Quesnel City Council wants a new terms of reference when it comes to how the North Cariboo Joint Planning Committee operates while the Northern Cariboo Regional District Directors want the status-quo.
That sums up the brief discussion on the issue at last night’s meeting.
The City would like to see the voting structure change saying that right now 2 of the 4 CRD Directors on the Committee can quash a motion even if all 7 members of Council vote in favour of it, making the vote 9-2.
The Regional District’s response obviously didn’t sit well with City Councillor Scott Elliott…
“So we’ve been waiting since, what did you say, February ? To have a report to come back to stick with the status quo and have no conversation about the doumentation we brough forward…pretty much ? Do I got that ?”
Ted Armstrong, the CRD Director for Area A, challenged Elliott on when in the last two years have two stopped anything from happening.
John Massier, the Director for Area B, presented another scenario…
“There is a possibility that two directors being against this may represent more people than the seven Directors that sit as the City of Quesnel representatived if it happened to be Directors for Areas A and B that represent over 10,000 people.”
In the end both sides of the argument agreed that more discussion was needed on the issue and it will come back at a future meeting either at the front end of the agenda or was the only item on the agenda.