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Coldstream is being urged to consider the environment when land use planning.

The Okanagan Collaborative Conservative Program has asked the district to incorporate the biodiversity conservation strategy project in the official community plan. However, more information is required before council can make a decision.

“It will be interesting to see what the requirements are,” said Coun. Peter McClean.

“We need to understand what the impacts are.”

Mike Reiley, director of development services, believes there is some merit to incorporating the process.

“It’s good information and we can use it to decide how we handle development,” he said.

The purpose of the strategy is to conserve and restore natural areas.

As part of the process, it looks at which ecosystems are the most important for conservation and how habitats are linked to form an interconnected network.

“It (biodiversity) gives us clean air, clean water, healthy food, quality of life, scenic beauty and economic opportunities,” said Susan Latimer, OCCP project manager.

About 36 per cent of Coldstream is considered to be of high or very high ecosystem importance.

“We hope to identify regionally and locally significant areas,” said Latimer.

“We want to establish a process for decision-makers to work together to enhance and preserve the natural legacy of this region. We are trying to give you the mapping products and a way to use the products.”

 

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