City Councillor Trevor Bolin says the public made their opposition to the project well known and the new boundary moves towards a more united feeling towards expansion.
“I like the idea of the revision. The public consultation we did we certainly felt and fulfilled and we were told no. When I look at this and I look at the potential of 132 no’s going forward versus seven no’s and four no replies, we need to expand,” he says. “We need to focus on the expansion being mutual and I think this new plan makes it more about it being mutual than it does about 132 people dead against it.”
One potential hurdle that the City faces under the revised map is opposition from the Province for not having squared boundaries under the proposal. City Manager Diane Hunter acknowledges that it will likely be brought up but also notes the desire
“They’re going to take a look at that and indicate that it doesn’t make logical or servicing sense, therefore it’s going to be more costly to leave them out,” she explains. “However, they’ve also indicated they would like to see the support of the property owners. You can’t have it both ways. We’ll be looking forward to direction from the Provincial Government with regards to it. It is their decision, not ours.”
The City will not get written feedback until they formally submit a proposal. However, they still are able to get verbal comments ministry. If City Council does decide to proceed further with the revised map they will then make requests to First Nations, the Integrated Land Management Bureau, as well as the Agricultural Land Commission for formal responses.