Brook Valley camp residents have one year to comply with regulations
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Nelson Council begins the resource authorization process to transform Brook Valley Holiday Park into a “Relocatable Hospitality Park”.
Longtime residents of Brook Valley Holiday Park have up to a year to comply with new regulations if they wish to stay, as council begins consent process to turn it into a ‘portable hospitality park’ “.
The council announced Thursday that campground accommodations have until April of next year to comply with Nelson’s Resource Management Plan, Building Act and Campground Regulation.
Residents living in “tents and tipis” have one year to find another housing unit if they want to continue living in the campsite, from that point on, people with tents and tipis will have a maximum stay of 50 days. This is because the tents do not meet campground regulations for long term occupancy.
The council said structures which “cannot reach the level of compliance or are not safe and healthy for the occupants will need to be improved or, as a last resort, removed”.
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He said he would “work alongside a range of other agencies with expertise to help people find other places to live if needed.”
Some changes took effect immediately – residents with wood stoves that do not meet the requirements of the Building Act and the Nelson Air Quality Plan will have to use alternatives.
The council said it has met with long-term residents to inform them of the changes.
One major change the council will undertake will be an improved toilet block, as well as water and sewage hook-ups for long-term residents.
As part of its long-term plan, council voted in favor of an additional capital expenditure of $ 510,000 to help pay for the toilet block and water services.
Community Services Board group director Andrew White said the need for the changes was discovered after an inventory “alerted us to certain issues that pose a risk to the health and safety of occupants” of the camp site.
“The changes that will be implemented are designed to ensure that occupants live in safe and healthy housing and have access to adequate facilities,” he said.
The council said it would offer “advice” to anyone looking for a new source of heat and that the Department of Social Development could provide financial support for those in need of replacing their heat source.
The council said it was “looking at options for people who live in tents or teepees and want to continue living in Brook for the long term.”
Strategic Development and Ownership Subcommittee chair Gaile Noonan said the work was “vital” to ensuring “safe and healthy accommodation” for long-term residents.