Council Meeting Highlights: April 25, 2022
Council held a public hearing at 6 p.m., and the Council meeting started immediately after the public hearing was closed.
This public hearing was held to consider various housekeeping amendments to the zoning bylaw to provide
greater clarity, correct typographical or inadvertent errors, and provide clear direction in interpreting the bylaw. Council read the proposed zoning bylaw amendments for the first time at the March 28 Council meeting.
Council received input from the public and closed the public hearing.
A certified arborist assessed a hemlock tree at 2668 Bellevue Avenue in 2019 and determined it is in poor condition and has structural defects. The District granted a tree removal permit to the property owner, but the tree was not removed. The tree poses a high risk to the property, neighbouring properties, and nearby powerlines, and the District sent two notices to the owner to require the removal of the tree, but the owner has not complied.
Staff presented a history of the hazard tree. Council passed a resolution requiring the owner to remove the tree. If the owner does not comply, staff are authorized to remove the tree and recover the cost from the owner through the municipal tax assessment.
Youth Week takes place each year in the first week of May. The District has four youth leadership committees to build a community of young people who are connected, aware, and informed. Members of the four committees provided a presentation outlining the last year's achievements.
Each year, after the budget is adopted, the Tax Rate Bylaw sets the rates to allow the municipality to collect the appropriate revenues through property taxes. Council gave the bylaw a first, second, and third reading. Adoption will take place at a later meeting.
In response to the pandemic, in 2020 Council adopted a temporary patio program to establish temporary outdoor areas for local businesses. As part of this program, one lane on the north side of 2400 Block Marine Drive in Dundarave was temporarily reallocated for business use. Staff recommended the program be extended to align with new provincial regulations and continue to support local economic recovery. Council extended the program until March 31, 2023.
The federal government is seeking input on combating climate change by transitioning to a low carbon economy. Council endorsed the creation of a Just Transition Act for Canada with adequate commensurate funding and the Mayor will write a letter of support to the federal government regarding the Just Transition Act on behalf of the District.
The proposed bylaw amendments received first reading at the March 28 Council meeting. Council held a public hearing on April 25 (see above). Council read the bylaw a second and third time, and adopted the amendment bylaw.
Council held a public hearing on March 29, 2022, and then gave the amended bylaw a second and third reading. Council adopted the amendment bylaw.
A consent agenda allows Council to approve all these items together without discussion or individual motions. Council approved the reports listed below.
- Union of British Columbia Municipalities 2022 Strengthening Communities’ Services Program – North Shore Application
- E-Comm Board of Directors Appointment for 2022/2023
The next regular Council meeting will take place on May 9, 2022.