Maple Pool Camp residents win right to stay in Courtenay

Low-income residents can stay after camp owners reached agreement with City of Courtenay By On the Island, CBC News Posted: Nov 12, 2015 3:23 PM PT Last Updated: Nov 12, 2015 3:23 PM PT Maple Pool Campground owners Jin and Dali Lin reached a settlement with the City of Courtenay over long-term residents living on their campsites. (Jin Lin / Facebook)   After almost five years of legal disputes, the City of Courtenay is allowing a campground that caters to homeless and disadvantaged people to stay open. The owners of the Maple Pool Campground, Jin and Dali Lin, have reached an agreement with the city, allowing the campground’s approximately 45 residents to continue living on the site. “We are so lucky to have so many people helping us,” Jin Lin told On the Island‘s Gregor Craigie. Since 2010, the City has tried to evict tenants of the campground over zoning issues, as well as concerns of safety and liability in the event of flooding. The Maple Pool Campground in Courtenay, B.C., is home to a number of homeless residents year-round. (Jin Lin / Facebook) “The city worries about whether people’s lives will be put in danger, or whether the trailer will be flooded out by the river,” said Lin. “Usually people will think about liability first — they don’t want to get into trouble.” ‘Nobody has to move out’ Many of the campground’s long-term residents are living on social assistance, or come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Some of them live in seasonal trailers, donated by members of the surrounding community. Lin could not give details about the specific terms of the settlement, but said she is pleased with the result. “Right now, we can...

Maple Pool lawsuit settled

Scott Stanfield Record staff The controversial lawsuit between the City of Courtenay and the owners of Maple Pool Campground has come to a close. Following an in-camera meeting Monday at council, Mayor Larry Jangula said the claim and counterclaim relating to land-use and safety issues at the Headquarters Road Campground has been settled on mutually agreeable terms. Jangula said he is “incredibly relieved” the dispute is over — “like somebody’s taken a big weight off my back” — noting council has heard from the public and was prepared to consider its options. “We had an excellent mediator, I understand, and we had excellent representation on behalf of our council and also on behalf of the Lins.” Maple Pool — which provides low-rent housing for about 50 at-risk individuals — flooded in 2009 and 2010. The following year, the City initiated legal action against campground owners Dali and Jin Lin. Technically, zoning has prohibited the couple from housing people on the property. Advocates have argued that most of the tenants would become homeless if evicted. Jangula said the settlement ensures the site will preserve affordable housing and protect residents from flood hazards, and protects the City from future liability for flood hazards and costs, along with environment and fish protection. “Five years, one month and three days,” Jin Lin said, regarding the amount of time that’s passed since the ordeal began. Strict terms of the settlement are confidential, but the Lins have entered into a covenant restricting the use of up to 53 sites at the Campground exclusively for affordable housing. The sites are located at the highest elevations of...

Duncan donates to Maple Pool Defence Fund

By Comox Valley Record Published: February 09, 2015 12:00 PM Updated: February 06, 2015 12:312 PM The Maple Pool Defence Fund received a political boost last week, with a donation from North Island MP John Duncan. “Funds have been coming in from concerned private citizens, businesses and even North Island MP John Duncan has made a personal donation of $500 to the Maple Pool Defence Fund,” said fund spokesperson Jean Rowe.  “These donations are a symbol of how the citizens, businesses and even politicians, feel toward this ludicrous standoff between Maple Pool Campground and the City of Courtenay.” The fund was established in June of 2014 with a goal of assisting the Lin family with the legal expenses that they have incurred in the ongoing litigation with the City of Courtenay who are attempting to force their campground to close. This would force many of the 58 residents onto the streets as there is no suitable housing available. The City of Courtenay filed a lawsuit against the owners of the Maple Pool Campground in the spring of 2011, citing zoning issues. “This case has cost the Lins a tremendous amount of money  for legal defence and has cost the City of Courtenay taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees,” said Rowe. “These are tax dollars that have been spent in the most irresponsible manner.  Businesses, local builders, and others have come up with numerous proposals yet the city carried on with the court action.” “We are thrilled that our Member of Parliament has chosen to personally contribute to this very worthwhile community effort to assist the Lins...

Wednesday December 10, 2014

Wednesday at the height of the flood close-ups of the last trailer at the west end of the Mike Hamilton wall and the current moving past the last...