July 16, 2018 Council Facts


  • Special Meeting in Council Chambers on Monday, July 30, 2018 at 6:45 pm
  • Committee of the Whole Meeting in Council Chambers on Monday, July 30, 2018 at 7:00 pm.
  • Regular Meeting in Council Chambers on Monday, August 20, 2018 at 7:00 pm


Youth Action Sparwood

Joni Laberge, Coordinator for Youth Action Sparwood (YAS), shared with Council that the 2018 Annual Work Plan for YAS had been approved by Columbia Basin Trust and thanked them for their support they provide through the use of municipal facilities and equipment. 

To learn more please see their Annual Work Plan, Quarterly Report, and results from their Teen Survey


Development Variance Permit (DVP)

1251 Pinyon Road (DVP 2018-001)

Council approved Development Variance Permit 2018-001 for 1251 Pinyon Road to allow a variance to the Zoning Bylaw which would reduce their rear yard setback from 7.62m to 3.96m for the construction of a deck and gazebo. 

To learn more please see the staff report and permit.

Financial Plan Amendment

Council approved an annual increase in expenses of $40,000 to the 2019-2023 Financial Plan to reflect the impact of the new BC Employer Health Tax of 1.95% to be effective January 1, 2019. This expense will equate to a 1.5% municipal tax rate increase for 2019 and going forward.

To learn more see the staff report.


FCM Special Advocacy Fund

Council approved a request from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) for funding in the amount of $315.00 to the Special Advocacy Fund.

This 2-year Fund will drive an intensive, multi-faceted campaign to keep municipal priorities front-and-centre heading into Election 2019, as well as in the crucial first months of a new government.

More information about this Fund can be found here.


Utility and Solid Wastement Management 

Bylaw Amendment

Council gave Utility and Solid Waste Management Bylaw No. 1014, 2009, Amendment Bylaw 1228, 2018 first three readings. This proposed amendment will defer the garbage container weight restriction from August 1, 2018 to September 1, 2018.

To learn more see the staff report and bylaw.

Municipal Ticket Information Bylaw Amendment

Council gave Municipal Ticket Information Bylaw 1175, 2009, Amendment Bylaw 1230, 2018 first three readings. This amendment proposes to include fines for violations to the Cemetery Management Bylaw and remove the schedules related to the previous cemetery bylaws; remove the escalating fine structure for permitting an animal to become a public nuisance under the Animal Control Bylaw and increase the fine to $250; and to remove the fines related to garbage collection from the Deer Feeding and Wildlife Attractant Bylaw as they have already been established under Schedule B20.

To learn more see the staff report and bylaw.


Council Remuneration Bylaw

Council gave Council Remuneration Bylaw 1232, 2018 first three readings. This proposed bylaw reflects the changes to the Income Tax Act introduced by the federal government in its 2017 Budget. The impact to Council members’ remuneration will start in 2019 eliminating the 1/3 tax-free allowance available to elected officials.

To learn more see the staff report and bylaw.


Pincher Creek Fair and Rodeo

Council approved travel expenditures for members to attend the Pincher Creek Fair and Rodeo parade on Saturday, August 18, 2018


BC Day Garbage Pick Up

There will be NO garbage pick up on Monday, August 6, 2018. Garbage that is normally picked up on Monday will be picked up on Tuesday, August 7, 2018.


Are You a Good Neighbour?

A good neighbour is one who maintains the exterior of their home and yard to the same level as the rest of the neighbourhood. Allowing your property to become unsightly can devalue your own home and pose a health risk. Here are some steps you can take to deal with a neighbour’s unsightly property.

1. Approach your neighbours. Give them the benefit of the doubt by addressing the matter face to face.

2. Contact Bylaw Enforcement. Anyone seeking to report a possible unsightly property can call Bylaw Enforcement at 250.425.5367, by email at bleo@sparwood.ca or you can go online at www.sparwood.ca to submit a Service Request.

The District of Sparwood will continue to focus on unsightly properties throughout the summer as part of its bylaw education and enforcement program. Properties that have derelict vehicles, accumulations of garbage, old furniture and machinery, uncut grass and (noxious) weeds, vegetation which interferes with the visibility of street signs, sidewalks and public utilities will be investigated upon receipt of a complaint or through proactive enforcement.

For more information on applicable fines and property maintenance, please review the District of Sparwood’s Municipal Ticket Information Bylaw at www.sparwood.ca/fines.


2018 General Local Election

Local general elections are held every four years in British Columbia with the next one in Sparwood on October 20, 2018. 

Are you registered on the Provincial Voters list?

The District of Sparwood uses the Provincial Voters List as its register of current electors for local general elections. If you have moved since the last provincial election, you are encouraged to visit https://eregister.electionsbc.gov.bc.ca/ovr/welcome.aspx# to update your information before August 16, 2018 when Elections BC prepares the voters lists for the 2018 general local election. If you miss this deadline, you can still register to vote on voting day.

Questions regarding voter registration, voting, or becoming a candidate for the office of mayor, councillor or school trustee, can be directed to Kevin Allen, Chief Election Officer, at chiefelectionofficer@sparwood.ca or visit the District’s website at www.sparwood.ca/general-local-elections-2018.


Off-Leash Dog Park Location Survey

The Dog Park Working Group is seeking input from the public on their preferences between two possible locations for an off-leash dog park in Sparwood. The locations being considered, are:

a) A portion of the lands near the cross-country ski trails east of Sparwood Heights Drive in Sparwood Heights; and

b) A portion of the wooded land along Pine Avenue, north of the Public Works yard.

We invite you to complete a survey poll available at www.sparwood.ca/dogparks. The survey can also be picked up and dropped off at the Municipal Office (136 Spruce Ave) or the Leisure Centre (367 Pine Ave). Surveys will be accepted until July 31st.  

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