The head of the North Canberra Community Council has stood down, blaming constant sniping from locals who are resistant to change in the district among the reasons for his decision.
Denis O'Brien announced his resignation at the council's annual general meeting, ending a two-year term as chair of the residents' group.
In a letter tabled at the meeting, Mr O'Brien said it was with "deep reservation and indeed hesitation" that he had chosen not to stand for re-election to the council.
"It would be easy for me to use my recent health concerns as a cover for this decision and while it plays into my thinking it is only part of my reason," Mr O'Brien's letter read.
"Over recent months I have found myself becoming increasingly intolerant of those who choose to snipe from the sidelines or preach from their bully pulpits so much so that I have become something I would rather not be and not the sort of person I want to be as chair."
Mr O'Brien would not disclose the names of his critics when contacted by Fairfax Media, but said there were individuals who had vehemently opposed his willingness to work co-operatively with the ACT government on contentious projects, such as Dickson's Section 72 development.
The development is set to include a mix of affordable housing and community and cultural facilities on a block of land on Antill Street, between Dickson Pool and the Majura playing fields.
"There's become a cohort of people who just wanted to live in the past and not live in the future," he said. "The general sense [from critics] was that there should not be housing of any sort at [Section 72] and it should be only be cultural and community facilities."
Mr O'Brien said he attempted to reposition the community council from being "adversial NIMBYS" to "real players in the planning process" during his tenure.
Consequently, the council's relationship with the government was the best it had ever been, he said.
"My view is that you have to work with government to get these things moving," he said. "That doesn't mean you cannot kick them in the backside at the appropriate time - and I have."
Mr O'Brien will be succeeded by former council chair and current secretary Leon Arundell, who was the only person to nominate for the role at the October 17 annual general meeting.
Minutes from the meeting showed two people objected to Mr Arundell's nomination, although they did not provide any reasons for their disapproval.
Mr Arundell said he knew the reasons behind the objections, but would not disclose them.
He said the council's members were split on Mr O'Briens leadership style, although he would not be drawn on his personal view.
"I suspect both sides thought they were right," he said. "I am on my side."
Mr Arundell, who is also the chair of Living Streets Canberra, hinted at a shift in the council's relationship with the ACT government under his watch.
"The community council is there to tell the ACT government what its residents think," he said.
"We have to be indepedent of government."