1. The subject project was conceived and advanced by persons fully aware that it would meet strong public opposition. Saving a few short trips to a few “advanced” ball players just does not trample paving over prime agricultural land; stifling the well-being of the Brinkworthy retirement community; imposing a tax black hole on the society; this certainly does not justify maligning democracy to prevail over the people.
2. Spending some $100,000 of peoples’ money to pay PRofessional persuaders to masquerade the Ugly as Pretty leads to disaster. Like it did to the Trojans, when Ulysses invented the “stealth armed personnel carrier” and crafted that irresistible looking Wooden Horse!
3. That the LTC has now “determined that the ALC is the proper body to weigh the [Brinkworthy] property’s potential community value as sports fields versus agricultural lands in farm use”, as was reported in the community newspaper, is silly really! This “determination”, realized after the LTC had been bent on making the decision itself for as long as it takes to gestate a human baby, is a covert admission of failure, it is not a show of acute astuteness.
4. Passing the buck is a poor substitute for a show of remorse and expression of apologies. But it surely exposes the innards of the LTC cranium ...
5. All of which converge to paint in bad colours the Trust’s dumping the Sportsplex carcass for disposal at the ALC portal...
1. Recognize that this application has reached the ALC by devious means; and that PARC & Trust in resorting to deploying such ways and means as they did, have revealed the void of merit of the Application. On that basis, strike the application.
2. In the alternative, bounce the application to PARC & Trust with a notation that if they want the ALC to consider it, they must take it through the appropriate process commencing with publishing the entire body of accumulated public submissions now in their possession, advertise the showcasing, open the door to more submissions and welcome discussion, over a reasonable period. Then, if they still so wish, bring the Application back to the ALC complete with the entire file of public input, all to transpire in front of the Public Eye.
The (name of the public body) “closes this meeting to the public subject to Community Charter Section 90(1)(e) concerning the acquisition, disposition or expropriation of land or improvements, if the Committee considers that disclosure could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the community.”
* LTC Trustee George Grams approached the Chair of the SSI Agricultural Advisory Planning Commission (AAPC) whose advice the LTC is obligated to seek and consider, seeking to influence the AAPC deliberations on the Brinkworthy lands.
* Grams also approached the ALC seeking a delegation of power to the LTC to act as surrogate of the ALC, so that the LTC could itself remove the Brinkworthy Lands from the ALR. This manifests PARC & Trust recognition that the PARC application did not merit exclusion of the Brinkworthy property from the ALR for the Sportsplex.
* LTC Planner Seth Wright, in charge of the Sportsplex PARC Application file, discussed with PARC applying to the LTC for a rezoning of the Brinkworthy lands to allow for the Sportsplex. This normally would come to the LTC only if and after the ALC would release the Land from the ALR.
“One member of the public spoke to practices concerning delegations and provided a written submission dated January 14, 2016 entitled “Tom's Town Hall Placard”.
“ISLAND TRUST – LTC limits participant’s activities – Varzeliotis denied delegation and speaking opportunities”
“in accordance with the Community Charter, Part 4, Division 3, Section 90(1)(k) negotiations and related discussions respecting the proposed provision of a service that are at their preliminary stages.”
“A member of the public requested the Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee publish all public submissions regarding the non-farm use application for playing fields on Brinkworthy Road.”
Communications received since LTC’s last consideration of the application are included in Appendix 1. Communications include suggestions for alternative site locations such as at Portlock Park or Fernwood Elementary School, concerns about Brinkworthy Road, environmental references to support food security, 61 support letters for developing the playing fields, and a support letter from Softball Canada.”
“The Salt Spring LTC had determined the provincial Agricultural Land Commission must decide whether playing fields will be permitted at 181 Brinkworthy Rd. in a unanimous vote Thursday, the three member Committee agreed to move the application forward with its support for the Salt Spring Parks and Recreation Commission plan, but said the ALC is the proper body to weigh the property’s potential community value as sports field versus agricultural lands in farm use.
“We shouldn’t make a decision within the mandate of the ALC. They should make that decision” said trustee George Grams.” (The Driftwood, July 27, 2016, by Elizabeth Nolan. Emphasis added )
“We shouldn’t make a decision within the mandate of the ALC. They should make that decision” said trustee- George Grams.”