Hotel development should be offered to anyone who has land

Hotel development should be offered to anyone who has land

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I just read the article in the Oliver Chronicle, December 19. I feel the hotel market study was done with site specifics for Centennial RV Park, and I feel that this is very wrong.
What about private enterprise, the people that own land suitable for a hotel/motel site, zoned or not zoned for the development, and who pay taxes on that land?
 The site of 3.5 acres pretty well takes up Centennial Park and the Visitor Information Centre. The report states that besides the hotel/motel site there should be room for related business; well, there are other sites than the Centennial RV Park site. In the report there are incentives that the Town can implement to encourage hotel/motel development. Would those incentives also apply to privately owned development land?
Would the developer of land other than Centennial RV Park be afforded the same cooperation from the Town staff? If an inquiry was made to the Town would the Town inform the developer of all the properties that are available?
I think the development of a hotel/motel in Oliver should be offered to anyone who has the available land and that it should be a level playing field. Maybe individuals that have property in the town boundaries should register them with the Town and in the event there is an inquiry the Town staff can hand the developer the list of potential properties.
If the Town would like a list of properties maybe they could advertise for them to be submitted. I would like to see a motel/hotel as much as the next person and I think it is important to get the development as soon as possible to capitalize on the construction of the prison.
  Bill Ross, Oliver

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