November 2017: Regional District Update

Dec 04, 2017
All Areas

Here is a summary of decisions made at the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Board and Committee meetings in November 2017. (You can download a PDF of this update here).

Note from Chair Crompton: I want to thank the SLRD Board for trusting me to Chair the Board for 2018. As I said at the meeting... serving as Chair of this wonderful organization is a deep privilege for me. Congratulations to Tony Rainbow on his election as Vice Chair. Budget season has begun as the Board had our first look at a draft 2018 SLRD budget. If you have thoughts around how the SLRD should focus time and money please do follow the budget process. We want to hear your thoughts... your input informs policy. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

SLRD Office Holiday Hours

DateHours of Operation
Monday, December 25, 2017CLOSED
Tuesday, December 26, 2017CLOSED
Wednesday, December 27, 20178:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 28, 20178:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday, December 29, 20178:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Monday, January 1, 2018CLOSED
Regular hours of operation resume on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

2018 Board Appointments

  • The 2018 Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Board Chair is Jack Crompton and Vice-Chair is Tony Rainbow.

2018 Electoral Area Directors Appointments

  • The 2018 Electoral Area Directors Committee Chair is Russell Mack and Vice-Chair is Debbie Demare.

2018 Board Meetings

  • The Board has approved the 2018 Meeting Schedule of the regular Board and Committee of the Whole meetings.  The 2018 Board and Committee meetings will be added to the online meeting calendar shortly.  

External Organizations & Other Appointments

  • Members of the SLRD Board participate in committees to which they are appointed by the SLRD. The list of committees and appointments is available here.

SLRD Strategic Priorities 2015 - 2018

  • The Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Strategic Priorities 2015 - 2018 were revised to:
    • Delete the following priority:
      • 4. Identifying and Implementing Mutually Beneficial Regional Projects - Goal:  Achieve regional projects that deliver quick wins and long term results towards the goals identified; increase economic development; Circle Tour concept; and 
    • Add the following priority:
      • 4. Accessible and Inclusive Government - Goal: Communicate effectively with Squamish-Lillooet Regional District residents. Make local government decision making as participatory and accessible as possible. 
  • Thus, the SLRD Priorities for 2018 are:
  1. Enhance relationships with aboriginal communities and First Nations - Goal: Collaborative, respectful relationships with aboriginal communities and First Nations;
  2. Improve Board Process and Understanding of Regional issues - Goal: An effective, respectful, functional Board and organization; improved decision making;
  3. Focusing Provincial Advocacy - Goal: Improve support from Province for regional issues and goals. The Board to focus advocacy to the Province on: (a) Northern roads, (b) Regional transit, and (c) Catiline Creek.
  4. Accessible and Inclusive Government - Goal: Communicate effectively with Squamish-Lillooet Regional District residents. Make local government decision making as participatory and accessible as possible.

IRONMAN Canada 2018 Proposed Bike Course

  • The SLRD supported the IRONMAN Canada proposed “3 Loop Callaghan Valley / Alpine” 2018 Bike Course.

Resort Municipality of Whistler - Municipal Regional District Tax

  • The SLRD provided a letter of support for the Resort Municipality of Whistler’s application for an additional 1% of Municipal Regional District Tax.

Cannabis Legalization and Regulation in BC

  • A letter will be sent to the Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Secretariat regarding cannabis legalization and regulation in rural areas of BC suggesting distribution methods, methods to support rural economies, and ideas to support the elimination of the cannabis black market. 


  • The Electoral Area C Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1549-2017 was referred to the December 14, 2017 Board meeting (2:00 PM).
  • The following bylaws were adopted: 
    • SLRD Area D Zoning Bylaw No. 1350-2016, Amendment Bylaw No. 1522-2017 to rezone a portion of the Brew Creek Lodge property to facilitate the relocation of currently permitted uses.
    • Zoning Bylaw No. 670,1999, Amendment Bylaw No. 1532-2017, regarding the Mt. Penrose Communication Tower rezoning (for the Jaime Creek IPP - Area A).

BC Rural Dividend Fund - 2017 Fall Intake

  • The SLRD will submit applications to the fourth intake into the BC Rural Dividend Program in respect of the following projects:
    • Apply for up to $10,000 in funding on behalf of the community of Seton Portage in SLRD Electoral Area B to develop and implement a collaborative process to plan the development of a community park on SLRD-owned land at the north end of Anderson Lake;
    • Apply for up to $100,000 in funding on behalf of SLRD Electoral Areas A, B, C, and D to update the AutoCAD and GIS system for utility services in select areas; and
    • Apply for up to $10,000 in funding on behalf of SLRD Electoral Areas A and B to undertake “next step” actions following the November 15, 2017 Leadership Forum with the northern St’át’imc communities and the District of Lillooet, including finalizing the Protocol Agreement for Communication and Cooperation and developing processes to facilitate continued intergovernmental communication and regional collaboration.

Community Emergency Preparedness Fund - Emergency Social Services Grant

  • The SLRD Board supported the application made to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities Community Emergency Preparedness Fund in the amount of $16,400 for Emergency Social Services supplies.

Local Action Team - Suicide Intervention Toolkits

  • Correspondence will be sent to Minister of Health Adrian Dix, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Judy Darcy, Minister of Children & Family Development Katrine Conroy and Minister of Education Rob Fleming to express the importance of continued funding beyond December 31, 2017 for work that the Pemberton Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use Collaborative has been doing in Pemberton and for Collaboratives across the Province. Download the toolkits

Heritage Building Status (Area A)

  • A high-level analysis of heritage conservation tools will be undertaken to determine recommendations regarding:
    • Pros/cons of Heritage status for buildings from a building/planning perspective;
    • Look at establishing a Heritage Register for Area A;
    • Look at passing a specific bylaw to cover the Boultbee (Bralorne) Memorial Church, Bralorne Hall, Bralorne Pioneer Mines Office Building(museum), Sunshine Mountain Ski Chalet, Gold Bridge Community Resource Building and the Haylmore Heritage Site as Heritage Buildings;
    • Look at methods to support a sustainable funding source including:
      • Requesting an increase in the Asset Amenity Bylaw from the Inspector of Municipalities; and
      • Establishing a Heritage Service to accommodate taxation for the buildings needing it.

BC Timber Sales Cascades Forest Stewardship Plan

  • A letter will be sent to BC Timber Sales (BCTS) requesting that BCTS work with local community trail groups/community groups to address and develop an agreement on how to deal with unsanctioned local trails and asking BCTS how it plans to address and consult with water licence holders relating to the community watersheds as per the terms in the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District’s Official Community Plans.

Douglas Trail Naming

  • The SLRD will work with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to clarify the naming of the Douglas Trail Road and the process for naming the road as the Douglas Trail or another name.

Used Automotive Oil Recycling

  • A letter will be sent to the BC Used Oil Management Association requesting more service to rural communities. SLRD staff will review the feasibility of expanding the used oil capacity at the Lillooet Landfill.

Lillooet Landfill Criteria Review and Upgrading Plan

  • $131,000 will be set aside in the 2018 - 2020 Lillooet Landfill budget for the necessary updates and infrastructure improvements needed to ensure compliance for the Lillooet Landfill with the Landfill Criteria for Municipal Solid Waste.

Police Recognition

The SLRD will send a letter of condolence to the City of Abbotsford with respect to the death of Abbotsford Police Department Constable John Davidson on November 6, 2017, recognizing the good work that the Abbotsford Policy Department does, and will send a letter to the RCMP/local precincts acknowledging the good work done by RCMP members in British Columbia for the benefit of residents.

Pelmorex Weather Networks Application to Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

  • A letter of support will be sent to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to keep the Weather Network as part of the basic television service package.

Pemberton Chamber of Commerce - Letter of Support for Rural Dividend Funding Application

  • The SLRD will provide a letter of support for the Pemberton & District Chamber of Commerce’s (PDCC) funding application to the BC Rural Dividend Fund, to continue moving the PDCC's Economic Development Task Force project forward through collaboration and undertaking some engagement to identify needs and determine next steps.

Salish Sea World Heritage - A Grande Finale for 2017 - Sustainable Development, & Our Local & World Heritage

  • The SLRD recognizes December 11, 2017 as A Day For Our Common Future and supports the recognition of the 41 UNESCO World Heritage Site applications submitted in 2017 by Salish Sea World Heritage.


  • The following was granted from Area A Select Funds:
    • Up to $5000 for legal fees and disbursements associated with the purchase of 400 Hawkes Avenue, Bralorne by the SLRD for use as a community park 
  • The following was granted from Area B Select Funds:
    • Up to $2,000 for a burn in 2017 of existing debris, and potentially a sign regarding unwanted materials, in the Bryson Pit, Pavilion Lake.
  • The following were granted from the Pemberton and District Community Fund (Electoral Area C and Village of Pemberton):
    • $1,746 to supply and install a bear-proof garbage bin to be placed near the baseball diamond in the Signal Hill Elementary School yard to help reduce bear attractants due to garbage left by user groups.
    • $2,500 to the Pemberton Animal Well-Being Society (PAWS) to assist with operations in the Pemberton area.
  • The following was granted from Area C Amenity Funds:
    • $6,500 to the Pemberton Meadows Fire Association to purchase a retired ladder truck from the Village of Pemberton ($5,000) and insurance for the ladder truck ($1,500).
  • The following were granted from Area C Select Funds:
    • $5,000 to the Royal Canadian Legion, Pemberton Branch #201 towards the purchase and installation cost of a new ice machine and potentially a commercial dishwasher for glassware.
    • $3,000 to the Pemberton Farmer’s Market Association, matching the grant from the Village of Pemberton's Community Initiative & Opportunity fund, towards the operating cost of running the Pemberton Farmers' Market for 2018.
    • $559.99 to the Pemberton Valley Dyking District to cover the cost of a Trail Camera for the Lillooet River Early Warning System.
    • $3,182.35 to the Pemberton Lions Club (PLC) to cover the loss of $3,182.35 incurred when the PLC undertook the public shower project during the 2016 Pemberton Music Festival.
    • $1,215.20 to the Anderson Lake Historical Society to undertake the refinishing of four picnic tables at Heritage Park in D'Arcy.
    • $500 to the Pemberton Animal Well-Being Society (PAWS) as a donation to the Silent Auction for 5 $100 gift cards for the Annual SANTA PAWS event to be held Sunday December 3, 2017 at Big Sky Golf Club, Pemberton.
    • $4,000 to the Pemberton & District Chamber of Commerce towards the Visitor Centre operations cost for 2018 matching the $4,000 grant by the Village of Pemberton.
  • The following was granted from Area D Select Funds:
    • $500 to the new community association established by Paradise Valley/Tunnel Station residents to cover the initial costs involved in establishing the community association under the BC Societies Act.
    • Up to $1,600 to cover a 3-year contribution to the development of the Howe Sound Marine Reference Guide. 
    • Up to $3,000 was allocated to host the next Howe Sound Community Forum in May 2018, in Area D.

Merry Christmas and Season's Greetings to all!

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Jeannette Nadon,
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Telephone: (604) 894-6371 ext. 239

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