Are we being served?

Is  the Zoning Review Committee, which is to implement  the new Official Community Plan (OCP), representative of the community?

Are the present members all people who are aware of the needs and wants of the community, and have they served in any capacity to help them make up a zoning plan which will reflect these needs?

There were several people who served on the Official Community Plan Committee who applied to be on the zoning committee, to ensure the essence of the plan would be carried out in the zoning.  Laura Wallace, who was on the planning committee and also is very familiar with zoning, as she works with development and design proposals on a regular basis, was denied.

I, was vice chair for the first part of the OCP and then chair for the last part and have also been involved heavily on the agricultural part of the plan and have remained very active in the commmunity and also serve on the Board of Variance as a volunteer and chair, was also denied to be a part of the zoning committee.

Is council ensuring that we are receiving the best bang for our buck?

What do we know of the consultant? There is a cost here and we are footing the bill.

We all have opportunity to ask council on Monday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. any questions we would like clarified or to be heard on different pros and cons. Make the most of it as it was a long time coming to have some time for us all to have some input with our council.

Ellen Lewers

Sooke