Discussions continue over Coldstream OCP

Another public hearing on the official community plan is required

There continues to be delays for Coldstream’s proposed official community plan.

Instead of giving the bylaw two readings Monday, council decided to hold further discussions about the OCP Jan. 4.

“We’re just looking at some of the items regarding development permits,” said Mayor Jim Garlick.

“It’s just about council having a comfort level with it.”

The OCP was brought before council Monday after concerns from some residents led to no action being taken Dec. 7.

Some of the changes raising concerns are land values are allocated to properties, including animal habitats, conservation zones and erosion areas.

In another case, a resident was concerned his property’s designation could shift from future residential subject to agricultural.

On Monday, Coun. Pat Cochrane attempted to have one property deemed exempt from the development permit area.

However, council decided one property could not be considered in isolation from the rest.

“I’m a little frustrated because we spent a lot of time on the OCP and a majority of council wants to start all over again. I wanted to deal with a concern raised at the (Dec. 7) public hearing and move ahead with the OCP,” said Cochrane.

Coun. Glen Taylor believes more time is needed to fine-tune the OCP.

“It would be healthy for the community to review the OCP and see how the OCP impacts them,” he said.

Another public hearing will be required.