A Kimberley councillor is disappointed the city will not have a referendum on the Marysville Benchlands.
Bev Middlebrook proposed including a vote on the property’s designation with the October 2018 municipal election.
That motion was defeated Monday night as the rest of council felt the Official Community Plan should run its course.
“It is what it is, I would have liked to see it go the other way,” Middlebrook says. “I really believe its a decision the public should make. Everyone is really passionate about it, its divided this community. I would have liked to have seen something different, but I was outvoted, so that’s that.”
Middlebrook says potential development of the Benchlands could be overwhelming for the surrounding community.
“There’s 2500 people that are sitting below, so the noise, the traffic, the serenity will be gone,” Middlebrook says. “I think quality of life is really important for all of us and we should be considered.”
The Benchlands are currently used for recreation, but could be designated for light industrial through the OCP.
Middlebrook recommends residents send letters or get involved with the discussion at a public hearing expected in February.
– Kimberley City Councillor, Bev Middlebrook