New candidate emerges

WHITE ROCK – A new candidate has come forward in the White rock civic election.Dennis Lypka, a longtime watcher of city council, has decided to put his name on the ballot after becoming fed up with what he sees as a developer-friendly council.Having lived in White Rock since 2002, the first-time council candidate said he’s tired with seeing the current council seemingly rubber stamp any and every development that seems to come before them."I’m probably like a lot of people that came to White Rock. I came here by choice and have noticed that there’s been lots of change," he said referring to an increase in high-density developments. "The way everything is going, it’s going to be a concrete jungle."If elected, Lypka said he wants to bring a community voice back to the council table to ensure that the community’s best interests are being served, not just developers. "I’m certainly not antidevelopmentbut things have got to be planned properly," he said.Lypka said of particular concern are the many spot amendments that seem to have been made over the past few years allowing developments in zones that they normally wouldn’t be permitted."For having two square miles of city we’ve got over 70 different zoning varieties," he said. "It seems that it becomes more important that any development goes in than making sure it’s what’s right for our community."Finally, Lypka said he felt that after being critical of certain developments and the way that council has handled them, it was time for him to finally do something about it."I figured it was time to put up or shut up and move," he said. "I always thought there was a right and wrong and that you should do things as best you can. As I watch things I see so many flaws and deficiencies and if you can’t even live within the process how are you going to get any kind of result that’s going to be good for anybody?"I don’t have any favours to pay back, I don’t have any developers backing me."

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