Tuesday, January 19, 2016

No public hearing for Braemar Land

A District Council vote to go to Public hearing is defeated. With Councillor MacKay-Dunn absent due to the flu, the vote was 3 in favour and 3 against for a public hearing regarding the rezoning which could have resulted in an amendment of the OCP to remove a portion of the Braemar land from public assembly. If development had passed through the public hearing process the land would allow for a four lot detached residential development. Councillor Hanson said (paraphrased) he could not support moving in to a public hearing which could possibly remove the land from the public assembly category. Councillor Bassam said (paraphrased) he was deeply concerned and thought that no public hearing was undemocratic. If the land had been sold to development, the funds from the sale would have gone to Argyle Secondary improvements. Councillor Muri said (paraphrased) there must be another way to raise the money and criticized the provincial government for their lack of education funding support.

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