The Thompson Nicola Regional District (TNRD) held a Public Hearing in the North Thompson Fall Fair Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 21, to consider proposed Bylaw No. 2481, with TNRD staff, board chair and directors representing Area “O” and “P” in attendance.
Close to 60 members of the public attended.
The hearing related to the North Thompson Fish and Game Society and their shooting range that they have a 30 year tenure on with the province. The land is off the Gorman Lake Forest Service Road, west of Barriere.
The Society have applied for a variance to build a club house at the shooting range which is an addition to the RL-1 Zone on the land.
The Kamloops Indian Band initially questioned the use of the land, but the land is part of the Simpcw First Nation, who have been in favour of in favour of the project since its inception.
There were no members of the Kamloops Indian Band in attendance at the Public Hearing.
Fish and Game Society secretary, George Jalava, made a strong presentation during the hearing about the North Thompson Fish and Game Society, its goals, objectives and successes to date, as well as relevant stats and studies on impacts to wildlife, etcetera that inhabit similar areas.
Simpcw First Nation Band Councillor Tina Donald spoke on behalf of the band, noting that Simpcw wholeheartedly supported the project and the involvement of youth in the Fish and Game Society’s activities and programs.
First and second readings were subsequently approved by the TNRD board representatives, and the meeting then adjourned.
The third and final reading of the Bylaw will take place on Nov. 6.