Letter: Why is developer trying to sway YES vote?

Why is the developer trying to sway our [West Kelowna city hall] votes to the YES side? … They own property they want to develop.

To the editor:

I read with interest Broc Braconnier’s letter to the editor in Friday, Sept. 9, Kelowna Capital News (YES Campaign Manager Vents Frustration).

His questions have been answered many times.

I have lived in West Kelowna since we moved into the Okanagan 30+ years ago. Since then I have watched the old Westbank Town Centre shrivel up and die. I have watched the WFN develop their lands with commercial properties, and even the WFN property is not fully occupied.

Then politicians got involved and forced a marriage upon us. The amalgamation of Westbank with Glenrosa, Shannon Lake, Lakeview Heights, West Kelowna Estates, Casa Loma and Rose Valley Estates was intended to be a blissful event in holy matrimony. It has been anything but.

The We Love Westbank supporters were overwhelmed with this new influx of tax dollars that would help re-establish their beloved town centre. Apparently many on city council support this strongly as well.

And they obviously do have support, the most vocal have been the Yes4Civic CentreCommittee, Mr. Ron Ganczer and Mr. Len Novakowski.

Now the developer has gotten involved (Mr. Rob Moyer the managing director of the Strategic Development Group wrote a letter into this paper — Sept, 9, 2016).

My question: Why is the developer trying to sway our votes to the YES side? Well, I think I know. And it has nothing to do with what’s best for our fledgling city. They own property they want to develop. I believe it’s all about economics. For them of course, not us the taxpayers.

Think before you cast your ballot. But vote.

David W. Kuhn, West Kelowna

Just Posted

Community Leader Awards: Anja Dumas

The Kelowna Capital News puts the spotlight on community leaders with annual awards

Sagmoen neighbours recall alleged hammer attack

Woman was screaming outside Maple Ridge townhouse in 2013

Blowing snow, slippery sections on Okanagan Connector

Compact snow, poor visibility on Highway 97 from Pennask Summitt to Brenda Mines.

IH adds immunization clinic Sunday in Kelowna

Drop-in meningococcal vaccination clinic on today at Community Health & Services Centre

Fire crews investigating oil sheen on Penticton Creek

Fire crews are working to contain the oil from spreading

REPLAY: B.C. this week in video

In case you missed it, here’s a look at replay-worthy highlights from across the province this week

Family suspends search for missing Alberta couple, plane near Revelstoke

Due to bad weather, families of missing Albertan couple say they will resume in the spring

Fire crews investigating oil sheen on Penticton Creek

Fire crews are working to contain the oil from spreading

UBCO prof tests software to help cancer patients

Program may help those reluctant to engage ‘tough conversations’ in advance care planning

Broken de-icer delays flights at Kelowna airport

Passengers were on board for three hours Sunday waiting for departure to Vancouver

Canadian grocers make $3M per year from penny-rounding: UBC study

Ottawa announced plans in 2012 to phase out the copper coin

Well-known Canadian bird making a comeback

Once on the brink of extinction, the peregrine falcon no longer considered at risk in Canada.

Suzuki: Shine a light during dark times

People need to remain positive despite difficult and unpredictable political climate

Most Read