Council Meeting Highlights: March 28, 2022
In December 2020, Bylaws staff received a complaint that there was work being done on a garden shed at the rear of a property without a building permit, and staff imposed a stop-work order. The homeowner informed staff that they had purchased the property in August 2020 and that the shed was on the property when they bought it. Once it is brought to the District's attention that a structure was built without a permit or is non-confirming, the homeowner must either change the structure to conform or retroactively apply for a building permit and a variance permit.
Council approved the variance permit required to allow the garden shed to remain.
On February 14, Council approved Operating and Capital Budgets for 2022, including a property tax increase of 1.79%, an asset levy increase of 1%, and a new environmental levy of 1.5%.
At this meeting, staff asked Council to approve the bylaws necessary to enact the budget:
- Five-Year Financial Plan Bylaw includes the approved 2022 budget and projections for the next four years. The five-year plan is a statutory requirement.
- Allocation of funds to support the Capital Budget: Council approval is required to release money from reserve funds to support the 2022 capital program.
Council approved the Five-Year Financial Plan Bylaw and the funding for capital projects.
Various housekeeping amendments to the zoning bylaw are desired to provide greater clarity, correct typographical or inadvertent errors, and provide clear direction for the public and staff in interpreting the bylaw. The proposed amendments are not substantive, but a public hearing is required to amend a bylaw.
Council set a date for a public hearing to consider these changes on April 25, 2022.
Council approved the work plan.
Finance and Audit Committee Request for Staff Report on Pay Parking Options and Alternatives
Council directed staff to develop a plan for a seasonal pay parking program in the following destination parks:
- Lighthouse Park
- Whytecliff Park
- Nelson Canyon Park/Whyte Lake Trailhead
Effective May 1, 2022, sprinkling regulations are changing across the region, from two days per week to one day per week. Each municipality adopts its own bylaw to support the regional approach to water conservation.
In 2022, lawn watering will be permitted one day a week as follows:
- Even-numbered addresses on Saturday
- Odd-numbered addresses on Sundays
- Automatic watering – from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m.
- Manual watering – from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.
On March 7, Council read the bylaw a first, second, and third time. Council adopted the bylaw.
Proposed BC Timber Sales Pest Management Plan
Council was recently made aware of a proposed pest management plan for forested areas from Squamish to Hope. The proposal includes the use of herbicides for five years. Given the potential impact on the environment, Council agreed to write to the province to request an extension of the public information and engagement period, which ended on March 27.
A consent agenda allows Council to approve all these items together without discussion or individual motions. Council approved all of the reports listed below.
The next regular Council meeting will take place on April 11, 2022.