Downtown plan

Harking back to public consultations on the land use plan , I now see the value of the public analyzing and explaining the changes...

Harking back to the public consultations on the land use plan (circa 2009), I now see the value of a learned member of the public analyzing and explaining the changes hidden there.

At that time, we attended the meetings and studied the maps but didn’t see these narrow streets or a dozen other “oops” hidden there.

Nor did that map warn about eight-to-13-months of construction in this sector or that sector.

The next time the fast-talking guys at city hall want to roll out a “new” plan, I suggest the chamber of commerce find a volunteer or hire a consultant to tell the public what is hidden behind that map.

For instance, does the public know that a section of several metres on the south side of Vernon creek is slated for walking trail development.

How many folks have property up against the creek and don’t know this?

Patrick Heglund

Vernon