Questions to Council re: 1621 Dufferin Crescent

Fred H.J. Taylor: January 3, 2013

City of Nanaimo
455 Wallace Street
Nanaimo, B.C.

Mayor Ruttan & Council Members:

John Horn (City of Nanaimo), Randy Churchill (City of Nanaimo), R.C.M.P. and VIHA all promoted a supportive housing project for the site at a Public Meeting on June 17, 2010.

The Provincial Government was also promoted into release of cemetery statues of the land for a supportive housing project including an amendment to an Order in Council issued in 1994.

I do understand the proposed contractor for the supportive housing has had a copy of this idea of selling a portion of the cemetery land to private ownership and private use in hand for considerable time.

Why, in my opinion has there been a false / misleading promotion to the Public of the use of cemetery land?

I do not believe the Elder Chinese Community donated the land to be turned into cash.

I understand the intention of the City is to sell the land for use other than the present zoning, therefore, the City has an obligation to rezone to support the sale.

I remain of the opinion the Council as a group is in conflict with the direction of this Public Hearing and I remind you of my opinion, an underhanded way of disposal of cemetery land.

I do not agree the city taxpayer will provide and pay for ‘works and services’  for the property.

Your truly,

Fred Taylor