Here is a summary of decisions made at the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Board and Committee meetings in May 2017. (Download the PDF here.)
Note from Chair Crompton: Congratulations to Area C resident Naomi Prohaska for being the youngest person to ever summit Mt Logan (Canada's tallest peak). We are proud to call you our own! The SLRD and Pemberton have a fire services agreement... congrats to those that worked on it. All kinds of exciting work throughout the Regional District from heritage museum restoration in Bralorne to deep investments in combatting invasive species around rural Lillooet. If you have questions or comments, I am on 1-604-902-8747. Enjoy the first hints of summer!
- Chair Crompton was appointed as 1st Vice-Chair of the Lower Mainland Local Government Association.
- Director Rainbow was appointed to the Lower Mainland Local Government Association Executive as the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District’s representative.
2017 First Quarter Financials
- The SLRD 2017 First Quarter Financials - "Regional" Services was received by the Board.
Overland Water Insurance Policy Coverage
- Staff will obtain further clarification from Emergency Management BC with respect to overland flooding insurance coverage vis-à-vis the Provincial Disaster Financial Assistance Program.
Pemberton and Area Fire/Rescue Service Agreement
- The SLRD has entered into a 5-year fire and rescue services agreement effective January 1, 2017, with 2 renewal terms of 5 years each, with the Village of Pemberton (Village) regarding fire protection and rescue services provided by the Village to 3 fire service areas in SLRD Electoral Area C (the “Pemberton Fringe”, the “Meadows” and the “Heights”).
The following bylaws received first reading and will be referred to the applicable First Nations, member municipalities, and provincial agencies including the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, the Agricultural Land Commission, and the Ministries of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, Agriculture, Environment, and Transportation & Infrastructure, for comment:
- New Electoral Area C Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1484-2017 and New Area C Zoning Bylaw No. 1485-2017
- WedgeWoods Estates, Area C Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1520-2017 for a sales centre
- Continental Pole, Area C Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1521-2017 for a subdivision of property for a proposed water bottling plant
- Brew Creek Centre, Area D Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1522-2017 to redesign land uses on the property
- Black Tusk Helicopters, Area D Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1523-2017 for a rezoning of their Echo Lake satellite camp for a small cabin and two camping pads
Meredith/Lohser Zoning Bylaw Amendment
- Meredith/Lohser - Zoning Bylaw Amendment Application - 9118 Portage Road, Area C for a subdivision of the lot into three parcels for each of the three registered owners was adopted.
Temporary Use Permit - West Callaghan Base & Metal Dome Hut Blackcomb Snowmobiles
- Temporary Use Permit #50 was approved to Blackcomb Snowmobile Ltd. for the use of: the West Callaghan Base area as a base of operations for snowmobiling, dogsledding, catskiing, heli-skiing, equipment storage and repair and for office facilities; and the Metal Dome Hut area for backcountry guest warming, food services and equipment storage for a three-year term.
SLRD Regional Growth Strategy
- The Board accepted the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) Monitoring Report for 2014/2015.
- The 2017 Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Regional Growth Strategy Projections Report prepared by Urbanics Consultants Ltd. was accepted as part of the RGS Review.
Lillooet Lake Estates - Catiline Creek Mitigation
- An application was submitted to the 2017 Federal Gas Tax - Strategic Priorities Fund program (Capital Infrastructure Projects stream) on behalf of Lillooet Lake Estates for a $6,000,000 Disaster Mitigation grant for the proposed Catiline Creek Debris Flow Mitigation Structure capital project.
BC Hydro Payments in Lieu of Taxes - Southern Areas
- Board Policy No. 2.2 Crown Corporation Grants in Lieu of Taxes is to be amended to reflect that the Southern Areas PILT Funding (Cheakamus) allocation be used for the benefit of Electoral Area D and District of Squamish citizens most affected by the BC Hydro infrastructure (Cheakamus/Daisy Lake Dam); this would include people living in the Cheakamus River / Paradise Valley areas.
- $25,000 was granted to Base Technology Ltd. from the BC Hydro Payment in Lieu of Taxes Southern Allocation Reserve funds to partially cover BC Hydro pole permits and engineering regarding Base Technology Ltd.’s initiative to improve internet service in underserved areas, including Paradise Valley in Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Electoral Area D.
BC Timber Sales Replacement Forest Stewardship Plan - Sea to Sky Natural Resource District
- The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations - Referral - BC Timber Sales Replacement Forest Stewardship Plan - Sea to Sky Natural Resource District was received by the Board and referred to staff for further consideration by the Board.
National Missing Children’s Month
- The SLRD Board proclaimed the month of May as Child Find BC’s Green Ribbon of Hope month and May 25th as National Mission Children’s day in the regional district.
Access Awareness Day – June 3, 2017
- The SLRD Board proclaimed June 3, 2017 as “Access Awareness Day” in the regional district, recognizing the rights of all individuals with disabilities and the importance of ensuring equal access to opportunities that are important to them and that give their lives meaning.
- The SLRD will request that the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) allow for grant applications to UBCM's FireSmart funding program to be made more than once a year, giving more time for local governments to work with their communities to address the issue of FireSmarting.
Resolutions / Letters of Support
- Bralorne-Pioneer Museum Renovation Project: A resolution of support was provided for the application to the Northern Development Initiative Trust by the Bralorne-Pioneer Museum Society for a Northern Development Initiatives Trust Community Halls and Recreation Facilities Grant of up to $30,000 for the Bralorne-Pioneer Museum renovations project.
- Gun Lake Boat Launch: A resolution of support was provided for the Bridge River Valley Community Association - Gun Lake Boat Launch Committee's application to the Northern Development Initiative Trust's Community Halls and Recreation Facilities Program for a grant of up to $13,107 (representing 70% of the total project cost).
- Pemberton & District Chamber of Commerce - Economic Data Portal & Community Profile Project: A letter of support was provided to the Pemberton & District Chamber of Commerce to seek funding through the BC Rural Dividend Fund to move forward with the Economic Data Portal & Community Profile Project for the Pemberton area.
- Shaw Communications - Fibre Optic Line: A letter of support was provided to Shaw Communications Inc. for their funding application to the federal government's Connect to Innovate program for a high capacity fibre optic line running from Whistler to Cache Creek, including a Point of Presence near Birken.
- Village of Pemberton - Downtown Core Rehabilitation: A letter of support was provided to the Village of Pemberton for their application to the Gas Tax Strategic Priorities Fund for rehabilitation of their downtown core.
Grants in Aid
- The following was granted from Area A BC Hydro Payments in Lieu Funds:
- $15,259 has been granted to the Bralorne-Pioneer Museum Society from Area A’s BC Hydro Payments in Lieu of Taxes Northern Allocation Reserve funds, subject to the successful receipt of a Northern Development Initiatives Trust grant.
- The following was granted from Area A Select Funds:
- $5,618 to the Bridge River Valley Community Association - Gun Lake Boat Launch Committee for the construction of a new boat launch pad, gates and signage (30% of the total project cost), subject to receiving the Northern Development Initiative Trust’s Community Halls and Recreation Facilities Program grant for 70% of this project.
- $500 to the Bridge River Valley Community Association to support community efforts in the 50th annual Pitch-In Week held April 22 - 29, 2017 in the Bridge River Valley.
- $6,245 to the Bridge River Valley Community Association - Valley Wide Training Team for 2017 Fire and Safety Training for the Bridge River Valley organizations and residents.
- The following was granted from Area B Select Funds:
- $5,500 to the Lillooet Regional Invasive Species Society for invasives programming for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.
- $5,000 to the Lillooet Regional Invasive Species Society to continue to implement St’át’imc training and capacity building with regards to invasives management.
- $1,000 to the Walking with the Smolts Committee to contribute towards the Walking with the Smolts Festival on 26 May, 2017, with funding to go towards coordination of the event, materials, plants, mileage and advertising.
- $2,000 to the Salmon in Canyon Celebration - Fraser Fest event on behalf of the Lillooet Naturalist Society, Cayoose Creek Indian Band and the Rivershed Society for BC, to assist with the cost of hosting the stage show at the Salmon in the Canyon Celebration - Fraser Fest event to be held on August 5, 2017.
- $1,000 to the St'át'imc Grad Committee for their future leaders and to honor the graduating students of the St'át'imc Nation.
- $2,000 to the "Just Do It" Sport Society to help fund youth sports programs in the Lillooet area including soccer, boxing, softball and golf.
- $1,500 be granted to the Japanese Canadian Internment Camp Commemorative Panel Project, subject to the Tsal’alh providing their support for this project, for commemorative panels to honour currently unmarked historical Japanese Canadian internment campsites in the Lillooet / Minto / Bridge River area.
- The following was granted from Area C Amenity Funds:
- $5,000 to the Ponderosa Community for the purchase of wildfire management equipment and training to enhance the Ponderosa Community’s ability to address wildfire concerns in their community.
- $44,608 to the Pemberton Meadows Fire Association for the start up of the Association, including operational costs, costs to kit up the trucks that were donated and purchase the necessary equipment to get the satellite hall up and running.
- The following was granted from Area C Select Funds:
- $5,000 to the Winds of Change, matching the Village of Pemberton and Lil'wat Nation contributions, to cover expenses for the Wellness Almanac social media platforms for the fiscal year 2017-2018.
- $2,500 to Tourism Pemberton for Electoral Area C to be a Gold Sponsor of the 2017 Slow Food Cycle Sunday taking place August 20, 2017.
- $500 to the Pemberton and District Public Library for a staff team building session in conjunction with a celebration of dedicated service for Marilyn Marinus.
- $1,000 to the Pemberton & District Chamber of Commerce to pay for a contractor to write a BC Rural Dividend Grant application for project development of the Pemberton Area Profile & Data Collection Portal Project.
- $700 to the Pemberton Chapter of the Back Country Horsemen of BC to help defray costs regarding their June 11, 2017 annual fundraiser.
- The following was granted from Area D Select Funds:
- $2,500 to the Britannia Beach Community Association, matching a grant of $2,500 from MacDonald Corporation, for a study of the Britannia Beach dock and waterfront area to determine the requirements for repairs and revitalization.
- Up to $2,000 to the Furry Creek Community Association to improve safety on pathways in the Furry Creek community.
- The following was granted from the Pemberton and District Community Fund:
- $3,000 to Pemberton Young Life towards their fundraising event to enable Pemberton youths to attend Pemberton Young Life camping programs throughout the year.
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Telephone: (604) 894-6371 ext. 239