March 2, 2021 Council Facts

UPCOMING DISTRICT COUNCIL MEETINGS

The following meetings will take place in Council Chambers (136 Spruce Avenue) at 6:00 pm.

  • Regular Meeting on Tuesday, March 16, 2021
  • Regular Meeting on Tuesday, April 6, 2021

BUSINESS

Committee of the Whole Items

At the Committee of the Whole portion of the meeting Council engaged in discussions on the following projects:

Multi-Purpose Facility

Council approved funding in the 2021 operational budget to advance the development of a new multi-purpose facility as recommended within the 2030 Recreation Master Plan. To engage a consultant through a request for proposals process, basic guidelines were needed to be set.

Council directed Staff to include an indoor multi-sport surface, an elevated walking track, community hall with capacity of 600-800 people, kitchen area, and a $30,000,000 maximum build in the initial concept planning.

For more information, see the staff report.

Website Redevelopment

One of the items that Council had identified as a Strategic Priority was the redevelopment of the District’s website. The goal of the project is to revise the existing website to ensure it is user-friendly, professional, and interactive.

Fresh Inc, a web design company, presented a preliminary draft refresh of the District’s website. Final revisions will be made to content prior to going live with the new site which is projected for late March.

For more information, see the staff report.

Benches and Washrooms

The District received $1.282M in funding from the Provincial government to mitigate past and future costs of the COVID-19 pandemic. At a previous meeting Council had directed staff to investigate the possibility of using some of this funding to increase access to outdoor public washrooms and install additional benches at the skatepark.

After reviewing current locations of portable and permanent outdoor public washrooms and the number of benches at the Skatepark, Council directed staff to install a bench at the south end of the skatepark and place one portable toilet at the Elk River Pedestrian Bridge by Matevic Road and one by the disc golf course.

For more information, see the staff report.


Aerial Crossing Agreement

Council authorized an agreement between the District and Teck Coal Ltd. for an Aerial Crossing for communication lines above Michel Creek Road which will expire November 1, 2040.  The communication lines (Fibre Optics) have been in place since 2000 without any issues.

For more information, see the staff report.


Cherrywood R3 Parcel

At the February 16, 2021 Council meeting, Council approved sending a letter of support to the owner of 1353 Cherrywood for an affordable housing grant application intended to support R3 development.  As a result of that decision, and the general description of the affordable housing project, several residents brought forward concerns and questions ranging from suitability of the multi-family residential development, traffic impact, design suitability, increased noise, and increased maintenance.

The letter of support provided by Council was specifically related to the owner’s application to the CMHC Construction Incentive Program for an affordable housing development.  The letter does not preclude the need for the owner to follow the regular approval processes, including compliance with the Zoning Bylaw and Official Community Plan Bylaw. Any development would require an applicant to go through the process of applying for a development or building permit, or both. The letter of support does not waive regular development approval process requirements.

For more information, see the staff report.


Elk River Bridge Stabilization Project

The District of Sparwood was successful in receiving funding in the amount of $703,000 through the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund for the Elk River Pedestrian Bridge Stabilization Project.

For more information, see the letter from UBCM.

OTHER INFORMATION / ANNOUNCEMENTS

Building or Renovating in 2021?

Beat the rush and apply for a building permit today

Avoid unnecessary delays in construction by getting your permit ahead of time. Construction can start anytime within 6 months of the permit being issued.

Complete building permit applications can take up to 4 weeks to be approved and will take longer if a variance or development permit is required.

Contact the Planning Department for more information at 250.425.6271 or buildingofficial@sparwood.ca.


 Public Open House

2021 – 2025 Financial Plan

The District is seeking public input for Council consideration on the 2021 budget as we plan for our next five-year budget cycle from 2021 to 2025.

You are invited to a virtual Public Budget Consultation Q & A session that will be held to discuss the District’s Financial Plan.

Monday, March 22, 2021 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Zoom link to join the webinar is:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83982588633

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Zoom link to join the webinar is:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81147110116

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this open house will only be held electronically in accordance with Ministerial Order M192.

Can’t make it? You will be able to find the information displayed at Greenwood Mall and on our website at www.sparwood.ca from March 22 – April 14, 2021.

Feedback?

PO Box 520, Sparwood BC V0B 2G0

Phone: 250.425.6271 | Fax: 250.425.7277

Email: finance@sparwood.ca


 Watch Council Meetings Live

Are you interested in what goes on at a Council meeting? The District is now facilitating public participation in Council meetings via Zoom.

Go to our website at www.sparwood.ca, under ‘Updates and Information’ on the home page, for the Zoom link and the rules for participating in the meeting. Upon entry into a meeting please provide your name. If you have a question, related to an agenda topic, you may click the “raise hand” button on the bottom of your screen . During Question Period you will be called upon to ask your question of Council.

You can also watch the meeting live on our Facebook page (www.facebook.Sparwood.BC), however comments will not be monitored.


Volunteer Organization Achievement Award

The District of Sparwood appreciates the dedication of its volunteer groups and wishes to recognize the volunteer organizations that provide so much to the community by donating their time, talents, actions and services to the residents of Sparwood.

We are looking for nominations of our local community volunteer organizations that:

  • Demonstrates initiative, leadership and creativity in their service to the community
  • Inspire others to engage in volunteer service
  • Improve the overall quality of life for the residents and the community as a whole

To be selected, nominated organizations must:

  • Provide direct support or services in Sparwood
  • Be a volunteer organization based in the District of Sparwood or the Elk Valley.
  • Have provided support or services in Sparwood for greater than one year.

Nomination deadline is March 31, 2021 to:

Main Office: 136 Spruce Avenue

Leisure Centre: 367 Pine Avenue

Mail: Box 520, Sparwood, BC V0B 2G0

Email: sparwood@sparwood.ca

Nomination forms can be picked up at the Leisure Centre or Main Office. Digital copies can be accessed online at sparwood.recdesk.com or sparwood.ca.  

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