British Columbia Officials Seek To Shut Down Park

The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George (RDFFG) in British Columbia is seeking a court order to shut down Camp Echo on the north shore of Summit Lake, alleging the use has exceeded the length of a temporary use permit for the site, according to the Prince George Citizen.

Bernard Dale Chingee and Justin Harris Chingee are named as defendants in two notices of civil claim the RDFFG filed June 26 in Supreme Court in Prince George.

It says a three-year temporary use permit for the site expired on May 15 “and there currently exists no permit or approval which would allow any use which is not in compliance with the regional district zoning requirements.”

In part, the RDFFG is seeking an order that would require the defendants to remove all buildings, campers and equipment and to remediate the site back to its previous state and, if they fail to do so, authorization for the RDFFG to carry out the work at the defendants’ cost.

According to a RDFFG staff report presented to directors when the permit was issued in April 2014, it holds  22 double-occupancy campsites for RVs and tents, along with day use and boat launch facilities. It was the second time a three-year permit was issued. The first was issued in April 2011.

RDFFG spokesperson Renee McCloskey said it appears the campground remains in operation.

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