To the editor,
This article fell short of your usual standards of balance and accuracy. The article quotes extensively from the developer, and allows several dubious statements to stand unchallenged. For example, Village South is not “very, very low density.” It proposes densities almost double the upper limit allowed by Lantzville’s 2019 official community plan.
Your article mentions a study by Urbanics that purports to find $25 million in economic benefit to the proposal, and an addendum to that study. That addendum calculates more than $10 million in increased costs to the district over 20 years in administration, maintenance and policing.
Also not mentioned in the article is the strong, widespread opposition to this density increase from Lantzville residents. This opposition has led to a petition with more than 1,000 signatures urging council to stick to the 2019 OCP.
Hopefully in future reporting on this issue, your reporter will talk to a wider base of Lantzvilleans to get a more accurate idea of what is going on.
John Jones, Nanaimo
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