July 2018: Regional District Update

Aug 21, 2018
All Areas

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

Note from Chair Crompton: We are back in smoke. Please do be mindful of health warnings and consider staying inside when there are warnings. Our thoughts are with the communities threatened by fires. There is an election coming up in October 2018. If you are interested in maybe throwing your hat in the ring, please see the details at www.slrd.bc.ca/inside-slrd/legislative-services/elections. If you have any questions or concerns please call me on 1-604-902-8747.


BYLAWS

The following bylaws were adopted:

  • SLRD Electoral Area A Noise, Nuisance and Disturbance Control Service Establishing Bylaw No. 1583-2018, to establish a regulatory service for controlling noise, nuisances and other disturbances in Electoral Area A, in order to enable Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Wildlife Attractant bylaw No. 1551-2018, Amendment Bylaw No. 1593-2018 (see below).
  • Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Wildlife Attractant Bylaw No. 1551-2018, Amendment Bylaw No. 1593-2018, to add in Area A to the bylaw, which helps mitigate human-wildlife conflict in the SLRD.
  • Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Electoral Area D Noise Regulation Bylaw No. 1590-2018, to reduce the hours that construction noise is allowed, and for housekeeping amendments.
  • Squamish-Lillooet Regional District 2017 - 2021 Financial Plan Bylaw No. 1518-2017, Amendment Bylaw No. 1591-2018 for amendments to the 2017 budget.

The following bylaws were read a third time and forwarded to the Inspector of Municipalities for approval; upon receipt of such approval, the SLRD will undertake an Alternative Approval Process(es). 

  • Bralorne Wastewater Treatment System Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 1595-2018, to authorize the borrowing of $700,000 for the purposes of constructing a wastewater treatment system for the Bralorne community (see also the Grants in Aid section for repayment assistance).
  • Bralorne Sewer System Local Service Conversion and Establishment Bylaw No. 585, 1995, Amendment Bylaw No. 1594-2018 to increase the taxation requisition amount to allow for the financing costs regarding the above loan.
  • Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Electoral Area C Zoning Bylaw No. 765-2002, Amendment Bylaw No. 1549-2017 to amend the Agriculture zone and related agricultural and general regulations and definitions and for housekeeping issues, was read a second time with the following amendments and a public hearing will be held August 15, 2018 at 7:00PM at the Pemberton and District Community Centre: eliminate the limit of 4 shipping containers on properties that are at least 5 ha or larger and have farm class under the BC Assessment Act within the AGR1 or RR zones; and - add wording to clarify that the covered outdoor storage requirement is an Agricultural Land Commission regulation.
  • As well, Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Development Approval Information, Fees and Notification Procedures Bylaw No. 1301-2014 will be amended to reflect the development variance permit application fee regarding a farm residential footprint to be $100 whether or not an applicant’s property has farm class under the BC Assessment Act.
  • Temporary Use Permit #62, Floatplane Tours and Staging Area, Tyax Adventures (Area A): The Board approved Temporary Use Permit #62, as amended (to remove the restriction on hours of float plane uses, and to require proof of submission of application versus receipt of approval for dock permits) to be issued to Fitzcreek Management Corporation dba Tyax Adventures for a term expiring on July 25, 2021 in order to allow for commercial uses as noted in the permit (i.e. staging for: commercial float plane tours, mountain biking tours, and horse guiding and outfitting activities).
  • Non-Farm Use Application - Private Cemetery: The SLRD supports the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) Non-Farm Use Application for a private cemetery by the Queen of Peace Monastery and will forward the application to the ALC for consideration.
  • Blackcomb Helicopters Ltd Tenure Application: A letter sent to the Minister of Forest, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development advising that the SLRD does not support the Blackcomb Helicopters Ltd. Crown Land Tenure application for a 10 to 30-year Licence of Occupation Tenure for adventure tourism regarding heli-biking.
  • Britannia Beach Debris Flood Mitigation Project Service establishing bylaws will be brought forward regarding the Britannia Beach Debris Net Structure (“Geobrugg” debris net and structure above the Upper Copper Driver bridge) to be owned by the SLRD to reflect the following: annual operations and maintenance costs of $32,100 ($14,100 for annual maintenance/ operations and $18,000 for an annual reserve contribution for post-event restoration of the Debris Net Structure); and cost-sharing of the ongoing operations and maintenance costs of the Debris Net Structure between the Developer (for its own proposed new development) and the other Britannia Beach property owners (for existing local government infrastructure such as the fire hall and wastewater treatment facility, etc. and community amenities) will be split as follows: o 80% to the Developer (i.e. regarding the Developer’s development lands); and o 20% to the other Britannia Beach property owners (other than the Developer).

CONTRACTS/FUNDING

  • An agreement was entered into with Glacier Creek Construction Inc. for the SLRD office renovation project with a contract value of approximately $1,249,700.
  • The Board authorized up to $350,000 be borrowed for the purpose of undertaking capital improvements and renovations to the SLRD office building, to be repaid within five years.
  • An agreement was entered into with Múm̓leqs Construction LP for contracting services to construct an expansion to the SLRD Office Building Parking Lot with a contract value of approximately $87,400.
  • An agreement was entered into with Hazelwood Constructing Services for contracting services to construct the Bralorne Sewer project (“Project”) with a contract value of approximately $2,173,264. $91,000 of Area A Gas Tax Community Work Funds was allocated towards the capital cost of the Project ; $38,000 from the Bralorne Sewer Capital Works and Equipment Reserve was allocated towards the capital cost of the Project. 
  • An agreement was entered into with RecTec Industries for the design build of a picnic shelter at Gates Lake Community Park with a contract value of approximately $73,235.
  • An agreement was entered into with Daniel Schranz Contracting Ltd. for the construction of a gravel crush multi-use trail (Portion of the Friendship Trail, Pemberton and District Area) with a contract value of approximately $119,750.

Summer Management Options for Semaphore Lakes

A letter to be sent to the Minister of Tourism, Arts & Culture Lisa Beare, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy George Heyman, and Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Doug Donaldson to request that: a balance be struck between Destination BC’s promotion of recreation sites located within the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District and the provincial government’s allocation of resources towards the management of such sites; such management resources be provided before promotion is undertaken; and with specific reference to the Semaphore Lakes, as this area has now been promoted by Destinations, BC, that amenities such as outhouses, food caches and tent pads be immediately provided by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.

Meeting Request: Minister of Agriculture

The SLRD has requested a meeting with the Minister of Agriculture to discuss the prohibition of commercial kitchens on ALR lands without a nonfarm use.

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure - Road Safety on Hwy 40 and Stakeholder’s Meeting

A thank you letter to be sent to Michelle Schilling, Operations Manager, 100 Mile House Area, Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI), and Brad Beaupre, Road Area Manager, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, to acknowledge their work in taking care of the area and painting the centre and fog lines near Xwisten.

A letter to be sent to Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Claire Trevena requesting that the MOTI prioritize matters of public safety along all of Highway 40, such as centre and fog line painting.

A letter to be sent to Todd Hubner, District Manager, Cariboo District, MOTI and Michelle Schilling, Operations Manager, 100 Mile House Area, MOTI to request that the Electoral Area A and B Directors be invited back onto the MOTI Stakeholders Group as this committee is a good opportunity for information sharing.

Resort Municipality of Whistler Official Community Plan (2018 RMOW OCP) - Referral

The SLRD generally endorses the 2018 Resort Municipality of Whistler Official Community Plan (Official Community Plan Draft - June 22, 2018).

Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program - Green Infrastructure Grant Funding Opportunity

The SLRD, in partnership with Black Tusk Village, will submit an application to the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) - Green Infrastructure - Environmental Quality Program to fund up to 73.33% of the costs of integrating and upgrading the Black Tusk Village and Pinecrest Estates wastewater collection and treatment systems.

“Public - Rail Safety Week", September 23 - 29, 2018

The Board of the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District proclaimed the week of September 23 to 29, 2018 "Public - Rail Safety Week" in the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District.

CN Derailments and Wildfires in the SLRD

A letter to be sent to CN Rail requesting a meeting regarding the derailments along Gates Lake and recent wildfire activity with the SLRD.

LETTERS OF SUPPORT

Village of Pemberton - Mount Currie Landslide Risk Mitigation Funding

Provided to the Village of Pemberton to re-ask the Province for funding solutions for the installation, operation and ongoing data analysis of a geohazard monitoring system of Mount Currie.

Pemberton & District Chamber of Commerce - BC Rural Dividend Program 5th Intake Application

Provided to the Pemberton & District Chamber of Commerce for their application to the BC Rural Dividend Program on behalf of the Pemberton Area Economic Development Collaborative for $125,000 to develop a regional economic development strategy and support the strategy’s directives with a dedicated Economic Development Project Manager. SLRD staff time (along with the time of other members of the Collaborative) will continue to be provided as in-kind resources to the project.

Líl̓wat Nation - BC Rural Dividend Fund Application

Provided to the Líl̓wat Nation for their application to the BC Rural Dividend Fund program, in partnership with the University of British Columbia, to enable the Líl̓wat Nation to move forward with the implementation of their Líl̓wat First Nation Agricultural Plan.

Tourism Pemberton - BC Rural Dividend Program

Provided to Tourism Pemberton for their application to the BC Rural Dividend Program regarding Municipal Regional District Tax funding, to identify the components of a sustainable funding model for destination marketing in Pemberton and Area C. The Board requested that Tourism Pemberton include First Nations in the funding model and that First Nations and Local Governments be engaged regarding the funding model.

Britannia Mine Museum - Capital Grant Application

Provided to the Britannia Mine Museum for their application to the Capital grant, part of the Community Gaming Grants Branch of the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, for $125,000 to install concrete foundations under two buildings, including lifting the buildings and clean up.

GRANTS IN AID

The following was granted from Area A Northern Area BC Hydro (PILT) Funds Reserves:

  • $60,000 per year from 2019 through to 2022 will be transferred to the Bralorne Sewer Service cost centre for the purposes of assisting in repaying the loan associated with Bylaw No. 1595-2018 and to establish a capital/maintenance reserve.

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

  • $2,500 to the Pemberton Stewardship Society for the use of the community kitchen (15 full days of kitchen time) at the Pemberton Community Centre to process crabapples
  • $5,000 to the Pemberton Child Care Society towards the completion of the Pemberton Children’s Centre playground.

The following were granted from Area A Select Funds:

  • $5,000 to the Bridge River Valley Community Association, on behalf of the Valley Wide Forest Committee, to support the Valley Wide Forest Committee’s 2018 activities and to match fundraising efforts in the community.
  • $10,000 to the Bralorne Museum Society for the digitization and republishing of the Bridge River Gold Book.

The following were granted from Area B Select Funds:

  • $1,000 to go towards the entertainment portion of the 2018 Harvest Festival, matching the District of Lillooet's contribution.
  • $4,000 to the Lillooet Agriculture and Food Society to cover wages for coaching and support for new staff.
  • $10,000 to T'it'q'et towards the purchase of commercial processing equipment and the completion of the cold storage project for the T’it’q’et’s Amlec Food Security Program.
  • An additional $10,000 to the Yalakom Ecological Society and the Yalakom Valley Community Society to finish the Buck Creek Ecosystem based Conservation Plan Pilot Project.

The following were granted from Area C Select Funds:

  • $2,225 to the Birken Recreation and Cultural Society for the annual cost of General Commercial Liability Insurance to host public events at Gates Lake Park in Birken for Summer 2018.
  • $2,500 to the Pemberton and District Chamber, for the Pemberton Area Economic Development Collaboration, to pay a contractor to write a Fifth Intake Rural Dividend Application for various projects.
  • Up to $6,250 to the Pemberton & District Chamber of Commerce for their application for $125,000 under the Community and Economic Development funding stream to develop a regional economic development strategy and support the strategy's directives with a dedicated Economic Development Project Manager.

The following was granted from Area D Select Funds:

  • $10,000 to assist towards the cost of the preparation of a consulting engineering report to determine the feasibility and cost of combining the Black Tusk Village wastewater system to the existing Pinecrest wastewater system in order to make an application to the Green Infrastructure Environmental Quality granting program.
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