Edition: govTogetherBC October 2014
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In this issue:
DriveBC Online Survey opened October 1st
Do you use the DriveBC website to help plan your travel around the province? The Ministry of Transportation wants to improve DriveBC and make it as useful for you as possible. Available on both your desktop computer and mobile phone, DriveBC provides drivers information on road conditions and events, including road or lane closures due to construction, rockslides, or heavy snowfall. DriveBC users can view highway webcams, report problems on BC roadways as they happen, and receive updates on road conditions by Twitter, email, SMS or RSS feed. Complete this brief online survey to offer your feedback.
Peace Valley OSB Project opened September 29th
The Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) of British Columbia invites public input from September 29, 2014 to November 3, 2014 on the Peace Valley OSB Project. OSB is a wood particle board used in many types of construction. Louisiana-Pacific OSB Limited Partnership is proposing to change the oriented strand board (OSB) manufacturing process at their mill on the southeast side of Fort St. John by adding methylene diphenyl diisocyanate (MDI) as a component of the adhesive used in the panel production. You are invited to comment on the Amendment Application online, by email, fax, or mail. Comment today.
BC on the Move: A Ten Year Transportation Plan. Public Input opened October 14th
Help identify the transportation opportunities and priorities in your community and across the province. The Government of B.C. is developing a new 10-year provincial plan and need you to make sure issues important to you and your community are considered as part of this process. The public will be invited to provide feedback online, starting Tuesday, October 14, 2014 until December 12, 2014 (closing at 4 p.m.). Input gathered from this public engagement will be considered as government develops the new 10-year plan. The plan will be posted in early 2015, and will set out a series of short, medium and longer-term priorities for BC's transportation network. Comment today.
Society Act White Paper Project closes October 15th
Non-profit organizations in British Columbia are invited to weigh in on revisions being proposed to the legislation that governs them. Finance Minister Michael de Jong invites British Columbia’s 27,000 non-profit societies to provide feedback and submit ideas on a new White Paper representing the next phase of the Society Act review. The Ministry of Finance review began in 2009 when it was identified that the current Society Act required modernization. A Discussion Paper inviting comment on specific proposals for reform followed in 2011. This White Paper represents the next stage in the consultation process, reflecting feedback previously received. Non-profits can submit input by email or mail until the consultation process ends on Oct. 15, 2014. Get Involved.
Flood hazard land use Management closes October 31st
Have your say on land use management guidelines in areas subject to floods. The guidelines help local governments, land-use managers, and approving officers develop and implement land-use management plans, and make subdivision approval decisions in areas subject to flood hazards. The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is updating these guidelines to include design considerations for land use and development in areas that will be affected by sea level rise. Interested parties are invited to review the draft amendment and submit written feedback by October 31, 2014. Comment today.
Henyemdzi Mekola/Yorke Island Conservancy Management Planning closes October 31st
BC Parks is in the process for developing a management plan for Henyemdzi Mekola/Yorke Island Conservancy. This 39 hectare conservancy protects a significant historic site designated and protected for its role in National defence prior to, and during World War II. During the Second World War, the island housed the principal gun emplacement guarding Johnstone Strait. BC Parks is starting the development of the draft management plan and invites your input on how you would like the park to be managed. You are invited to share your opinions by an online survey, email or mail until October 31st. Comment today.
Home Inspector Licensing Accreditation Report
From Nov. 25 to Dec. 20, 2013, the Government of B.C. invited input on how to strengthen home inspector licensing requirements. Two online surveys were open; one to seek consumer opinions, the other to solicit feedback from industry and home inspection professionals. There was a solid response to both surveys: 778 public surveys and 326 home inspector surveys were completed. Read what British Columbians had to say in the consultation.
Agricultural Land Commission Act Engagement
The Ministry of Agriculture invited feedback from farmers and the public on the regulation of activities allowed on farmland in the Agricultural Land Reserve from July 21, 2014 until August 22, 2014. Ministry staff, accompanied by representatives from the Agricultural Land Commission, met with more than 100 organizations representing the agricultural community and local government from throughout the province to hear their feedback and ideas. In addition to the face-to-face stakeholder consultation that took place in seven communities, more than 1,600 British Columbians participated in the on-line consultation process or made written submissions. On September 30, 2014, the Ministry of Agriculture published a summary document on the completed consultation on potential changes to regulations within the Agricultural Land Commission Act (ALCA). Read the Summary.