Praise for RDN’s role so far

Fairwinds development plans in Nanoose Bay still have many hurdles to clear

A proposed development in the Nanoose Bay area continues to spark praise around the Regional District of Nanaimo board table — both from those in favor and those opposed to the project.

The project, would see 1,676 homes added to the Fairwinds development.

In a letter to the RDN board, John Purcell, the senior vice president of Bentall Kennedy Canada LP, thanked directors and staff for their diligence on the file.

“We appreciate the RDN’s commitment to bring the zoning stage applications to the board for consideration in a timely manner,” Purcell wrote.  “We are encouraged by staff’s efforts to accelerate the process to allow us to reach our critical milestones.”

On the other side of the issue, Nanoose Bay resident Don Lawseth also expressed high praise for the board on the issue. “I wish to express my appreciation for the RDN board’s decision to stay the course and resist private interest pressure to accelerate and compromise the Fairwinds development planning process,” he wrote. “I am encouraged that the RDN appears to be looking after the public interest, over private and special interests.”

Fellow Nanoose Bay resident Ross Peterson meanwhile urged the RDN board to take its time in consulting with area residents about the proposal.

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