Letter: Kelowna’s ‘road to nowhere’ benefits the few

Reservations about a road plan in the Mission area of Kelowna

To the editor:

On Feb. 28 we attended a public meeting at the Capital News Centre with regards to the building of a road, called the South Perimeter Road or SPR, that starts at the top of Gordon Road in the Ponds community and ends at Stewart Road on the benches. It passes south of the Ponds development and Crawford Estates.

In order to accelerate the start of the SPR city council has re-prioritized all the previously made plans to make improvements to the existing northbound traffic corridors. This means no traffic or safety improvements will be done to Chute Lake Road, Gordon and Lakeshore for many years. These improvements would have included traffic lights at Okaview and Chute Lake Road and widening the bridges over Bellevue Creek on Lakeshore and Gordon Roads.

I believe that a good number of the people attending the presentation have very serious reservations with this plan. We feel that it is more important to go back to previous priorities than building a road that basically goes to nowhere. However, the city has determined to bend to the will of developers and build a road that benefits the few rather than stay to their original priorities which would benefit the many.

By the way, if you think that this is only an upper Mission problem, think again. This project is going ahead by way of the Alternative Approval Process (AAP) rather than by a referendum, meaning if you don’t sign the AAP elector response form, you are assumed to have approved the project.

If you are opposed you must sign the form and deliver to city hall by March 16, 2018. In order to stop this we would have to gather over 10,000 elector objection signatures (10 per cent of Kelowna taxpayers). So if something goes wrong and the city cannot collect enough future Development Cost Charges from developers within the Southwest Mission sector, every home owner in Kelowna will see it on their taxes. Keep this in mind for the next municipal election.

Incidentally, I didn’t see any council member at CNC.

Greg Prichard, Kettle Valley

Just Posted

UPDATED: Mount Eneas fire grows to 1,374 hectares

Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen issues evac alerts for properties in Area F.

UPDATED: Okanagan Mountain Park wildfire evacuation alert lifted

An evacuation alert remains in effect for those on Lakeshore Road

Mount Conkle fire near Summerland 90 per cent guarded

This fire has several good water sources and has good road access which have contributed to the success

Law Creek wildfire still out-of-control

A blaze in West Kelowna still has 129 properties on an evacuation alert

BC Wildfire update on Okanagan blazes

Watch the media briefing on the current fire situation in the Okanagan.

Wildfires near Vernon extinguished

BX, Dee Lake and Irish Creek fires all out

What’s happening this weekend

Follow Social Squad memeber Matthew Abrey to find out what’s happeing this weekend

RCMP help to save goats from wildfire

The fast-approaching wildfire, sparked Thursday, forced the evacuation of five homes

Vernon’s Sparrow signs with Wichita

Vernon product headed to ECHL for pro hockey

VIDEO: Near drowning captured on popular B.C. river

Search and Rescue manager says the popular pastime of floating in the summer is inherently dangerous

Matjicka pulls trick for Silver Stars

Capri Insurance Men’s 55+ Soccer League roundup

Crosswalk vandalism leaves black mark for Cowichan as B.C. Games begin

Rainbow crosswalk defaced just days after being painted

Photo gallery: BC Games Day 1

A brief look at action from the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley

Most Read