Letter: Agreement does not ensure responsible growth
I am for responsible growth that benefits the people and the town of Winter Park. The annexation agreement and Final Development Plan, fdp, for ROAM as currently written does not legally ensure those benefits.
I am specifically concerned with the cost burden to the Town which is nowhere addressed in actual costs but frequently stated in this binding agreement as, “the town will be responsible for…” For example: the town will be responsible for improvements to Porphyry park which includes parking and restrooms, improvements to the road accessing the park, and funding and construction of the Fraser River Trail. (This from a single page in the document). A detailed cost analysis should be provided to the Council and the public before the agreement is approved.
Second, the Town has been revising the Master Plan since the middle of 2017 and yet it states in the fdp that the developer will abide by the plan developed in 2006. It seems disingenuous to enter into a 20 year agreement, that will double the size of WP on the basis of an expiring plan and while a new vision for the town is being formulated.
I’m also concerned with the many uses of the term, “at the developers discretion” in the agreement. The fdp should address who pays, when it will be completed and how it should look. The terms in this binding agreement should be in writing so we aren’t in another contentious legal battle like the one ongoing with the RR underpass.
The fdp also states “The Fraser river will be private with no public access” and the agreement only requires a 16 foot river easement. In addition the developer will be granted a variance from the current 55 foot height maximum in the building code to allow a 75 foot tall hotel. Why?
The March 6, 2018 Town Council Meeting agenda includes public comment on ROAM. The final vote on the annexation, metro district and fdp are scheduled for that same meeting. Attend the March 6 meeting and please request Council delay the vote in order to thoughtfully review public comment.
Priscilla Kirouac, Winter Park
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