Letter: Losing confidence in Kelowna mayor and council

Kelowna letter-writer says decision on Diamond Mountain was wrong

To Kelowna Mayor and Council:

It is with great regret, that I see council listened to the baseless reasoning of a staffer who just managed to derail a perfectly good and needed development (Council dumps development, Capital News, March 21,) proposed by a well-experienced and respected major property developer.

The irony is that the (Diamond Mountain) project was supported by city planners, who I have reason to believe make decisions based on facts, in this case however, an individual whose motives must be questioned, spent an unprecedented time and personal energy to veto the project. What is the real reason behind his actions?

In the past we had mayors and councillors who actually knew something about what they were asked to make decisions on, so staff’s role to advise was balanced by the personal knowledge of each councillors on the subject they were asked to make an important decision on. I was recently told by one senior councillor, “well we cannot know everything.” Of course not, but at least know about what you make decisions on, affecting people in a big way. You are employed by the taxpayers who pay you for doing your job.

One-thousand housing units at the lower end of the economic spectrum is what Kelowna needs. We do not have the land-base to allow this property to be divided into 10 acre plots. Allowing 30 plus storey buildings in Kelowna is not the answer, just compounding the obvious problems we already have already, making them worse for the future.

I am ashamed and very disappointed in councils decision and ask (likely in vain) to reconsider their decision, so that this community-beneficial development can still go ahead.

As a former developer and long term businessman in this city, I can honestly say that I can no longer have confidence and vote again for this mayor or council, who have disappointed more than once on important issues, affecting many Kelowna residents who have contributed greatly to everyone’s well-being.

I have had the pleasure to work with every mayor and council since 1958. This is an issue, where every caring citizen should get upset about, and let City Hall know.

H. Peter Kuehn, Kelowna

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@KelownaCapNews
newstips@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Councillor Gambell raises motion to fit busses with seat belts

The motion was passed on Tuesday’s council meeting

FormaShape snuffs small electrical fire

Fire department responds to fire in Lake Country for precautionary measures

Melcor Developments supports YMCA Strong Kids with generous $9,000 donation

Local business raises funds to enrich community through YMCA services

Boil water notice extended into Kelowna’s northern boundary

City of Kelowna extends boil water notice to over 100 residences in northern boundary of Kelowna

Kelowna Memorial Cup committee visits 2019 tournament in Halifax

The committee wants to get a first-hand look at how the tournament is organzied

600 new campsites coming to provincial parks and recreation sites across B.C.

Tourism Minister announced half of the new spots to 13 most popular provincial parks

Raptors beat Bucks 105-99 to move within 1 game of NBA Finals

Leonard scores 35 as Toronto takes 3-2 series lead over Milwaukee

Okanagan housing builds hope for 52 homeless individuals

The 52 unit supported housing apartment officially opens in Vernon

Gardens plant hope for Okanagan residents who were once homeless

Turning Points, in collaberation with Briteland, bring square foot gardening to Blair Apartments

Bear spray culprit released from Penticton RCMP custody

The individual who sprayed the bear spray at Compass House on May 22 has been released

Municipalities protest after B.C. declares marijuana crops ‘farm use’

UBCM president seeks answers in letter to John Horgan government

RCMP set to patrol Okanagan lakes

Vernon-North Okanagan members will be on area waters helping keep boaters safe

Summerland students to raise voices in public speech competition

Public speaking component is included in high school English program

CMHC defends mortgage stress test changes amid calls for loosening rules

Uninsured borrowers must now show they could service their mortgage if rates rose two per cent

Most Read