Municipal Land Disposition Policy

At their meeting on December 18, 2017, Council of the District of Sparwood adopted a new policy, the Municipal Land Disposition Policy, to guide decisions about the sale of municipal land. This policy specifically applies to cases where property owners submit a request to the District to purchase adjacent municipal land.

Public Hearing on M1 Light Industrial zoning amendment to Reconvene on January 15, 2018

The Public Hearing regarding the proposed amendment to the M-1 Light Industrial zone which began on December 4, 2017 has been adjourned to reconvene at the regular meeting on January 15, 2018, at 7:00pm in Council Chambers, to provide District staff with additional time to consult with property owners that may be impacted by the proposed change and obtain their feedback on the new options for Council’s consideration.

Request for Proposals: Sparwood Floodplain Risk Assessment

The District of Sparwood has uploaded a Request for Proposals (RFP) to BC Bid. This RFP is for Floodplain Risk Assessment, Mapping and Mitigation. Please visit BC Bid for full details or read the full blog post on our website here.

Media Release: Middletown Contract Awarded

December 11th, 2017, the District of Sparwood Council awarded the Middletown Crossing - Highway 3/43 Intersection Improvements.

Click here to read the media release.

Employment Opportunity: Lifeguard Instructor 2

The District of Sparwood is accepting applications for the position of Lifeguard Instructor 2 with the Community & Facility Services Department.

Please click here to view the posting.

2018 Winter Leisure Guide

The 2018 Winter Leisure Guide is now available online and for pick up at The Sparwood Leisure Centre. See inside for details on Swim Lessons, Child, Teen and Adult Programs as well as Events and Community Contacts. 

Registration is now open for all Programs including Gymnastics and Spin Classes 

Click Here Sparwood Leisure Guide Winter 2018 

Proposed Zoning Bylaw Amendment: Changes to the Light Industrial M-1 Zone

A Public Hearing will be held on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in Council Chambers, 136 Spruce Avenue, Sparwood, BC, to consider a proposed amendment to the District of Sparwood “Zoning Bylaw No. 264 1981”.

In general terms, Bylaw 1213 cited as "Zoning Bylaw No. 264, 1981 Amendment Bylaw 1213, 2017” will remove offices as a principal use in the Light Industrial zone. Offices will still be permitted as accessory uses. This will not prohibit any existing office uses in this zone from continuing to exist.

Please review the entire blog post for more information.

Capital Budget Discussions Tonight

Council will be discussing the proposed capital budget expenditures for the 2018-2022 Financial Plan (the “Plan”) at the Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, November 27, 2017 at 7pm in Council Chambers. They will have the opportunity to review and adjust the Plan to ensure that it is in line with their strategic goals and objectives.

Media Release: Sparwood is Drilling for Water

The District of Sparwood has commenced work on locating a new community drinking water supply, near Cummings Creek. Work is proceeding, funded by Teck, in consultation with the Interior Health Authority and regulations of the Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy.

View the media release here.

Winterfest Invite

“Hey, do you have a minute?”
You are invited to share your thoughts about the future of Winterfest.
Lets get together
November 20, 2017 
6:00 pm 
Leisure Centre Boardroom  
We need your support! Help keep this Winter Celebration going by sharing your thoughts and ideas. 
Join us on November 20th. 

New Emergency Social Services Director

Please welcome Joyce Kutzner as the new Emergency Social Services Director (ESSD) for the District of Sparwood.  

Surplus Goods Auction

The District of Sparwood is auctioning several surplus exercise machines. Please click on the ads below for more detail.

Employment Opportunity: Lifeguard (Casual on Call)

Reporting to the Director of Community & Facility Services, lifeguards are responsible for the safe supervision of the public in the aquatics centre. The incumbent supervises and ensures the safety of pool users in accordance with established safety guidelines, provides lifesaving skills including first aid, resuscitation and other emergency revival techniques as required; Plans, organizes leads special events within the pool area as assigned; Provides and ensures proper day to day maintenance and cleanliness of pool and surrounding areas such as deck and changing rooms.

Impacts of Tracked Coal into Sparwood

We are witnessing more and more trucks coming into Sparwood who are failing to properly clean their vehicles before leaving the mine site and as a result, the community is seeing deposits of coal left behind on our roads, private driveways and parking lots.

Please read the full blog post here.

City of Fernie Tragedy

A joint media release was issued this afternoon by the Districts of Sparwood and Elkford in response to yesterday's tragedy at the Fernie Memorial Arena.

Notice to Bidders: LiDAR and Aerial Imagery

The District of Sparwood is accepting proposals for LiDAR and Aerial Imagery. Proposals for this project will be received by email, in PDF file format to bids@sparwood.ca, clearly marked with the name and address of the proponent in the body of the email with the subject line: “REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR: LIDAR & AERIAL IMAGERY- SPARWOOD”, addressed to DANNY DWYER, DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING no later than 13:59:59 (MDT), MONDAY October 23rd, 2017 (the “Closing Deadline”).

Public Feedback on Cemetery Management Bylaw 1017

The District of Sparwood is seeking the public's feedback on Cemetery Management Bylaw 1017. The new bylaw, if adopted, will replace Rivercrest Cemetery Bylaw 877 and Elk Valley (Michel) Cemetery Operation and Maintenance Bylaw 831. Changes include the prohibition against pets being permitted in either cemetery, larger floral receptacles in Rivercrest Cemetery, regulations surrounding adornments at Rivercrest Cemetery, and updates to the fees and charges for both cemeteries.

Notice of amendment to Council Procedure Bylaw 1022, 2009

NOTICE is hereby given that Council will be considering adoption of Council Procedure Bylaw 1022, 2009, Amendment Bylaw 1212, 2017 at the October 16, 2017 regular meeting. This amendment proposes to change the inaugural meeting date from the first week of December to the first week of November. 

Volunteer Appreciation BBQ 2017

This September the District of Sparwood, Mayor and Council will be hosting the 1st Annual Volunteer Appreciation BBQ. This afternoon has been chosen to recognize and thank volunteers in our community. 

Sunday September 10th 
2:00 - 4:00 pm 
Mountain Shadows Campground Group Area
Please RSVP how many of your volunteers are planning on attending to recoffice@sparwood.ca or call 250-425-0552 by August 30, 2017.

Garbage Collection Enforcement Activities

The District of Sparwood has stepped up its enforcement regarding non-compliant residential garbage to mitigate the human-wildlife conflict and eliminate wind strewn garbage within the community. Please read the rest of this post to learn more about why the District has increased its enforcement of residential waste violations.