Sechelt Coun. Chris Moore (Coast Reporter, March 21) apparently characterized Tillicum Bay and Tuwanek residents as having a well-known propensity for "putting the brakes on stuff," which is half true. The other half is that the District of Sechelt has an equal propensity for entertaining development proposals that have very little to do with real land capability, the applicable zoning or our recently completed official community or neighbourhood plans.
Tillicum Bay and Tuwanek happen to have significant, well-documented development limitations, and because residents keep bringing them up whenever asked for an opinion, they are treated like a goalie to get one past.
Meanwhile, the real constraining factors - environment, geotechnical hazards, location (Gray Creek, floodplain, Sechelt Inlet, steep mountainside) and long-time residential zoning - get short shrift.
It's a shame that local residents felt forced to go to court again, but not shameful that they have. Council, for its part, has decided to spend local tax dollars fighting a neighbourhood in court rather than sort it here, like adults with rules.
Linda Williams, Sechelt
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