Explore Comments

Here’s a collection of representative remarks we’ve heard from Bowen Islanders since March 2019, mostly before the draft plan was created. We’ve included comments from our interviews, survey forms, Facebook posts and emails. We’ve added some responses, in italics. We’ll be adding more comments and responses in the days to come.

We haven’t posted all of the comments we’ve received because there are so many, but the collection helps reveal the range of opinions. We don’t know how many people support any particular point of view.

You can search through them by category, tags and text. Each entry has only one category, and several tags. So the easiest way to explore is to select categories that interest you.


Comments provided to us in text form have quotes; those without quotes are are paraphrased from interview notes. Comments made by Candy Ho or the planners are attributed to Cape on Bowen (COB).

We’ve posted these public comments anonymously to help focus on the ideas rather perceptions about the individuals who expressed them. This may help you find perspectives that resonate with you.

We encourage you to add comments of your own, in the form below and/or in our upcoming survey.

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Remark 243

“What I 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)

Remark 132

“I would like to be able to hike the [1.2 km.] along the coast from Lot 20 all the way to the southeastern corner of the Cape lands. There should trail connecting trail the coast to Fairy Fen and Quarry/Headwaters Park.”

Yes, these trails are in the draft plan. (Candy Ho, COB)

Remark 228

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)


Remark 203

None of the owners live on the island, so they are out of touch with islanders.

I am on the island very often and have spoken to many people at length. I am not the owner but they entrust me to take this forward with my understanding and my approach. (Candy Ho, COB)

Remark 176

“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)


Remark 196

“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)

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Remark 26

“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)

Remark 57

[Plan] “nothing that creates a tourist attraction or creates overtaxing/overuse of the existing infrastructure (water usage, traffic on roads, misuse of private property by ‘visitors’).”


Remark 12

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 are planning an open house/workshop in early 2021.]


Remark 64

“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)

Remark 107

The land at the Cape contains specific types of threatened habitat that should some permanent form of preservation.

These have been identified. We determined the preservation areas first, and the principle was to preserve contiguous areas that connect all classifications of ecotypes. (Candy Ho, COB)

Remark 61

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)

Remark 124

“These three lots (Lots 20-22 on the coast) 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)

Remark 108

If we already have the Eco Reserve and the Crown Lands including Fairy Fen, why do we need more park?

That is what we saw and heard as one of the highest values on the island. (Candy Ho, COB)

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Remark 58

“There is no impact study here, and it affect everything: water, quality of life, traffic, housing, roads, ferries”

All of it has been studied, except traffic needs further study and planning with local stakeholders and with consultant. Ferry plan of past can be re-studied, but it would not be our singular effort. The community has to stand behind it, and other developers would have to contribute in their DCC’s/CAC’s. I believe this is also required to help realize Wolfgang’s plan for a commuter ferry out of Seymour Landing. (Candy Ho, COB)


Remark 105

“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)

Remark 62

“The only way to control development is with a firm ‘No’.”
That is not controlling development. That is leaving it to individual subdivision that keeps all of the Cape private. (Candy Ho,COB)

Remark 130

“I like to walk on the ‘trespass trails’. We call them that because we never know what properties are sold and which ones aren’t.”


Remark 13

“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)


Remark 121

“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)

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Remark 3

“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.”

Remark 235

“Cape on Bowen has zero credibility when it talks about the environment. The logging it carried out after the last rezoning decimated and fragmented the area.”

Remark 242

“Is there really enough water for development at the Cape? A guy trucks in water for his swimming pool. Where do the get water in event of a fire. It would be Tunstall Bay – but Tunstall people don’t know that.”

Remark 244

“Maybe we would be able to create a new community water system, with some of the existing wells being supplemental and possibly able to help out neighbouring areas. I really don’t want to shoot out wild assumptions or “hopes” without knowing capacity and implications. I will leave that work to the engineers. Please be assured though, water and traffic/transportation are two top foci in our planning exercise as they are integrally connected with density, of course!” (Candy Ho, COB)

Remark 234

“But I don’t trust them. Look at what they’re doing with the docks. Total disregard for the intertidal area. Suing us. They can’t say that was just private owners because they all put in one on their own properties as well.”

Remark 241

“They cannot be trusted – the leaked prospectus was just the latest example. How they compromised several people and almost made them lose the election.”

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[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)

Remark 239

“I hope you are still considering the seniors housing. Thank you for reaching out to the community. I believe your good faith in a communal approach to development is sincere!”

Remark 240

“Given that there were mistakes made from all sides, maybe something better is possible if we try again. Open hearted.”

Remark 237

“Why should the community trust Cape on Bowen given their history?”

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