OCP scope to be revised after public consultation
After reviewing the results of the public feedback on the draft Official Community Plan (OCP) and zoning bylaw, the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) board of directors this morning decided to proceed with a revised plan area boundary that excludes the communities of Galloway and Elko.
“Following our open houses, we met with a number of groups and individuals and the message has been loud and clear that the Elko and Galloway areas do not want land use regulations at this time,” said RDEK Electoral Area B Director Stan Doehle. “We will continue to move forward with the planning process for the rest of the plan area. The RDEK will have to revisit the possibility of planning for Elko and Galloway sometime in the future.”
The OCP process started in October 2015 and has involved numerous workshops, stakeholder meetings, and open houses.
Today’s decision means the draft will be amended to exclude the two communities and they will remain unzoned areas with no community plan to guide and regulate future development.
In addition to the board’s decision to amend the plan boundary and exclude the two communities, the public input and comment period held over the past few weeks will also result in a number of revisions to the draft OCP and zoning bylaw for the Jaffray, Tie Lake and Rosen Lake areas. The RDEK will be coming back out to the community to present the revised drafts later this summer.
“I want to thank everyone for their comments and involvement in the process,” added Doehle. “I also want to acknowledge the hard work of our RDEK planning staff who have been working on this file for almost two years, and who will continue to work with residents and stakeholders moving forward. They’ve done a tremendous job.”
Information related to the planning process is available on the RDEK’s website: www.rdek.bc.ca.