City of Revelstoke should cut back on planning department

Resident not happy with planning department's 'empire building' and wants scaled back planning

Editor,

In reference to the Times Review article on John Guenther’s resignation. The city and the citizens of Revelstoke should be happy that John is leaving. The planning department has cost us a lot of tax dollars with his elaborate planning schemes which were more suited for large cities rather than for little Revelstoke with a population of 7,000-plus. I was not happy with his empire- building of the planning department and hiring of expensive consultants to carry out his ideas, which he should have been able to do himself, having a PhD in planning.

I would suggest to city council that they not hire a Director of Planning but promote the existing assistant to the only planner, who hopefully has a more practical planning approach for Revelstoke.

In fact, the city now has a wonderful opportunity to assess the whole function and staffing of the planning department and by promoting from within and not replacing anyone, that alone would bring considerable savings to the City.

I wish John the best for the future, which will probably be a position in a large city where his qualifications will be put to good use.

Ed Jaatteenmaki,

Revelstoke

 

 

Just Posted

A lifetime in education

Revelstoke’s Jeff Nicholson is retiring after 28 years

Revelstoke Grizzlies win 11th straight game

The Forum was packed on Saturday night

Live results for the Revelstoke municipal election

Watch here and on Facebook for live results

Every vote counts: 10 tightest races in B.C.’s municipal elections

Peachland saw their election decided by just one vote

Revelstoke Cribs: Eagle Pass Lodge

Explore the eclectic houses, lodges and other spaces in and around Revelstoke… Continue reading

B.C. Youtuber to seal himself ‘in a jar’ to demonstrate impacts of climate change

Kurtis Baute wants to see how long he can last in a 1,000 cubic foot, air-tight greenhouse

One of Taiwan’s fastest trains derails, killing at least 18

The train was carrying more than 360 people

Scheer marks one-year countdown to federal election with campaign-style speech

Conservative Leader insists that it will be Justin Trudeau who ‘makes it personal’

Canada Post union announces rotating strikes in four Canadian cities

Mail will still be delivered but it will be delayed

B.C. VIEWS: Residents have had enough of catering to squatters

Media myth of homeless victims offends those who know better

B.C. man sets new Canadian marathon record at Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Cam Levins ran it in two hours nine minutes 25 seconds

Most Read