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The Area F Official Community Plan Review is coming

Just a heads-up: A call is out to consultants to conduct the Area F OCP review.  According to the document, the projected start date for public consultation is the end of January, 2017.  Although we rely on the successful proponent to design and implement an appropriate engagement strategy, public input is a big part of every OCP review.  You might want to start thinking about what you want your community to look like over the next 20 years: things that should change, things that should not change, and so on.

The city of peaches and beaches?

The RDOS recently followed the lead of other regional districts in the Okanagan and awarded a grant to the Okanagan Film Commission.  I am against such grants/subsidies for many reasons.  But the most important is that the economic impact of film production in the Okanagan is negligible.  Indeed, the economic impact of the entire tourism sector is much smaller than most people realize.

I collected some census data and submitted a report to the RDOS board in order to back up these claims.  The full report can be found here, although the central argument is captured in the graphic below

Sources of income in the RDOS