The Story Began In 2011
CWR acquired the subject property “Lightning Rock” after the completion of extensive due diligence procedures.
Our team introduced a development proposal to the City of Abbotsford.
Simultaneously, it took more than one year to draft the drawings and a business plan and optimized the proposal to the City of Abbotsford.
Plans are Nothing, Planning is Everything
The planned development was for the proposed subdivision and rezoning of the property at Sumas Mountain in Abbotsford, B.C.
The dream was to subdivide the properties and create a 5-lot subdivision rezoned to 12 zonings to develop an Agricultural Equipment sale, rental and repair development. The purpose of the designed agricultural development was to provide a location for these services to achieve greater access and visibility to its clientele.
Using access via North Parallel Road, the proposed subdivision would reduce agricultural vehicle traffic within the high traffic corridors of the city’s commercial areas where these businesses are currently located. Relocating these agriculturally based businesses out of the commercial Sumas Way corridor would provide opportunities for development within those areas.
Always Believe Something, Wonderful is About to Happen
The University of the Fraser Valley issued a letter to the City of Abbotsford on January 8, 2014, supporting the proposed development as it would provide a positive benefit to the region’s agricultural businesses.
City Staff officially requires a legal document to proceed with development given the opposition of Semá:th First Nation (SFN). CWR engaged an Archaeology consultant to prepare a Site Alteration Permit Application through the Heritage Conservation Act “(HCA)” to develop and meet the City of Abbotsford’s requirements which the City accepted.
What was the turning Point
On October 16, 2014, SFN submitted new information to the City of Abbotsford, proclaiming the land to be a burial site leading to a defeat of CWR’s proposal over the First Nation’s concerns.
Since then, CWR and many more are struggling for their rights and living with a hope of justice.