Agreement signed between eco-cottage owners and RDN

Derek Kilbourn

Sounder News

Tuesday, February 17 2015

The dispute between the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN) and the owners of the eco-cottage on Stokes Road is on hold with an agreement between the parties signed this past week.

Howard Houle, Regional Director for Area B (Gabriola, Mudge and DeCourcy) said the property owners have signed a consent agreement with the RDN. 

“They have until the end of April to apply for a building permit for the structures they have now.

“If they’re going to continue with the residence they have now, they will need to have their plans stamped by a certified engineer to pass the building inspection requirements. This is a typical method used for buildings not built to standard code to meet approval for occupation.

“If they are unable to get an engineer to certify the plans, they will need to apply for a demolition plan and start again.”

He added that if for whatever reason the property owners aren’t able to work within the agreement, the RDN “will have to go back to court to rectify the problem. We could seek a demolition permit at that point to have the non-conforming building taken down.”