Board in Brief - August 2015

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The August 20, 2015 Board meeting took place in Golden, BC. The Board members very much enjoyed the opportunity to visit the communities of Golden and Area A, Rural Golden.

HIGHLIGHTS - ALL AREAS

CSRD – Carbon Neutral

The Board received the letter of congratulations from the joint Provincial - Union of B.C. Municipalities Green Communities Committee for achieving carbon neutrality in the 2014 reporting year. See letter.

 

Columbia Wetlands Waterbirds

The Board heard from Rachel Darvill, biologist, the Program Manager responsible for the Columbia Wetlands Waterbird Survey. Ms. Darvill informed the Board about the need for waterbird monitoring and the project achievements. See attachment for PowerPoint Presentation.

 

Good Neighbour Bylaw and Volunteer Recognition

The Board considered recommendations of the Electoral Area Directors’ Committee including the potential to research implementation options of a good neighbour bylaw. Staff will prepare a Good Neighbour Bylaw for Electoral Areas A – F (excluding Electoral Area D) and present it to the Board for consideration in the future. On the recommendation of the Electoral Area Directors’ Committee, the Board called for a review and update of the volunteer recognition policy. This policy will also come back to the Board in the future. See minutes from Electoral Area Directors’ Committee Meeting on July 29, 2015.

 

Parks and Trails

The Board adopted an inspection and maintenance policy for CSRD parks and recreational trails to maximize operational efficiency and public safety while reducing corporate liability. See Board Report and Policy.

 

Shuswap Watershed Council Service

The Board granted third reading to Bylaw No. 5705 that would establish a Shuswap Watershed Council – a proposed service to collaborate, promote, protect and monitor water quality in those parts of the Shuswap Watershed that comprise the service area (Electoral Areas C, D, E, F and the District of Sicamous).    In discussing the bylaw, the Board agreed to amendments to the proposed bylaw including the method of cost recovery for the service be based on a parcel tax.  The next step in establishing the service is to submit the bylaw to the Inspector of Municipalities for approval.  The Board also endorsed an alternate approval process as the method to obtain assent of the electors from those eligible voters in the participating service areas. See Board Report, proposed bylaw (prior to amendments) and report explaining the components of the proposed bylaw.

 

Operating Reserve Fund

The Board adopted the CSRD Operating Reserve Fund Bylaw which will help stabilize tax rates in years when a surplus may have arisen. See Board Report and bylaw.

 

HIGHLIGHTS - BY AREA

Cigar Boats – Shuswap & Mara

The Board received information on the regulatory and non-regulatory options for controlling cigar boats on Shuswap and Mara Lakes. The Board directed staff to pursue Vehicle Operating Restriction Regulations for Shuswap and Mara Lakes. See Board Report for more information.

 

Fire Suppression

Area A: The Board introduced the Nicholson Fire Suppression Local Service Area Amendment Bylaw No. 5697 which proposes inclusion of eight properties currently lying outside the boundaries of the current service area. See Board Report and proposed bylaw.

Areas A, D & E: The Board introduced and adopted CSRD Local Fire Suppression Committee Bylaw No. 5688 which governs the local fire services advisory committees. This bylaw outlines the roles of the advisory committees. See Board Report and bylaw.

Areas C & F: The Board introduced and adopted CSRD Sub Regional Fire Suppression Advisory Committee Bylaw No. 5701 which consolidates the existing sub regional fire suppression committee bylaws for Areas C and F. See Board Report and bylaw.

Sicamous & Area E: The Board introduced the Sicamous Rural Fire Suppression Local Service Area Amendment Bylaw No. 5700 which proposes inclusion of two properties lying outside the boundaries of the current service area. See Board Report and proposed bylaw.

 

Area A: Golden Golf Club – Board Support for RV Storage

Golden Golf Club (GGC) resides on CSRD land so the GGC requested support from the Board to pre-approve changes to the terms of the lease to include RV Storage, thereby expanding the GGC’s revenue streams. The Board supported this request stipulating conditions for consultation on siting and form and character and appointed the GGC to act as their agent in making the necessary application to the ALC for non-farm use approval. See request.

 

Area A: B.C. Visitor Centre, Golden

The Board agreed to solicit appropriate Provincial Government representatives at the upcoming UBCM convention for a transfer of land title to the Golden and Area Community Economic Development Society for the land on which the B.C. Visitor Centre in Golden is located. Click to view minutes of the Golden and Area Community Economic Development Society and a letter from the Golden Area Initiatives to the Town of Golden Council.

 

Area C: Community Governance

The Board agreed to support a preliminary study and review of community governance issues in Electoral Area C. After the conclusion of the governance analysis, the Local Governance Study Committee will recommend whether a more comprehensive incorporation study is warranted or whether the Board might want to consider other governance reforms. See Board Report, chronology of Sorrento governance study and the Terms of Reference for the preliminary study.

 

Area C: Blind Bay Street Lighting

The Board introduced Blind Bay Street Lighting Local Service Area Bylaw No. 5704 which proposes to merge the existing five service areas into one. See Board Report and proposed bylaw.

 

Areas C & F: Support for Grant Applications

The Board supported MYBC Datacom Ltd. and Mascon Cable Systems in their grant applications to the Northern Development Initiative Trust for funding from the Connecting British Columbia program. MYBC Datacom Ltd. is applying for a grant of $106,000 for the “Okanagan-Shuswap” project and Mascon Cable Systems is applying for two grants: one for $130,063 for the Sunnybrae Fiber Build project and the other for $72,000 for the North Shuswap Fiber Connection project.

 

Salmon Arm: Borrowing for Life Trail System and Soccer Field

The Board approved a security issuing bylaw for Salmon Arm to borrow $500,000 to undertake the design and construction of the Life Trail System (Phase 1) and to design and redevelop Soccer Field No. 2 in Blackburn Park. See Board Report, request from the City of Salmon Arm, approval and related bylaws.

GRANTS IN AID & FUNDING

The following applications for Grants-in-Aid were approved by the Board. See Board Report.

Area A

$1,000       Golden & District Historical Society (Golden Museum Fall Faire)
$500          Columbia Basin Environmental Education Network (Wild voices for Kids environmental education program)
$1,000       Donald Recreation (Dock maintenance, community-building activities)

Area C

$8,600       Carlin & District Recreation Society (replace parking lot barricades and repair roof vent)

Area E

$3,000       Cambie Community Hall Association (Insurance and propane)
$3,000       Swansea Point Community Association (Insurance and Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program reflective address signs)

Area F

$5,000       Imai Park Foundation (Park maintenance)
$6,500       North Shuswap First Responder Society (Automated external defibrillators)

 

Other funding approved by the Board:

$15,000 from the Electoral Area A Community Works Fund to the Nicholson Fire Hall for energy efficient upgrades to the lighting and hot water heating system. See Board Report.

 

$15,000 from the Revelstoke and Area B Economic Opportunity Fund to the Revy Riders Dirtbike Club to assist the club with a trail works project. See Board Report.

 

$27,736 plus applicable taxes from the Electoral Area D Community Works Fund to the Falkland and District Curling Club to undertake the replacement of lighting, windows and doors, update insulation and replace heaters. See Board Report.

 

$27,736 plus applicable taxes from the Electoral Area E Community Works Fund to the Sicamous Curling Club to undertake the purchase of an Ice-King Ultra Ever-Sharp machine. See Board Report.

LAND USE MATTERS

Agricultural Land Commission (ALC)

 

Area A: ALC Application for Subdivision (LC2504A)

The Board recommended approval of this application, which will be forwarded to the Agricultural Land Commission for consideration. The applicants (Pfeifenroth, Jones, Gordon, Brisson, Labrecque; agent: Coughlin) applied for subdivision of their properties located in Parson to adjust the parcel boundary between the three subject properties and to create one additional lot from Lot 1. See Board Report.

 

Area A: ALC Application for Non-Farm Use (LC2505A)

The Board recommended approval of this application, which will be forwarded to the Agricultural Land Commission for consideration. The agent (Liebman) applied for a non-farm use for their property located near Horse Creek to operate a commercial timberframe business. See Board Report.

 

Area B: ALC Application for Non-Farm Use (L2486B)

The Board recommended approval of this application, which will be forwarded to the Agricultural Land Commission for consideration. The applicant (Eagle Pass Heli-skiing Ltd.) applied for a two-year extension of non-farm use to allow for temporary commercial lodging and helicopter staging on the property located south of the City of Revelstoke. See Board Report.

 

Area C: ALC Application for Subdivision (LC2503C)

The Board recommended approval of this application, which will be forwarded to the Agricultural Land Commission for consideration. The applicants (Mikoula) applied for a 3 lot subdivision of their property located near Broderick Creek. See Board Report.

 

Development Variance Permits (DVPs)

Area E: DVP900-01 (Vinje): Dock

Withdrawn
The applicant has chosen to withdraw his application for an oversize dock. See Board Report.

 

Area F: DVP825-22 (Larsen): Accessory Building

The applicants applied to vary the maximum height of an accessory building (from 6 metres to 6.14 metres) and to vary the minimum setback from the interior side parcel boundary (from 2.0 metres to 1.86 metres) and the minimum setback from the rear parcel boundary (from 2.0 metres to 1.84 metres) for an accessory building (garage) in Scotch Creek. The Board approved issuance of the Development Variance Permit. See Board Report.

 

Zoning and Official Community Plan (OCP) Changes

Area C: BL900-14: Lakes Zoning Amendment (CSRD)

Lakes Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 900-14 was introduced to the Board. The area proposed to be rezoned from FM2 – Foreshore Multifamily 2 to FC2 – Foreshore Commercial 2 is located in the Bastion Bay area of Shuswap Lake (Totem Pole Resort). The proposed amendment will recognize the existing commercial dock, oversized swim platform and 25 private mooring buoys (instead of the 15 private mooring buoys currently allowed). The Board gave first and second readings and approved referral of the bylaw out to various agencies for comments. See Board Report.

 

Area E: BL2065: Rural Sicamous Land Use Amendment (0974481 BC Ltd.)

Rural Sicamous Land Use Amendment (0974481 BC Ltd.) Bylaw No. 2065 was introduced to the Board. The property that is subject of the bylaw amendment is located in Swansea Point. The Board gave the bylaw first reading and approved referral of the bylaw out to various agencies for comments. The applicant is proposing a text amendment to the HC – Highway Commercial Zone that would restrict permitted uses to the current uses on the subject property. See Board Report.

 

Area F: BL830-16: OCP Amendment and BL800-27: Zoning Amendment (Popular Roost Resort Ltd.)

Electoral Area F Official Community Plan Amendment (Popular Roost Resort Ltd.) Bylaw No. 830-16 and Magna Bay Zoning Amendment (Popular Roost Resort Ltd.) Bylaw No. 800-27 were introduced to the Board. The property that is the subject of the proposed amendments is located in Magna Bay. The proposed amendments are to redesignate property from WR Waterfront Residential to MH Mixed Housing, and to amend an existing site specific special regulation within the Multi-Single Family Residential MSR zone to allow the existing mix of housing types on the property. This zoning amendment would permit 5 duplexes on the subject property and allow the reconstruction of the duplex which burned down. The Board gave first reading to both bylaws and approved referral of the bylaws out to various agencies for comments. See Board Report.

 

Area F: BL830-15: OCP Amendment and BL825-36: Zoning Amendment (Scotch Creek Developments)

Electoral Area 'F' Official Community Plan Amendment (Scotch Creek Developments) Bylaw No. 830-15 and Scotch Creek/Lee Creek Zoning Amendment (Scotch Creek Developments) Bylaw No. 825-36 were introduced to the Board. The property that is the subject of the proposed amendment is located in Scotch Creek. The proposed amendments are proposed to redesignate a 1.088 ha (2.69 ac) portion of the subject property from LD Low Density Residential within the Scotch Creek Primary Settlement Area to CPU Commercial Public Utility within the Scotch Creek Primary Settlement Area, and rezone the same portion of the subject property from Comprehensive Development 1 (CDF1) Development Area 1 to Comprehensive Development 1 (CDF1) Development Area 4 and Development Area 5 to permit the new proposed use of a community commercial private utility sewer treatment and disposal facility. The bylaw amendments, if successful, would also allow for subdivision to create 35 new fee-simple lots. See Board Report.