After Qualicum Beach council cleared the way for the five-storey Clarion condo development Monday, Mayor Teunis Westbroek asked town staff to identify how much the town could have collected if the usual development cost charges had applied.
"This keeps being raised," responded Coun. Mary Brouilette, "by yourself and Coun. (Scott) Tanner, but particularly by the Mayor.... The fact is that this motion was passed months ago. We've had two developments come forward since we offered these incentives for developing and it seems to me that when something has been passed by the majority of the council, it's really not up to the Mayor to keep bringing this up in a negative fashion on a constant basis."
It's fine if Westbroek and Tanner disagree with the new development cost charges policy for the downtown core, she said, "but as a council going forward, why keep looking for something to pick at constantly?" Westbroek responded that the amount of DCCs that could have been collected is significant, saying it could be hundreds of thousands of dollars.
It's entirely appropriate to raise these concerns, he said. "If people are sensitive to finding out the truth, too bad, but that's the question that I've asked."
"That's pure political dancing there," responded Brouilette.
"The motion was passed to encourage development. Your question that you're asking staff to spend time on what would we have gotten... well, if the project didn't go forward, guess it's a big fat zero."
[STEWART BURNETT-OCEANSIDE STAR] / Coun. Mary Brouilette harped on Mayor Teunis Westbroek for bringing up development cost charges on Monday. She along with Coun. Dave Willie and Coun. Bill Luchtmeijer successfully pushed a movement to lower DCCs as a core-development incentive.;
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