November 2018: Regional District Update

Dec 14, 2018
All Areas

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

Note from Chair Rainbow: I am pleased to be taking on the responsibility of Chair at the beginning of this new term and appreciate the confidence shown in me by the Directors. The SLRD has some major projects to deal with next year in addition to the myriad day to day activities required to manage the affairs of the Regional District. We look forward to working cooperatively with our staff to provide the best service possible to our residents. Happy Holidays and best wishes for the New Year.


2019 Board Appointments

Director Tony Rainbow was acclaimed as Chair of the 2019 Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Board and Director Jen Ford was acclaimed as Vice-Chair.

2019 Board Meetings

The Board has approved the 2019 Meeting Schedule of the regular Board and Committee of the Whole meetings. Check out the meeting calendar on the SLRD website at www.slrd.bc.ca.

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 are available at: www.slrd.bc.ca/about-us/regionaldistrict-board/boards-committees

Flood Hazard Mapping and Risk Assessment - Upper Squamish Valley

The Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Flood Hazard Mapping and Risk Assessment report for the Upper Squamish prepared by Northwest Hydraulic Consultants Ltd was received.

BYLAWS

The following bylaws were introduced, given first reading and referred to the affected First Nations, Provincial agencies and ministries, with respect to short-term rentals:

  • Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Zoning Bylaw No. 670, 1999, Amendment Bylaw No. 1607-2018.
  • Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Electoral Area B Zoning Bylaw No. 1300-2013, Amendment Bylaw No. 1608-2018.
  • Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Electoral Area C Zoning Bylaw No. 765, 2002, Amendment Bylaw No. 1609-2018.
  • Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Electoral Area D Zoning Bylaw No. 1350-2016, Amendment Bylaw No. 1610-2018.

The Board authorized the addition of $65,000 to the 2019 budget ($5,000 for advertising and other related costs and $60,000 for bylaw enforcement) with respect to short-term rentals, and approved the Short-Term Rentals Communications Plan. Details available on the SLRD Website at: https://www.slrd.bc.ca/inside-slrd/current-projects-initiatives/short-term-rentals-and-bed-breakfasts-slrd

Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Campground Bylaw No. 1568-2018 to regulate campgrounds in the SLRD and Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Development Approval Information, Fees and Notification Procedures Bylaw No. 1301-2014, Amendment Bylaw No. 1584-2018 were introduced and read a first time to enable community engagement.

As the related Alternative Approval Process did not succeed, participating area approval with respect to the following proposed bylaws will be sought via assent voting: - 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. - 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. Go to Assent Voting (Referendum) - Bralorne Sewer Upgrade Project on the SLRD Website for details.

Electoral Area C and Village of Pemberton Cemetery Financial Contribution Service Conversion and Establishing Bylaw No. 1559-2018 to convert the Electoral Area C and Village of Pemberton cemetery operation function to a financial contribution service and increase the maximum requisition amount from $500 to $5,000 was introduced and read a first, second and third time. Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Zoning Bylaw No. 670, 1999, Amendment Bylaw No. 1602-2018 for a private communications site on an unsurveyed parcel of Crown land was given second reading and a public hearing was waived.

Organic Infrastructure Program - Expression of Interest Submission

An Expression of Interest to the Organics Infrastructure Program with Sea to Sky Soils Inc. as a partner, to fund upgrades to enable increased processing capacity at Sea to Sky Soil Inc.’s Rutherford composting facility was submitted.

Memorandum of Understanding - Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd., and Bridge River Valley Community Association

A Memorandum of Understanding, intended to provide a framework for stronger working relationships and improved communication between the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd., and the Bridge River Valley Community Association was signed.

Fuel Management Grant

A letter will be sent to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations to express disappointment in the new Forest Enhancement Society of BC's Wildfire Fuel Management funding program and how it is structured.

BC AWARE DAYS - January 28 to February 5, 2019

The Squamish-Lillooet Regional District proclaims the week of January 28 to February 5, 2019 as "BC AWARE DAYS" in the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District

LETTERS OF SUPPORT

Pemberton Wildlife Association - provided to the Pemberton Wildlife Association for their application to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation for funding towards site restoration, invasive weed management, etc. on sites in the vicinity of the Green River (Pemberton area) that have been impacted by illegal dumping and other human activities.

Pemberton RCMP - provided to the Pemberton RCMP for their application to the BC Civil Forfeiture Office Grant for Jiu-Jitsu Classes for "at risk" youth/teens in Pemberton / Mt. Currie to be held at the Pemberton Youth Centre with the Mountain JiuJitsu organization.

GRANTS IN AID

The following were granted from Area A Select Funds:

  • $4,538 to the Bridge River Valley Heritage Committee of the Bridge River Valley Association to assist with various studies and signage, as well as administrative and engineering costs with respect to water issues at the Bralorne Church.
  • $2,000 to the Bralorne-Pioneer Museum Society - $1,000 for the Antique Storage and Display Agreement Licence fee and $1,000 for additional insurance costs for 2019, with respect to the Antique Storage and Display Licence Agreement

The following were granted from Area B Select Funds:

  • $5,000 to the Lillooet Learning Communities Society, on behalf of the Lillooet Restorative Justice Program to enable the redesign and delivery of community justice forum facilitation training.
  • Up to $4,000 towards the remembrance of past Seton Valley Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Frank Richings.

The following were granted from Area C Select Funds:

  • $4,500 to the Spirit of BC Community Committee, Pemberton Valley for the 2019 Winterfest event for the Pemberton and surrounding community to begin on December 31, 2018, matching the grant from the Village of Pemberton Community Initiative & Opportunity Fund.
  • $4,500 to the Nuk̓w7ántwal̓ Intergovernmental Relations Committee (formerly allocated to the Winds of Change Committee) for the purposes of maintaining the Wellness Almanac and student bursaries through 2019.
  • $1,000 to the Pemberton Animal Well-Being Society (PAWS) for the Silent Auction at the Annual SANTA PAWS event to be held Sunday, December 16, 2018 at Big Sky Golf Club, Pemberton.
  • $1,000 to the N'Quatqua Council towards hosting their annual Christmas Community celebration.
  • Up to $750 to the Pemberton Wildlife Association for 10 hours of SLRD staff time with respect to the PWA's funding application, if successful, to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation for PWA's Enhancement and Restoration Proposal 2019- 2020 - Seed Project.
Media Contact: 

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

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