Cars sit trackside at the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit in April 2018. Jacqueline Ronson/The Discourse
Cars sit trackside at the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit in April 2018. Photo be Jacqueline Ronson
Cowichan Valley

North Cowichan will appeal motorsport court ruling

The municipality is challenging an order to reconsider the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit expansion plans.
Jacqueline Ronson November 19, 2020

The Municipality of North Cowichan will appeal a B.C. Supreme court ruling that called for it to reconsider a proposed expansion of the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit.

North Cowichan council has instructed the municipality’s lawyers to file an appeal, said Mayor Al Siebring when reached by phone on Nov. 19. “The bottom line is that council has decided to appeal the decision from B.C. Supreme Court.”

Siebring said he will not speak to the grounds on which the municipality believes it can win the appeal. “If you were in a legal suit, would you disclose to your opponent what your strategy is going to be? No.”

In the Nov. 6 court decision, Justice Diane MacDonald found that the municipality failed to explain its shifting interpretation of its zoning rules when it denied the Vancouver Island Motorsport Circuit a development permit for a major expansion of its facility.

The municipality has 30 days from the date of the decision to file its appeal.

For more, see The Discourse’s previous coverage of the court ruling and the motorsport track issue.