For Immediate Release
December 12, 2012
Highlights from the December 11, 2012 Council Meeting
Transit Service & RapidBus
Council received an update from BC Transit representatives regarding recent transit schedule changes and the upcoming expansion of RapidBus. Council was advised that BC Transit received approximately 28 complaints as a result of changes in service implemented in September. The changes were prompted by the introduction of RapidBus and changes in service Council initiated as a cost-saving measure. BC Transit will analyze the concerns expressed to adjust service and improve operations where possible. Council was advised that the construction of new transit exchanges supporting RapidBus in Westbank Centre on Elliot Road and the Boucherie area adjacent to Highway 97 will begin in 2013. Detailed designs and project agreements are expected to be brought to Council in January as well as a communications plan for the construction of the exchanges.
Council gave third reading to bylaw amendments and an Official Community Plan amendment as part of an update to the District’s secondary suite regulations. These regulations and associated policy have existed for two years and were created to address the issue of illegal secondary suites in the community. After analysis of the two years the bylaw has been in existence Council requested that the bylaw be revised as follows:
Registration fee to a one-time fee rather than an annual fee; fee would be $125 for voluntary applications, and $250 for a complaint-driven application
Amendments to the septic field requirements
Removal of the owner-occupancy requirement
Requirement of a business licence for secondary suites
Maintain a complaint-based enforcement approach
Council held a public hearing on the matter on October 23, 2012.
3700 Inverness Road Rezoning
Council gave third reading to a Zoning Bylaw amendment for 3700 Inverness Road from Rural 3 (RU3) to Compact Housing (RC1) to facilitate a future subdivision in Glenrosa, consisting of up to approximately 31 lots. The property is surrounded by RU3 zoned property to the south and west and single family residences to the north. It is adjacent to Powers Creek. Council further directed staff to schedule the bylaw amendment for final consideration pending a number of conditions including the registration of restrictive covenants ensuring environmentally sensitive areas and steep slopes are protected, fire smart recommendations are followed and legal documentation securing future pedestrian connectivity. Council also directed that a new reserve fund be established called the “Glenrosa Neighbourhood Improvement Fund,” to which the developer will contribute $45,000. A public hearing on the application was held June 26, 2012.
4010 Angus Drive Development
Council adopted an application to rezone the eastern portion of the parcel at 4010 Angus Drive from A1 Agricultural to R1 Single Detached Housing to accommodate a future single family subdivision. The zoning conditions Council placed at third reading have been completed, including registration of a covenant providing a 15-metre buffer from the Agricultural Land Reserve and advising future owners of impacts resulting from normal farm practices; registration of a covenant providing a reasonable height restriction on the northern portion of the property, registration of a covenant restricting further subdivision of the property until drainage upgrades on Angus Drive are complete, and a $12,500 contribution to the District’s Angus Drive Improvement Restricted Reserve Fund. The application was the subject of a Public Hearing on June 26, 2012.
Latecomer Agreement Policy
Council directed staff to forward the District’s Latecomer Agreement Policy to the Urban Development Institute and other stakeholders for comment and directed staff to amend associated bylaws to reflect the development of the Latecomer Agreement Policy. The policy guides the development of Latecomer Agreements which gives the opportunity for landowners who construct infrastructure improvements as required by Council to recover some of their costs in turn from those who benefit from the services.
Soil Removal Bylaw
Council adopted the District’s Soils Removal and Deposit Bylaw No. 0127. The bylaw addresses issues related to the removal and deposit of soils in the municipality. The policy was developed after review of a number of related bylaws from other municipalities and provincial best practices. The intent of the bylaw is to regulate the movement of large amounts of soil within the District while still recognizing the need for the community to develop. The bylaw regulates dust, noise, public safety, environmental issues and damage to roads. After third reading on October 23, 2012, the bylaw was sent for statutory approval by the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.
Draft 2013 - 2022 Financial Plan
Council received the first draft of its 2013-2022 Financial Plan for information. This is the first budget being presented to Council without funding assistance from the Province of British Columbia for RCMP or restructuring. The budget includes a 3% tax increase. Council will begin comprehensive deliberations on the 2013 budget in January and will provide an opportunity for public input throughout the process, with final adoption slated for April 2013.
Staff Report - Executive Summary
Draft 2013 - 2022 Financial Plan Part 1
Draft 2013 - 2022 Financial Plan Part 2
Mayor’s Youth Forum – Action Plan
Council endorsed an action plan resulting from the October 30, 2012 Mayor’s Youth Forum. Council heard from two youths from the Mount Boucherie Senior Secondary Student Community Voice Group on November 27 who presented outcomes of the 2nd Annual Youth Forum. Topics that were of concern to youth were transit, safety, youth programs, communication to youth and increased positive recognition of youth. Any budgetary items related to the action plan will be brought to Council for its consideration.
Jim Lind Area – Floor Replacement
Council authorized early budget approval for the $1.45 million Jim Lind Arena Ice Floor Replacement Project. Staff will now release the tender for construction with a report expected to come back to Council with the tender results in January 2013. The project to replace the rink floor, boards and lighting is expected to take four months to complete. To minimize impact to users, staff is recommending the work be completed between April 1 and August 1, 2013 and the facility be closed during this time. The District is predicted to lose $50,000 in revenue during this closure. The 31,000 square foot facility was built in 1974. The floor is the original floor that typically has a life expectancy of 30 to 40 years.