150 Mile House OCP gets closer to final approval

While the 150 Mile House Official Community Plan received third reading and has yet to be approved by the province, Cariboo Regional District Area F director Joan Sorley says the exciting thing is the input that local First Nations had in the plan’s development.

“It’s a red letter day for us, we’re very happy. I think what is unique about this one is that our staff has worked with the First Nations staff at the Williams Lake Indian Band. They have supported it,” said Sorley, adding there’s a letter of support from WLIB Chief Anne Louie included in the proposed plan.

A preamble in the plan acknowledges the plan area is within the traditional territory of the Secwepemc people.

“This plan is without prejudice to and cannot be used to define and/or limit aboriginal and treaty rights and aboriginal title of First Nations in British Columbia,” the preamble states.

Sorley, who is in her second year on the board, said for most of that time she’s been working on the plan.

“For the whole time I’ve been around we’ve been working on this, and the former director Duncan Barnett worked really hard on this. I believe it’s been since 2006 that staff and other directors have been working on this.”

A copy of the plan is available on the CRD website.

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