THE HISTORY OF THE MAPLE POOL LAWSUIT

THE HISTORY OF THE MAPLE POOL LAWSUIT   Background Maple Pool Campsite was annexed by the City of Courtenay in 2002.  Prior to annexation, the property had for decades operated in its present form, that is to say a campsite with year round permanent residents.  Dali and Jin Lin purchased it in 1996, while it was still a part of the Comox Valley Regional District. At the time the Lins purchased Maple Pool it was a veritable “den of iniquity”, known throughout the Comox Valley as a center of drug trafficking and minor crime.  The RCMP attended there on a regular basis.  The Lins introduced a policy of zero tolerance for drugs, crime of any kind, and alcohol abuse.  Within a very short time they had transformed the camp into a safe haven and community for previously homeless people, many with serious disabilities, both physical and mental.  Today Maple Pool is free of drugs and no longer a drain on RCMP resources.  It is the home of Dali and Jin Lin and the home of 57 other permanent residents, who are their tenants.   The City of Courtenay accepted Maple Pool Between 2002, when Maple Pool became part of the City of Courtenay, and 2011 when the lawsuit was filed, the City at no time raised any objection to the use of the property for permanent residence.  On the contrary, the City fully recognized the land usage at Maple Pool and both implicitly and explicitly approved of its present use repeatedly in the years prior to launching the lawsuit against the present owners. As soon as Maple Pool was...