Posted by Judy Guido on Jun 08, 2018
Announcements: 
 
The installation ceremony for the incoming new 2018/2019 president and executive will be held on Thursday, June 21, at 6 pm, at Arrow leaf wineries.  It is a potluck meal.  Please let Trish Lugrin know what you plan to bring and how many are in your party.  Email:  lugrins@shaw.ca  or phone: (250) 766-1649.
 
Canada Day Celebrations 2018 at Swalwell Park:   The signup sheet will soon be posted on Club Runner. Volunteers are needed before, during and after the event.
   
Exchange Student Going Away Party: July 21 is a going away party for our two out-going exchange students, Rory Allport and Lily Robinson.  Stay tuned for more details.
 
 
Speaker:  Mark Koch, Director of Community Services for the District of Lake Country, and a corporate member of the Rotary Club of Lake Country, gave us a bit of personal background and an update on the Official Community Plan (OCP).
 
Mark grew up in Durbin, South Africa and moved, with his family, to Canada, in 1996.  He graduated from York University with a Master’s Degree in planning and later obtained a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He currently lives in Lake Country with his wife, Kim, and 6-year-old son, Conner.
 
Mark has been with the District for 10 years and it is obvious from his presentation that he has a passion for city planning.  He did, however, comment on the difficulty for local officials in drafting an OCP and stated that the local officials often feel beat up because you can’t be all things to all people.   For planning staff, it is also very challenging to ensure that social, economic and environmental interests are properly balanced.
 
Purpose of OCP: To have a fair and sequential program to deal with community issues and priorities.  It is a statement of objectives and policies guiding land use management within the area.
 
Primary Objectives:  To preserve rural character of Lake Country while encouraging growth where it is suitable, for instance, in serviced areas.
  
Lake Country is 90% residential which means the residents carry the burden.  A light industrial area is being proposed on Glenmore Road as the current gravel pit becomes depleted.
 
The public has been engaged in a variety of ways in the drafting of the OCP and Lake Country received the Cama Willis National Award for Innovation with their Frog Talk initiative.   Judging by the number of questions directed to Mark regarding growth management, he will likely be called to speak to us again in the future.
 
The complete draft report is available on the District website.  https://www.lakecountry.bc.ca/en/local-government/reports-studies-and-plans.aspx?_mid_=286