Official Community Plan discussed in Forest Grove

Doris Rufli's regular correspondence for the 100 Mile Free PRess

Joan Chess (left)

Joan Chess (left)

On March 8, 11 people attended the second Official Community Plan (OCP) Open House at the Forest Grove Community Hall with the mandate, Your Home / Your Future / Your Plan.

Representing the Cariboo Regional District (CRD), Karen Moores, Manager of Development Services in Williams Lake, welcomed everyone and introduced Graham Farstad of the Arlington Group, entreated with the update of the OCP.

He opened with a very informative PowerPoint presentation to catch everyone up on the proposed changes to the South Cariboo region since the project’s launch in September 2015. Issues covered included:

– Growing Seasonal Residences and Summer Tourism

– Climate Change

– Local Transportation

– Reversal of Previously Declining and Aging Population

– Limited Water Services

– Protecting our Environment

– First Nations

– Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces

– Arts, Culture and Heritage

– Agriculture and Resource Areas

A lively discussion ensued with various points being brought up, which Graham Farstad and Area H Director, Margo Wagner, responded to and took under advisement.

Community members are encouraged to review the draft OCP by following the link on the CRD website www.cariboord.bc.ca or directly on http://cariboord.bc.ca/services/planning/ocp-s/south-cariboo-area-official-community-plan, which also provides a number of links, including the South Cariboo newsletter, UpFront.

A community survey has been launched to gather further information and feedback, and participants are entered into a draw – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CRDSouthCaribooOCPSurvey3. The final submission date for both online survey and paper copies is March 31, 2017, after which concluding revisions will be effected.

Once the formal referral process is complete, public hearings will take place before the OCP will be presented to the CRD Board for adoption.

 

Easter Egg Hunt

The Forest Grove & District Recreation Society invites residents and visitors once again to join them at the community hall (4489 Eagle Creek Road) for a Pancake Breakfast on April 16, from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

This event will be followed-up with the kids’ Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. and a hot dog lunch at 11:30 a.m. Donations of boiled white eggs would be most welcome.

For more information, please contact Wendy Clarke on 250-706-4177