The city’s environmental management committee took another crack at moving ahead the creation of a soils deposition bylaw, but to no avail.
At its April 23 meeting, council received a request from the committee that a soil deposition/removal bylaw be moved to a short-term priority in Salmon Arm’s official community plan.
“The committee feels it’s long overdue for a bylaw to be in place for deposition and removal of soil,” it states in the committee’s minutes of April 5.
Currently, a soils deposition bylaw is listed as a medium-term project in the OCP, meaning it won’t be addressed for another three to five years.
As in March, when a similar request was received from the committee, council once again chose to leave the bylaw where it stands.
“They said we’ve just gone through the OCP process… and that was more in the midterm,” commented Mayor Nancy Cooper, noting the city has begun to move forward on other projects – a sensitive habitat inventory and mapping (SHIM) review, and a sensitive ecosystem inventory (SEI). Cooper says staff is already working on these and other projects, and by adding more, council would run the risk of staff not being able to complete them.
“We certainly respected and understood where they were coming from, but we really felt we needed to leave it there for just those reasons,” said Cooper.