Developer buys West Beach site

A North Shuswap property, the subject of a failed attempt to turn it into a 160-unit RV park, has now been sold to another developer.

A North Shuswap property, which was the subject of a failed attempt to turn it into a 160-unit RV park, has now been sold to another developer.

The property, formerly known as the Cottonwoods Campground but renamed West Beach Village, had been under creditor protection after Mike Rink, the previous developer, went into receivership.

The final sale of Cottonwoods Campground was confirmed by court documents, which list the new owner as a numbered company with Greg Darroch as the principal.

Darroch, who could not be reached for comment before press time, has developed other properties in the Shuswap.

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District denied Rink the zoning for the development, which was to feature 199-year leases on properties within the West Beach Village development. This was later challenged in B.C. Supreme Court, but in January the courts upheld the CSRD’s right to deny the proposal.

News of the sale comes as a blow to community members and environmental activists who were attempting to have the property, located at the mouth of the Adams River, added to Roderick Haig Brown Provincial Park.

“The Cottonwoods property already went through a lengthy and costly rezoning application process, which was wisely turned down by our local government leaders,” explained Jim Cooperman, president of the Shuswap Environmental Action Society. “It would be a significant waste of time and taxpayer’s money to consider another development on this property as it is clear that it would be strongly opposed locally, provincially, nationally and internationally.”