Shall to Should

Planners have thrown out the word "may" and have settled on the word "should." Late last year, planners suggested changing all instances of "shall" in the Official Community Plan to "may."

Planners have thrown out the word “may” and have settled on the word “should.”

Late last year, planners suggested changing all instances of “shall” in the Official Community Plan to “may.” This caused some critics to say the city was watering down its master planning document so that it wouldn’t be legislated to follow its own planning guidelines.

Now the city is suggesting that the word “should,” be used instead.

At Thursday evening’s council meeting planners announced that 17 instances of the word be replaced.

They are also proposing to revise 69 policies, delete 41 and add 13 to the existing 287 policies that make up the plan.

Citizens won’t get a glance at the new Official Community Plan until mid to late February.

Originally intended to be presented in January, the first draft of the plan won’t be made public until the following month.