This photo shows a wetland area near Cokato Road and Montane Parkway. Photo Submitted

New court date set for Montane Developments Ltd.

The original court appearance was set for July 23, 2020 but has since been pushed back to September

A new court date has been set for Montane Developments Ltd. after the City of Fernie claimed the company failed to obtain required permits before beginning work near Cokato Road and Montane Parkway earlier this year.

On April 23, 2020 the City of Fernie announced their intent to initiate legal proceedings against Montane Developments Ltd., a subsidiary of Parastone Developments Ltd. The city claimed that the company did not obtain the Watercourse Protection Development Permit and the Hazard Lands Development Permit required before beginning construction work at 20 Cokato Road.

The area in question became a hot topic for public concern and discussion around Easter weekend and the City of Fernie fielded several complaints from concerned citizens over the work being done.

In a document presented by Fernie’s chief administrative officer, Michael Boronowski, at a city council meeting on April 14, the reason behind the legal proceedings was outlined.

“Staff attended the property to inspect works and found that while work related to WPDP-31 (Watercourse Protection Development Permit) was underway, there also appears to be other work underway,” the document stated. “This work has included the disturbance of lands, tree clearing and earthworks.”

While the original court date was set for July 23, 2020, the date has now been pushed back. As it stands, the hearing over the alleged municipal bylaw offence will take place at 9:30 a.m. at the Fernie Law Courts on September 1, 2020.

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