BC Supreme Court Orders Reconsideration of Council’s Decision to Deny Local Motorsport Circuit a Development Permit

(North Cowichan, BC) – The British Columbia Supreme Court has ordered that Council reconsider its decision to deny the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit (VIMC) a development permit for its proposed expansion.

The Court concluded that Council’s denial of the Development Permit Application was unreasonable as Council did not provide reasons as to why it determined that the VIMC’s use of its property was contrary to North Cowichan’s Zoning Bylaw.  The Court concluded that, since a Development Permit had been previously granted for Phase One of the VIMC facility, with North Cowichan having determined that the use complied with the Zoning Bylaw, Council was required to explain its departure from that previous determination.

North Cowichan is in the process of reviewing the Court’s decision with its legal counsel.  North Cowichan has 30 days from the date of the Court’s decision to bring an appeal if it determines that an appeal is appropriate.

 

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For more information:         
Al Siebring, Mayor
250.746.3117
Mayor@northcowichan.ca