January 21, 2020 Council Facts


  • Regular Meeting on Tuesday February 4, 2020 at 6:00pm in Council Chambers
  • Youth Advisory Commission Meeting on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at 12:05 pm at Sparwood Secondary
  • Regular Meeting on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 6:00 pm
  • Special Socio-Community & Economic Effects Advisory Committee Meeting on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 6:00 pm in Council Chambers


Skatepark Society

Nicole Latka from the Skatepark Society thanked Council for their previous support and requested permission from Council to use the remaining funds  (approximately $25,000) in their account towards installation of lights at the Skatepark to increase usership and user safety. Council referred the Society’s request to Staff to investigate the total installation costs and to provide them with a report at a future meeting


Revenue Anticipation Borrowing Bylaw

Revenue Anticipation Borrowing Bylaw 1264, 2020 was given first three readings. This bylaw, if adopted, will provide for an operating line of credit of $9,943,000 in 2020, if required. Although the District has not accessed the overdraft for many years, it is good practice to have one in place should transfers from investments be delayed.
For more information, see the staff report and Bylaw 1264.

Street Naming Bylaw

Street Naming Bylaw 1253, 2019 was adopted. This bylaw clarifies names and spelling of existing municipal roads for the purpose of mapping, emergency response, enforcement, signage, and navigation.
For more information, see the Bylaw 1253

Upper Elk Valley Fire Protection Services Authorization Bylaw

Upper Elk Valley Fire Protection Services Authorization Bylaw 1265, 2020 was given first three readings. This bylaw, if adopted, will provide for fire protection services to the Upper Elk Valley Fire Protection Services Area, as depicted in ScheduleA of Appendix A.
For more information, see the staff report and Bylaw 1265.

Zoning Bylaw Amendments

Council considered and gave first and second readings to two (2) zoning bylaw amendments, and in accordance with Sec 464 (2) of the Local Government Act, gave notice to waive the public hearing requirement for both amendments.
The first amendment (Bylaw 1266) proposes to include “Home Based Child Care Facility” as a permitted use within the entire R-MH (Modular Home Subdivison/ Manufactured Home Subdivision) zone and the second amendment (Bylaw 1267) proposes to include “Health Services” as a permitted use within the entire C-3  (Neighbourhood Commercial) zone.

For more information on these proposed amendments for:


Community Emergency Preparedness Fund

Council authorized the submission of a grant application for funding of up to $25,000, under the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund through the Union of BC Municipalities to purchase equipment and  supplies to assist the Emergency Support Services moving towards an electronic registration and reporting system, and facilitate their response to an emergency or disaster within the community.
For more information, see the staff report.

Public Art Grant

Council authorized the submission of a grant application in the amount of $30,000 under the CBT- Public Art Fund through Columbia Basin Trust to design and purchase street banners for the newly created Sparwood Street Banner Program. Council also authorized an expenditure of $7,500 to be included in the budget to be utilized, upon approval of the grant.

For more information, see the staff report.

Sparwood Lions Club Lease Agreement

Council authorized Staff to commence with an Alternative Approval Process (AAP) to seek approval of the electors to proceed with a disposition of land located at 400 Lions Park Place by way of a 30-year lease to the Sparwood Lions Club Society. The Club maintains a storage building in Lions Park for storage of supplies and materials owned by the Club.
For more information, see the staff report.


Discharge of Firearms

The District of Sparwood would like to remind residents that the discharge of firearms is prohibited within the “No Shooting Area”, unless permitted to do so by the Firearm Act or if a permit has been issued under Firearm Regulation Bylaw No. 540, 1989.

The bylaw permits the use of long bows, recurve bows and compound bows at the new Archery Range, however, it prohibits their use within the remainder of the District’s “No Shooting Area”.

A firearm includes a rifle, shotgun, handgun or spring gun and any device that propels a projectile by means of an explosion, compressed gas or spring, including a cross bow.
For more information, the bylaw and maps are available on our website at www.sparwood.ca.

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.

Snow Removal Safety

All residents of Sparwood are asked to be conscientious when the Public Works crews are removing snow from the municipal streets. Please be aware that any vehicles that are parked on the street while snow removal activities are taking place will be ticketed.

Parents please keep your children away from snowbanks. Although they look tempting to play on, or tunnel into they are dangerous for children to play on. Snow-plow operators and other motorists may not be able to see children playing around snowbanks. Help ensure our children play safe!Visit www.sparwood.ca/snow-removal for more information on the Snow Removal & Ice Control Program.