January 22, 2019


  • Special Council Meeting (DVP 2019-001 Hearing) in Council Chambers on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 6:00 pm
  • Committee of the Whole Meeting in Council Chambers on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at 6:00 pm
  • Special Council Meeting (Zoning Bylaw review) in Council Chambers on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 4:30 pm 
  • Regular Council Meeting in Council Chambers on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 7:00 pm 


Riversdale Resources Ltd.

Keith Bott, Claire Rogers and Alisdair Gibbons representing Riversdale Resources Ltd. Benga Mining presented an update on the Grassy Mountain Coal Project. The Project is located 7km north of Blairmore, AB and is projected to have peak production of 4.5 million clean tonnes of steel making coal over its currently proposed 24-year mine life. Currently, the Project is being reviewed by the provincial and federal regulators and pending a favourable regulatory decision, is expected to start production in 2021. 

To learn more see their presentation or visit their website at www.riversources.com.


Sparwood Dog Park

Council postponed consideration of amending the Official Community Plan, Zoning Bylaw and Animal Control Bylaw and approval of $30,000 towards the development of a dog park to a future meeting in February at which time Staff will provide alternative options for Council’s consideration.

Regional District of East Kootneay (RDEK)

Public Library Grants-In-Aid

Council gave consent to adoption of RDEK Local Service (Public Library Services Grants-In-Aid) Area Establishment Bylaw, 1990 Amendment Bylaw No. 4, 2019 on behalf of the electors of the District of Sparwood. If approved by the Board, the RDEK will be able to continue to provide financial assistance to the reading centres in the Elk Valley, Columbia Valley, and Kimberley Area through the Public Library Grants Service directly.

Elk Valley Subregion Waste Management Local Service

Council gave consent to adoption of RDEK Elk Valley Subregion Waste Management Local Service Establishment Bylaw No. 1415, 1998, Amendment Bylaw No. 2, 2019 on behalf of the electors of the District of Sparwood. If approved by the Board, the bylaw will amend the boundaries of the solid waste service area to include a number of Class 4 coal mine properties.

To learn more see the correspondence from the RDEK on the Library Grant Amendment and Waste Management Amendment.

Service Provider Agreement Renewals

Council approved renewal of Service Provider Agreements between the District of Sparwood and the Sparwood Public Library Association, Michel-Natal-Sparwood Heritage Society and Sparwood Golf Club Society for five years. The not-for-profit organizations are provided with $5 million of liability insurance coverage under the District’s Liability Protection Agreement through the Municipal Insurance Association of BC.

To learn more see the staff report.

Special Meetings

Council approved holding the special meetings for the strategic planning session on February 11 & 12, 2019 at Firehall No. 1, 479 Pine Avenue.  The sessions will be open to the public so that they have an opportunity to observe the decision-making process as Council establishes their strategic priorities for their term.  

To learn more see the staff report.


Traffic Bylaw Amendment

Sparwood Traffic, Parking and Highways Regulation Bylaw No. 472, 1987, Amendment Bylaw 1246, 2019 was given three readings. This bylaw proposes to amend the speed limit on Michel Creek Road from 60 km/h to 50 km/h.

To learn more see the staff report and bylaw.


Dog Licences

Is Your Dog Licensed? Did you know that all dogs within the District of Sparwood must have a licence once they are 9 months or older? This is to help us return your dog to you should he or she decide to go for a stroll without you!

The Animal Control Bylaw requires every dog to have a current year licence by January 15th .  A neutered or spayed dog tag, with vet certificate, is $10.00 or $30.00 for an unaltered dog.

For more information on licensing your dog, visit www.sparwood.ca/dog-licences

Are You Operating a Business in Sparwood?

This is a reminder to all businesses that are continuing to operate in Sparwood, that your 2019 business licence fees are now due. The fine for operating without a licence is $100.

If you have not renewed your business licence please stop into the Municipal Office to bring your account up to date.

If your business operates in more than one jurisdiction in the Elk Valley, you may be eligible for the Inter-Community Business Licence (ICBL) which could save you time and money.  

  • Eligible mobile service type businesses include: trades, plumbers, electricians, cleaning services, pest control, or similar.
  • Some business categories would NOT be eligible, such as those that set up mobile locations (e.g. food trucks, fruit stands or trade shows).

For more information on the ICBL or to renew your business licence contact the District Office at 136 Spruce Avenue or visit our website at www.sparwood.ca.

Livability Study

We are hoping all community members will share insights on what they value most about Sparwood; how best to measure our quality of life; and ways we can ensure residents have an outstanding quality of life in the future.

There are a few different ways to contribute:

  • Check out the Sounding Board located at the Leisure Centre until January 30! It will then be moved to Sparwood Heights.
  • Complete the questionnaire online or paper copies are available at the Main Office; Leisure Centre; Lilac Terrace; Food Bank; Library; This, That and More Store (in Greenwood Mall); and the Health Centre.
  • Register for one of our workshops held on February 19 (2:00 pm to 4:00 pm) or February 20 (5:00 pm to 7:00 pm) on line at www.sparwood.ca/livable or by calling 250-425-6271. 

The livability study is a permit condition for Teck’s Baldy Ridge Extension project and will serve as part of Teck’s Socio-Community and Economic Effects Management Plan. The study will also be used by the District to influence community planning in coming years.  Complete the survey here.

For more information, please visit www.sparwood.ca/livable.

RDEK Solid Waste Management Plan Review

The Regional District of East Kootenay is currently reviewing its Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP). They are asking for the public’s input on how they use the current solid waste and recycling systems and what they’d like to see in the future. Survey deadline is February 25, 2019. More information is available at engage.rdek.bc.ca/solid-waste-management-plan-review.

Complete the survey here.

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