Coun­cil­lor got it right

Kingston Whig-Standard - - OPINION -

Re: “Coun­cil balks at ad­vi­sory com­mit­tee makeup,” Oct. 6.

I agree to­tally with Coun. Peter Stroud’s com­ments re­gard­ing the pro­posed plan­ning ad­vi­sory group. Ac­cord­ing to this ar­ti­cle, city staff will not per­mit “… rep­re­sen­ta­tives of lo­cal com­mu­nity groups or neigh­bour­hood as­so­ci­a­tions” to join the eight-mem­ber ad­vi­sory group to the Plan­ning Com­mit­tee. In the spirit of fair­ness, then, no re­al­tor or de­vel­oper or stu­dent land­lord — nor any of their rel­a­tives and as­so­ciates — should be al­lowed to join this com­mit­tee.

I sus­pect that the suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants will be those who are con­sis­tently sym­pa­thetic to Plan­ning Com­mit­tee’s end­less ap­pli­ca­tions for by­law amend­ments.

Once again, it would ap­pear that Mayor Bryan Pater­son and city staff are not truly in­ter­ested in lis­ten­ing to, let alone act­ing upon, the wishes of Kingston res­i­dents whom they are sup­posed to rep­re­sent.

Thank you, Peter Stroud, for try­ing to con­duct coun­cil busi­ness in a demo­cratic and trans­par­ent man­ner. D. Provan Kingston

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