Letter: Kelowna council ignores residents in favour of development

On whose behalf does this city council work—the taxpaying residents or their developer friends?

To the editor:

Last week, Kelowna city council passed a second and third reading for a nine-plex to be built on the corner of Homer and Houghton Roads in Rutland. Three hundred and four local residents signed a petition against the project, yet it was readily passed by the mayor and seven of eight councillors. Many thanks to Councillor Charlie Hodge for supporting us.

What kind of democracy is this where 98 per cent of local residents are ignored in favour of a developer who’s being offered 10-year tax relief, grant money and waiving of development fees for building as many rental units as they can fit onto the property.

The project by Davara Holdings Ltd. is to replace the existing single family dwelling with a nine-plex containing 27 bedrooms that resembles a motel.

We are not against rentals, but feel there are already enough rentals in the surrounding area—with a history of slumlords being a major concern as they have not maintained their properties.

On whose behalf does this city council work—the taxpaying residents or their developer friends?

Peter Harshenin, Kelowna


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