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SLRD supports recreation referendum

The Village of Pemberton council has not announced whether it will follow the advice



The Village of Pemberton council has not announced whether it will follow the advice of Professional Environmental Recreation Consultants and take the community centre/recreation facility question to referendum this fall.

However, on Aug. 22 the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District endorsed a strategy that calls for following PERC’s advice and proceeding with a referendum in the fall. As well, the recommendation that the recreation commission examine opportunities for density bonusing for recreational amenities in Area C was accepted.

Specifically, the committee will be working with the Mount Currie Band council to investigate opportunities for a joint sports facility. Lucinda Williams, a Mount Currie Band councilor who sits on the Lil’Wat Nation recreation committee, has been appointed to the Recreation Commission.

The SLRD also passed a motion to distribute bi-weekly newsletters regarding the status of the Pemberton Community Centre.

"We’ve already started the updates," says Paul Edgington, SLRD administrator. "I think there’s been two so far. We want to keep the public informed as to what’s going on with recreation."

As well, press releases will be issued regarding receipt of any funds for recreational opportunities.

While the referendum question has not been developed, it will most likely be regarding a dry community centre with an attached library complex as per PERC’s recommendation.

In the meantime, the SLRD has renewed its lease with School District 48 on the decommissioned high school that currently houses the community centre. The lease is for a period of one year.