Letter: Residents make Okanagan Centre unique

If council does not…facilitate ongoing dialogue as outlined in the sector plan these residents will justly feel violated.

Open letter to District of Lake Country mayor and council and administrator Alberto De Fao:

In 2007, a committee of your council developed a Sector Plan for the Okanagan Centre Ward with the vision “to sustain a unique community personality” and identified the OK Centre Village as having a “low-key ambience that make the Village a unique and attractive community to live and visit.”

The Sector Plan committee suggested “that the Parks and Recreation Committee and the Okanagan Centre community should co-operate and work together with regular strategic planning for recreational and cultural facilities.”

To date there has been only one such meeting, that being the one that was rigidly confined to discussing the “on-lake” buoys.

Last week, in a space of three to four days and a time when many residents are off in the sun, more than 125 ward residents signed the petition asking for a town hall meeting before any further DLC activity in the greenspace (i.e. hold off the clean-up). Many more names would have likely been added if our canvass had been extended.

Unfortunately our ward councillor’s recent statements reflect her lack of knowledge, or understanding, of the OK Centre Sector Plan; and that her attitudes are at variance with a large number, probably a significant majority, of her constituents. Her crafty motion to, in effect, stop further council discussion of the issue is an abomination.

Obviously, if council does not convene an appropriate meeting and facilitate ongoing dialogue as outlined in the sector plan these residents will justly feel violated.

David H. Geen,

Okanagan Centre