Those opposed to Coulter Berry had no choice
Editor: I keep reading letters attacking the people who are against the Coulter Berry Building. Those opposed felt that the building does not conform to the bylaws of the Township, so they organized and presented their views to council.
When council ignored their presentations and petitions, they used the only other avenue available to them. They went to court. So no matter what their supposed motives were, whether you think they misled people or not, regardless of what you think of them, the facts are that they felt council was not within its right to give the go-ahead for this building. A judge decided that they were right.
As with the politicians who brought us the HST, Township politicians learned the hard way that you can’t just bulldoze your way come hell or high water. They too must follow the rules.
The developer here is not in the wrong, but I am sure he will receive a large sum of money as damages from the Township (taxpayers), as he no doubt has incurred significant extra expenses. What bothers me is that I will wind up paying for council ignoring its own bylaws.