June 18, 2019 Council Facts

UPCOMING DISTRICT MEETINGS

  • Socio-Community & Economic Effects Advisory Committee Meeting on Monday, June 24, 2019 at 6:00 pm in Council Chambers, 136 Spruce Ave.
  • Special (AGM) Meeting on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 5:45 pm in Council Chambers, 136 Spruce Ave.
  • Committee of the Whole Meeting on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at 6:00 pm in Council Chambers, 136 Spruce Ave.
  • Committee of the Whole Meeting on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 4:00 pm in Council Chambers, 136 Spruce Ave.
  • Informal Hearing for DVP 2019-003 – 7555 Highway 43 – Elk Valley Mobile Home Park on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 6:00 pm in Council Chambers, 136 Spruce Ave.
  • Regular Meeting on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 6:00 pm in Council Chambers, 136 Spruce Ave.

HEARINGS

OCP & Zoning Bylaw Amendments (441 Pine Avenue)

Proposed amendment

From

To

OCP Land use BL 1239

multi-family residential

parks & natural areas

Zoning BL 1240

Institutional

parks & recreation

Council gave Official Community Plan (OCP) Bylaw 1165, 2015, Amendment Bylaw 1239, 2019 second and third readings and Zoning Bylaw No. 264, 1981, Amendment Bylaw 1240, 2019 third reading and referral to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for approval, following the public hearing. 2 people spoke in favour of the proposed amendments at the hearing, which if adopted would allow for the development of the dog park to proceed in that location. Although the 5 people who did not support the proposed changes, indicated that they were not opposed to a dog park being developed elsewhere within the community. Council also received 4 written submissions from residents who did not support the proposed location.

For more information, see the May 15th staff report, OCP amendment, Zoning amendment or contact the Planning Department at 250.425.6271.

DELEGATIONS

75th Birthday Book Club

Congratulations to Roger Hockridge, Diane Seize, and Walter Yaremchuk who joined the 75th Birthday Book Club and received a lilac lapel pin. Also joining the Club this year, but unable to attend, were Ronald Beaton and Gary Holland. The District honours those seniors who have or will reach the age of 75 years in a given year by inviting them to a Council meeting to sign a “Senior’s Birthday Book” that is kept in the Municipal Office as part of Sparwood’s heritage records.


BC Community Achievement Award

 Katrin Taylor, Dawn Wyld and members of the Elk Valley Thrift Shop volunteer team received recognition  from Council, who praised their hard work and assistance to local programs and charities in Sparwood. Mrs. Taylor was among 24 British Columbians honoured at the BC Achievement Community Award presentations in Victoria on May 1st. The awards are presented to British Columbians who go above and beyond in their dedication and service to making their communities more caring, dynamic, beautiful, healthy, and unique.

BYLAWS

Administrative Fees and Charges Bylaw

Council adopted Administrative Fees and Charges Bylaw 1255, 2019. The charges established under the previous bylaw for comfort letters and encroachment agreements has been removed.

For more information, see the bylaw and the May 15th staff report.

BUSINESS

Development Variance Permit (DVP) 2019-007 (155 Pine Ave)

Reduced sideyard setback at from 1.52m to 0.6m

Council approved issuance of DVP 2019-007 and granted the variance to the Zoning Bylaw to decrease the minimum side yard for an accessory building from 1.52m to 0.6m on the north-east side of the property (155 Pine Ave) to allow for construction of a garage.

For more information, see the staff report and permit.


Temporary Use Permit (TUP) 2018-001

Temporary Worker Camp at 8000 Highway 43

Council denied issuance of TUP 2018-001 to allow a temporary worker camp at 8000 Highway 43.

For more information, see the staff report.


Development Variance Permit (DVP) 2019-003

7555 Hwy 43 (Elk Valley Mobile Home Park)

Council authorized that notices be distributed to the owners and occupants residing within 60m of 7555 Hwy 43 to advise them that an informal hearing will be held on July 16, 2019 at 6pm in Council Chambers to provide them with an opportunity to be heard before Council considers granting any variances to the Mobile Home Parks Bylaw (including, but not limited to space widths, setbacks, utility and road standards) to address existing and proposed mobile home spaces. Consideration of issuance of the DVP and granting the variances will follow at the next regular meeting on August 20, 2019.

If you are unable to attend, your comments can be submitted in writing to the District Office or by email to sparwood@sparwood.ca  before noon on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. 

To learn more see the staff report and permit.


Whiskey Jack Resort

Council authorized a letter of support be provided to WJ Lots in their efforts to obtain a permit for rock crushing from the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources to assist in moving the Whiskey Jack project forward.

For more information, see Mayor Wilks’ report.


Sparwood Market

Council denied the request from the Sparwood Market to close a portion of Aspen Drive for food trucks on market days as Sparwood Traffic, Parking and Highways Regulation Bylaw No. 472, 1987 currently prohibits the sale of flowers, fruit, vegetables, seafoods, or other commodities on a municipal highway.

Staff was directed to prepare an amendment to the bylaw that would permit the sale of such goods on a municipal highway to be brought forward for Council’s consideration at the July 16, 2019 regular meeting.

For more information, see the staff report.


Arena Floor Covering (in-kind donation)

Council endorsed a recommendation brought forward from the Public Relations Committee to provide the portable arena floor covering to the City of Fernie at an in-kind cost of $700 per day for the 14th Biennial National Western Region Mine Rescue Competition being held in Fernie September 5-7, 2019.

For more information, see the staff report.


2018 Statement of Financial Information (SOFI)

Council approved the 2018 SOFI report which includes:

  • a list of Council remuneration and expenses paid;
  • a list of remuneration paid to employees in excess of $75,000;
  • the total remuneration to all employees;
  • a list of suppliers paid in excess of $25,000; and
  • list of grants disbursed in excess of $25,000 in 2018.

The SOFI is available at https://sparwood.ca/reports.

For more information, see the staff report and SOFI report.


Community Cleanup Summary

  Council directed Staff to explore options to expand the 2020 Community Cleanup event which may include an eco-fair market to showcase environmentally friendly and zero waste products and workshops to educate community members on reducing waste.

For more information, see the staff report.


Audit Services

Council awarded the contract for external audit services for 2019-2023 to Adams Wooley Chartered Professional Accountants of Cranbrook for a total cost of $155,000.

For more information, see the staff report.


Elk Valley Seniors Housing Society

Council appointed Councillors Brad Bowen and Amy Cardozo as their representatives to the Elk Valley Seniors Housing Society Board with Councillor Jason Christensen named as their alternate.

Council also authorized Mayor Wilks to provide a letter of support to Elk Valley Seniors Housing Society to include in their $25,000 grant application to the New Horizon’s program so that they could install security cameras in Lilac Terrace.