City seeks electors’ approval for park swap

The city is asking electors whether they support having the city exchange some of its parkland with a private company

The city is asking electors whether they support having the city exchange some of its parkland with a private company.

An Alternative Approval Process is being used by the city, which means all eligible voters have the right to object to the parkland exchange using an elector response form.

Electors must reply between June 26 and August 6 at 4:30 p.m.

The city obtains approval unless more than 10 per cent of the electors fill out a response form.

Eligible voters are asked whether they object to council adopting a parkland exchange bylaw which will allow the city to swap its own 723 m2 piece of park space in the St. Ann’s block with St. Ann’s Holdings Ltd. which will, in exchange, give the city an equal size of its own property located at 100 St. Ann’s Road, to be used as city park space.

The arrangement is part of the downtown revitalization project and the construction of Seymour Pacific’s new headquarters building.

More than half of the city’s residents are eligible to take part in the Alternative Approval Process, according to Dave Morris, the city’s general manager of facilities and supply management.

“The number of eligible electors in the City of Campbell River is estimated to be 24,011,” Morris said. “The council for the city may proceed with the adoption of (the) parkland exchange bylaw…unless, by the deadline set, at least 10 per cent (2,401) of the estimated number of electors object and indicate by signing and submitting an elector response form.”

The Community Charter prohibits a city from removing a portion of dedicated park land from its authority unless it receives approval to do so from the electors.