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Motion paves way to recognition

Regional district to send reminder about third crossing

Powell River Regional District directors want to remind a counterpart regional district about the local commitment to an overland route to the Interior.

At its Thursday, November 27, meeting, the regional district carried a motion indicating it has no objection to amending Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Growth Strategy Bylaw No. 1062, 2008, recognizing that both regional districts have endorsed the third crossing society’s concept for a highway linking Powell River to Squamish. The board recommended the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District consider adding it to its strategy under the section “Improve Transportation Linkages and Options.”

The subject was discussed at the regional district’s planning committee meeting mid-November. Committee members were given a package of information from the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District containing some minor bylaw amendments. The amendments were referred to Powell River Regional District because adjoining governments affected by the bylaw must be consulted.

Colin Palmer, Electoral Area C director and board chair, said in the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District’s goals, he was interested in transportation comments that were outlined.

“I want you to consider the fact that we have approved in concept a road from Powell River to Squamish, and linking Vancouver Island with the Interior and the rest of Canada,” Palmer said. “They also did the same thing. They approved that concept as a regional board.

“They talk here about the access to Duffey Lake Road and all the rest of it. I’m just wondering if this board would be prepared to send them a letter reminding them that we approved the concept of that road and so did they. There is absolutely no mention of it in their goal strategy. Do you want to consider that?”

Palmer said he’d appreciate support from Powell River directors because both regional districts have advocated for a road but there was no mention of it in the Squamish growth strategy bylaw.

He moved that the committee remind the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District that not only did the Powell River Regional District approve that concept, and so did they, would they consider that as part of their strategy?

The motion carried.