Lorne public hearing result disappointing but predictable

Dear editor,

I’m so disappointed in the outcome of the public hearing into the new building on the site of the former Lorne Hotel, but not really surprised.

The citizens of this community were very clear about the changes they wished to see made, but the developer chose to apply some minor cosmetic changes rather than to open his mind to other possibilities. As disappointed as I am by this, it really isn’t the developer’s responsibility to please the citizens. As long as he follows the code set out by the town council, he can build whatever he pleases.

No, the issue is that there is no vision for this community and no framework to bring this vision to the developers.

Derek Constantino put forth that developers will not build in Comox if they have restrictions on what they can build, but is this what we are really asking for?

Can we not work together as citizens with the very creative profession of architecture to encourage developers to find a vision for this community? Would they not benefit from public support? Would the community not benefit from development? Why must this be a fight instead of mutual support?

This development will go ahead (council voted 4-2 in favour of it May 20), but we need to find the will to make sure that we, as citizens, find a way to put pressure on the council to address our concerns. The only way to create change is to be vocal, so please, please, take the time to get involved. It only takes a few minutes to send an email or to make a phone call.

Corinne Bainard

Comox

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

RCMP looking for missing teen in Comox Valley

Jenessa Shacter was last seen going for a walk in downtown Courtenay

Comox Valley youth starts virtual race against racism

Cailyn Collins says people can take part in the cause from anywhere

Comox Valley Regional District asks residents about curbside pickup

Online survey about waste pickup for most rural residents runs until Sept. 11

Independent home learning hub to open for kids in the Comox Valley

Community’s Waldorf team put Daily Wonder together to help students, families

Nanwakolas Council makes donation to North Island College to support First Nation students

The money was raised at the 2019 Nanwakolas golf tournament.

53 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths cap off week of high infection rates in B.C.

Roughly 1,500 people are self-isolating because they either have COVID-19 or have been exposed to it

Moving on: Tanev scores 11 seconds into OT as Canucks oust Wild

Vancouver beats Minnesota 5-4 to move into first round of NHL playoffs

Fitness non-profit challenges citizens to invent a game to be physically active

The campaign was launched after a study showed only 4.8 per cent of children and youths in Canada met required standards of the 24-hour movement guidelines

VIDEO: U.S. Air Force pilot does fly-by for B.C. son amid COVID border separation

Sky-high father-son visit plays out over White Rock Pier

3 Vancouver police officers test positive for COVID after responding to large party

Union president says other officers are self-isolating due to possible exposure

Vancouver Island team takes on wacky challenges of world’s largest scavenger hunt

Greatest International Scavenger Hunt taking place Aug. 1-8

New mothers with COVID-19 should still breastfeed: Canada’s top doctor

Dr. Theresa Tam made the recommendation during World Breastfeeding Awareness Week

Collapse of Nunavut ice shelf ‘like losing a good friend:’ glaciologist

The ice shelf on the northwestern edge of Ellesmere Island has shrunk 43 per cent

B.C. wildfire crews have battled 111 blazes in the last seven days

Twenty-nine fires remain active, as of Friday (Aug 7)

Most Read