Nelson councillor questions planning trend

How much planning is too much? That's the question Councillor Bob Adams put to City Staff at a recent council meeting.

How much planning is too much? That’s the question Councillor Bob Adams put to City Staff at a recent council meeting.

Since 2007, the city has undertaken nine major planning initiatives, including the Water Master Plan, Sewer Master Plan, Active Transportation Plan, Affordable Housing Strategy, Path to 2040 Sustainability Strategy, Sustainable Waterfront and Downtown Master Plan, Corporate GHG Reduction Plan, Heritage Register, and the Community Energy and Emissions Action Plan. All of these individual plans are now being incorporated into a revision of the city’s main planning document: The Official Community Plan.

“When is it time to stop planning and start doing?” Adams asked.

City Manager Kevin Cormack said the recent surge in planning shows the current council’s willingness to be innovative and undertake new initiatives.

“We haven’t been standing still while these plans were being developed,” he said. “In many cases the planning is catching up with what we’ve already been doing.”

Councillor Candace Batycki said she’s been impressed with how far the city has come in implementing its plans and believes its time to start reporting out on progress.

“It’s not just council who set these goals, but members of the community — who are probably interested to know how we’re doing,” she said.

No one around the council table shared Adams’ concern about the number of planning documents.

Councillor Deb Kozak said she believes planning is necessary, particularly as we move into a future marked with uncertainty.

“We don’t know how things such as climate change are going to affect us, but we’re preparing for those changes and saying we’re going to adapt and try to mitigate those changes as much as possible,” she said.

Councillor Paula Kiss said the planning process is an important way for council to engage with local citizens and hear their feedback on what they want the city to look like down the road.

“For me personally, it was the harm reduction planning and sustainability planning that I participated in as a Nelson citizen that actually led me to run as council,” Kiss said.

The revised Official Community Plan is expected to be adopted later this year, pending the results of one final open house for residents to provide feedback. The date for the open house has not yet been set.

Just Posted

Ammonia leak shuts down Nelson Curling Club

It’s not yet clear when the leak was detected

Four points for Fawcett as Leafs win 7th straight

Nelson edged the Fernie Ghostriders 4-3

What’s Up: Things to see and do on Family Day

There’s plenty of fun to be had across the West Kootenay this coming long weekend!

Seven Nelson rec projects granted Columbia Basin Trust funding

Nelson’s baseball and tennis clubs were the big winners

Sanchez leads Leafs to 6th straight win

Nelson held off Spokane 3-2 on Friday

B.C. students win Great Waters Challenge video contest

Video, mural and song about saving the salmon claims the top prize

B.C. athlete takes home gold in freestyle aerials at Canada Games

Brayden Kuroda won the event with a combined score of 121.65.

Cabinet likely to extend deadline to reconsider Trans Mountain pipeline

New round of consultations with Indigenous communities is coming

B.C. government provides $75,000 towards salmon study

Study looks at abundance and health of Pacific salmon in Gulf of Alaska

Murdered and missing honoured at Stolen Sisters Memorial March in B.C.

‘We come together to make change within the systems in our society’

UBC researchers develop inexpensive tool to test drinking water

The tricoder can test for biological contamination in real-time

Disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner released from prison

He was convicted of having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old North Carolina girl in 2017

B.C. communities push back against climate change damages campaign

Activists copying California case that was tossed out of court

Most Read