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Council Highlights - Regular Council Meeting June 21, 2018

Highlights from June 21, 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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Tla’amin Nation and City of Powell River Community Accord
Council voted to approve the Community Accord, substantially as amended. The Community Accord was signed by both governments on May 10, 2003. On April 5, 2016, the Tla’amin Constitution came into force and the Nation returned to self-government. As a result, the Community Accord requires a few amendments to bring it up to date. This is the 15th anniversary of the original Community Accord.
 
BC Rural Dividend Matching Funds
Council voted approve an amendment to the 2018 Budget to provide $8,280 from General Surplus to match $41,400 in funding from the BC Rural Dividend Program to continue work on the Powell River Farm Sector Plan. The BC Rural Dividend Program has offered the City the opportunity to use the unspent funds of $41,400 from the development of a Farm Sector Plan to continue to work on several aspects of the project.
 
Board of Variance Appointments
Council voted that it approve appointment of Mr. Steve Short and Mr. Melville Low to serve as members of the Board of Variance for a term ending December 31, 2020, and that Council re-appoint Mr. Doug Peel to the Board of Variance for a term ending December 31, 2020.
 
Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP) Funding
Council voted to approve funding to Climate Action Powell River (CAPR) in the amount of $9,624 from the CARIP reserve fund. The funds will be used in conjunction with a BCIT student creating a carbon calculator and lowering carbon emissions.
 
2017 Annual Municipal Report
After an opportunity for public submissions or questions regarding the 2017 annual report, Council voted that the City of Powell River 2017 Annual Report be adopted. The Community Charter requires municipal government to prepare an Annual Report, make the report available for public inspection and provide an opportunity for public submissions and questions on same.
 
Rise and Report – In Camera Council
Council authorized entering into a Contract of Purchase and Sale with BC Housing as part of the Provincial Investment in Affordable Housing Program. BC Housing will acquire City-owned land on Ontario Avenue, construct a multi-storey housing development and enter into an agreement with inclusion Powell River to operate the facility. In exchange for providing the Ontario Avenue property, the City will acquire the lot located at 7025 Duncan Street. News releases will be circulated and Notices of Disposition will be published in relation to this project.
 
Report of the Public Hearing held June 7, 2018
Council voted that the report of the Public Hearing held June 7, 2018, regarding City of Powell River Sustainable Official Community Plan Bylaw 2370, 2014, Amendment Bylaw 2502, 2018, City of Powell River Zoning Bylaw 2100, 2006, Amendment Bylaw 2503, 2018, and City of Powell River Zoning Bylaw 2100, 2006, Amendment Bylaw 2505, 2018, be accepted. The lands in question in the first two subjects are occupied by Santé Veritas Therapeutics adjacent to the Catalyst Paper Corporation mill site and the property in the third subject is situated at 7345 Warner Street.
 
City of Powell River Sustainable Official Community Plan Bylaw
This is a bylaw to amend the Official Land Use Designations Map, by amending the designated parcels from Millsite Industrial to Employment Centre, and Council voted that the City of Powell River Sustainable Official Community Plan Bylaw 2370, 2014, Amendment Bylaw 2502, 2018, be read a third time and adopted. The lands in question are occupied by Santé Veritas Therapeutics adjacent to the Catalyst Paper Corporation mill site.
 
City of Powell River Zoning Bylaw 2100, 2006, Amendment Bylaw 2503, 2018
This is a bylaw to amend the Official Zoning Map by rezoning the designated parcels from M3 Millsite to M1 General Industrial, and Council voted that the City of Powell River Zoning Bylaw 2100, 2006, Amendment Bylaw 2503, 2018, be read a third time and adopted. The lands in question are occupied by Santé Veritas Therapeutics adjacent to the Catalyst Paper Corporation mill site.
 
City of Powell River Zoning Bylaw 2100, 2006, Amendment Bylaw 2505, 2018 (7345 Warner Street)
This is a bylaw to amend City of Powell River Zoning Bylaw 2100, 2006, by rezoning the designated parcel from A1 Small Lot Rural Residential to R2 Single and Two-Family Residential, and Council voted that the City of Powell River Zoning Bylaw 2100, 2006, Amendment Bylaw 2505, 2018, be read a third time and adopted.
 
Sustainable Official Community Plan Bylaw
Council voted that City of Powell River Sustainable Official Community Plan Bylaw 2370, 2014, Amendment Bylaw 2516, 2018, be read a first time. Townsite National Historic District was designated as the first National Historic Site of Canada in BC by the federal government in 1995 in recognition of the historical, cultural and architectural importance of its built heritage. The implementation of a Development Permit Area for Townsite would provide guidelines to support sympathetic renovations and new construction of buildings that do not compromise neighbours’ and the neighbourhood’s historic character and values.
 
City of Powell River Election and Assent Voting Bylaw
Council voted that the City of Powell River Election and Assent Voting Bylaw 2517, 2018 be read a first, second and third time. On October 20, 2018, general local elections will be held throughout BC. Provincial legislation and community bylaws were reviewed, with City staff recommending several changes.
 
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, June 22, 2018 - 8:30am

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