UPCOMING DISTRICT MEETINGS
The following meetings will take place in Council Chambers at 136 Spruce Avenue:
- Special Meeting: Tues. July 30/19 at 6:00 pm
- Socio-Community & Economic Effects Advisory Committee Meeting: Mon. Aug. 12/19 at 6:00 pm
- Committee of the Whole Meeting: Wed. Aug. 21/19 at 4:00 pm
- Regular Meeting: Wed. Aug. 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm
Development Variance Permit (DVP) 2019-003
7555 Highway 43 (Elk Valley Mobile Home Park)
An informal hearing was convened to provide opportunities for the applicant, Daniel Point Homes Ltd. and Centennial Ventures Ltd., and the public to be heard by Council in relation to the request for variances to Mobile Home Parks Bylaw 288. The variances requested are intended to address existing and proposed mobile home spaces.
Although one written submission had been submitted in advance of the hearing, it was not distributed as its content was not relevant to variances being requested. At the hearing, two members of the public expressed their concerns regarding water supply in the park and the issuance of a building permit at the hearing. Council will consider whether to grant the variances and issue the permit at the Aug. 21st regular meeting.
OCP & Zoning Bylaw Amendments
Council adopted Official Community Plan (OCP) Bylaw 1165, 2015, Amendment Bylaw 1239, 2019 and Zoning Bylaw No. 264, 1981, Amendment Bylaw 1240, 2019. These bylaw amendments changed the land use at 441 Pine Avenue from “Multi-Family Residential” to “Parks and Natural Areas” and “Civic and Institutional”, and the zoning from “Institutional” to “Parks and Recreation”.
Traffic Bylaw Amendment
Sparwood Traffic, Parking, and Highways Regulation Bylaw No. 472, 1987, Amendment Bylaw 1256, 2019 was given first three readings. This amendment proposes to permit the sale of flowers, fruit, vegetables, seafoods, or other commodities or articles on a municipal highway. This bylaw will be brought forward to a special meeting of Council on July 30, 2019 for consideration of adoption.
BC Rural Dividend Program
Council authorized the submission of an application to the BC Rural Dividend Program for the Downtown Revitalization and Economic Development Project and directed Staff to include $25,000 in the 2020 budget to support this grant application.
The BC Rural Dividend Program provides assistance to rural communities with populations of 25,000 or less to strengthen and diversify their local economies.
During their priorities setting process, Council identified downtown revitalization and economic development as two of its priorities for 2019-2022.
Private Managed Forest Lands
Council authorized Mayor Wilks to respond to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations and Rural Development’s consultation invitation on the Private Managed Forest Land Act and request that the Act require standards that are equivalent to Crown forest land regulations and that Section 21 be amended to allow local governments to regulate, but not prohibit forest management activities.
The Ministry is reviewing the Private Managed Forest Land Program and are seeking the public’s input through an on-line survey or written submissions by emailing ForestTensuresBranch@gov.bc.ca until July 22, 2019 at 4:00 pm.
To learn more see the staff report.
OTHER INFORMATION / ANNOUNCEMENTS
How do YOU rank Sparwood for its Livability?
Final opportunity to provide your feedback
The District is asking for your help one last time with gathering data for the livability study. The third and final survey for the Livability Study is now available!
We need your responses to help complete the best measurement of quality of life in Sparwood. The data from this survey will be combined with data collected from other sources to produce a baseline snapshot of quality of life.
The survey is open until July 26, 2019.
Meeting Postponement Notice
August 2019 Regular Council & COTW Meetings
- the Committee of the Whole Meeting (COTW) scheduled for Tuesday, August 20, 2019 to Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 4:00 pm and
- the Regular Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, August 20, 2019 to Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 6:00 pm.
Community Volunteer Opportunity
The District of Sparwood has an opening for someone from the community who would like to volunteer their time to participate on the Socio-Community and Economic Effects Advisory Committee (SCEEAC). You will work with representatives from the District and Teck to help ensure that impacts from the mine on the Sparwood community are mitigated and managed in the most adaptive, effective way possible.
Visit https://sparwood.ca/blog/News/sceeac-posting-25062019 for a full description of this opportunity and learn how you can apply for this exciting opportunity.
Centennial Square Public Engagement
The District is investigating improvement and re-design options for Centennial Square.
Residents and business owners are invited to come out to Centennial Square on August 6th for a free barbeque and to chat about the future of Centennial Square with Council and Staff.
Your feedback is very important to Council as it will be provided to a landscape architect who will create two concept options for an improved Centennial Square.
Concepts will then be presented back to the public to get further input and refine one final preferred concept design.