Minister to visit on land use agreement

  • Jul. 18, 2007 4:00 p.m.

Lands Minister Pat Bell will be on island next week (July 23-25) to meet with mayors and councils about the initialed Land Use Agreement, but will wait until fall to hold community meetings. In a telephone interview from Victoria, Minister Bell told the Observer there wasn’t enough time to arrange public meetings, but promised he would be back in September and would make himself widely available then. Minister Bell said the first run of the report assessing the impact of the Land Use agreement is complete, but he says the data will be run through again several more times before the findings are revealed. He wants to be sure of the numbers, so no one comes back in a year or so and complains that the 800,000 cubic metres of annual cut, has turned into 600,000. Minister Bell arrives in Sandspit on the afternoon of the 23rd, and leaves on the afternoon of the 25th.