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Paldi crematorium case cost CVRD taxpayers $116,000

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Cowichan taxpayers forked out about $116,000 in the CVRD’s zoning case against owners of the Paldi crematorium, plus legal bills for the owners’ appeal victory.

Mark Kueber, corporate services manager of the Cowichan Valley Regional District, told the News Leader Pictorial last week what the CVRD would have to pay in owner’s costs was still being tallied.

The $116,000 was paid to CVRD lawyers with the Young Anderson law firm.

The complex case saw the CVRD initially win its B.C. Supreme Court case concerning the commercial crematorium not being an allowed use under the region’s P-1 zone.

Then it’s owners — the Paldi, Lake Cowichan, and Vancouver Island Khalsa Diwan societies — plus the Vancouver Island Sikh Cultural Society, and Cowichan Valley Crematorium Ltd. appealed that ruling, and won.

Their victory is explained in last week’s Appeal Court decision report from Madam Justice Levine.

At press time Tuesday, it was unknown if the CVRD will now appeal the case to the Supreme Court of Canada.

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