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"They are the true pioneers, in my mind, in this community," said Watt.
Former school board trustee Alix Nicoll also spoke in favour of the development.
"We elected a new council because were looking for new housing," she said.
There were concerns raised at the hearing that the ski out to Bear Creek Estates and the Kadenwood development would be interrupted with the land sale and subsequent rezoning. But Bunbury said that he has no control over the ski out.