While “No trespassing” signs continue to be posted along trails running through a chunk of land owned by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, at one point in time CMHC was looking to use some of the land.
Back in the mid 90s CMHC applied to the District of North Vancouver to develop 120 acres of land for residential use.
Dave Stuart with the District says council members didn’t approve.
“In 1997 the district rezoned to maintain the area in its natural state, this caused CMHC to take legal action to overturn that rezoning and the case ended up in the BC Court of Appeal where it was dismissed in 2000.”
Stuart says it got ugly – CMHC took the decision to BC Supreme Court but the judge sided with the district.
He says CMHC hasn’t given any indication that they are imminently planning to develop the lands, but he says there’s always been interest.
“Both the Squamish Nation and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation have an expressed interest in acquiring some or all the CMHC lands.”
Stuart says talks are scheduled with CHMC later this week.
The “No trespassing” signs popped up on trails last week.
In a statement to CKNW, CMHC says it will be talking with interested parties, including the North Shore Mountain Bike Association, the province and the District.