CVRD rejects offer to buy back controversial ECO Depot site

The Cowichan Valley Regional District didn’t bite on the Williams family’s offer to buy back the land proposed for the controversial Cobble Hill ECO Depot transfer station.

According to CVRD Chairwoman Gerry Giles directors aren’t considering selling the 22-acre chunk at this point.

“With respect to the property, we did consider (the Williams’) offer. We respect their offer and find it to be very generous. At the end of the day, the board decided to go through with the process they’ve already started.”

Buying and selling land isn’t that simple either, Giles added.

“With any public property owned, and that includes parkland, if it’s deemed to be surplus property, local government must go through an open and transparent process.”

Land would be placed on the market, advertised on sale, and dealt with in a highest-bid, competitive kind of approach.

A letter from the Williams family offering to take back the property in exchange for last spring’s purchase price — $651,000 — was passed to CVRD staff March 9.

Directors decided to sidestep the tender at a March 23 closed meeting.

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