Letter to Don Bell from Reimar Kroecher

Hello Don,
I am extremely disappointed that you changed your mind on the need to have another public hearing.   The first one was deficient in so many ways.  I myself wanted to speak, but as the hearing dragged on way past midnight, I gave up and went home, and I was not alone.  That hearing should have been stopped at 11 o’ clock to be continued a week later. To invite citizens to offer their input at way past midnight, on a week day, when they have to go to work early the next morning, is just not right.If the developer agrees to the changes you want, ( and that is a big if ),  and some of the changes you request are quite substantial, then we will end up with a different development than the one presented to us at the first public hearing. The public will not have the opportunity to have input on this new different development. If the developer drags his feet, not agreeing to your proposed changes, knowing you have voted against a second public hearing,  then you will have given up all bargaining power to get the improvements you desire.  The developer will get his way and there is nothing at all you can do about it.

I urge you not to throw away your bargaining power.  Right now you are in the driver’s seat.  If you vote against a new public hearing,  Omni will be in the driver’s seat.

Sincerely,
Reimar Kroecher   604-988-3852

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