A Letter to the Editor regarding Excessive Development in White Rock

White Rock Excessive Development Upsets Residents
Dear Editor:
Re: August 5th Stories on White Rock Residents Frustrated by City Hall

I read with interest, concern and sympathy about the frustration experienced by White Rock residents over City Hall’s coy mishandling of the “Waves on Marine” development project (the Mayor personally signed off on permits to allow over height construction, see the Peace Arch News article here) and the impending development project for 1575/1577 Nichol Road. The official indifference and lack of meaningful action shown by the City to the legitimate concerns of neighboring residents is simply shameful.

But sadly, this is not a new thing. Led as they are by the developers’ champion, Mayor Baldwin, the majority pro-development “at any cost” clique currently in command of City Council have left a record that shows a clear and unmistakeable pattern. As Mayor Baldwin has said, so long as he is in control, even greater density is coming to White Rock “whether people want it or not.”

Whether it is the Bishop Road Development, the White Rock Muffler Shop Development, the Mariner’s Reach Development, the Evergreen Baptist Development or a multitude of other smaller development projects, in all cases, the City has placed developer interests paramount above Public interests and concerns of neighbouring residents. What do you think will happen when the EPCOR Oxford Land Development Project resurfaces if all of the current developer clique on Council get re-elected in November?

Come the November 15th Civic Election, use your vote to remind the politicians that the purpose of the City is to provide for the good government of our community for community benefit, not to act as an apologist and enabler for the developer interest group.

Dennis Lypka
White rock, B.C.

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