Loni Parker hasn’t had enough of being the elected representative of rural Revelstoke.
With seven terms and 21 years under her belt, the Area B director will be running for another term on the board of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District.
“There’s still some unfinished work to be done with Area B,” she told the Times Review. “This last little time with zoning and planning, getting through all that was quite a bit of work.”
The CSRD passed a new zoning bylaw for Area B last week; it brings zoning regulations to the entire region from Mica to Trout Lake for the first time (see below for more on that).
Parker said there are outstanding issues she wants to see through — notably a parks plan for the area, as well as some budgetary issues and developments at Greeley and Shelter Bay.
She said she wanted to bring more BC Hydro money to Revelstoke and Area B, but wasn’t able to get support from the City of Revelstoke to do so.
“I’m hoping over the next term there will be a change in that direction so we can work more effectively together as a municipality and area to make some changes that will be beneficial to both,” she said.
Referring to the Revelstoke Adventure Park development proposal in the Greeley Area, she said she wanted to make sure that actions by the city don’t impact what happens in the rural area. The city and regional district engaged in a dispute over a possible city boundary extension to to the Greeley area.
“Certainly there needs to be some vigilance on behalf of the area director to make sure our area is not impacted negatively by the actions of the municipality, so hopefully we’ll see a change in the next term,” she said. “I’ve put a lot of hard work over the years to make sure Area B develops in a socially, environmentally and economically responsible way and I’d like to see that continue.”