LETTER: Failure of Hewitt House heritage revitalization agreement is ‘appalling’

Dear editor:

Re: Subdivided We Fall, Nov. 6 editorial viewpoint.

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Xenophobic NIMBYism by just a handful of residents that corrupts the official community plan process via aggressive verbal attacks upon councillors and council staff needs better process management.

The Hewitt House HRA [heritage revitalization agreement] failure is appalling, and comments and threats that were made both at the hearings, outside the hearings and even in the open house meeting at Radcliffe Avenue are not what Canadians are supposed to stand for in terms of values.

The OCP is dead — it will not succeed — particularly when councillors can be swayed and harangued by what are fake facts. There is little understanding of how the HRAs have been drafted to achieve the OCP objectives and as a result HRAs are also a dead concept in West Vancouver.

Why go through the vile reactions and ignorance demonstrated to save a historic house and be restricted as a result? Don’t do it, if you were thinking about it. How do I know? We are the parents and grandparents of the young couple trying to make a life with their family in West Vancouver via the Hewitt House HRA.

Roger and Anne Bilson
West Vancouver

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