Opinion

Pheasant Glen proposal changes

Re: The NEWS Dec. 3 letter by John Simmons (‘Don’t fear change’).

Simmons’ response was extremely lame suggesting I fear change. Change was exactly what my husband and I voted for in 2005, when Pheasant Glen Golf Resort (PGGR) asked for our support to proceed with their well-defined proposal that included a new clubhouse, conference centre, hotel, sports, fitness and wellness facilities and 200 resort homes, plus a severance for the senior Duttons to build a home. The development would have been excellent for the town because in the short term it would’ve created jobs and, more importantly, in the long term, would’ve generated a substantial amount of on-going tourist dollars, as proven by the Qualicum Beach study in 2009.

This new development request is nothing like the old one. PGGR is trying to ram through something totally different — backed by some abrasive, self-serving members, a biased survey, two flashy drawings, high-priced legal and planning opinions and a purported mega-million dollar windfall to the town. If their numbers are correct (PGGR advertisement in The NEWS, Nov. 21, 2013), it means we’ll have more high-end homes, not affordable housing which Craig Dutton himself stated (May 27, Qualicum Beach town council meeting) was one of the reasons his daughter could not live here. Crazy, eh?

If PGGR wants to make a difference for their members and the town, they must first offer updated plans and drawings that fully describe exactly what it is they propose to build.

I do not fear change, but I do detest bullies who willfully pit one party against another and who try to push through their own agendas without due process, those being the official community plan, the growth containment boundary and the regional growth strategy, as well as the land-use covenant they agreed to and signed.

You’ll have to do better than suggesting the intended clubhouse monies went into course improvements. If said improvements were that good, how come PGA Tour Canada only selected Crown Isle and Morningstar for their upcoming qualifying schools in 2014 and 2015?

Deb McKinley

Qualicum Beach

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