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Stoney Hill committee tours Maple Bay Peninsula Thursday toward new road route
Two controversial gravel-road routes were hiked Thursday by Stoney Hill Committee members, North Cowichan councillor John Koury reported from the walk.
The foot tour will help guide council's looming November decisions about the exact route, plus costs, of an upgraded, controversial road across Maple Bay Peninsula — and through municipal forest lands some folks want saved as parkland.
"Cowichan Tribes were invited, but no one is taking part. It's unfortunate and odd," said Koury, who's not on the committee.
"The committee revisited the petitioners' route and settlement route. The mitigating points that have to be deal with before bringing back some recommendations to consider," said Koury.
The "settlement" route is a road agreed to in a legal deal between North Cowichan and two affected property owners. The petitioner's route is an alternative proposed by other residents and interested parties.
Preservation of archaeological and ecological values, plus the peninsula's cliffs will be addressed, he noted.
The proposed upgraded road its being funded mostly by residents, plus taxpayers.
The road will basically span Genoa Bay Road and Bird's Eye Cove Farm to homes in the Octopus Point area.