Forum puts focus on fjord 

Elected officials, business leaders and non-profits gather to discuss the future of Howe Sound

click to enlarge FILE PHOTO - safe and sound Participants who attended the Future of Howe Sound Forum agreed on the need for an ongoing dialogue about the future vision of Howe Sound.
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  • safe and sound Participants who attended the Future of Howe Sound Forum agreed on the need for an ongoing dialogue about the future vision of Howe Sound.

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Melanie Gaboriault, Burnco's consulting communications director, attended the forum. She said it was positive and she was pleased that many of the forum attendees were open to the notion of some industrial activity in the future on the Howe Sound shores. Gaboriault said Burnco supports the creation of a LRMP.

"It must be met, I would say, with the balancing of the whole area and all the uses and to be flexible," said Gaboriault. "I believe a land and resource plan is a good one in any situation. If we don't know what the plan is for any given region then we don't know what can be put forward, what can be proposed in an area and it doesn't make for good business sense."

According to Gaboriault, uncertainty leads to difficult relationships amongst stakeholders while a clear understanding of what land uses are permitted will create certainty.

For Simons, who has lived near Howe Sound all her life, she concluded that everyone who attended the Future of Howe Sound Forum agreed there is a desire for an overall management plan for Howe Sound.

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