Mayor owes town planner an apology

It is obvious that the mayor has crossed that line by advocating for a business venture

Mayor owes town planner an apology

In response to the news story: “Lake Cowichan mayor Peters chastised at council for apparent conflict of interest”.

I must agree with Mr. Ridley, there is a line called conflict of interest and it is obvious that the mayor has crossed that line by advocating for a business venture that he appears to have a financial interest in.

As a member of the Advisory Planning Commission, I take exception to the statement that “our town planner has come up with a whole bunch of stuff that he wants to change”. I believe that M. Van Hemert is merely following the sanctions detailed in the Official Town Plan as put forward by the Advisory Planning Commission and approved by town council.

The Official Town Plan attempts to ensure requirements for development within the town boundaries are clear and transparent to anyone wanting to develop or renovate a commercial or residential property in Lake Cowichan. My suggestion to the mayor and the developer would be to request a copy of the Official Town Plan to review. If the developer has concerns concerning the town planning requirements, he is free to bring those concerns along with his plans and application to the town council to discuss possible deviancies or compromises that may be made within the Official Town Plan.

I can categorically state that any individual or business wanting to build in Lake Cowichan that follows the Official Town Plan will be greeted with enthusiasm. I am unaware of any official or citizen who “… has been making it difficult for months and months for another business to start up in this town”.

The development rules are apparent and apply to all potential development. The mayor should be aware of this and I believe he owes Mr. Van Hemert a public apology for implying his motives are anything other than following town policy.

Robert Patterson

APC Lake Cowichan

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

Just Posted

Drivesmart column: Clear your frosty windows BEFORE driving

85 per cent of the information we require to drive safely comes to us through our eyes.

Hundreds march against location of safe injection site

A Voice for Our Children opposes centre being near schools, recreation sites

Sarah Simpson Column: Creativity, and smoke, yields two new ‘computers’

My son opted to empty the recycling bin of all its boxes and create stuff.

QUIZ: A celebration of apples

September is the start of the apple harvest

Ferry riders say lower fares are what’s most needed to improve service

Provincial government announces findings of public engagement process

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

The court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington

Comox Valley protesters send message over old-growth logging

Event in downtown Courtenay was part of wider event on Friday

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Emaciated grizzly found dead on central B.C. coast as low salmon count sparks concern

Grizzly was found on Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw territory in Smith Inlet, 60K north of Port Hardy

VIDEO: B.C. to launch mouth-rinse COVID-19 test for kids

Test involves swishing and gargling saline in mouth and no deep-nasal swab

Young Canadians have curtailed vaping during pandemic, survey finds

The survey funded by Heart & Stroke also found the decrease in vaping frequency is most notable in British Columbia and Ontario

B.C. teachers file Labour Relations Board application over COVID-19 classroom concerns

The application comes as B.C.’s second week of the new school year comes to a close

Most Read