qathet Regional District’s board of directors has accepted the let’s talk land use engagement final report to guide and inform future planning initiatives in electoral areas A, B and C.
At the March 30 regional board meeting, directors accepted the report, which outlined public consultation that took place in November 2021, involving in-person meetings in the three electoral areas and a virtual meeting for Savary Island. According to the report, close to 300 people participated in the meetings, and a survey generated close to 1,000 responses.
The report stated that most survey respondents indicated they did not support additional land use regulation. The predominant response was that the existing level of regulation is limited, but no change is needed.
The exception, according to the report, was on Savary Island, where residents had a higher concern about land use and environmental issues. On Savary, a clear majority indicated concern for the protection of drinking water supply and coastal areas at risk.
The regional board has ratified a grant application opportunity by Let’s Talk Trash through First Credit Union for educational signage at the resource-recovery centre.
According to a report to the regional board, the total educational sign project budget inclusive of consultation with Tla’amin Nation, graphic design work and sign production and installation is $10,000. This is the grant value First Credit Union will be applying for, which is the maximum amount of funding available per project.