Planning opponents fear mongering

There’s been anonymous posters going up all over Blewett

Re: Jim Demers’ letter “Area E planning a bad idea” (Star, November 9, 2012)

Mr. Demers says “the implementation of the OCP  … will see sweeping changes in Blewett, Harrop, Procter, Balfour area…”

Duh, sweeping changes? Like how? Please explain what sweeping changes may come? As the Regional District of Central Kootenay in their information has put forth so very clearly: “An OCP is a statement of how the community exists at this time and how it wants to grow in the future.”

There’s been anonymous posters going up all over Blewett, with titles, “Keep Blewett Free,” with totally silly remarks like, “our freedom will be gone” and “save Area E from RDCK’s bureaucratic vision and their future for us.” Totally overboard and blatant and ludicrous fear mongering!

Seems like some Blewett residents are unable to listen and read, when the RDCK has made it abundantly clear, numerous times, that “no zoning is proposed and that zoning can ONLY be implemented by residents’ petitioning for it to happen.”

Mr. Demers also wonders why this was initiated. A survey was sent out to each household and a majority of those who responded supported the idea of an OCP.

It’s time for some calm and informative listening and respectful dialogue, rather than some loud vocal group, getting so upset with a positive RDCK initiative. By the way, Blewett (and all of Area E) is the only area in the West Kootenay, that doesn’t have an Official Community Plan.

John Vanden Heuvel

Blewett

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

From baseball stars to forest fires: Southeast Fire Centre water bomber has an interesting past

Tanker 489 is stationed in Castlegar this year, but in the 1960s it belonged to the L.A. Dodgers.

RDCK to implement new emergency alert notification system

System also includes sends alerts for water advisories

RDCK prepares anti-discrimination, anti-racism policies

Also: building codes, wildfire mitigation, parks openings, and Winlaw boardwalk

LETTER: Prepare a go-bag

From reader Jane Merks

Lost dog swims Columbia River multiple times searching for home

The dog was missing from his Castlegar home for three days.

B.C. identifies 20 new COVID-19 cases, travellers specified in count

Pandemic total 3,028 cases, 51 people from outside Canada

Survey, hotline launched amid probe into racist blood-alcohol guessing game at B.C. hospital

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond has been appointed to lead an investigation by Health Minister Adrian Dix

Canadian policing organization calls for decriminalization of simple illicit drug possession

Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police want policing focus of opioid crisis to be replaced with a health one

Filing deadline in RCMP sexual-harassment class-action extended due to COVID-19

Plaintiffs now have until January 2021 to submit claims for up to $222,000

Jamie Bacon pleads guilty to charge in Surrey Six case

The plea brings an end to a complex legal case that has spanned more than a decade

Hefty undeclared driver charges piling up, ICBC warns customers

Average extra penalty $2,971 after an at-fault accident

B.C. appeals judge’s decision to leave three clubhouses in Hells Angels hands

The province has filed two notices of appeal related to the B.C. Supreme Court decision

Conservation officers relocate Spirit bear known to roam northwestern B.C.

Bear roamed valley north of Terrace for many years

B.C. premier applauds call to decriminalize drug possession

Police shouldn’t struggle with health issues, Horgan says

Most Read