CSRD Area B Director Brooks-Hill Pushes for Public Consultation/Inspection Service Changes

At the July 2019 Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) regular board meeting, Revelstoke’s Director David Brooks-Hill brought two points forward.

The first was his request for the Board to write letter to Ministry of Forest Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) regarding concerns from residents about bike trails on Mount Cartier and the need for public consultation on the topic.

There has been long brewing discontent between residents south of Catherwood Road, the Recreation Sites and Trails BC (RSTBC) and the Revelstoke Cycling Association. The crux of the matter boils down to residents feeling the planned Sunnyside development to has been railroaded by RSTBC with little consultation or regard to their concerns. Local environmental group, the North Columbia Environmental Society, has also voiced their concerns. Click here for a more in depth look at the issue.

Brooks-Hill’s motion was denied by the Board. The Board instead suggested that Mayor Gary Sulz and Brooks-Hill work together to consult with some of the affected groups, and potentially write his own letter to the FLNRO.

Director Brooks-Hill also requested the Board’s support for a motion to direct staff to prepare a petition that would initiate a process for the removal of a portion of Electoral Area B, outside the Fire Protection Area, from the Sub-Regional Building Inspection Service. This motion is following up on his promise to residents to address inspection requirements during his election campaign.

A majority of Board Directors defeated the motion.

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