KED Project May Face Yet Another Major Delay
If local Greater Sudbury businessman Tom Fortin has managed to be anything, then that thing will in hindsight have to have been a spanner in Kingsway Entertainment District’s (KED) works. Fortin’s legal representative recently addressed a letter requesting a 90-day extension to the long-awaited May 5 meeting on the future of KED; a meeting up until recently relied upon to finally propel the process forward. According to lawyer Gordon Petch, various issues deserve addressing by the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal before such time as what a meaningful meeting regarding the way forward can be held.
Petch contends in his letter requesting a 3-month postponement of the meeting that the City of Sudbury has wilfully delayed making available to him information previously requested and information vital to the preparation of his case ahead of the May 5 LPAT hearing.
Delay To Cause More Delays
So convinced is Tom Fortin that the development is nothing more than a complete waste of taxpayers’ money, that last year he managed to escalate his opposing stance all the way to the Superior Court. There he contended via his legal representative that city officials did not follow a fair and unbiased process back when the special zone project was approved in April of 2018.
According to Petch, evidence and information requested by him as far back as 2018, was only provided to him at the beginning of this year, which is basically equal to an 18-month delay. The delay has now also officially impacted the Superior Court process and it’s safe to assume that Petch’s call for a further extension of time would push the entire process all the way to the end of 2020.
Talk Is Cheap
The City of Sudbury last year made a big fuss of its intentions to push ahead with the development despite the controversy and friction caused by opinions held by members of the local business community. City spokesperson Shannon Dowling said at the time that the city intended to oppose the local business community’s application that the by-laws approved by council with regards to the KED development be set aside and that it (the city) would not lose the fight lying down.
Ward 5 Councillor Robert Kirwan around about the same time got flacked quite severely following accusations of his having threatened a member of the business community on Facebook Messenger as well as telephonically about a real backlash that would ensue if local business entities continued to oppose the development.