April 2019: Regional District Update

May 15, 2019
All Areas

Below is a summary of decisions made at the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Board and Committee meetings in April 2019. (Download a PDF of this update).

Note from Chair Rainbow: Renovations at Hilltop House next to Squamish General Hospital are almost complete and the new Hospice will open soon. This is a long awaited and welcome addition to health care services in the Sea to Sky Corridor and congratulations should go to the many volunteers who made this possible. We at the SLRD are pleased to announce that we have approved a grant to the Hospice Society to fund the garden areas around the hospice to provide a quiet, tranquil place for patients and their families to sit and relax. These funds are from rural Areas C and D which extend from Mt. Currie in the north to Porteau Road in the south and serve to underline the fact that the Hospice is there for all of our residents in their time of need.


SLRD Board Tour

A Northern Tour has been scheduled forthe July 24 and 25, 2019 Board / Committee of the Whole meeting with Day 1 (July 24, 2019) to be spent in the Lillooet / Ts'kw'aylaxw area and Day 2 (July 25, 2019) to be spent in the Gold Bridge area.

BYLAWS

The following bylaws were adopted to establish a service for the purpose of operating and maintaining debris flood works (Geobrugg Debris Flood Net) on Britannia Creek:

  • Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Britannia Creek Debris Flood Works, Town Center, Operations and Maintenance Service Establishing Bylaw No. 1600- 2018
  • Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Britannia Creek Debris Flood Works Operations and Maintenance Service Establishing Bylaw No. 1601-2018

The following bylaws regarding the Britannia Oceanfront Developments Corporations - Rezoning and OCP Amendment to address the proposed application changes by the Britannia Beach Oceanfront Developments Corporation pertaining to their rezoning application for a new development on land located at the entry to Britannia Beach North at Copper Drive and Highway 99 were read a third time:

  • Electoral Area D Official Community Plan Bylaw No.1135-2013, Amendment Bylaw No. 1555-2018
  • Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Electoral Area D Zoning Bylaw No. 1350-2016, Amendment Bylaw No. 1556-2018
  • Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Electoral Area D Zoning Bylaw No. 1350-2016, Amendment Bylaw No. 1610-2018 regarding amendments to short-term rentals and Bed & Breakfast zoning in Area D was read a third time and referred to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure prior to adoption.
  • Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Area C Zoning Bylaw No. 765, 2002, Amendment Bylaw No. 1633-2019 for a private communications site on Faceless Mountain was introduced and given first reading, and referred out for comment.

Temporary Use Permit #64 Work Camp - Britannia Beach South, Electoral Area D

Staff will proceed with a review of the application for Temporary Use Permit #64 for a 500 to 550 person temporary workforce accommodation complex at South Britannia Beach - this matter will not be brought back to the Board for consideration by the Board until such time that the Provincial Government has provided their decision as to whether the existing Environmental Assessment Certificates in respect of the Woodfibre LNG and Fortis BC projects (the “Projects”) require amendments to incorporate a review of the proposed work camp concept for the Projects.

WedgeWoods Development Expansion

28165 Yukon Inc. was given permission to submit a rezoning application for a WedgeWoods Development Expansion regarding market and non-market housing units. SLRD Regional Growth Strategy Annual Report The Board accepted the annual update report on Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) activities associated with the RGS over the past year.

National Missing Children’s Month (May) and Missing Children’s Day (May 25th)

The Squamish-Lillooet Regional District proclaimed May as Child Find's Green Ribbon of Hope month and May 25th as Missing Children's day in the SquamishLillooet Regional District.

Electoral Area C Agricultural Advisory Committee

Olivia Kester was appointed as the eighth member of the Electoral Area C Agricultural Advisory Committee.

GRANTS IN AID

The following was granted from Area A Northern Area BC Hydro Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Funds Reserve:  

  • $5,000 to the Bralorne Pioneer Museum Society to assist with 2019 operational expenses.

The following was granted from Area B Northern Area BC Hydro Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILT) Funds Reserve:

  • $7,500 to the Yalakom Ecological Society and Yalakom Valley Community Society for the continuation of the Buck Creek Ecosystem-Based Conservation Plan Pilot Project Phase 3 to carry out the Implementation and Monitoring.

The following were granted from Area C Amenity Funds:

  • $21,000 towards landscaping and garden costs at the Squamish Hospice, with the requirement that a plaque be placed in the garden to acknowledge the funding.
  • $5,000 to the Cedar Grove Estates Strata Council (Cedar Grove) towards the cost to implement Cedar Grove's Interface Wildfire Mitigation Plan and assist with this important safety initiative that will provide great benefit to not only Cedar Grove, but also to all adjacent properties as well as local and provincial firefighting agencies.
  • $5,000 to the Ponderosa Strata Community to continue mitigation activities to protect the Ponderosa community, neighbours and BC Hydro infrastructure.

The following was granted from Area C Community Works Gas Tax Funds:

  • $500,000 to the Pemberton and District Recreation Service for the natural grass soccer field on the Village of Pemberton’s Recreation Lands at 7366 Pemberton Farm Road East.
  • $370,000 [and/or from Area C Amenity Funds] to the Village of Pemberton (VOP) regarding VOP’s grant application for a Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Funding grant for a second natural grass soccer field and amenity building on the VOP’s Recreation Lands at 7366 Pemberton Farm Road East in the amount of $3,098,489 (“Grant Application”), subject to the VOP’s Grant Application as submitted being successful.

The following was granted from Area D Amenity Funds: 

  • $21,000 towards landscaping and garden costs at the Squamish Hospice, with the requirement that a plaque be placed in the garden to acknowledge the funding.

The following were granted from the Pemberton & District Community Fund:

  • $2,500 to Pemberton & District Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Pemberton in the form of a Gold Sponsorship for their 14th annual golf tournament joint fundraiser event to be held at Big Sky Golf Club on Friday, June 7, 2019.
  • $2,000 to the Spud Valley Nordic Association towards the purchase of a snowmobile for trail grooming purposes for their children's Jackrabbit Ski Program.
  • $1,500 to the BC SPCA Sea to Sky Branch towards veterinarian costs of their Spay and Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) to reduce costs to low income families from SLRD Electoral Area C and Village of Pemberton residents for the sterilization of their pets.

The following were granted from Area A Select Funds:

  • $5,250 to the Bridge River Valley Community Association for a grant writer for Area A.
  • $4,300 to the Bridge River Valley Community Association - Valley Wide Training Committee to assist with the delivery of the 2019 Training Courses towards Emergency Preparedness for the Bridge River Valley.
  • $1,500 to the Gold Bridge Community Club (GBCC) towards the purchase of new lighting for the GBCC gym and/or new benches for each tee-off on the GBCC golf course.

The following were granted from Area B Select Funds:

  • $2,000 (Juniper Sponsorship) to the Cayoose Creek Indian Band, on behalf of the community of Sekw'el'was, towards the costs of putting on the 2019 Annual St’át’imc Declaration Gathering "Together is Better" event to be held on May 10, 11 and 12, 2019.
  • $1,250 to the Bridge River Valley Community Association for a grant writer for Area B.
  • $1,150 to the District of Lillooet Recreation, Education and Cultural (REC) Centre to support the REC Centre's funding application to Farm Credit Canada - AgriSpirit Fund for $25,000, to upgrade the sound system and improve sound attenuation in the REC Centre Gymnasium.

The following were granted from Area C Select Funds:

  • $12,437.50 to the Pemberton Off Road Cycling Association (PORCA), matching the Village of Pemberton Community Initiative & Opportunities Fund contribution, over a period of 3 years (2019 $5,922.50 - 25% of position; 2020 $4,145.00 - 17.5% of position; 2021 $2,370.00 - 10% of position) towards hiring an Executive Director to continue to deliver and grow community events and build future programs.
  • $2,500 to Tourism Pemberton, on behalf of Slow Food Cycle Sunday, in the form of a Gold Sponsorship, towards the costs associated with organizing the 2019 Slow Food Cycle Sunday to take place on August 18, 2019.

The following was granted from Area D Select Funds:

  • $250 to the Paradise Valley Leaseholders Association for the C-Dar Lodge in Paradise Valley rental fee to hold a general meeting to discuss community related issues.
Media Contact: 

Patricia Westerholm
Communications Coordinator
Squamish-Lillooet Regional District
Phone: 604.894.6371 x239
Email: pwesterholm@slrd.bc.ca

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