Rezoning process one-sided and unfair

Editor:

Further to last month's rezoning of a property at 5756 Dallas Dr. that was approved by Kamloops council by a vote of 4-2.

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Accompanying another homeowner from Dallas Drive, we met with Mayor Peter Milobar to see what we could do to appeal this decision. We were told there is no recourse as there is no appeal process.

If the vote at the public hearing would have ended in a tie, the application would have been defeated.

Strangely enough, the applicant would then be able to appeal. We can't, but the applicant can. We were shocked to learn that.

How is that fair? Nothing about this process has been fair. It is all extremely one-sided.

If I could have asked for another vote at council and convinced just one of either Tina Lange, Dieter Dudy, Ken Christian or Pat Wallace to change their mind, that would have created the tie vote we needed.

As I stated in a previous letter, even though 75 per cent of neighbourhood residents signed a petition opposing the rezoning bid, it does not matter.

Even though the majority of the speakers at the public hearing opposed it, it does not matter.

It is a done deal.

To our understanding, these lots do not even meet the criteria of Kamplan. The mayor told us Kamplan is only a guideline. What does that mean?

Why have Kamplan? Is it really just a plan of convenience?

According to the city's website, Kamplan is to provide the best quality of life for all residents. What a joke that is.

I am saddened and disgusted with this whole process.

Linda King Kamloops

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