The City of Kimberley will not have a referendum over the Marysville Benchlands.
Councillor Bev Middlebrook proposed a vote should be included with the October 2018 municipal election on the designation of the 24 acre lot.
Council defeated the motion Monday night, saying discussions around the Official Community Plan should run its course.
Mayor Don McCormick felt a referendum would not have been an appropriate way to deal with this issue.
“We as elected officials are elected to make those decisions,” McCormick says. “We’re going through a process that every other municipality in the province goes through and we’ll get to the end of this with decisions for the entire OCP, which is a very large and complex document, that are in the best interest of the community.”
McCormick says going to a referendum would have been premature.
“The OCP process is the appropriate way to deal with zoning issues, including that of the Marysville Benchlands. That’s exactly what we are doing with our process,” McCormick says.
The 24 acre lot is currently used for recreation. Some residents are concerned with it being developed for light industry after a Calgary-based advanced technology company expressed interest in it.
Residents can give their say on the Official Community Plan, including the designation of the Benchlands, through a public hearing expected sometime in February.
– Kimberley Mayor Don McCormick