The regional district has tabled a controversial rezoning in the Miller Creek area and will probably hold another public process, says administrator Janet Beil.
Regional district directors made the decision at a meeting Friday in Prince Rupert. Directors did give second and third reading to three other rezoning bylaws, two for Tlell properties and one at Lawn Hill. Ms Beil said directors will probably make a final decision on these three at their next meeting, after hearing Area D director Gilbert Parnell’s report on the public hearing held earlier this month. Mr. Parnell did not attend Friday’s meeting.
In other regional district news:
Â• Directors voted to pay themselves $150 per meeting, up from $100, an amount which reflects the provincial average, Ms Beil said. Directors also receive an annual remuneration, which remains unchanged, she said.
Â• Directors voted to give the village of Masset a $2,000 economic development grant for the Harbour Days chainsaw carving competition. Ms Beil said chair Barry Pages, the mayor of Masset, left the room while the grant was discussed and voted on, following the regional district’s strict conflict of interest rules.
Â• Directors voted to write to the Ministry of Forests asking that it respond to the concerns of a local businessman. Ms Beil said Neil Forman of Certified Plant Shelters in Prince Rupert told the regional district that he lost a contract to manufacture seedling shelters for a tree planting contract on the Charlottes. Instead, the contract was awarded to a company which did not even make the shelters in Canada.
Directors “are very concerned about this,” Ms Beil said. “Premier Campbell is continually saying the northern end of the province is the heartlands, but all we see is all the jobs are going out of the north.”
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