WHITE ROCK - An applicant whose development proposal was recommended to be rejected by council appeared at the Sept. 23 council meeting in a pre-emptive bid to save her development before it was voted on.
Balwant Bala appeared as delegation in order to plea for approval to subdivide her two lots on Marine Drive into three for single-family dwellings with second basements.
Staff recommended council deny the application after it was discussed by the land use and planning committee. Recalling the response she'd received by members of council and city staff, Bala wondered why the proposal was set to be rejected.
Asserting that they had been "misguided" by the city, Bala said she and her partners were shocked to hear the committee recommended denying their application, given that staff and some council members seemed to have had positive things to say during their application process.
"With all due respect... two of the councillors, Alan Campbell and Bill Lawrence, came to a public information meeting and sat and listened and asked questions," said Bala. "(City manager) Dan Bottrill supported it also, according to his comments, this was a good project and he didn't see anything wrong."
According to Bala, she and her partners had put about $22,000 into the development proposal and noted that nearby lots were already zoned for the type of development they were seeking for the site.
In response, Campbell said that while he did compliment her on her proposal earlier in the year, it was merely for the detailed presentation, not necessarily an endorsement of the project.
Following council's rejection, Coun. Larry Robinson said while they did not have to explain their actions when voting on an issue, in this case, it was simply that the proposal did not seem to fall in line with the rest of the neighbourhood.
Bala said they may be hesitant to invest in any future White Rock projects as a result.
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