The Kootenay Livestock Association is hosting a town hall meeting in Jaffary Wednesday for residents concerned of a new Official Community Plan (OCP).
The RDEK voted in July to move forward with a long-term vision for the area after a lengthy and sometimes contentious consultation period.
Nathan Anselmo is a member of the association who has lived in the community for 18 years.
Anselmo claims the local Livestock Association has fielded a large number of complaints regarding the OCP.
He says this hasn’t been happening in just area, but similar criticism has come from Skookumchuk, Invermere, and Newgate.
Anselmo explains the association covers a large region, and many different types of properties, and they just want stakeholders to be happy.
Anselmo says residents are content with the way things are and don’t want regulations imposed on them.
He suggests residents are unhappy with the way the process was handled and are unsure what to expect moving forward.
The Regional District decided this summer not to include Galloway and Elko in the OCP after locals expressed opposition.
Anselmo says he’s not sure why the RDEK listened to those concerned residents but not him and his neighbours in Jaffray.
The public meeting goes 7 PM at Jaffary Hall.
Organizers says they’ve extended the invite to RDEK Area B Director Stan Doehle to attend the meeting.
– Concerned residents Nathan Anselmo