Parksville's draft Official Community Plan, more than two years in the making, is grandly called 'A Vision for Our Future' but residents speaking to the plan's public hearing Monday were instead singing, "welcome to my nightmare."
Estimating that the city has spent more than $200,000 on the plan, Al Pastars demanded a refund, saying, "it's not our plan."
Many residents participated in city surveys for the plans but their views were "ignored," he said.
Residents said they don't want waterfront residential development and they don't want year-round tourist accommodation, he said, but those views aren't reflected in the document.
And the OCP keeps referring to "views" when the residents want "vistas," he said, "not a glimpse on tippy toes."
Bill Atwood, who said he worked on the OCP for years, said that as far as he can tell the purpose of the plan "is to keep the public quiet because if you want an exemption you can get it."
For all the people who attended the meetings and gave their input, "there's not a lot here," he said. "This process has been a disappointment to me."
Norm Patterson said the document is too big and could use an abridged version.
As well, he said, a small-lot residential zone "is something we don't really need."
Of all the work done by citizens and committees, "not a lot of it made it into the OCP," he said. "My own personal feeling: I think we could have done a little better on it."
Sam Cosco asked that his name be taken off any advisory committee documents because the OCP "is fraudulent... it's a lie."
It pays only "lip service" to sustainability and instead reflects an urban planning consultant "telling people what they need here."
"I don't see how you can call it a community plan when the community has been so clearly ignored," he said. "I can't tell you how disappointed I am in the final product.
"Our politicians at this level and at the regional level are living in a fairyland," Cosco told council. "Tell me why you think this OCP makes any sense. It doesn't to me and I spent two years on it."
When he gestured at the lack of a response from council, Mayor Chris Burger explained that council members can't comment during a public hearing, only listen, but that council members can comment when the plan comes before council for third reading.
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