Letters: Taking exception

Member of Land use Committee responds to Lewers letter

Re: Feature Letter, Sooke News Mirror, May 1, 2013, “Land use committee gone rogue?”

I was surprised that you would print such a defamatory missive as that captioned above. The writer purports impropriety on the part of certain members of the Land Use and Environment Committee, The LUEC was struck by the mayor and council to afford citizens an informal medium to present and discuss ideas or issues concerning property. As an interested member of the community and at the call of council, I volunteered and sit as an alternate from the public from time to time.

The writer suggests that a developer sitting on the committee, “who may have pecuniary interest in development property, makes a motion to reduce amenity costs to developers” ascribes to a benefit or financial gain to himself or his associates,

I have no property from which such a benefit could be derived. I have paid over a million dollars in fees, charges and DCCs to the district. I contributed $70,000 to seed the Sooke District Affordable Housing Fund. I have built and donated parks and trails, constructed sidewalks and roadways, and installed street lights for public safety. I have never asked for an amenity exemption and I have no regrets.

I believe the writer should review her facts and at the very least, apologize to those who volunteer their time and energy to Sooke.

Adrian Cownden

Sooke

Just Posted

Tsunami warning issued for coastal British Columbia

Warning issued following 8.0 earthquake off Kodiak, AK

Tsunami warning issued for Coastal B.C.

It is recommended that individuals residing below 20 metres should move to higher ground.

BREAKING: Homes in Colwood near Esquimalt Lagoon being evacuated

Tsunami warning in effect for coastal areas of B.C. after 7.9 earthquake off Alaskan coast

Coun. Fred Haynes to run for mayor against Mayor Atwell

Haynes to go head-to-head with Atwell for Saanich mayoral seat in 2018

Bob Heyes back behind Shamrocks bench for 2018 season

Art Webster, Mike Simpson, John Hamilton will also return

Testing the Google Arts & Culture app

Going face to face with art

VIDEO: Fuel truck and train collide in B.C. causing massive fire

More emergency crews are still arriving on scene of a massive fire at the Port Coquitlam rail yard.

Back to work: U.S. government shutdown ends after Democrats relent

Short-term spending measure means both sides could see another shutdown stalemate in three weeks

Man lives despite malfunctioning defibrillator at B.C. arena

A middle-aged man went into cardiac arrest after at game at Pitt Meadows Arena last Wednesday.

Reynolds, Edward Milne capture titles at Esquimalt hoops tournament

Host Dockers take fourth in senior girls draw

Cause of Northern B.C. seaplane crash released

TSB releases report on seaplane crash during a water landing in 2016 near First Nations community

Vancouver police crack down on pop-up pot vendors

Officers raided merchants’ tables on Robson Square late Sunday

Bell Media, NFL take appeal over Super Bowl ad rules to top court

At issue is a ban on substituting American ads with Canadian ones during the game’s broadcast

Crown seeks 4.5 years jail for B.C. woman convicted of counselling tax evasion

Debbie Anderson the latest from group to face jail for teaching debunked ‘natural person’ theory

Most Read