Here is a summary of decisions made at the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Board and Committee meetings in October 2017. (You can download a PDF of this update here).
Note from Chair Crompton: The SLRD board held our October meetings in Britannia Beach. Thank-you to the community and the Britannia Mining Museum for their wonderful hospitality. Future growth between Squamish and Vancouver was a consistent theme. Thank-you to the community members who attended our town hall meetings... it was extremely interesting and important for us to hear your thoughts and aspirations for your community. If you would like to discuss anything about the SLRD I am on 1-604-902-8747 and would love to chat. Thank-you for your love and care for this incredible region!
Sea to Sky Corridor Regional Transit Study
The SLRD has made a resolution that:
- The Chief Administrative Officers of the SLRD and the member municipalities of the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW), the District of Squamish (DOS) and the Village of Pemberton (VOP) explore regional transit options in the Sea to Sky corridor to inform an Elected Officials meeting (of the SLRD, RMOW, DOS and VOP) on the following tasks:
- Review of funding options;
- Review of governance options; and
- Preparation of an advocacy plan,
- The DOS and the RMOW put resources towards the researching of, and completion of, the above tasks;
- Upon completion of the above tasks, a meeting of Elected Officials of the SLRD, RMOW, DOS and VOP be held to discuss next steps regarding regional transit in the Sea to Sky corridor, including the above; and
- A meeting with Translink, the SLRD Board Chair and the mayors of DOS, RMOW and VOP be scheduled.
IRONMAN Canada - 2018 Proposed Bike Course
- The SLRD will contact the Líl'wat Nation to determine its position on the proposed 2018 IRONMAN Canada Bike Course to the base of the Duffey Lake Road. The SLRD will not be considering its position of the 2018 proposed bike course until the Líl'wat Nation has advised the SLRD of its position on it.
Non-Medical Cannabis Legalization and Regulation
The SLRD has sent a letter to the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General requesting an extension to December 1, 2017 of the November 1, 2017 deadline for providing feedback regarding non-medical cannabis legalization and regulation so that the SLRD can undertake a more thorough analysis of the impacts of legalization and regulation of non-medical cannabis in its Electoral Areas.
In the absence of the receipt of an extension, the SLRD sent a letter to the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General summarizing the SLRD’s main concerns:
- the ability of local governments to set zoning, cultivation and retail regulations;
- local governments should share in any taxation revenues received by governments with regards to the legalization and regulation of non-medical cannabis in the amount of 1/3 (i.e. 1/3 Federal; 1/3 Provincial; 1/3 local government);
- the impacts on regional district Electoral Areas - i.e. these impacts are different than impacts on municipalities and such differences need to be understood and accommodated, such as:
- lower population levels in rural areas; and
- the inability to issue business licenses in Electoral Areas.
Telus Coverage in the SLRD
The SLRD has invited Telus General Manger Ned Hodaly to an SLRD Board meeting to discuss concerns regarding Telus’ coverage in the SLRD.
The following bylaws were adopted:
- SLRD Land Use Contract Authorization Bylaw No. 102, 1976, Discharge Bylaw No. 1374-2017 regarding the conversion of certain lots at Pinecrest Estates from a land use contract to zoning. (Click here for additional background.)
- SLRD Tax Exemption Bylaw No. 1552-2017 to provide a property tax exemption for 2018 to the Pemberton Wildlife Association (PWA) for the PWA’s shooting range.
The Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Electoral 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 was read a third time and forwarded to the Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure for approval prior to adoption. (Click here for additional information.)
The following bylaws were read a first, second and third time, received participating area approval and consent from the Electoral Area Directors and were forwarded to the Inspector of Municipalities for approval:
- Seton Street Lighting Local Service Conversion and Establishment Bylaw No. 570, 1994, Amendment Bylaw No. 1505-2017 to adjust the maximum tax requisition amounts.
- Bralorne Sewer System Local Service Conversion and Establishment Bylaw No. 585, 1995, Amendment Bylaw No. 1510-2017 to adjust the maximum tax requisition amounts.
- Howe Sound East Fire Protection Service Establishment Bylaw No. 1032-2006, Amendment Bylaw No. 1543-2017 to reduce the service area for the Britannia Beach Volunteer Fire Department so as to cover only areas with improvements.
The SLRD will initiate the 60-day referral to all affected local governments for their acceptance of Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Growth Strategy Bylaw No. 1062, 2008 Amendment Bylaw No. 1514-2017 for growth management text amendments (prior to coming back to the SLRD Board for third reading and adoption). (Click here for additional information.)
The following bylaws were read a second time and will proceed to a public hearing:
- Electoral Area D Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1135-2013, Amendment Bylaw No. 1524-2017 and Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Electoral Area D Zoning Bylaw No. 1350-2016, Amendment Bylaw No. 1525-2017 to update the bylaws for:
- updates made by the Agricultural Land Commission regarding agritourism and events;
- other agricultural issues;
- updates to Development Permit Areas; and
- housekeeping issues.
The public hearing process for Squamish-Lillooet Regional District Electoral Area D Zoning Bylaw No. 1350-2016, Amendment Bylaw No. 1523-2017 to provide for a small cabin and camping pads in Black Tusk Helicopters’ crown tenure area was re-opened and a second public hearing will be held. (Click here for additional background.)
The Lower Mainland Local Government Association will be approached to put on an Illegal Dumping Workshop at their May 2018 Convention.
2017/18 Strategic Wildfire Protection Initiative - SLRD Fuel Management Activities
Applications were submitted on behalf of Electoral Area A, Electoral Area C and Electoral Area D for the FY2017/18 grant funds from the Union of British Columbia Municipalities Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative to update the Community Wildfire Protection Plan for Area A and undertake prescription developments for Area C and Area D.
Strait of Georgia and Howe Sound Glass Sponge Reef Conservation Initiative
- Communicated its endorsement for the protection of glass sponge reefs by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and requested that the DFO conduct consultations with local governments, stakeholders and First Nations who may be affected by steps taken to preserve and protect glass sponge reefs in Howe Sound; and
- Endorses and supports initiatives to protect and preserve glass sponge reefs in Howe Sound, either presently known or that may be discovered in the future.
Salish Sea Trust - Salish Sea as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Salish Sea Trust's e-petition was signed by the SLRD to show support for adding the Salish Sea onto Canada's Tentative List for UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
BC AWARE DAYS 2018: Be Secure, Be Aware, days
The SLRD Board proclaimed January 29 - February 9, 2018 as “BC AWARE DAYS 2018: Be Secure, Be Aware, days” across the SLRD.
Britannia Beach Parking Area
The SLRD will review the ability to secure a Crown tenancy to use the land between the Britannia Beach Firehall and the Britannia Mine Museum as a public parking area, with any funding requested to come from Area D Amenity Funds.
Seton Park on Anderson Lake
The SLRD submitted an application for a Seed Grant of up to $5,000 from the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program for the Seton Park on Anderson Lake project.
Pemberton Transfer Station Hours Change and Wood Waste Bin
The Pemberton Transfer Station operating hours will be changed as of November 20, 2017 to 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and an additional 40-yard roll-off bin will be added at the Pemberton Transfer Station for source separation and collection of dirty, or construction related, wood waste. Click here for additional information.
Pemberton and Area Curbside Waste Collection
The SLRD and the Village of Pemberton will determine the format of a public consultation process regarding curbside garbage, recycling, and organics collection in the Village of Pemberton and portions of Electoral Area C.
Pemberton and District Community Centre Geothermal System Repairs
The SLRD Board has approved the use of Pemberton and District Community Centre reserve funds for repairs to the failing piping of the geothermal system at the Pemberton and District Community Centre. The repairs and a facility closure of the Pemberton and District Community Centre will be scheduled at a time that will be least impactful to the community. Click here for additional information.
Pemberton and District Youth Centre - PLAN-Y Activities and Seniors Use of Space
The administration of PLAN-Y will be included in the Pemberton and District Youth Centre Service budget in 2018, as well as subsidized space for the Pemberton Valley Seniors Society / Pemberton Men’s Shed Society.
Pemberton Meadows Field
Staff will determine costs to irrigate, improve and maintain the Meadows Field to BC Soccer Standards, as well as the cost to remove the track and convert it into a field. Options for an outdoor basketball court will also be explored.
GRANTS IN AID
The following was granted from the Pemberton and District Community Fund (Electoral Area C and Village of Pemberton):
- $3,000 to the Pemberton Lions Club to purchase new tents to protect members from sun or rain during events.
The following were granted from Area A Select Funds:
- Up to $1,000 for printing and installation of signage that displays the No Firearms Discharge boundary in Electoral Area A.
- $5,000 to update the Community Wildfire Protection Plan for Electoral Area A.
- $500 to the Bridge River Valley Community Association to help with the Bridge River Valley Community Remembrance Day event to be held in Gold Bridge.
The following was granted from Area C Amenity Funds:
- $10,000 towards undertaking prescription developments for the purpose of wildfire protection in Electoral Area C.
The following were granted from Area C Select Funds:
- Up to $3,000 for printing and installation of additional signage in Electoral Area C to deter illegal dumping.
- $2,000 to the Village of Pemberton for the purchase of fireworks for the 2017 Halloween night fireworks festivities in the Village of Pemberton.
- $2,000 to the Ponderosa Strata Community for the purchase of First Aid equipment to benefit those accessing the D'Arcy/Seton corridor.
- $4,500 to the Spirit of BC Community Committee, Pemberton Valley for the 2018 Winterfest event to be held December 31, 2017 to January 1, 2018, matching the grant from the Village of Pemberton's Community Initiative & Opportunity Fund, for the Pemberton and surrounding community.
The following was granted from Area D Amenity Funds:
- $10,000 towards undertaking prescription developments for the purpose of wildfire protection in Electoral Area D.
The following was granted from Area D Select Funds:
- $3,000 to the Britannia Mine Museum to supplement the museum's Green Team funding of $2,000 for the installation of a water fountain / bottle filling station and to purchase recycled rubber pavers for a deck to enhance a permanent exhibit.
The Regional District Update is published monthly by the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District. The SLRD Board generally meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at 1350 Aster Street, Pemberton, BC. Members of the public are invited to attend. Contact us at (604) 894-6371 to confirm dates and times, or check the online Meeting Calendar.
Communications & Grants Coordinator
Telephone: (604) 894-6371 ext. 239