A former Kelowna mayor and councillor, along with a current councillor, will find themselves in civil court over a council decision they were part of more than a year ago.
A motion to approve a new beach park along Watt Rd. was carried during the July 12 council meeting, which Colin Basran, Ryan Donn and current Coun. Luke Stack voted in favour. Coun. Charlie Hodge was the only vote against. The decision designated eight waterfront properties as future park space in the Official Community Plan (OCP).
Several Watt Rd. residents opposed the decision and took the city to B.C. Supreme Court.
A recent judgement by Madam Justice Lisa Warren said the petitioners will be allowed to cross-examine Basran, Donn, and Stack regarding their intentions in voting in favour of the designation.
“I am satisfied that I should exercise my discretion to order cross-examination of Mr. Donn, Mr. Stack and Mr. Basran on the issues of their motivations in supporting the eight-lot proposal and whether they were influenced by Mr. Donn in this respect,” stated Justice Warren. “This would include, but not necessarily be limited to, cross-examination on any communications they had with Mr. Donn on the topic of designating Watt Road properties as park.”
The document did not indicate when the cross-examinations might take place.