General News · 9th September 2018
Thank-you to the 100+ of you who showed up on Wednesday, shared your input on the draft Cortes Zoning Bylaw and are helping to make it better. Please know that we are far from done and that it will come back to you after the election with much of your input included. You put your time and attention into constructive critique which is very helpful.
Clearly the bylaw, whose major substance dates back to 2002 - before my time in elected office – needs much work. As your elected official I offer input, but in the end can only respond to the language staff gives me. I am not the author of this bylaw but this job demands that I present to you what the District creates and indeed make sure that the District hears what you want. At this stage, we chose to seek your input at rather than send it back yet again for a re-write without your comment. I am glad we did, that we all, politicians and staff alike, heard you loud and clear. We will get there together.
Proposed Tax Service Referendums
Here is some clarity about understanding the referendums regarding the two proposed tax services requested by Cortes non-profits (Southern Cortes Community Association for the hall tax & Cortes Island Firefighting Association for the First Responder tax). Yes the questions (and indeed the whole process) are very bureaucratic. If you either support the creation of one or both of these services, or support the chance for the community to make a final decision on these proposed taxes, thereby putting the issues to rest, then vote YES. If no, vote NO.
Tomorrow (Monday) Regional District staff will be at the Gorge Hall at 3 pm to clarify all details regarding the process. Representative from the Fire Department will also be present to discuss the proposed First Responder program.
I'm not making anything up
Comment by Patricia L on 10th September 2018
Regional Directors Report August 27th:
" It has been given first and second reading by the SRD Board and will be brought to a public hearing. I do anticipate wrapping up this key piece of planning work before the October election."
Thank You & Clarity, Sept.9th: "Please know that we are far from done and that it will come back to you after the election with much of your input included."
Not Rumor ...
Comment by Carol Lewis on 10th September 2018
In the August 2018 Regional Director's Report, Director Anderson states and I quote: " I do anticipate wrapping up this key piece of planning work before the October election ..." Sounds like it was pretty well a done deal, right? She also states: "The new Cortes Zoning Bylaw has been reviewed over the past year through community meetings, surveys, focus groups, Advisory Planning Commission meetings, your comments and of course my and staff’s thorough review." Please note contrast with the current back peddle: "I am not the author of this bylaw but this job demands that I present to you what the District creates ..."
and more clarity
Comment by Patricia L on 10th September 2018
If nothing else, you have certainly learned the language of governmentese. Bylaw 309 was NEVER referred to as a "draft"and rumour has it that someone wanted it "done and dusted" before the election. That was a bad idea. We can all be grateful that so many people turned out to comment.
If you keep this up long enough you'll understand it...
Comment by Richard Lawton on 10th September 2018
Noba, you need to realise that neither you, nor “your staff” (or other bureaucrats) govern Cortes.
It’s the other way around!
We’ve gone downhill from complete, problem-free self government in the distant, isolated past to a ridiculous reversal where we are letting the tail wag the dog (Campbell River dictates to Cortes).
We are quite capable of governing our own affairs, just as organizations on Cortes manage their affairs without outside resources.
Historically the staff has tried to lead us astray, and this causes problems. City bureaucrats do not understood rural. They do not understand Cortes. (This is clearly demonstrated by the many “errors”(!) in the Bylaw 309 document.) Yet each new batch tries to assert itself to make its job easier. It takes many years before they finally start to ‘get it’, by which time they either leave or retire and we have another batch of newbies to deal with.
The simplicity of the solution is laughable... everything falls into place and makes sense when you put the horse in front of the cart:
1. The staff is there to ASSIST, not GOVERN.
2. The Regional Director is there to REPRESENT, and not provide “leadership” unless there is a VERY clear understanding of WHERE we are going and WHY.