“We took a lot of heat for not just adopting this bylaw,” said Mayor Nancy. Is this why mayor and council changed their tune? Who is putting them under pressure? And why do they feel this way?
When I questioned why the tenants of this property were allowed to operate in violation of our bylaws, I was told that mayor and council were not permitted to speak on matters pertaining to Mons — until at least one councillor realized it was a bylaw matter regarding the discriminatory practice of selective enforcement.
So who is giving our elected officials heat? The public? Not likely — after third reading council is not permitted to listen or discuss matters with the public pertaining to these properties. Staff? I doubt it, as they would be directed by council.
Could they be feeling the heat from Eric Prall's letter expressing his dismay at delays in final approval? Surely not, as they would have been instructed to disregard this, especially as it was later retracted.
The threat of litigation by Bayly and Woods? For what? They have received the benefits in income from their property without correct zoning and should have postponed major investment until after rezoning had been approved — similar to a resident building an over-sized house(s) on land without correct zoning.
Third reading was given by another mayor, another council. I applaud this council's efforts in revisiting this project. It's a new council — they need time to study the issue for themselves and should take as much as they feel they need to make a decision we will have to live with for time to come.
Times have changed in the last few years and so has the market. Function Junction has an abundance of space available, with another rezoning application on adjacent property. Rezoning of the BC Transit site shall easily accommodate the parking and maintenance needs. Does Whistler need another industrial zone in the middle of town? Who is pressuring our council?