To the editor:
It was gratifying to see that the majority of the seven City of Kelowna councillors involved with this (proposed Cedar Creek Park/commercial development) project appear to now understand that the public is opposed to large buildings built on public waterfront lands. We congratulate those that had to courage to turn down the C-9 zoning application.
However, if council is going to show true strength and leadership it should make a decision on what will replace the C-9 application before the November municipal election. Just using an escape clause to delay the decision until after the election by funding another study is not leadership. It is passing the buck to the new council which will be elected in November.
The present council has been dealing with this matter for six months and should understand all the issues related to the properties. It should understand the technical issues and it should understand the public opinion. Why should the existing council not make the decision as to the future use for these valuable lands and take ownership?
The lack of a clear vision for what will go on this unique property will create uncertainty in the area. Investors, developers and even property owners hate uncertainty.
There is no good reason why this study could not be completed before the November election. There are always ways to juggle funds around to pay for the study this year if it is deemed important enough. The study’s recommendation could then go to council in October and they could vote on it before the election.
We challenge council to show leadership and take ownership for what they started and not leave the job to a new and inexperienced council.
Bob and Rachel Whitehead,