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Dock Management Plan
When the Provincial Government and the shíshálh Nation imposed a new set of onerous regulations concerning dock placement and construction in Pender Harbour without consulting the local community, the community was shocked and angered. In some areas, docks would have to be removed for environmental reasons, though there was no supporting science. Other areas would require new docks to be shared. New dock construction requirements were not based on real science and would actually cause danger. Unproven technologies were given as fact.
The Pender Harbour Dock Management Plan (DMP) Working Group is now a committee under the PHARA umbrella. This gives the DMP Working Group a parent organization with a broader base of membership in the community as they continue to focus on how to best deal with issues related to docks in the Harbour.
The Dock Management Working Group has been extremely busy over the last year in attempting to get the Province to consider reasonable amendments to the Dock Management Plan previously issued by the Province.
We have obtained reports from experts in their fields that offer additional details to the reports earlier commissioned by the Province.
We also retained the services of Cynthia Shore, a government liaison expert, to promote our interests to the Province.
We have also reached out to the shíshálh Nation and have been working collaboratively to reach an amicable solution that respects everyone’s interests.
Engineering analysis of the PHDMP found it contains legislated hazards related to float buoyancy and stability plus the 43% light transmission criteria is not achievable. It further states that the PHDMP must be amended to reflect proper engineering design of all the elements of any new dock system. Further, a recent Environmental Review by Balanced Environmental Services Inc. found among other things that the reports and studies used in the creation of the PHDMP do not support the stated objectives of the PHDMP and that they do not provide any information justifying the use of zones for dock management.
On Dec 12, 2019 PHARA board member Bill Charlton presented proposed changes to the DMP to the Sunshine Coast Regional District’s (SCRD) Planning and Community Development Committee.
Two motions were passed by the committee and eventually by the entire Board endorsing the forwarding of these proposed amendments to the Province, as well as a suggestion that the Area A Official Community Plan (OCP) be reviewed concerning the zoning issue.These motions were unanimous and included the support of the shíshálh Nation.
We are in regular contact with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development (FLNRO) who are administering the plan to determine how these proposed amendments may be discussed and some or all of them implemented.
Our Area A Director has worked with us to ensure that our concerns were brought to the attention of the Province, including resolutions made by the SCRD and endorsed at the recent Union of BC Municipalities conference.—Sean McAllister (Co-Chair DMP Working Group)