Selkirk students host open house on solutions for Nelson

It’s a class assignment and it could come in handy for Nelson’s city planners.The plans will be presented tonight, March 13.

Students in Selkirk College’s Integrated Environmental Planning Program have been studying and researching solutions to environmental issues in Nelson.

Students in Selkirk College’s Integrated Environmental Planning Program have been studying and researching solutions to environmental issues in Nelson.

It’s a class assignment and it could come in handy for Nelson’s city planners.

Students in Selkirk College’s Integrated Environmental Planning Program have been studying and researching solutions to environmental issues in Nelson, and they will present their draft plans to the public on March 13. Residents are invited to provide their input.

Under the supervision of instructor Peter Holton, 13 students have explored a diverse range of topics including downtown laneways, native plants, community compost, subdivision and development servicing standards, natural environment and hazardous lands protection, sustainability checklist, wildlife management, construction waste landfill diversion, implementation and monitoring framework, Cottonwood Falls Park Nature Park, and storm water management.

“Selkirk’s Integrated Environmental Planning students have a 15-year history of preparing pro-bono plans for a variety of agency and interest group clients throughout the West Kootenay-Boundary,” said Holton in a news release. “The expertise we are able to provide has led to many important achievements in communities throughout the region.”

Final plans will be completed in April and presented to the City of Nelson later this spring. City planner Megan Squires said the project is not part of Nelson’s formal planning process but that it is likely that the students’ ideas and knowledge could influence city planning.

Monday’s open house will take place at Mary Hall on the Tenth Street Campus from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m, with a formal presentation at 6:30.