Lake Forest Co-op wants to have Youbou Lands business park, run marina, boat ramp

The Cowichan Lake Community
Forest Cooperative is interested in acquiring the proposed business
park at the old Youbou millsite, as well as managing the proposed
marina and boat ramp.

Pending rezoning approval, a spokesman for the owners of the property, Thomas Kreilein, said he’s interested in the idea.

Lorne
Scheffer, chairman of the Forest Co-op, wrote to Kreilein saying he
believes it’s an excellent opportunity for the Forest Co-op. In a
telephone interview, Scheffer said this would come under the Forest
Co-op’s mandate to create jobs.

“If the Forest Co-op
is to survive, we need to look at different ways to create jobs,” said
Scheffer. “I can’t tell you how excited I am about the possibilities.”

He suggested the business park could include a small cabinet making business, for example.

Kreilein
— whose Youbou Land Development Group is proposing a 1,950-unit
residential development, resort and marina on 673 acres at the old
Youbou millsite — said the group wants to turn over the 10-acre
business park to a non-profit group that can create jobs.

“There
still needs to be some discussions about this and our rezoning would
have to be approved, but this is something we could support,” said
Kreilein.

The Forest Co-op is still waiting for
official word on its application for a land-based licence that would
increase the fibre it can access. It currently has a non-renewable
licence for an annual harvest of 13,885 cubic metres, which expires in
2015. In a partnership between the Forest Co-op and the Pacheedaht
First Nation based in Port Renfrew, Qaly’it Community Forest Limited
has been formed that would manage the new licence, if granted.