February 5, 2019 Council Facts


  • 2-Day Strategic Planning Session at Firehall #1 (479 Pine Ave) beginning at 9:00 am on Monday, February 11, 2019
  • Regular Council Meeting in Council Chambers on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 6:00 pm
  • Committee of the Whole Meeting in Council Chambers on Monday, February 25, 2019 at 6:00 pm


Tom Shypitka, MLA Kootenay East

Tom Shypitka, MLA Kootenay East addressed Council regarding the relationships between local, provincial and federal governments and how they could work together to achieve common goals.

To learn more see Tom Shypitka’s webpage

Interior Health (IH) – Healthy Communities

Janice Talarico and Kerri Wall presented Interior Health’s Healthy Communities Program to Council. By working together, IH and the District are able to support the health of citizens through health promotion and prevention initiatives. 

To learn more refer to their presentation.

Dog Park Working Group

Betty Downey, on behalf of the Dog Park Working Group addressed their concerns related to the development of a dog park in Sparwood. The Group is dedicated towards the development of a fenced off-leash dog park and were seeking a firm commitment from Council of moving forward with the project.

A copy of Ms. Downey’s presentation is available here


Development Variance Permit (DVP)

Council approved DVP 2019-001 for 319 Pacific Yew Crescent to increase the maximum site coverage for accessory buildings and structures from 10% (61.3m2) to 11.5% (70.5m2) to allow the owners to construct a garage.

To learn more see the staff report and permit.

Elk Valley Society for Community Living 

Council approved funding of the Leisure Centre multi-purpose room rental and weekly access to the pool for the Elk Valley Society for Community Living summer camp for five years. The Society hosts a summer camp for children with special needs offering a wide range of activities.

To learn more see the staff report.

Wells #3 and #4

Council approved disconnection of Well #3 as part of the community water supply once Well #4 has been commissioned. It was necessary for the District to replace Well #3 due to elevated levels of selenium. As a condition of the Environmental Assessment process for the Baldy Ridge Extension Teck committed to funding the costs of a replacement well.

To learn more see the staff report.

Snow and Ice Control Policy

Council adopted a new Snow and Ice Control Policy which guides the service delivery needs for snow and ice control within the District. The policy establishes guidelines and priorities for clearing roads, sidewalks, parking lots and windrows. 

To learn more see the staff report and policy.

Meeting with Teck 

Council met with representatives of Teck Coal Ltd, to discuss how the coal debris on Highway 3 and Douglas Fir can be better managed.

To learn more see the video.


Traffic Bylaw Amendment

Sparwood Traffic, Parking and Highways Regulation Bylaw No. 472, 1987, Amendment Bylaw 1246, 2019 was adopted. This amendment reduced the speed limit on Michel Creek Road from 60 km/h to 50 km/h.

To learn more see the bylaw.

Procedure Bylaw

Procedure Bylaw 1245, 2019 was given three readings. The bylaw establishes the rules and regulations under which all proceedings of the Council and their committees, commissions and other bodies established by Council are to be governed, and how meetings are to be conducted.

To learn more see the staff report, concordance and bylaw.

Zoning Bylaw Review

Council met with Urban Systems, the consultant hired to undertake the rewrite of the District’s Zoning Bylaw, to discuss the review process and potential changes to the zoning regulations.

To learn more see the video and handout presented to Council.


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/business-licences.

Building or Renovating in 2019?

Beat the rush and apply for a building permit today!

Avoid unnecessary delays in construction by getting your permit ahead of time. Construction can start anytime within 6 months of the permit being issued.

Complete building permit applications can take up to 4 weeks to be approved and will take longer if a variance or development permit is required. 

Contact the Planning Department for more information at 250.425.6271 or buildingofficial@sparwood.ca. 

Celebrate BC Family Day

Monday, February 18, 2019

Spend Family Day at the Leisure Centre

FREE public skate 11:00 am – 1:00 pm and

FREE public swim 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Events sponsored by the Province of British Columbia

Energy StepCode

Did you know that by December 2019 all new homes built in Sparwood will be required to meet at least Step 1 of the BC Energy Step Code? Take advantage of rebates that we have that can go towards the Community Energy Advisor energy modelling fees for any construction that meets Step 1.

Home construction that meets Step 2 – 6 will also have Building Permit discounts of 50% - 100% in addition to the Community Energy Advisor fees for modelling.

For more information please visit www.sparwood.ca/rebates.

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