Would Work But For Land
A week after a mostly successful public hearing, Councillor Corinne Lonsdale continued to oppose the rezoning of Eagle Run Village, even as six of her colleagues approved third reading.
The rezoning could lead to a permit for developing an additional 22 apartment units in a lot already experiencing some vehicular congestion. Although Lonsdale was deeply - and, sometimes, wonderingly - opposed to the idea of still more vehicles, what really set her off was the loss of job lands in an area she deemed both commercially underserved and residentially overstuffed.
"That's all part of a greener footprint, as well," she said. "There are lots of commercial uses that would fit in there in the future."
"I'm glad people brought up the parking issue," added Councillor Patricia Heintzman, "because that's a bigger issue we need to address."
The Committee Crawls
As part of its first earthly movements, the Finance Committee will be conducting a phone survey on the coming budget in an effort to engage residents and build on electoral themes of increased communication.
The survey will be mostly based on a set of questions developed by pollsters Ipsos Reid in 2006, though it will also include such questions as: "Do you support a tax raise?"
After the meeting, resident Gord Anderson criticized the effort for cutting out the district's many cell phone-only residents. He said they'd be "disenfranchised" as a result of the process.
"There are all kinds of hurdles and issues," conceded Councillor Rob Krikham, chair of the committee. "It's a good point."
Still, he said, this survey will be done from the phone book. Other opportunities for public consultations will arise through open houses and other means.
A strongly worded motion brought forward by Lonsdale was passed this week, though not without concern over the language.
The motion calls on UBCM to engage the province on Bill 11- 2008 Small Business and Revenue Statutes Amendment Law, 2008, which establishes a property tax relief for supportive housing.
UBCM is asked to "lobby the Province of B.C. to stop eroding and infringing on areas that adversely impact Local Government without consulting municipalities through the Union of B.C. Municipalities."
Heintzman worried that the terms "infringing" and "eroding" were too harsh.