September 2017: Regional District Update

Oct 06, 2017
All Areas

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

Note from Chair Crompton: The SLRD board attended the Union of British Columbia Municipalities Conference last week which was interesting and productive. We had opportunities to talk regional transit, illegal dumping, local tourism impacts and rural fire services with the new government ministers. They were attentive to the concerns we raised and I am optimistic about working with them going forward. The conference itself included discussion of marijuana legalization, home sharing, transit and more. I leave feeling like the SLRD is stronger than we were going in. It is a good feeling! I am on 1-604-902-8747 if you would like to chat.

Waste Reduction Week, October 16-22, 2017

The SLRD Board proclaimed the week of October 16 to 22, 2017 National Waste Reduction Week, and endorsed the planning of Waste Reduction Week initiatives across the SLRD.

Greyhound Canada - Application to Reduce Minimum Route Frequency and Eliminate Certain Route Points

The SLRD will send a letter to the B.C. Passenger Transportation Board to strongly oppose the proposed reduction in Greyhound bus service in the SLRD, specifically Greyhound’s request to reduce/eliminate scheduled stops in Pemberton, BC.

First Nations Relationship Building and Economic Development Projects: Updates & Next Steps

The SLRD will request that Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT) carry forward the unused amount ($15,676.50) from the 2017 NDIT Business Facade Improvement Program grant award to 2018. The review of additional financial and human resources regarding First Nations relationship building and economic development projects was referred to 2018 budget discussions. 

Community to Community (C2C) Forum Funding - (Fall) 2017/18

The SLRD will apply for $5,000 in funding from the 2017-2018 Regional Community to Community Forum Program to support the delivery of the leadership meeting with the Lillooet Tribal Council and interested northern St’át’imc communities.

Aspen Planers Ltd. - Replacement Forest Stewardship Plan - Lillooet Timber Supply Area - Cascades Natural Resource District - Thompson Okanagan Forest Region

The SLRD forwarded comments to Aspen Planers Ltd. and the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development regarding the Aspen Planers Ltd. Replacement Forest Stewardship Plan - Lillooet Timber Supply Area - Cascades Natural Resource District.

Britannia Beach Community Dock

The Board resolved to support the Britannia Beach Community Association's application to the Province for a longer term tenancy of the Britannia Beach Community Dock upon the expiration of the current tenancy in 2020, and will continue to work with the Britannia Beach community regarding the Britannia Beach Community Dock.

Bylaws

The WedgeWoods Estates Sales Centre, Area C Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1520-2017 was adopted. Zoning Bylaw No. 670, 1999, Amendment Bylaw No. 1532-2017 for the Mt. Penrose Communications Tower Zoning Amendment Application (Area A) was giving second reading.

The following bylaws regarding marijuana dispensaries were introduced and read a first time.

  • Zoning Bylaw No. 670, 1999, Amendment Bylaw No. 1544-2017
  • Electoral Area B Zoning Bylaw No. 1300-2013, Amendment Bylaw No. 1545-2017
  • Electoral Area C Zoning Bylaw No. 765, 2002, Amendment Bylaw No. 1546-2017
  • Electoral Area D Zoning Bylaw No. 1350-2016, Amendment Bylaw No. 1547-2017

Second readings of Bylaws No. 1544-2017, 1545- 2017, 1546-2017 and 1547-2017 are subject to staff bringing a report to the Board containing options to regulate marijuana dispensaries.

Grants In Aid

The following was granted from Area A Select Funds:
- $1,000 to the Canadian Red Cross Canada for the British Columbia Fires Appeal.

The following were granted from Area B Select Funds:
- $1,000 to the Canadian Red Cross Canada for the British Columbia Fires Appeal.
- $5,000 to the Village of Cache Creek for its Fire Relief fund.
- $5,000 to the Lillooet Pound Dogs to cover costs of its 24th Annual Arts and Craft Fair Extravaganza on Sunday, November 19, 2017, which raises funds for the medical needs of dogs and cats.

The following were granted from Area C Amenity Funds:
- $45,000 to the Birken Fire Protection Society (BFPS) for the purchase of a fire truck to replace BFPS’s 1991 Ford Crew Cab with a 2016 Ford Crew Cab F350 Super Duty Long Box, to be used for fire response. 
- $10,950 was allocated to cost share 50/50 with the Village of Pemberton in the funding of a Request for Expression of Interest ($3,450) to determine costing for both a grass and a turf field, and a resulting Request for Proposals ($7,500) for the construction of a soccer field, at the Recreation Site on Pemberton Farm Road East in the Village of Pemberton. 

The following were granted from Area C Select Funds:
- $1,000 to the Canadian Red Cross Canada for the British Columbia Fires Appeal.
- $1,500 to the Pemberton Lions Club for the Pemberton Barn Dance event, which raised funds for community projects such as the One Mile Lake dog beach and surrounding trails.
- $1,750 to the Lower Stl’atl’imx Tribal Council (LSTC) for a Silver Package for LSTC's Fourth Annual Golf Tournament at the Meadows Golf Course in Pemberton with the proceeds going towards furthering the training and capacity development to the LSTC's five member nations: Samahquam, Skatin, X'a'xtsa, Lil'wat and N'Quatqua.
- $2,000 for improved Anderson Lake Dock signage.

The following was granted from Area D Amenity Funds:
- $25,000 to the Pinecrest Lake Stewardship Society to assist with remediation work on Pinecrest Lake. 

The following were granted from Area D Select Funds:
- Donation of $300 to the Squamish SPCA as a memoriam for Britannia Beach Volunteer Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief George McLaren.
- $1,000 to the Canadian Red Cross Canada for the British Columbia Fires Appeal.
- $1,000 to the Britannia Beach Community Association to go towards the cost of a grant writer to apply for funding to implement improvements to the Britannia Beach Community dock.
- $1,100 to the Furry Creek Community Association for maintenance road works on the access road to the Furry Creek recycling and garden waste site.

Media Contact: 

Jeannette Nadon,
Communications & Grants Coordinator
Telephone: (604) 894-6371 ext. 239
Email: jnadon@slrd.bc.ca

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