De­vel­op­ment vi­o­lates by­laws, com­mon sense

Penticton Herald - - LETTERS -

Ed­i­tor: When Peach­land coun­cil passed third read­ing on the Peachtree Vil­lage de­vel­op­ment pro­posal, they aban­doned their com­mit­ment to pro­vide law, or­der and good govern­ment to en­gage in a de­vel­op­ment binge, hop­ing to gen­er­ate des­per­ately needed tax rev­enues to pay some nasty bills that con­tinue to ac­cu­mu­late as they have aban­doned the Of­fi­cial Com­mu­nity Plan and com­mon sense.

In­fill de­vel­op­ment in the down­town area must be done as de­fined by the Beach Av­enue Neigh­bour­hood Plan. It is a well thought out and re­searched doc­u­ment that will pro­tect our down­town area.

The mas­sive Pon­derosa project is a huge mon­key on the back of a small ad­min­is­tra­tion, and re­quires a lot of hard work to make sure the city is in the driver’s seat of this de­vel­op­ment.

Peach­land is not ready to tackle an $18mil­lion dol­lar wa­ter-treat­ment plant, let alone a mas­sive $55.4-mil­lion wa­ter mas­ter plan. And the Monaco project with no ac­cess and no wa­ter must be put on ice for many years.

When coun­cil voted 6-1 to aban­don the OCP, not only were they vi­o­lat­ing some of our by­laws, they also vi­o­lated the spirit and in­tent of the OCP as an im­por­tant de­vel­op­ment tem­plate, and de­fied peo­ple’s demo­cratic rights to de­ter­mine how they want their city to grow and de­velop. To aban­don that sets a rad­i­cal and un­ac­cept­able prece­dent.

The Peachtree Vil­lage pro­posal not only de­fies a num­ber of by­laws, it de­fies com­mon sense: Imag­ine, about eight busi­nesses and 12 res­i­dences with vir­tu­ally zero park­ing, and a struc­ture com­pletely out of char­ac­ter with the down­town area. And no, we will not get used to it.

Andy Thom­sen, Peach­land

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