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Council Highlights - August 16, 2018

Highlights from August 16, 2018 City of Powell River Council Meeting
The following summary is provided in accordance with Council’s Strategic Priorities and is in keeping with the City’s commitment to the principles of openness, transparency and accountability.
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Proclamation
Mayor Dave Formosa proclaimed September 9 to 16, 2018, as Terry Fox Week. The Terry Fox flag will be flown at City Hall during the week.
 
Rise and Report regarding a Parcel of Airport Land
There was a rise and report from the Manager of Economic Development and Communications regarding an offer to enter into a 99-year lease on a parcel of airport land, brought forward from an in camera Council meeting on July 19, 2018. City Council has accepted an offer to enter into a 99-year lease on an 11.5-acre parcel located inside the fence of the Powell River Airport, from 1170987 BC Ltd., for the sum of $600,000. The numbered company is owned by Gaoshi Holdings (Canada) Ltd., and its plans are to develop an Aviation Industrial Park, which will house maintenance and repair operations, accredited pilot and maintenance technician training programs, and possible aviation manufacturing. The offer includes a commitment by the proposed tenant to begin construction within two years and obtain occupancy permits by four years of the commencement of the lease. If either deadline is not met the City will have the option to buy the lease out at the original price. The City has committed to providing a 10-year tax revitalization bylaw on the parcel, whereby taxes will be gradually increased 10 per cent per year until reaching 100 per cent at the end of the period. A lease is being drafted and negotiated and will be brought back to Council for review and approval in the near future.
 
Rise and Report regarding Transfer of Ownership of the Former Townsite Hospital Property to Tla’amin Nation
Council approved transferring ownership of Lot 3 District Lot 450 Block 46 New West District Plan VAP12506 Group 1, & Blk E (PID: 002-457-997) to the Tla’amin Nation as per a commitment made previously by the City in May 2003. The transfer is expected to be completed by August 31, 2018.
 
City of Powell River Zoning Bylaw 2100, 2006, Amendment Bylaw 2532, 2018
This zoning amendment bylaw pertains to Joyce Commons at 4747 and 4753 Joyce Avenue. Council voted that City of Powell River Zoning Bylaw 2100, 2006, Amendment Bylaw 2532, 2018, be read a first and second time; that the Amendment Bylaw proceed to public hearing and that staff be directed to schedule the public hearing and give notice in accordance with Section 466 of the Local Government Act; that the applicant be required to register a Section 219 covenant against title that would require all units to be equipped with solar ready and electric vehicle-ready features as part of the initial construction; that the applicant be requested to make a voluntary community amenity contribution to the affordable housing reserve fund. The purpose is to consider an application to rezone two properties located on the west side of Joyce Avenue between Barnet Street and Alberni Street to facilitate a mixed commercial and residential use development.
 
Recreational Cannabis Retail Bylaw Updates
Council voted that City of Powell River Fee Bylaw 2092, 2005, Amendment Bylaw 2533, 2018, be read a first and second time. Council also voted the City of Powell River Zoning Bylaw 2100, 2006, Amendment Bylaw 2534, 2018, be read a first and second time; that City of Powell River Zoning Bylaw 2100, 2006, Amendment Bylaw 2534, 2018, proceed to public hearing and that staff be directed to schedule the public hearing and give notice in accordance with Section 466 of the Local Government Act. Council further voted that City of Powell River Business Licence Bylaw 2226, 2010, Amendment Bylaw 2535, 2018, be read a first and second time and that staff be directed to give notice in accordance with Section 59 of the Community Charter. The purpose of these initiatives is to consider updates to the Zoning Bylaw, Fee Bylaw and Business Licence Bylaw in anticipation of the federal legalization of non-medical cannabis in October 2018.
 
City of Powell River Delegation Bylaw
Council voted that City of Powell River Delegation Bylaw 2367, 2013, Amendment Bylaw 2530, 2018, be adopted. The bylaw will increase the maximum construction value approvable and will allow for façade-only approvals for Development Permits by City staff. Delegating façade improvements and increasing the construction value limit of delegated Development Permit approvals to staff will effectively fast-track such applications.
 
City of Powell River Fee Bylaw
Council voted that City of Powell River Fee Bylaw 2092, 2005, Amendment Bylaw 2531, 2018, be adopted. In mid-2017, the Planning Services Department was asked to review development fees to support improved cost recovery. Development fees need to recover the cost of efficiently and effectively reviewing development applications while minimizing the burden of a robust real estate market on the local taxpayer.
 
City of Powell River Financial Plan Amendment Bylaw
Council voted that City of Powell 2018 to 2022 Financial Plan Bylaw 2501. 2018, Amendment Bylaw 2518, 2018, be adopted. The amendment to the five-year financial plan bylaw includes changes and corrections required to ensure expenditures meet the requirements of the Community Charter. The changes include: Financial Services department staff for extended transition/continuity and project support; correction to capital projects involving the fire hall design study; correction to other revenue and expenses sources; correction to the airport runway phase 2 funding source.
 
City of Powell River Financial Plan Amendment Bylaw
Council voted City of Powell River Five-Year Financial Plan Bylaw 2501, 2018, Amendment Bylaw 2521, 2018, be adopted. The amendment allows for a grant from the BC Rural Dividend Fund of $31,120, matched by a City of Powell River allocation of $8,280, for a total project budget of $41,400, to carry out a Farm Economy Project.
 
Street Vending Bylaw
Council voted that City of Powell River Street Vending Bylaw 2536, 2018, be adopted. The bylaw proposes street vending locations at the former barge terminal in Westview, adjacent to the sea walk, and in the Townsite, adjacent to Dwight Hall.
 
If further information is needed on any of these matters, please contact the City Clerk at 604-485-8603, or email info@powellriver.ca. These highlights are provided to summarize the Council meeting and are not the official record of the meeting. The minutes of this meeting will be posted on the City’s website once adopted.
 

Event date: 
Friday, August 17, 2018 - 8:15am

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