LETTERS: Pilot or trial, task force has many questions to address

Editor:

Whether the Dogs on Promenade task force calls it a trial project or a pilot project is irrelevant.

Both terms have the same objective. That is, the committee has the task of providing clear guidelines for the project and making those guidelines public.

As a task force they need to: 1) establish the purpose of the project; 2) establish what the ‘rules’ are for the project, e.g., dogs on- or off-leash; owners must clean up after their dogs; 3) research what other communities do e.g., Vancouver’s Stanley Park Seawall; 4) establish what they are going to measure; 5) establish how they’re going to measure the criteria; 6) decide how the information is going to be collected; 7) decide who is going to monitor and enforce the ‘rules;’ 8) establish how they are going to allow for public input; 9) establish how they’re going to analyze the information; 10) decide on the criteria that would cancel the trial/pilot project; and 11) decide on what basis they would make a recommendation to approve having dogs on the promenade ongoing.

The task force must also take into consideration that a trial/pilot project running in the winter months is going to skew the results and not reflect what would happen in the summer, when there are a lot more people on the promenade and, presumably, a lot more dogs.

As a resident of White Rock, I would like to know what the criteria are for the project. So far, the only thing I know is that it’s running from Oct. 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020.

I’d like to know when the committee meets, so I can attend to hear first-hand how they’re planning to manage this trial/pilot project.

Christine Bennet-Clark, White Rock

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