I don’t think that Rob has provided a reasonable explanation to why District X is no longer being actively developed, and has not met its original goals as stated - furthermore, he’s previously attempted to sell the lands and take the profit for his own LLC with complete disregard for original owners and the commitment he signed up for.
We cannot allow users who contributed land to be taken advantage of when they have no means to resolve this issue themselves other than the DCL foundation stepping in and either updating land contracts to return these, or by locking the land and re-appropriating it so that Rob cannot sell and benefit from others’ assets.
Furthermore, the fact that Rob would vote ‘yes’ on this with stolen user VP without consulting the community of District X, nor even providing a reasonable explanation to land providers is a huge red flag - acting as a dictator of the assets you’ve been trusted to custodian and not acting in the land providers/district X’s best interests is a direct conflict and breach of the original agreement that was signed.
DCL Districts have an incredibly important role, and directors of those districts not upholding their commitments affects all of us, as we need these districts to be actively developed to bring in users and create overworld attractions.
Right now, according to Rob himself, the original contract is void and does not give users the rights to the land, what he fails to understand is that even if the contract is void, the rights fall to the original owners - the users who bought and provided the land.
It does not matter which way we slice this, it’s a clear misappropriation of the responsibility and value that was given.
We don’t need to argue on whether Rob own’s these assets, because he doesn’t, and if the district is not being actively developed as described - the land should be returned.
What we do need to decide, is how are we to return these to the original owners, or what can we do to mitigate the damage?
- Should we lock this land and use it as public space for future grant proposals?
- Temporarily update land contract to revert these to rightful owners (and make a new district contract that enables reversion rights if district owners do not hold up their end of commitment so that this doesn’t happen again?)
- Spend DAO funds to go after Rob’s LLC w/ legal action? (I’d rather avoid this, but speaking with a lawyer and based on the paperwork provided so far, we have a pretty clear cut case if need be).
Districts are a clear need in DCL, we need these spaces that are inherently themed and there needs to be some overarching direction on their development - so it’s clear we need to come up with a solution here that can achieve this in a better way, whether its a wrapping contract like Aetheria uses, or just giving district owners locked deployment rights instead of ownership, we should be able to implement a better solution than simply giving away millions in land to people who may abuse it.
It is fine to not succeed at creating a vibrant district, that’s hard. What’s unacceptable is taking hostage of those assets after giving up on the vision that others are still working towards, and then trying to sell those assets for personal gain.