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CD Zone back on council agenda later this month

Thursday, February 11th, 2010 | 9:40 pm

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By Kathy Michaels

One of the most controversial items to make it onto the City of Kelowna’s council agenda is back.

The CD-21 Zone is scheduled for a fourth bylaw reading Feb. 22, said Mayor Sharon Shepherd, during her State of the City address this week.

“It’s been a very difficult, long, drawn-out process and unfortunately, at the end of the day, I’m not sure what the final outcome will be,” she told the crowd at the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce.

Council has seen a major shift since the public meeting and three previous readings of the zoning package that made way for a denser downtown. The previous council allowed the item to move forward with a six to three vote, and of those who were in favour only Coun. Andre Blanleil remains.

When the plan comes up for final adoption later this month, council will have the option to pass the plan as is, rescind second and third reading or turn it down. Until then new information cannot be brought forward, the debate cannot be reopened and amendments can’t be made. That’s caused the five new council members a great deal of consternation, explained Shepherd.

“The local government act really binds us in what we can do and there’s been some frustration among my colleagues — especially among my newer colleagues — about what they can say and what they can’t say and how we have to be very careful,” she said, noting the public is welcome to attend the meeting to hear how the process  unfolds.

The CD-21 zone is an extensive redevelopment plan for the downtown area bounded by Highway 97, Abbott Street, Water Street and Queensway. It would include parks, sidewalk shops and cafes, as well as several high-rises.

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2 Responses to “CD Zone back on council agenda later this month”

  1. John Zeger says:
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    It will be interesting to see how many of the new councillors (and old) will keep their campaign promises and vote on CD21 the way they said they would during their election campaigns.

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    I believe each and every new councillor stated, during their campaign, that they cared for this city and those that live and work here. Stifling it’s economic and social growth by rejecting this rezoning would represent a betrayal of that representation.

    This city needs leadership and decisiveness – something which has not been present in the Mayors office for a good few years. Hopefully the newer councillors recognize this gap and are able to make tough decisions.

    It is embarassing that, almost a decade after the initial planning for the Lawson’s Landing project commenced, there is still no plan in place for one of it’s most important and pressing issues – revitalization of the Downtown core.

    To reject the CD-21 zoning at this stage would be like demolishing a new home because you don’t like the colour of the paint.

    It may not be perfect in the eyes of each councillor, but leadership is not about perfection. Perfectionist always fail to fulfil their potential.

    So… the question to councillors is… do you want this city to fulfil it’s potential, or do you want to stifle it?

    Please continue discussion on the forum: link