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Council Meeting Highlights - December 20, 2018

Highlights from December 20, 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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Traffic Safety on Cranberry Street
Council voted that the following vehicles and vehicle/trailer combinations are prohibited from using and travelling over Cranberry Street from Tatlow Street to the gates of the existing gravel pit near Lindsay Park:
  • All multi-axle tandem trailer commercial and industrial vehicles
  • All vehicles exceeding 10 tonnes GVW
  • All vehicles designed for use in forestry and heavy industry, whether fully loaded or empty, and

That associated signage placed at the intersections of Haslam and Cranberry Street, Manson and Cranberry Street, and other locations as deemed appropriate by the Director of Infrastructure in order to ensure compliance, minimize traffic hazards and promote safety.
 
Regional Community Wildfire Protection Plan Update
Council voted that it reconfirm its endorsement of the Fuel Management Prescription for 36.4 hectares of municipally owned property comprising a portion of the Penticton Trails, including all potential treatment activities including thinning, pruning, surface fuel removal, tree cutting, piling, hazard tree removal, burning, chipping and planting; and
 
That Council endorse an application to the Union of BC Municipalities’ (UBCM) Community Resiliency Investment Program (CRI) for 2-19 FireSmart Community Funding to support meeting regional Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) recommendations; and
 
That Council endorse the qathet Regional District providing overall grant management for the project; and
 
That Council endorse continuing to address the recommendations within the CWPP in collaboration with the Tla’amin Nation and the qathet Regional District.
 
Recreational Cannabis Retail – Amendments to Council Policy 196
Council voted to that City of Powell River Council Policy 196 be adopted as amended. The amendment applies to public notification requirements for cannabis retail when application has been made for a cannabis retail store. The amendment reduces the mail out radius requirement to properties, from 300 to 61 metres from the store, stipulates newspaper advertising in two consecutive issues of a local newspaper three to 10 days before public hearing, and to have signage placed on the proposed retail property when the application is advanced to public hearing.
 
Development Permit 239 and Development Variance Permit 219
These permits pertain to the BC Housing Powell River Supportive Housing Complex on Joyce Avenue. Council voted that Development Variance Permit 219 to vary City of Powell River Zoning Bylaw 2100, 2006, by relaxing the front setback requirements from 7.5 to 3.0 metres, and reducing the number of required off-street parking stalls from 57 to 15 to facilitate the development of a multi-family residential supportive housing project on a vacant property located on Joyce Avenue near the intersection of Harvie Avenue be issued, and that Development Permit 239 to facilitate the development of a multi-family residential supportive housing project on a vacant property located on Joyce Avenue near the intersection of Harvie Avenue be issued subject to receipt of the associated security deposit for the required landscaping to the satisfaction of the Director of Planning Services. The construction of the supportive housing building in Powell River is part of a $291 million province-wide initiative to provide housing for people who are homeless or are at the risk of being homeless. The three-storey supportive housing building will include 44 single-occupancy units and shared amenity spaces such as a commercial kitchen and laundry facilities.
 
British Columbia Community Child Care Planning Program
Council voted to approve:

  • That the City of Powell River and the qathet Regional District submit a joint application for a $50,000 grant to the Union of BC Municipalities, under the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development’s Community Child Care Planning Program
  • That the City of Powell River supports the development of a “community child care space creation action plan” through partnership and stakeholders’ consultation and related activities, and the City of Powell River’s willingness to provide overall grant management
  • That Council approve $3,000 in City of Powell River’s 2019 Budget to support the child care planning process.

 
Development Permit 224 – Phase 2 Burnaby Street Condominiums
Council voted that Development Permit 224 to facilitate the development of a multi-family residential development on a property located behind the existing 16-unit condominium building at 6900 Burnaby Street, adjacent to Harwood Avenue, be approved and then issued subject to receipt of the associated security deposit for the required landscaping, to the satisfaction of the Director of Planning Services. The development includes two multi-family residential buildings with a total of 20 new units. The smaller of the two buildings is proposed as a two-storey structure with eight townhouse-style units. The larger of the two buildings will be a taller structure with 12 apartment-style units.
 
City of Powell River Revenue Anticipation Borrowing Bylaw
This is a bylaw to provide for the borrowing of such sums of money as may be required to meet the current lawful expenditures of the City. Council voted that City of Powell River Revenue Anticipation Borrowing Bylaw 2540, 2018, be adopted. The bylaw is designed to approve credit limits and ensure funds are available to the City to meet financial obligations in 2019. This would include a $3 million operating line of credit and a $300,000 commercial credit card limit.
 
City of Powell River Sewage Treatment and Disposal System Bylaw
This is a bylaw to establish frontage tax rates for the repayment of construction costs and operation costs of the City of Powell River Sewage Treatment and Disposal System. Council voted that Sewage Treatment and Disposal System Bylaw 2547, 2018 be adopted. Staff recommended an increase of six per cent to the Sewer Collector System Frontage Tax and Sewer Treatment and Disposal Frontage Tax. The sewer frontage taxes have not been changed since 2016. The proposed change would be roughly equal to a two per cent annual increase.
 
City of Powell River Sewage Collector System Bylaw
This is a bylaw to establish a frontage tax and charges for a Sewer Collector System. Council voted that City of Powell River Sewer Collector System Bylaw 2548, 2018 be adopted.
 
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, December 21, 2018 - 8:45am

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