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General News · 9th April 2010
Noba Anderson
“The Table Is Set: Sharing Results, Encouraging Dialogue, & Moving Towards Solutions … and eating pasta!”

Thursday, April 15th, 5-8pm, Gorge Hall
Free Pasta Dinner

This is the beginning of the real content work of the Official Community Plan (OCP) review. If you have been holding back waiting for the real work to begin, wait no longer! Until now we have been gathering data, building the core team, focusing on process design and have now hired am expert team to help us make the best possible OCP for Cortes.

Celebrate the completion of ‘Phase One’
Hear final conclusions as related to the OCP and recommended next steps from:
• the Cortes Climate Action Team,
• the Cortes Housing Initiative’s housing survey,
• the seniors & elders engagement project including results from interviews with seniors and their questionnaire,
• the water project & survey, and
• a sustainability indicator analysis project.
Many of the summary findings are available on the OCP website at

Initiate ‘Phase Two’ (the real content work)
On April 15th we will turn our attention to the content of the existing OCP. What still works really well? What needs updating? What needs to be added? The OCP Steering Committee (Julia Rendall, Frances Guthrie, Bruce Ellingsen, Kristen Scholfield-Sweet, Paul Brewer, Sarah O’Shannessy, Fran Woodcock, Krista Ma, David Rousseau & Oliver Kellhammer), Regional District staff and team members from ‘Focus’ have designed a workplan and timeline for the rest of 2010 and now we need your participation to craft the actual content of your Community Plan. What do you envision for the future of our Island?

On the 15th, you will also meet the consulting team from ‘Focus Corp.’, Felice Mazzoni, Richard Giele and Jason Niles who will be assisting us over the next many months. The planning team at Focus, led by Felice, is a small and exclusively small town and rural focused group. They are very impressed with the sophistication of our existing OCP and are very encouraged by the level of community knowledge and engagement. Felice was the Director of Planning Services for 10 years in Ucluelet, a community with a very progressive OCP and won the distinction of ‘Planner of the Year’ in 2007 from the Planning Institute of BC. I know there is an aversion by some to ‘outsiders’ yet there is also much to be gained by their expertise and knowledge of best practices and leading edge models form other places. After having spent a couple of days with them here on island in early March, I can honestly say that I look forward to working them.

Focus Corp has hired Sarah Downey, Cortes Island resident, for Phase 2 of the Cortes Island Official Community Plan (OCP) review. The position shall increase efficiency, take advantage of local expertise and knowledge and be a key “point person” for local contacts. Cortes Islanders can contact Sarah at her Whaletown office on Mon-Wed 9am to 1pm or by email at with any comments, questions or concerns pertaining to OCP related issues.

This is the time to come out, get oriented, give input, and learn how to engage for the rest of 2010.
Thurs, April 15th, 5pm (doors open at 4:30), Gorge Hall

In gratitude,
Noba Anderson