Huge turnout to Moyie Narrows meeting
Over 150 people turned out to a meeting in Moyie last Saturday afternoon to learn more about the various options available to preserve the Narrows on Moyie Lake.
“Through the early stages of the Moyie & Area Official Community Plan (OCP) process, the community has been very clear that the preservation of the Narrows is a high priority. With the combination of private land, Crown land and the waterway itself, there are a number of different options and jurisdictions to consider. Our goal with the meeting was to bring all those parties together and provide the community with information on the available options,” explained Michele Bates, the Regional District of East Kootenay’s (RDEK) lead planner on the project.
Throughout the afternoon, there were presentations from Transport Canada and the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development and the RDEK.
“It was good to have everyone together in one room so we could all gain a better understanding of what tools there are, who is responsible for overseeing those tools and how the community might pursue options in the future,” added Bates.
Over the next few days the RDEK will be compiling a meeting summary to post on its website and share with the community. Once people have had the opportunity to think about the different preservation options and what they would like to see done, Bates hopes they will provide that feedback to the RDEK.
“There were no decisions made at the meeting as the entire purpose was about information sharing. The next step will be for residents to provide us with their thoughts and opinions on the options presented,” Bates said.
The meeting summary and comment forms are expected to be added to the RDEK’s website and emailed to the Moyie & Area email group later this week. Comments will be accepted until early July.
Lead image: The crowded hall at Eagle’s Nest Resort on Saturday, May 26. RDEK photo