CVRD electoral area map (Submitted photo)

New ratepayers association forming in Area H

Organization will advocate for North Oyster, Yellowpoint and Diamond District residents

A new ratepayers association is forming in Area H to address issues and concerns of residents in the area.

Area H is comprised of Yellowpoint, North Oyster, and the Diamond District. The region has a long history with ratepayers associations going back to the 1960s. The last Area H ratepayers assocation folded three years ago. Comminication in Area H is challenged by the vast geography that keeps residents separated.

Pauline Hunt is taking on task of organizing the association to open up lines of communication with Area directors and the public. Her intent it to revitalize community participation and encourage communication throughout the region.

Ratepayers associations typically focus on issues of taxation and services, but have also dealt with land use issues.

“It seems governments rarely consult with residents or openly provide information, so there is a place for community groups that are paying attention, and are prepared to interact with government and intervene on local community issues,” Hunt said. “It’s also important to have an organization to champion improvement projects and encourage community participation.”

Residents interested in participating can contact Hunt at 250-245-2754 for more information. The ratepayers association will be holding an introductory meeting at the end of the month.

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