THE TOP OF ROSE HILL is very different from what you might have seen the last time you drove up there. The area immediately south of the original subdivision — at the point Rose Hill Road makes a couple of sharp turns, crests the steep incline and levels out onto the farmland leading toward Knutsford — looks like a quarry right now.
The loss of fir trees on the site symbolizes the changes that have residents of the original subdivision worried. As they view the bare hillside above them, listen to the rock blasting and watch as nearby Juniper Ridge expands westward in their direction, they see the serenity of their community under threat.
The single-family area of Rose Hill was built during the ‘70s as High Country Estates (now commonly called Rose Hill or Rosehill after the larger grassland area up on the plateau), a secluded cluster of executive homes with spectacular views of the valley. Many of the big evergreen trees were kept. Country-style living close to town. It’s remained that way, a community all its own, until now.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.