The use of recreational vehicles as dwellings will come before the TNRD Electoral Area Directors meeting Oct. 17. The 10 EA directors represent rural areas of the regional district outside municipalities.
Concern about a section of the TNRD’s zoning bylaw that prohibits the use of RVs as dwellings has caused concern, especially in the North Thompson area. About 35 residents attended Thursday’s board meeting (Sept. 19, 2019).
Director Carol Schaffer of Electoral Area A (Wells Gray Country) made the motion to put the issue on the agenda for the EA directors’ meeting, and for staff to gather information for presentation at the meeting.
I supported the motion because the concern with the bylaw is within rural areas and the meeting will give rural reps a chance to discuss it in detail. Any recommendations coming out of that meeting will go to the full board for consideration.
I think it’s important to get as many questions and concerns answered as quickly as we can to clear up confusion, so I moved an amendment as follows:
“…And that a communications plan be developed to provide comprehensive information to affected residents on RV regulations and that residents be invited to provide input before the next meeting of the EA Directors, and that the EA Directors’ meeting include an opportunity for residents to attend and speak on the use of RVs as dwellings.”
I suggested we could create a Q&A document proactively answering as many questions/ concerns as possible being talked about among residents, and that a place be reserved on the TNRD.ca website for questions to be asked and answered.
Although there was considerable support for the amendment, it was defeated.
I’m pleased, though, that there will still be an opportunity built into the agenda for residents to attend and speak, and I’m sure residents will continue to ask questions to the TNRD or through the residents’ committee.
When the agenda is finalized it will be posted on the TNRD.ca website.
— Mel Rothenburger, Director, Electoral Area P (Rivers and the Peaks). Any opinions I express in my capacity as a TNRD director are strictly my own and do not represent official TNRD policy.