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General · 23rd June 2011
Jim Abram
A Happy Solstice to you all! I can't believe summer is finally here (or is it?). Let's hope for sunny days ahead and lots of outdoor time. I am looking forward to getting my boat, kayaks and canoe ready for use after sitting for the fall, winter and spring. I am doing everything possible to keep staff from scheduling public meetings during July and August so as to give everyone (including me!) a rest from meetings and more meetings.

Federation of Canadian Municipalities meeting
I had mentioned in an earlier report that I would be attending this meeting of all local governments from across Canada. I did, and I am glad that I did. It was a very good session with lots of interaction with colleagues from large and small communities. We were all able to share our thoughts and ideas on how to make local government better. We had discussions regarding Internet coverage, cellular coverage, Independent Power Projects, water extraction and bulk water export, food security, protection of farmland, a stronger role for FCM at the Federal level, and more funding for local governments, from the Fed's, for local government to get things done. It was great to see how another area of Canada (Nova Scotia) deals with urban / rural issues, their Heritage sites and buildings and their shorelines. All in all, it was a great learning experience.

Granite Bay Park boat ramp
Every since I got the boat ramp upgraded at Granite Bay, I have had it on the SRD work plan to come back to it to upgrade it by taking the low-slope out of it. It is very difficult to launch a boat at mid to lower tides when the ramp is pretty much flat. We put a small amount of money in the budget to allow for local contractors to place more shot rock on the ramp. In discussions with Emcon Services in Campbell River, I managed to get all of the rock donated for FREE and then we only had to supply the machines, a truck and two flag people. Chris Phillips did the work on the ramp itself, while Nick Richardson did the work in the rock pit on Granite Bay Road and the trucking. The volunteer, qualified flag people were Allen Perkins and Doug Biro. My sincere thanks to everyone involved. Once again we have done a collaborative effort between our local government and our local community and businesses to make something positive happen for all of our area. The next project for this fall will be to install Hydro to the top of the wharf. That is another story. More later.

Gowlland Harbour Views proposal (Schellinck)
As many of you know and for those that don't, we have referred the proposal back to staff to be brought back to us at our July committee meeting. The reason for doing this was some of the valid community concerns about changes to the OCP that may have an impact on future development of other Silviculture designated lands. What I have asked staff to investigate is whether or not we can make the changes proposed in this OCP change specific to only the Schellinck property. They will be reporting back to us and I am sure the report will be on the EAS Committee agenda in July. The community concerns are being taken very seriously by the SRD.

T-W Dry Land sort rezoning
We conducted a public hearing on this application about a month ago and it is now before the Board for adoption. Since we are between Public Hearing and Board decision, I am not able to discuss the issue. I can only let you know that it is on the agenda for Thursday. After that I will be able to discuss it fully.

Local Area Plan for Quathiaski Cove
The Quathiaski Cove Village Planning process wrapped up a few months ago and we are now into the implementation of that plan into a Local Area Plan amendment for the OCP. Staff have been working diligently to try and stay on schedule. I met with them today and we have decided to hold four open-door sessions with planners in attendance so that the community can have one-on-one discussions with the planners about the Plan. We have not done this before and it is just one more step in the evolution of good public process.
We have booked July 8, July 15, July 22 and July 29 at the Cove Centre (2nd Floor, adjacent to Quadra Island Medical Clinic) from 9am to 11:30am. The Plan will be there along with planners who will answer any question that you might have prior to going to first and second reading in September. The Plan is also posted at www.strathconard.ca for your perusal. This has been a totally grass roots driven process and has been handled very well by the SRD, in my opinion. I have had many meetings with them in addition to all of the times that it has come before the Committee and the Board. (I know I said we trying to avoid meetings, but these are just drop in sessions, at your discretion)

That is about it for this report. Enjoy the sunshine! Feel free to call me between the hours of 8:30 am and 7:00 pm, Monday through Friday (please, not on weekends, folks!) at 285-3355, or you can fax me at 285-3533 or you can email me anytime at jimabramxplornet.ca , or by mail at Box 278 in the Cove, V0P 1N0... Lots of choices.

Please note my new email address.
Respectfully submitted,
Jim Abram
Director, Discovery Islands - Mainland Inlets (Area C), SRD