WK council deaf to permanent residents

West Kelowna has passed a request for a zoning change that will make way for bulldozing of yet another piece of agriculture land.

To the editor:

District of West Kelowna has passed a request for a zoning change that will make way for bulldozing of yet another piece of agriculture land as the vineyard at the end of Inverness Road in Glenrosa makes way for up to 31 additional homes.

This property lies at the end of a long dead end road where current residences have had a relatively quite existence for many years.

Our concerns include:

• Why mix compact or condensed housing into a long-standing single family dwelling in a rural neighbourhood?

• What will the impact of all the additional vehicles generated from all these new homes have on the quality of life for existing neighbours?

• Why did the District of West Kelowna use computer-generated stats to calculate the amount of acceptable traffic rather than have someone monitor traffic especially during soccer season when the roads are choked with vehicles by the old Webber Road school’s sports field?

• Why does the District of West Kelowna not already enforce the no parking lane on Dunbarton Road that is an integral part of our emergency evacuation route?

• Why was the “financial contribution” of  $45,000 such a key factor in the council’s decisions to support one land speculator vs. so many long time land owner/voter’s who were against this development?

• How can the District of West Kelowna allow a couple from out of province to cause havoc on an existing neighbourhood then drive away smiling at all the money they make after destroying the quality of life of a neighbourhood they only resided in part time?

• How can the voters within the District of West Kelowna trust council members to make decisions that go against public opinion, protests and petitions when it may be their neighbourhood targeted next?

I understand how the District of West Kelowna may need the additional revenue due to so many businesses deciding to build on First Nations Land rather than district land but this burden caused from fragmentation within our district should not be imposed on existing home and property owners. After all, there are lots of large parcels of land that can be dedicated to homes of the same type of zoning with no need to jam in higher density homes in already established rural neighbourhoods.

Gary Morris

Westbank

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