The provincial government has begun the public consultation phase of its study with regards to a potential Fixed Link between the Sunshine Coast and the mainland. I wanted to make sure that all Roberts Creekers were aware of this opportunity to have input into the early consideration of a project that would have a very significant impact on our community and our coast. Here are the 4 routes that are being studied.
There are three ways that you can learn more and have your voice heard on this topic…two open houses, an online survey opportunity, or a mail-in feedback form.
Wednesday, October 26, 4-8 PM, Seaside Center in Sechelt
Thursday, October 27th, 10AM-2PM, Gibsons Garden Hotel (beside the Gibsons Pool)
Online resources, including the context for the study, copies of the display materials, and links to the online survey or hard copy feedback forms can be found here: gov.bc.ca.sunshinecoastfixedlink The deadline for online submissions is November 8th.
Recently, Local Governments from around Howe Sound heard from MLA Jordan Sturdy, who, along with Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure staff, is overseeing the study by engineering consulting firm R.F. Binnie. He pointed out that “this is not a go/no go kind of a study” but rather a “fact finding mission” and that if it came to the consideration of moving forwards on a specific project, a different process would be involved.
My feedback to MLA Sturdy has included the observation that the word “rural” appears in our Official Community Plan a total of 44 times. Mr. Study is quite familiar with Roberts Creek, as he is the son of the late Walter Sturdy, who ran the General Store for years.
The study’s report is expected to be released sometime before the end of the year.