Selkirk students invite the Rossland public to weigh in on action plans they’ve been developing over the winter semester.
The second-year Selkirk College Integrated Environmental Planning Program students will present their draft Life and Environment Action plans at an open house on Monday, March 14 at the Old Fire Hall (2115 Queen St.) in Rossland, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
“We’re presenting draft copies of our plans and we want to familiarize the citizens with some of the proposals that we’re working on and get their input prior to completing our final plans,” explains Peter Holton, Integrated Environmental Planning instructor.
Members of the public will have the chance to talk with students about their action plans one-on-one and will have the chance to ask questions and give input. There will be a more formal presentation at 6:30 p.m.
The plans cover a diverse range of topics, including affordable housing, wildlife management, landscape ecology, mind sites management, heritage buildings, urban forestry, urban agriculture, renewable energy, parks, neighbourhood land use planning, non-timber forest products, air quality, skate park design and management, bears interaction management, traffic calming, and food security.
“We have a student who is looking at the feasibility of upgrading Rossland current street lights to new LED lights. We have a number of plans that are looking at natural areas in Rossland, such as Trail Creek and Cemetery Creek, and trying to identify areas of important wildlife habitat, and figuring out ways to restore, protect, enhance and conserve some of those areas,” says Holton.
The action plans were developed following Rossland’s Strategic Sustainability Plan and Official Community Plans (OCP).
“We’re using the work that the city has already done as a starting point for these plans, and they are intended to implement the goals and objectives that were previously identified in the Strategic Sustainability Plan — the SSP — and the OCP,” says Holton.
Final plans will be completed in April and presented to the City of Rossland later this spring.