Blewett provides a lesson in engagement

Unless you live in Blewett you probably haven’t been paying too close attention to the current Official Community Plan standoff. Though it may be specific to an area just west of Nelson, the storyline surrounding it strikes a common chord.

We have written stories about the process that has been taking place since a survey was sent out by the Regional District of Central Kootenay back in 2010. Since that time, much work has been done putting together a community plan that will satisfy residents who typically don’t like to see government poking around their business too much.

After a passionate outcry from her constituents in Blewett, Area E director Ramona Faust has gone to a mail-out referendum. Residents have until February 1 to get them back to the RDCK.

In today’s paper you will find two more letters to the editor regarding the Official Community Plan. They will provide more fuel to the debate and hopefully spur more people to fill out their ballot.

Regardless of the issue, the current situation in Blewett is a reminder of just how important it is to be engaged when it comes to local government. Though it may not be perfect, the RDCK has put a tremendous effort into the community plan. They have held meetings and made changes based on input.

There is no possible way any local government can ever satisfy everybody, but the RDCK should get full marks for effort. And those who have taken the time to provide feedback should feel satisfied they made an impact on the most recent proposal.


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