Several readers have complained that The George project in Lower Gibsons does not comply with Gibsons’ official community plan (OCP).
Hundreds of thousands of taxpayers’ dollars have been spent on OCPs and their revisions. Here in Sechelt our OCP confirmed that we would not repeat the same mistakes of the past, we will not allow urban sprawl, we will protect the rural character of Sechelt, we will protect wildlife habitats, etc. — a long list of commitments that were designed to direct long-term council strategy and control overly-ambitious developers.
Sadly, but I suppose inevitably, the same political games are played at all levels of government. Councils must produce an OCP, governments at all levels are obliged to consult the local community, as are large corporations and even BC Ferries. Having gone through the motions, the original decisions, agreed by the inner circle, are implemented anyway with perhaps a few minor amendments. Impossible to create a meaningful OCP when a wide variety of institutions control services (health, education, security, water, hydro, highways, forestry, etc.) and have their own plans and budgets.
Priority one for all levels of government is and always will be jobs and revenues.
Paul Rhodes, Sechelt