Town of Comox: Where democracy goes to die

Town of Comox: Where democracy goes to die

Dear editor,

I attended the Town of Comox May 20 council meeting as I was anxious to hear their final decisions on zoning bylaw amendments 1791 and 1792; amendments, which if passed, would allow the proposed Lorne Hotel to go forward.

After what I witnessed I can safely say Comox is where democracy goes to die.

Given the recent public hearing and submissions (including a petition) , it was clear the majority of the people of Comox do not want this proposed building. They want a building, they want a pub, they just don’t see this five-storey proposal as the right building.

To this end, Councillor MacKinnon proposed a compromise with a four-storey building, a proposal supported by Councillor Price.

Councillor Ken Grant suggested that “compromise will kill this project and you’ll end up with a vacant lot.” He used the “sky is falling” scare by intimating if council said “no” and asked for a new plan of four storeys, then the developer would take  “his toys and go home.” And to change plans now would send a bad message to other developers who may want to build in Comox.

What utter nonsense.

So, council is just there to do the bidding of developers and be damned what the citizens of Comox want for their town? If that’s the case then heaven help up all.

What does it say about a town council that does not support the majority of its citizens? I do not believe due process was followed with respect to this entire project; as my Dad would say “this fix was in.”

My thanks to Councillors MacKinnon and Price for actually listening and attempting to do the right thing. To the rest of you ..shame, shame.

 

Barb Tribe

Comox

 

Just Posted

Northbound lanes re-open along Malahat after small rockslide near Goldstream

Drivers asked to use caution, clean-up crews have finished on-site

Comox Valley Glacier Kings drop see-saw affair to Nanaimo

Team still looking for that elusive first win of the season

Three on ballot, two running for Union Bay Improvement District board

Voters will go to the polls to choose new board member on Saturday, Nov. 23

Cumberland waits for child care plan before deciding on Beacon

Village also wants to clarify funding requirements prior to any agreement

Comox Valley initiative collects items for those in need

Everybody Deserves A Smile (EDAS) is a ‘Kindness Care Package Project’ that… Continue reading

Teen with cancer whose viral video urged Canadians to vote has died, uncle tweets

Maddison Yetman had been looking forward to voting in her first federal election since junior high school

Rowing Canada, UVic investigate celebrated coach for harassment, abuse

Lily Copeland says she felt intimidated and trapped by Williams

Cleanup in the works after tanker truck fire leads to oil spill in B.C.’s Peace region

The province said the majority of the spilled oil likely burned away in the fire.

Fisherman missing near Lake Cowichan’s Shaw Creek

Family is asking for everyone and anyone to keep their eyes open,… Continue reading

BC VIEWS: Action needed on healthcare workplace violence

While we’ve been talking about it, the number of B.C. victims has only grown

Closing arguments begin in B.C. case launched in 2009 over private health care

Dr. Day said he illegally opened the Cambie Surgery Centre in 1996 in order to create more operating-room time

MacLean says “Coach’s Corner is no more” following Cherry’s dismissal from Hockey Night

Cherry had singled out new immigrants in for not honouring Canada’s veterans and fallen soldiers

MacKinnon powers Avs to 5-4 OT win over Canucks

Vancouver battled back late to pick up single point

Poole’s Land finale: Tofino’s legendary ‘hippie commune’ being dismantled

Series of land-use fines inspire owner Michael Poole to sell the roughly 20-acre property.

Most Read