Kimberley’s Mayor says clarity is still needed as council determines its intentions for the Marysville bench.
Council voted to designate the bench lands for industrial development after an hour of discussion in front of over 70 people.
The Benchlands have been zoned for industry since the 1970s, but were earmarked for residential development in 2005.
Don McCormick says there was lots of misinformation to address.
“We’re not fast tracking anything, nobody is being disadvantaged in any way,” McCormick says. “We are going to be very respectful in the process of all the multiple objectives that need to be achieved. At the end of the day, is everybody going to be happy? Maybe not.”
Councillor Bev Middlebrook stood against the motion, along with Councillor Al Hoglund.
She says she doesn’t feel its the right fit for the community, who have been using the undeveloped land for recreation.
“I support a lot of Marysville people that value and love that land,” Middlebrook says. “They’re worried about noise, they’re worried about their community and they would be devastated to lose the Benchlands to industry.”
She says this issue is ‘not over.’
“The OCP process will play out in the future and I just saw this as redundant,” Middlebrook says.”I guess I felt it might be a bit of leverage in their favor.”
Discussions on the Bench are expected to continue after the city moves forward with the OCP.
Owners of a Calgary-based advanced technology company have approached the City with interest in expanding their business onto the bench lands.
Kimberley Mayor Don McCormick
Kimberley Councillor Bev Middlebrook