Area A Report from Director Karen Cathcart

Rumours perpetuated the myth that a “Rural Development Plan” meant that I was unilaterally imposing zoning and planning on Area “A”.

Karen Cathcart

Area A Director

When I was elected, I committed to 1) establishing a Local Advisory Committee (LAC) and 2) developing a plan to provide Area “A” residents with an effective and efficient way to input suggestions, issues and concerns. Through a well-advertised process, the LAC was appointed and we had our second meeting last week to discuss the “Rural Development Plan”, a plan to provide me with the tools to serve Area “A” residents better.

Rumours perpetuated the myth that a “Rural Development Plan” meant that I was unilaterally imposing zoning and planning on Area “A”. Nothing could be farther from the truth. I want to design a process that will allow the community to provide input and identify areas of concern so that I can represent my constituents in the best way possible. I have every intention of being proactive and involved and will continue to work to make a difference.

I do not believe that I was elected to do nothing and assure you that I will fully represent our area at the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CRSD) table in Salmon Arm.

I have no intention of taking us down a particular route unless the residents of Area “A” ask me to. What I do get to decide, as your elected representative, is how to keep the commitments I made during the election. With the establishment of the LAC and the contract award for the “Rural Development Plan,” I am making good on my promises and will continue to keep you informed.

What I need to know from you is how you prefer to receive information. I will be exploring a number of communication tools and I am interested in hearing your suggestions. Here is my contact information; Karen Cathcart-Area A Director 250-348-2226 250-344-8357

As you may know, the recently appointed members of the Area “A” Local Advisory Committee (LAC) meet with me for two hours every month to discuss issues and concerns that they have heard from the Area “A” residents.  The aim being to make sure that I am as well informed as possible so that I can address these issues as well as I can on your behalves.  These meetings are open to the public, and I will be setting some time aside at each session for members of the public to connect with me directly.

I hope to hold the next meeting in Parson on July 28, and it will run from 6 to 8 p.m.

As well as the monthly meetings, I will be arranging a series of training workshops for myself and the LAC members, to make sure that we have the knowledge, skills and tools we need to play our roles and serve you as best we can.  The first of these workshops will be held in the Golden & District Centennial Area on Thursday July 9 from 4 to 9 p.m.

Members of the public are welcome to view these workshops as observers and I will be happy to remain afterwards if any residents have pressing issues or concerns that they wish to bring to my attention.