LETTERS: A city of ‘character’

Editor:

Re: ‘No one has defined White Rock’s unique character’, July 31.

Editor:

Re: ‘No one has defined White Rock’s unique character’, July 31.

I moved to White Rock two years ago after visiting here for many years during the summer months.

I chose to retire in White Rock for its character as a ‘small city’ with easy access to numerous trails, beaches, parks and nearby conveniences for everyday living.

After reading the article regarding the city councillors wanting to define the character of White Rock, I believe White Rock emulates a multi-generational community understanding one another in order to promote richness and quality of life in an environment of natural beauty encouraging a healthy and culturally diverse lifestyle.

Let’s not create another city of high towers promoting a community of just another city that isolates many, rather than bringing all citizens together to celebrate life and beauty in this corner of the world!

S. McKenzie, White Rock

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The White Rock OCP calls for 3,000 new housing units.

The ‘Imagine White Rock 2045’ survey says residents want that development located in the city core or along the North Bluff.

Developers aren’t interested in those locations.

Why?

Developers would rather destroy a neighbourhood dominated by singe-family homes – except for the Royce, a building Mayor Wayne Baldwin called ‘landmark’ at the ribbon-cutting ceremony – with not one but four highrise towers.

These buildings are to be located at the top of one of the steepest grades in the city, near Oxford at Thrift, with Oxford a two-lane road at this juncture.

Imagine indeed.

Karen Cooper, the city’s director of planning and development, is confused as to the city’s ‘character’, since it has never been officially defined. Seriously? Any one of the larger-than-normal group of citizens attending this council meeting could have educated her.

After Cooper made it clear that these towers will go ahead after minor design changes, the majority left the meeting in disgust.

J. Larsen, White Rock

 

 

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