Opinions & Letters

Stand up and be counted

 | December 3, 2010

With respect to recently published comments and views of the bylaw development process currently under way at Sun Peaks Resort, I would caution people not to be influenced or distracted by small self-interest groups who’d rather use headlines to promote their own narrow agendas than to promote Sun Peaks Resort for what it really is—a world-class, four-season outdoor playground enjoyed by thousands.

It’s great to see the democratic process in action at Sun Peaks Resort. As one of only four regular public attendees at the recent Sun Peaks municipal council meetings, I’m pleased to have witnessed the birth of this new governmental entity. Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality the first “Mountain Resort Municipality” in B.C. All stakeholders at Sun Peaks Resort now have the rare opportunity to participate in the formation of the new municipality.

Firstly, Mayor Raine, Councillors Alexander, Forster, Popig and Pozza and CAO Johnson and acting CFO Braithwaite all need to be commended for their hard work and dedication in rolling out the new municipality. They have done an enormous amount of work since June in building the municipality from scratch and have done so in a common sense and professional manner. We certainly have the right people at the helm.

Currently, bylaws for Parking and Noise/Nuisance are being developed. Second and third readings of these bylaws will be held at the next council meeting on Dec. 6. I would encourage all stakeholders to become informed and involved in the process. Interested parties may view the meeting schedules and proposed bylaws on the new municipal website at:  www.sunpeaksmunicipality.ca

The fact that we have the opportunity to participate in the democratic process is itself a reason for celebration. Especially for all non-resident homeowners, who make up the majority of the electorate at Sun Peaks Resort.

It’s time for this silent majority to stand up and be counted. Otherwise we will continue to be subjected to more self-serving, counterproductive noise from this same small group of individuals who apparently see Sun Peaks Resort as their own elitist retirement community rather than the world-class four-season destination resort that it really is. Which would you rather have?

Murray Holmes, Sun Peaks

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