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Here is 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 square brackets. We’ll be adding more comments and responses in the days to come.

We heard from people wounded by events during the first rezoning and since then. We also heard voices expressing optimism that the past might be overcome and that positive change at the Cape could enhance island life.

This is not all of the comments we’ve received because there are so many, but the collection helps reveal the full range of opinions. We can’t make any claims about how many people support any particular point of view.

You can search through them by category, tags and text to follow the themes of greatest interest to you.

Comments provided in text form have quotes; those without quotes are are paraphrased from interview notes. Comments made publicly or in response by Candy Ho or the planners are attributed to them.

We have posted the 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.

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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 11

[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 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 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 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)

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Remark 9

[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)


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)

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Remark 124

“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)


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 107

The land at the Cape contains specific types of threatened habitat that should some permanent form of preservation. 
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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 243

“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)


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 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 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.”

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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 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 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 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 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.”
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These trails are in the draft plan (Candy Ho, COB)


Remark 62

“The only way to control development is with a firm ‘No’.”
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That is not controlling development. That is leaving it to individual subdivision that keeps all of the Cape private. (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 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 do plan on a public meeting in the spring of 2021 – in person if Covid protocols allow.]

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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 137

“I think the Cape is a deeply important place on this island, a place of spiritual importance and place to remind us of a direction we should never go in again. So I’m up for this work: what could happen there that honours the unique nature of the place, that works its magic to open hearts and minds? I have always thought that one cannot be unaffected by Cape Roger Curtis and Candy, your openness and willingness to try something again speaks to that.”


Remark 120

It’s fine to preserve land, but if you then plunk hundreds of people in the middle of it, you lose the habitat anyway.

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“I’m not interested in engaging with the matter… I’m trying to steer clear of stressful political issues like this.”


Remark 4

“I am keen for the Conservancy to be involved in any discussion about the future of the Cape. From my perspective, I believe the broadest range of views of those of us involved in environmental issues on Bowen is probably best captured via the Conservancy.”


Remark 238

“How about if the COB puts together an information page on their website about what they need from an economic point of view and how that affects their plan.”


Remark 123

“Protected forest wouldn’t offset what they’re doing, we have lots of forest.”

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Remark 126

[On Feb. 12th, 2020, the Bowen Conservancy announced on Facebook that a private donor would like to donate lots 20-22 as a public park. By the end of the third day afterward, the thread had received 448 likes and 132 mostly positive comments.]


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