Re: Article on development plans

Developer gives misleading impression that necessary approvals for a multi-use development have been granted

Re: Article on Development plans finalized for Old Hope Princeton Way in the Feb. 11 Hope Standard edition.

I am writing in response to the article published in the Feb. 11 edition of the Hope Standard, in which the developer gave the impression that he has obtained the necessary approvals for a large scale, multi-use development.

My concern is that the development described within this article may lead to community apprehensions or expectations, and I feel it is important to provide clarification regarding this particular proposed development.

To date, the sole parcel has received a development permit approval for form and character, for a proposed hotel, restaurant and conference centre only (Feb. 23, 2015.)

While Council and the District strongly supports community development and the developer’s intentions for this site, we must respect the legislated public process prior to permitting rezoning to the described multi-uses. This public process is in place in order to allow residents to voice either support or opposition to such proposals. Council and staff are working diligently to encourage such development, and as the developer moves through the various approval processes, we will update the public accordingly.

Wilfried Vicktor

Mayor