May 28, 2022
Galloway Lands Public Hearing Cancelled
Handshake Holding’s application for development of the Galloway Lands has been withdrawn and the public hearing scheduled for June 14-16 has now been cancelled. As stated in the RDEK press release, the current application is now closed and no further input or submissions will be accepted. “We understand that the developer intends to revisit aspects of the current proposal and submit a revised application that will address concerns raised”, says Rob Gay, RDEK Board Chair. “The revised application will then proceed through the full planning and bylaw process again”.
The original Handshake application did not address the many significant concerns raised by community members, stakeholder organizations and the local First Nation. We view the withdrawal of this application as a hard fought but positive development and an opportunity for Handshake (if it decides to take it) to revise the development plan to address the community concerns.
We thank all of you for your input, support, and engagement during this process. Your thoughts, feedback, and participation through letter writing, calls and Board meeting participation are important and have clearly had an impact in this process. You have made a difference!
Considerable time and energy has been put into the original process by the RDEK planning department, our elected officials, referral agencies, and concerned members of our community such as yourselves. A revised application by the developer will start this process once again. It is very important that we stay engaged to make sure that our concerns are addressed, and to ensure that this development is done right and reflects the needs of our community - today and into the future. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.
The Rethink Galloway website has recently been updated with the presentations and reports from the recent board meetings, as well as many letters that have been written by community residents. Please take the time to review this information as it is, and you are, very relevant and critical to making the right decision for the Elk Valley.
Thank you for being part of Rethink Galloway!
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