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Clifton Slopes Unstable

To: Mayor Walter Gray
To Councillors: Andre Blanleil, Ron Cannan, Barrie Clark, Colin Day,
Brian Given, Robert Hobson, Al Horning, Sharon Shepherd

In 1985, we bought our home on Clifton Road. During these intervening years, we have watched the orchards of the Glenmore valley and Clifton Road disappear. We certainly support good development and wise land use and are generally pleased with the decisions City Council has made over the years.

We do however have some concerns about the future use of the Boppart property. We live on the up-hill side of Clifton Road and just this spring, a huge boulder about 24 inches in diameter rolled down the hill, knocked out our retaining wall and smashed through the back of the house. Since we have had no problems in previous years, we suspect that the rock was loosened by construction blasting on the mountain. Last year our next-door neighbor had a huge mudslide in his back yard - it may have also been triggered by blasting. These are very real and personal experiences that have caused us great concern about the Nature Shores Development proposal that will go before council in January.

We fear that the mountain is not stable enough to support the required construction. Nor is Clifton Road adequate for the kind of traffic that would be generated if this proposal goes ahead. The City Planning department also mentioned these issues in their report to the APC on October 28, 2004. In addition, the Planning Department also expressed concerns about hillside scarring, the extensive need for cut and fills, concerns about the effect on Okanagan Lake, visual effect and alternate access roads. We too are worried that this beautiful wilderness area, with its steep slopes, natural plants and wildlife would become nothing more than just another development.

Three times City Council has voted against development proposals for the Boppart property. We ask that the City recognize the value in preserving green space and purchase the land. Or, at the very least, leave the current zoning as it is. Development should be carried out in conformity with the current OCP unless there are pressing or compelling reasons i.e.: public safety. Homeowners should be able to depend on the OCP when purchasing in Kelowna.

The area around Paul's tomb is a rare and special place where we have met many others who have accessed it from Knox Mountain. We have taken family photos there, picnicked and enjoyed the water on many occasions. We are among those willing to pay higher taxes if the city was to purchase and maintain the adjoining Boppart property.

We thank you for taking the time to read this letter. We are currently in Ghana, Africa on a Humanitarian/Health assignment but we will return to Kelowna in mid January. We have been following the progress of this project through e-mail and were shocked when we got word that the APC had voted in favor of the development.

-DeMoine and Joyce Findlay


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