Edward Porter met with a group of Bowen Islanders on Zoom in November and described the draft plan for the Cape in detail. We isolated his comments for brevity. We encourage groups and individuals to meet with us online this way to ask questions and let us know your thoughts about the concepts described here.
“As I understand it, at least three of the docks are owned by Cape on Bowen owners – one of them [Candy’s] father. So what on Earth do you mean when you say that you cannot ask the owners to take them down? If they want to talk about a real change of approach to CRC, then tell them that removing their own docks would be a good start to demonstrating their goodwill.”
We need to focus on the plan itself, what we are coming forward with for the future. I acknowledge the history, but am not powerful enough to force anyone to take away their docks. I am not that influential with my own father, nor with my family. I’m just doing my best to do right by the community with what is remaining of the lands. (Candy Ho, COB)
“As a climate action component, I suggest sequestering carbon, plant trees (younger trees sequester more carbon that older ones). Hold moisture. Try agroforesty – intercropping rows of walnut trees with squash underneath to create a ‘food forest’.”
SURE! This can be built into the streetscape and trails design. (Candy Ho, COB)
“With every successful business on Bowen – the owner is there all the time. You see them, you know them, you trust them, they serve you.”
“I am there as often as possible, but I don’t live there because of personal realities/constraints. But I am certainly here to serve the community.” (Candy Ho, COB)
“I don’t trust the process … they’ll get their rezoning, sell, and we won’t be able to hold the new owner to the deal.”
The new owner will be held to developing the uses granted by the rezoning, and nothing else. But we can’t hold the owner to the timing of developing those uses. (Candy Ho, COB)
[You should] “do the same thing John Reid did. Public input, open to everybody, and you come back and say this is what we’ve learned from you.”
Yes, that’s what we have done: listen, then draft a plan, and come forward to comments for refinement. The draft plan intentionally does not have details of form and character such as streetscape, architectural style etc. We leave that open to collaboration with the community. (Candy Ho, COB)
“If you really want to preserve habitat, just put strong covenants on all the unsold lots. You don’t need to put in a lot of buildings to achieve that.”
We are trying to preserve habitat, while making the less sensitive lands enjoyable to the public and to more families and people of diverse ages at more attainable cost than currently exists on Bowen. We are also trying to create uses that contribute towards self sustainability and foster community. (Candy Ho, COB)
“These three lots (Lots 20-22) truly are spectacular. They also hold a deeply spiritual quality and need to be respected. I hope they can be truly public, easily accessible with parking, and also with sensitive areas protected.” (Candy Ho, COB)
[The proponents] “need to be here. They have to have a presence.”
“I have been here, but in a low key, discrete way. Not walking in to a room and waving to everyone to say, ‘Hey I’m Candy, come talk!’ so some people don’t know I’ve been there.” (Candy Ho, COB)
“If we can’t have healthy and constructive discourse with more then one narrative then that is a scary thought to me. I care deeply about these decisions because they will have an impact on future generations, and acting like they don’t is extremely short-sighted.”
The land at the Cape is overpriced, the owners are in trouble because they can’t sell any.
That is not true. We intentionally saved all this contiguous land because we always wanted to provide a better plan. We did not put estates on market in order to leave potential for this, and I declined many inquiries on estates that were not on market yet… all of them on the southern shore. Also, I have been told many times by our interior owners that we are incredibly well priced and they feel very blessed to have found us. (Candy Ho, COB)
“Having elderly people living so distant from shops, services, and medical care seems, no matter how delightful the setting might be, ill-advised. My elderly parents, who are aging in place in their condo on the North Shore, have had numerous visits to various doctors, the ER, and several hospitalizations, all in a few years. How does this work from this remote location on Bowen Island?”
It wouldn’t be distant from all shops and services because we are proposing a small hub at the Cape to provide these. Within our aging in place communities, we provide personal support, and professional nursing care for chronic conditions. In acute situations, indeed the elderly would need to get emergency care at Lions Gate, or some of it may be at the new health care centre on Bowen. Whether there is this aging in place community or not, the elderly are now having to get off the island… either move because they are displaced and forced to go due to their health status, or in emergency, they rely on someone in their social circle to help. But that is a lot less secure than having staff who are responsible for promptly getting the care they need, whatever that takes. (Candy Ho, COB)
“Ultimately, the overarching problem [with the Neighbourhood Plan] was not … the appealing ‘aging in place’ aspect of the vision but in the increased population proposed, which would further strain the limited infrastructural capabilities afforded by Adams/Grafton Road (perhaps particularly considering the eventual build out of Cowan Point).”
Developers should all contribute towards road improvements and maintenance. This is how other municipalities manage. (Candy Ho, COB)
Having small group meetings to discuss the Cape seems like a ‘divide and conquer’ strategy.
“Large meetings are platforms for expression but not interactive discussion. For us to have deep understanding of all the issues at hand, we need to have two-way conversation, rather than presentation, then reaction.” (Candy Ho, COB) [Note: we do plan on a public meeting in the spring of 2021 – in person if Covid protocols allow.]
The way to control growth is not to build multiple large housing developments, but smaller projects one at a time.
This is a large masterplan to thoughtfully plan out the future, but it consists of phased, smaller projects which will take more than 15 years to implement, by individual developers. (Candy Ho, COB)
[Multifamily buildings] increase population by drawing it in from the Mainland. They don’t fit the character of the island. They are ugly.
[The project] doesn’t have to draw from the Mainland if Bowen Islanders want to live at the Cape. And by the way we design this, by nature of this being an island, the development would naturally attract those who share island values for the environment, wildlife, quietude, community, healthy active lifestyle. (Candy Ho, COB)
“We’re an island. Nothing we can do will expand our resources. Why don’t we know exactly what our limits are?”
We know the Cape’s water resources, and that our water usage is not going to interfere with Tunstall. In terms of transportation resources, we are most happy to support building capacity and infrastructure in concert with other developers, both via DCC/CAC and through collaborative time and effort with local organizations such as the Bowen Transportation Society. (Candy Ho, COB)
“What I recently learned from our civil engineer, Webster Engineering, are: 1) We have major supply that comes from the southern coast and dont need to rely only on deep groundwater. 2) Testing was done that showed non interference with Tunstall system. 3) there was a deep vertical fault near Burke creek that would be a very good source.” (Candy Ho, COB)