Public meetings scheduled as soon as March 17
Two weeks after Pemberton council were told "not good enough" by a motivated young crowd, the council has implemented some aggressive plans to get the publics opinion on a variety of issues.
The first public meeting will be on Thursday, March 17 at 7 p.m. in the Pemberton Recreation Centre and will be "to hear comments, opinion and receive submissions from the public, both inside and outside the current Village boundaries, on the matter of a possible boundary expansion of the Village."
With regards to recreation, which is a huge issue for many of the young families in Pemberton, the councils interim administrator, Bob Wilson, said he would have a plan ready regarding an update of Pembertons Recreation Master Plan "for the week of Feb. 14."
Wilson and the council also spoke of plans to review Pembertons Official Community Plan, or OCP.
The OCP is vital because it is supposed to reflect the "communitys vision" and the council is obliged to refer to it when making big decisions.
Wilson said in his report to council that he had consulted with the village planner, Michael Rosen, and decided that the OCP "just needed minor tweaking and not a major rewrite."
"Secondly," Wilson wrote, "the OCP review is not holding up any development and the current OCP is adequate for any development currently contemplated.
"Having said that a draft of the OCP review will be prepared by May 15 th .
"Council will receive the report, refer it to the Agricultural Land Use Committee for comment and hold a public information meeting (which will be separate to the statutory Public Hearing) by the end of June 2005.
"The referral process to other agencies, including the SLRD, will take place during the summer.
"The adoption process, including the required (statutory) public hearing, will take place in the early fall and hopefully be completed by October."
Note: 1207 - There is a picture of Rosen making the presentation in News, Scans.
Planners show Benchlands to community
Pemberton asked to write about what they want Benchlands to look like
Directed by Pemberton councils planner Michael Rosen the development proposals for the Pemberton Benchlands project were shown to the public last week. The reaction is likely to be something that takes several weeks to determine.
Rosen and Paul Fenske from Ekistics Town Planning spent an hour and a half explaining to approximately 60 people all the aspects of the Benchlands project and asked the community for their input.