Noise bylaw questioned at QC council

  • Feb. 23, 2011 6:00 p.m.

Queen Charlotte council gave first reading to its noise bylaw Monday evening, but not all councillors were happy with it. The bylaw, in the works for almost a year, will ban disturbing noise in the village at night, and potentially fine repeat violators $100. But councillor Kris Olsen told council it was putting the cart before the horse. “We are not following proper process, we need to have our OCP (official community plan) together first,” he said. “We’ve worked so hard on the OCP, let’s not be in a hurry. The community has been here for 100 years, the municipality only for five.” Mr. Olsen also argued that it’s difficult, particularly for young people, to start a business in Queen Charlotte, and that the noise bylaw will just make it harder. “I want your group to think really long and hard before you vote on this bylaw. The rich group is still holding on, not allowing young people to start a business. Please don’t restrain the younger members of the community.. trying what they are doing.” Mayor Kulesha told council the bylaw has been worked on for a long time, and that it will be complaints driven. “There have to be several complaints,” she said, “we are going a long way to make sure everyone has a chance to enjoy their property.” Village residents have an opportunity to comment on the bylaw. Copies are available through the village office, and council is looking for public input before adopting it, possibly in March or April.