - Dredging Plan (PDF or GIF)


Some other images of interest from the developer's website:
  • Project Rendering - Looking West (GIF)
  • Project Rendering - Looking East (GIF)
  • Aerial Rendering - Looking East (GIF)
  • Aerial View - Site Plan with Paddling Route (GIF)

      Look in the "TAKE ACTION" sidebar for mail & email addresses


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      Information Relating to the November 2010 Submission

      New Zoning plan
      The lots occupied by the proposed Victoria International Marina were re-zoned by City Council on 7 September 2010. The marina is restricted to lie well within the Paul Kane and Cooperage corridors. Some relevant images:

      The size of the marina has been reduced from 52 slips to 29 slips. As a result of the large change in the scope of the marina, Community Marine Concepts (CMC), the proponent of the marina, was requested by Transport Canada to re-submit their application for a Navigable Waters permit. CMC has now submitted revised plans for the new permit and an advertisement appeared in the 24 November 2010 edition of the Times Colonist inviting comments (view ad here).

      Although the footprint of the marina has been reduced, other than viewscapes, none of the serious safety and operational issues associated with the marina have been eliminated. The meagre information provided so far indicates that the layout may not conform to the zoning restrictions. The layout violates the intent, if not the letter of the new zoning. The detailed plans deposited at City Hall (dated 23 September 2010) relate to the structures on Lots 3 and 4 (SCR-1 & SCR-2 on the Schedule 1 figure). The profile shown raises even more safety worries for paddlers and, in fact, the plans do not appear to satisfy the conditions of the Navigable Waters Act permit which was granted earlier this year.

      It is clear that concerned citizens of Victoria should demand that adequate information be provided for a proper assessment and all relevant criticisms should be directed to the federal authorities responsible for consideration before granting any new permit.

      The deadline for submissions relating to the November 2010 Submission is past. However, letters to responsible parties at Transport Cnada will always be useful and may reveal information that cannot be ignored, particularly as it relates to safety issues.

      The preferred email address to Transport Canada for comments on the NWPA permit application by Community Marine Concepts is:

      Email: pacnwp-penpac@tc.gc.ca
      Clicking on this link will also include a copy of your comments to Save Victoria Harbour.
      Your comments will not be used or distributed by Save Victoria Harbour without your permission.
      You can remove the CC if you wish your comments to remain private.

      If you wish, mailed comments should be sent to the Transport Canada at the first two addresses below. Copies can also be sent to the other people in the list.

      Suggested Mailing List for Comments on the
      Revised Victoria International Marina Submission

      Original Correspondence should go to the Transport Canada Addresses

      NOTE: Clicking on the email links will add a BCC copy to Save Victoria Harbour
      TRANSPORT CANADA
      Bob Gowe
      Manager, Navigable Waters Protection
      Vancouver Regional Office
      8th Floor, 800 Burrard Street
      Vancouver
      British Columbia
      V6Z 2J8
      Email: bob.gowe@tc.gc.ca
      Ryan Greville
      Navigable Waters Protection Officer
      Vancouver Regional Office
      8th Floor, 800 Burrard Street
      Vancouver
      British Columbia
      V6Z 2J8
      Email: ryan.greville@tc.gc.ca

      Copies of comments can also be sent to the following:
      FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
      Right Honourable Stephen Harper
      Prime Minister
      Langevin Block, 80 Wellington Street
      Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
      K1A 0A3
      E-mail: pm@pm.gc.ca
      The Honourable Chuck Strahl
      Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
      Tower C - 330 Sparks St.
      Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
      K1A 0N5
      E-mail: mintc@tc.gc.ca
      Yaprak Baltacioglu
      Deputy Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities
      Tower C - 330 Sparks Street
      29th Floor
      Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
      K1A 0N5
      Email: yaprak.baltacioglu@tc.gc.ca
      Gerard A McDonald
      Assistant Deputy Minister, Safety and Security
      Tower C - 330 Sparks Street
      12th Floor
      Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
      K1A 0N5
      Email: gerard.mcdonald@tc.gc.ca
      Mary Komarynsky
      Assistant Deputy Minister, Programs
      Tower C - 330 Sparks Street
      19th Floor
      Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
      K1A 0N5
      Email: mary.komarynsky@tc.gc.ca

      If you have concerns related to Aviation Safety send comments to:
      CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITIES
      Martin J Eley
      Director General, Civil Aviation
      Tower C - 330 Sparks Street
      5th Floor
      Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
      K1A 0N5
      Email: martin.eley@tc.gc.ca
      David Nowzek
      Regional Director Pacific Region
      Civil Aviation
      Transport Canada
      1010-800 Burrard Street
      Vancouver
      British Columbia
      V6Z 2J8
      Email: david.nowzek@tc.gc.ca
      Michael A. Henderson
      Regional Director General - Pacific
      Vancouver Regional Office
      11th Floor, 800 Burrard Street
      Vancouver
      British Columbia
      V6Z 2J8
      Email: michael.henderson@tc.gc.ca


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      Some Comments on the Permit Application to Transport Canada

      • Denise Savoie to Transport Canada: Relates to Mandatory Safety Study


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        You Think Houses Are a Slow Sell? Try a Yacht

        Sales for large yachts remain sluggish in spite of the improving economy.
        Read the NY Times article, by Geraldine Fabrikant
        New York Times, Jan 21, 2011


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        Synopsis of PUBLIC HEARING - 7 September 2010

        On Tuesday, 7 September 2010, the City of Victoria organised a Public Hearing concerning the re-zoning of public and crown lands associated with the proposed Victoria International Marina. A drawing of what the proposed area allowed for the marina in Water Lot #1 is here.

        Unlike many rezonings that are developer initiated, the rezonings of the walkway and Water Lot #1 are community (our City Council) initiated. After the Public Hearing Council approved the re-zoning unanimously.

        Thanks to all who spent their time at the Public Hearing on Tuesday, especially those who spoke on the Community's behalf or wrote their message to Mayor and Council. There were 43 presentations, the vast majority of which opposed the marina and supported the proposed re-zoning. However, it was clear that most people did not feel that the City's compromise to down-size the Victoria International Marina was enough. The reduced footprint of the marina would still allow for about 28 slips, and a marina this size will have virtually ALL the problems associated with the original proposal. The threat of having a mega-yacht marina in that location -- one that is out of proportion to our relatively small harbour -- still hangs over our heads!

        Of course, there has been much media activity associated with Tuesday's activities. The links below will be of interest.

        There has been quite a bit of traffic on Vibrant Victoria

        and also comments to the TC article .

        Here is the Wednesday CBC news report.

        It was also reported on Wednesday that in spite of the reduction in the size of the marina, the Developer plans to proceed and is now going to apply for a lease of the Crown Water Lot.

        Now is not the time to become complacent. We have achieved a very small victory but are in great danger of losing the war. One thing to do immediately:

        Send a message to Pat Bell, the Minister of Forests and remind him that
        • it is presumptuous to award a lease for a ship-sized moorage on waters that are zoned in the Port of Victoria Traffic Management Plan for non-motorized use,
        • it is not in the community interest to allow any marina there that forces all the human-powered users to paddle or row through or under a marina at that location, especially until it is proved that the conditions imposed by Transport Canada can be met, and
        • until the Judicial Review of the Navigable Waters permit is concluded it is premature to make a decision for approval.

        Minister Bell's contact information is:
            Hon. Pat Bell
            Minister of Forests and Range
            PO Box 9049 Stn., Provincial Govt.,
            Victoria, BC V8W 9E2
            Email: FOR.Minister@gov.bc.ca

        A copy of your letter to the Minister of Healthy Living and Sport, Ida Chong, to remind her that this is still not a "Done Deal" would also be appropriate!
            Email: HLS.Minister@gov.bc.ca

        And, Mayor and Council in Victoria as well.... Mayor@victoria.ca

        Thanks again and please continue to help "deep six" this obstruction.


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        City Moves to Limit Marina Size

        Read the article, by Bill Cleverley
        Times Colonist, Jul 16.10

        Minister seeks common ground between city, marina developer, by Bill Cleverley and Carla Wilson
        Times Colonist, Jul 17.10

        Rezoning threatens mega-yacht marina plan, by Carla Wilson
        Times Colonist, Jul 15.10

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