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Development lobby group charges ‘Council’s CD 21 decision paralyzes downtown’

Monday, March 1st, 2010 | 3:11 pm

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Members of the Urban Development Institute are  disappointed by council’s recent decision to not support the CD 21 Zone at fourth reading.

They claim the decision will have a demoralizing effect on city staff who have committed many hours to this initiative and note that it appears as though the current council does not respect the work and decisions made by the previous council, as well as the voters who elected them and voiced their opinions throughout is a cause for great concern.

Randall Shier, president of UDI, says the decision to go back to first reading is a huge step backwards for the downtown and for the city.

“The timeframes that were suggested in council could set us back another three years in the process and into another council’s regime,” he said, noting the amount of time, effort and dollars that were invested by the community in this process were disappointingly under-represented at the council meeting.

“The decision on Feb. 22 has sent a huge message to the development and business communities.  It is a message that Kelowna does not want to be a green, business friendly environment,” Shier said.  “The decision to push the CD 21 plan back to first reading sabotages further development for the next three years and will continue to push development outside of this zone.  This decision has a paralytic effect on any revitalization to this area.”

This decision will cost Kelowna jobs, economic vitality and business stability, the UDI says, adding  every $1 million  spent by a development is 14 jobs for the community for a year.

“Every business that wants to move into the downtown and increase the green business focus of Kelowna may now have to wait another five years before we have a viable plan,” said Shier.  “This loss is enormous and sends a huge negative message to the broader community and province.”

Therefore, UDI strongly urges council to move this process forward immediately and not further delay the revitalization of our downtown.

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One Response to “Development lobby group charges ‘Council’s CD 21 decision paralyzes downtown’”

  1. John Zeger says:
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    “‘The decision on Feb. 22 has sent a huge message to the development and business communities. It is a message that Kelowna does not want to be a green, business friendly environment,’ Shier said.”

    I think I’m going to be ill.

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