February 26, 2013
Representatives from seven municipalities, three regional districts and observers from various organizations heard about the history of planning in Howe Sound today at the Howe Sound Community Forum meeting in Lions Bay. General Manager of Planning & Development for the SCRD Steve Olmstead provided an excellent overview of the various plans that govern Howe Sound today. Attendees concurred the conversation must continue and recognized the importance of the Forum and commitment to the Principles for Cooperation. Mr. Olmstead presented some ideas for the way forward that will be carried to the next meeting being hosted by the District of West Vancouver. A date has not been set.
Unfortunately, Chief Bill Williams from Squamish Nation was unable to make the meeting as intended.
The Future of Howe Sound Forum being held on April 13th will be of value to the elected officials as we will bring together representatives from all levels of government, nonprofit organizations, First Nations, industry and business to find common ground towards a vision for Howe Sound and discuss a way forward towards an overall plan.
FHSS President Peter Finley presented to the group to explain the role of the Society and the call for action once again to help protect Howe Sound from industrial abuse. Presenting along with FHSS was the Marine Life Sanctuaries Society, the Sea to Sky Clean Air Society, Gambier Island Conservancy and the Sea-to-Sky Trail. The elected officials, many of them new to the Howe Sound Community Forum, were engaged and asked a number of good questions.
Councillor Alison Morse from Bowen Island provided an update on the work being with other municipalities regarding derelict boats that also plague the Bowen Island coastline. The group discussed the formation of a working committee to consult with First Nations and an update was provided by SCRD Chair Garry Nohr on the status of the Burnco Proposed Gravel Mine at McNab Creek Application.
More information from these presentations will be posted on our website.