Parksville OCP process sparks grumbling

Three years into Parksville's official community plan (OCP) update process, there was a lot of grumbling at the latest public hearing.

Eight residents spoke at the June 10 meeting in the Parksville Civic and Technology Centre forum with very little positive to say.

"I really deplore the waste of dollars that's been spent on this OCP, $200,000 plus," said Al Pastars.

"The views of two committees working on the OCP have been tossed aside like old rags and the views stated in three surveys have also been ignored," he said. "I would like a refund."

"Listening to the impact this may have on my life, I urge you to please slow down," said Donna Oscar, speaking specifically to proposed amendments allowing small lot developments.

Some people brought up some specific issues.

Charna Mcfie asked that the Jensen Avenue extension — which council removed from their capital budget in May 2010 — be removed from future land use maps. She also spoke against the large number of areas slated for development or lacking any specific protection.

Complaints ranged from the document being too complicated and the need for a Coles Notes version to understand it, to a lack of serious consideration of ecological issues and sustainability. The OCP is expected to return to the June 17 regular council meeting.

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