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What’s the hurry?

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Let's put the boundary expansion on the back burner until there is a demonstrated need for Pemberton to more than triple in geographic size. Until then, it's cost-effective for village taxpayers to live in the most compact town in the Sea to Sky corridor.

Growing to 11,700 is a choice for the current 2,200 residents of Pemberton, and maybe that's a question we should have a chance to answer, before the boundaries are rewritten.

I ask, what exactly is the hurry here? Maybe someone's bank account is getting a little low?

Dave Hobson

Pemberton

We can have our cake, our festival, and eat too

This letter was addressed to Colin Fry of the Agricultural Land Commission. A copy was forwarded to Pique for publication.

I was one of the individuals who met with the delegation from the A.L.C. when they visited the Pemberton Festival grounds earlier this year. I would like to begin by saying that I admire the work the A.L.C carry out and that I firmly believe that Agricultural Land, all 5 per cent of it in British Columbia, needs to be protected.

The reason for this letter is that I believe yourselves, Live Nation and the Pemberton area are on the same page.

My concern for the Pemberton Festival Land was so great that I took a self-funded trip to Glastonbury, England earlier this year, following their Music Festival. I met with their operations director, Dick Vernon, their Chamber of Commerce and community members at large. I was impressed to see that their festival grounds had so quickly been fully returned to a working dairy farm after 177,000 people had attended their festival.

This festival has been taking place since the 1970s. I was so amazed by what I saw, that I obtained a copy of their environmental statement, which I passed on to Live Nation. (You are more than welcome to see this report, please advise me if you wish to do so.)

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