Asphalt ruling latest letdown for residents 

Problems range from asphalt to parking at Cheakamus Crossing

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"There is no grocery store or restaurant for a variety of reasons, one being there are only eight parking spots, and they almost put a 78-seat restaurant in there," said Protter.

• Residents of The Springs building at Cheakamus Crossing got an unpleasant hike in their strata fees last November when it was revealed that the strata neglected to include the common area electrical and natural gas costs. The strata also neglected to budget for the District Energy System and other maintenance work. As a result, one resident interviewed by Pique saw her strata costs increase $60 per month or $720 per year.

• Until this winter, all northbound buses that travelled through Cheakamus Crossing went to the Gondola Transit Exchange. With the Valley Connector Service, most buses that originate at Cheakamus Crossing now turn down Northlands Blvd and continue north. To reach the ski lifts, riders now have to walk or jump on the Village Shuttle service, and on the way home they have to shuttle or walk back to the stop at Gateway and Northlands.

• As a cost cutting measure from the most recent service review, the municipality is not plowing the new section of Valley Trail that connects Cheakamus Crossing with Spring Creek and the rest of the Valley Trail network. The section was only paved in summer of 2011 after fire hazard and rains disrupted plans to pave in fall of 2010.

Given the number of issues to crop up for residents of Cheakamus Crossing, Protter objects to the suggestion that residents are somehow "whiners."

"The truth is that every single verbal promise that was made has been broken for the most part — all of the spin, all of the assurances, all of the good-feeling stuff that was part of getting us in there; all the hints and assumptions they let us jump to at open houses and in real estate offices to get us in there — all that stuff turned out to be wrong," he said.

"And we're still being seen as whiners by the rest of the town because we got such a good deal on these properties. Well nobody is saying that to residents at Spruce Grove or anywhere else with employee housing."

Protter is hoping that the municipality will appeal the Supreme Court ruling. He attended court and believes that some crucial details were downplayed — including the fact that the operator is trucking in both aggregate and bitumen to the site to make asphalt and doesn't use actually any of the basalt material mined on the site to produce asphalt. As a result, Protter said that asphalt production shouldn't be allowed under the mining permit.

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