August 2018: Regional District Update

Sep 26, 2018
All Areas

Below is a summary of decisions made at the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Board and Committee meetings in August 2018. (Download a PDF of this update).

Note from Chair Crompton: Congratulations to Vivian Birch-Jones (Area B), Russell Mack (Area C), Tony Rainbow (Area D), Rebecca Barley (Area C School Trustee) and Celeste Bickford (Area D School Trustee) on their election by acclamation. Also, congratulations to Area A who will have an election for the first time since 2002. The writ has dropped in Area A and all our regional municipalities. Please get out there and hear what the candidates have to say about the future of your community. Best of luck to all candidates! I hope you had a wonderful summer. If you have questions for me I am on 1-604-902-8747.


Orange Shirt Day - September 30, 2018

The SLRD Board proclaimed September 30, 2018 as “Orange Shirt Day” in the SLRD, as a day to acknowledge the harm caused to Indigenous Peoples by Canada’s residential school system, to witness and honour the healing journey of the survivors and their families, to remember those who did not survive, and to reaffirm our commitment to the ongoing process of reconciliation, and that within the SLRD organization, Orange Shirt Day will also be commemorated on September 26, 2018, which is the day of the September SLRD Board meeting.

Waste Reduction Week - October 17 - 21, 2018

The SLRD Board proclaimed the week of October 15- 21, 2018 as Waste Reduction Week in the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District.

Nuk̓w7ántwal̓ Intergovernmental Relations Committee – Terms of Reference

The Board approved the Nuk̓w7ántwal̓ Intergovernmental Relations Committee Terms of Reference. This document provides a reference for working together in an effort to strengthen relationships, build trust and increase understanding with local First Nations, the Village of Pemberton and the SLRD.

BYLAWS

The following bylaws were adopted:

  • Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Pemberton and District Recreation Service Fees and Charges Bylaw No. 1563-2018, Amendment Bylaw No. 1596-2018, to amend fees and charges regarding rental fees for lobby space at the Pemberton Community Centre.
  • Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Development Approval Information, Fees and Notification Procedures Bylaw No. 1301-2014, Amendment Bylaw No. 1603-2018 to update wording for farm residential footprint development variance permits to align with Bylaw No. 1549-2017 (see below).

Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Electoral Area C Zoning Bylaw No. 765-2002, Amendment Bylaw No. 1549-2017 was read a third time and sent to the Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure for their approval prior to adoption of the bylaw with the following amendments:

  1. amendment to allow one boundary of the farm residential footprint to be located on any property line, and that access to the farm residential footprint must be along a property line only;
  2. amendment to allow a maximum of 4, versus 2, large vehicles to be parked on a lot at any one time, for parcels smaller than 1 hectare;
  3. remove the requirement for an assessment report from a professional agrologist regarding the agricultural need for temporary farm worker housing;
  4. remove the requirement for annual inspections of temporary farm worker housing;
  5. amendment to provide for a maximum sign size of 5m2 for agricultural properties; and
  6. add wording that aligns with the ALC Policy, i.e. parking should be along field edges, adjacent to internal farm driveways and roads, and in farm yard areas or immediately adjacent to farm buildings and structures.

Affordable Housing Initiatives

The SLRD will proceed with a housing needs study for the electoral areas and an application to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing in order to fund this study. A review of all Zoning Bylaws and Official Community Plans will take place in order to strengthen the regulations around affordable housing in those documents. An amendment to the Development Approval Information, Fees And Notification Procedures Bylaw No. 1301-2014 will proceed to create reduced fees for the affordable housing components of rezoning and development permit applications. The Board will consider a proposal call for developers with land to construct the SLRD’s needed housing on appropriate sites, once a needs assessment is completed.

Britannia Beach Volunteer Fire Department Mutual Aid Agreements - Village of Lions Bay and District of Squamish

The SLRD Board approved the entering into of mutual aid agreements with the Village of Lions Bay and the District of Squamish regarding the Britannia Beach Volunteer Fire Department, for the provision of reciprocal fire services assistance as needed.

Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine - Slogan Use Request for RDKS Solid Waste Management Plan Brand

The SLRD approved the use of the SLRD slogan "Love this place. Reduce your waste.” by the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine (RDKS). The RDKS acknowledges the following: “Like all Regional Districts in BC, the RDKS is required to have a solid waste management plan (SWMP). SWMPs need to be updated regularly, using broad consultation. Consultation is most effective when there is a slogan or logo that is easily recognized and sparks interest. The RDKS is fortunate to be benefitting from work done in the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD). The SLRD invested in the consultation process to create a slogan that resonated with their residents and addressed their residents’ connection to “place”. We are grateful to the SLRD for allowing us to use it (with our logo) for the SWMP process.”

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing - Rural Internet Service

A letter will be sent to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing requesting that they update language in the Local Government Act to allow for funding by local governments for internet / telecommunications providers.

GRANTS IN AID

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

  • $1,270 to the Pemberton & District Public Library (PDPL) for room rental of the Pemberton Community Centre and related administrative expenses for the PDPL Oktoberfest event - a fundraising drive to enable the PDPL to complete the final phase of the Main Library Redesign.

 

 

Media Contact: 

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

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