Invitation to Quote: Arena Ice Plant Direct Digital Control System

The District of Sparwood invites interested parties to submit quotes for the installation of a Digital Control system for the automation of the Arena Ice Plant Master Control Centre.

View more details about this Invitation to Quote here.

Municipal Land Disposition Info-Sheet

The District of Sparwood has created an information sheet on municipal land disposition. Please review the blog post for full details.

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 1220, 2018 at the March 19, 2018 regular meeting. This amendment proposes to change the month under section 9(1) from December to November and the term from three years to four years for when a Councillor is to be designated to act as Mayor when the Mayor absent or unable to act.

View the blog post for full details.

Annual Vacancy Rate and Building Permit Reports Released

District staff have released the annual Vacancy Rate Report and Building Permit Reports. These reports detail the current residential vacancy rate and building permits issued in the previous year.

Public Hearing scheduled for M-1 Zone Amendment

A public hearing has been scheduled for March 19, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in Council chambers. The subject of this hearing is a proposed amendment to the M-1 Light Industrial zone to change the way offices are regulated in that zone. 

This amendment has been discussed at Council and a previous public hearing dated December 4, 2017. There have been changes to the wording of the bylaw, requiring a second public hearing.

Please review the full blog post for more information.

Spring Break Pool Schedule 2018

The Spring Break Recreation Schedule is now available online. Check out the Swim Schedule & Spring Break Swim Lessons.

Special Public Avalanche Warning for Interior BC Ranges

Special Public Avalanche Warning in effect immediately until the end of the day Monday, February 12, 2018.

Avalanche Canada issued a Special Public Avalanche Warning for recreational backcountry users, in effect immediately until the end of the day Monday, February 12. The warning applies to the following regions: Lizard Range & Flathead, South Rockies, Purcells, Kootenay Boundary, South & North Columbia, Cariboos, and North Rockies. For a map of the regions involved, click here.

2018-2022 Financial Plan Public Open House

If you live in Sparwood, you are invited to a Public Budget Consultation Meeting that will be held to discuss the District’s Financial Plan for the next five years. Council invites and encourages the public to attend and provide feedback that will assist Council in setting priorities for our community.

This event occurred on Tuesday, February 27th from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at Council Chambers.

Click here to view the 2018-2022 Financial Plan Presentation Slides.

Winter Storm Warning for Elk Valley

Environment Canada has just issued a snowfall warning for the East Kootenay (including Cranbrook/Kimberley and Columbia Valley) and an Winter Storm Warning for the Elk Valley.

The latest status and details on all alerts, can be found here: http://www.weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html

Notice of Half-Masting

The Sparwood Fire Service would like to send our condolences to Captain Murrell’s family and our Brother Fire Fighters at the Cranbrook Fire Department.

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Death of Captain Clayton Murrell from the Cranbrook Fire Department, British Columbia, who passed away on February 3, 2018 as the result of a motor vehicle incident. Captain Murrell was a 25-year member with the Cranbrook Fire Department.

Mailing Addresses

Are you receiving your mail from the District of Sparwood? If not, we may have an incorrect mailing address for you.

Email us at sparwood@sparwood.ca or come into the Municipal Office (136 Spruce Ave) today to update your information!

BC Family Day Garbage Pickup

Please note that there will be no garbage pickup on the BC Family Day statutory holiday - Monday, February 12th, 2018. Garbage that is normally picked up on the Monday will instead be picked up on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018.

"2018 Utilities - Pay Early and Save" Discount offer ends January 31, 2018

Please note that the Total 2018 Rate for Apartment/Strata Condo** on the back of your utility bills does NOT include your Garbage rate. Please contact our office at 250-425-6271 to get the correct rate for your property if paying for the year.

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.

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.

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Upcoming Community Events:

  • start Sep 27, 2018, 6:15 PM - end Sep 27, 2018, 8:30 PM
    Join Teck as they present an update on their work on water quality in the Elk Valley.
  • start Sep 30, 2018, 1:00 PM - end Sep 30, 2018, 4:00 PM
    Join the Elk River Alliance for the 8th Annual Elk River Shoreline Clean-up!
  • start Oct 17, 2018, 6:00 PM - end Oct 17, 2018, 8:30 PM
    The public is invited to the fourth annual EMC public meeting on October 17 in Elkford. Attendees can learn more about the environmental monitoring programs required by Permit 107517 and the data collected in the region. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions about the work that has been completed in the past year.