Letter: Kamloops council fails to listen to residents

Editor:

Kamloops council has failed to listen to residents of Dallas Drive after an overwhelming negative response to the proposed modification to the covenant of 7750 Dallas Dr. to allow for construction of a restaurant and gas bar.

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The city mailed out 163 notices and received 99 responses that were opposed to the proposal. There was also a 54-name petition against the plan.

The covenant has been in place for 20 years for a reason — and for council to ignore residents is a slap in their collective face.

What is the point of asking the residents of Dallas Drive, who will be directly affected by the development, if city council was just going to ignore them?

The Dallas Community Association did not have an official stance on the project because the developer didn’t engage the group, yet Coun. Dale Bass claimed the association was in favour.

The association was not asked because it does not have an address within 100 metres of the development.

We, the residents of Dallas Drive, moved to this area to have a relatively quiet lifestyle. We don’t need a car wash, restaurant, excessive lighting and more truck traffic all hours of the day and night.

The address of the property on which council has approved removal of the covenant, 7750 Dallas Dr., is less than 300 yards from an existing card lock, gas station, eat-in restaurant and pizza parlour.

We don’t need to look like downtown Kamloops.

If city council truly cared about what residents want, perhaps council should look at having the property developed from light industrial to residential. The plan should be for more housing, not the addition of a gas station, car wash and restaurant.

Carrie Hubert

Kamloops

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