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Posted: April 28, 2016

Fernie Council Connection

The following is a synopsis of what occurred during the April 25 City of Fernie council meeting.


Montane1.1 Development Variance Permit Application No. 381 – 10 Piedmont Drive – Montane  Developments Council authorized the issuance of Development Variance Permit No. DVP-381 to vary the siting regulation for a building or structure on a bareland strata lot, from no less than 7.5 metres from an exterior perimeter parcel line to no less than the exterior perimeter parcel line setbacks of 6.0 metres or 4.5 metres. Report to Council

1.2 Development Variance Permit Application No. 383 – 18 Cedar Bowl Drive Council authorized the issuance of Development Variance Permit No. DVP-383 to vary the screening and fencing maximum height from ground level in a required side yard, from 2.0 metres to 3.0 metres to accommodate a 12.19 metres long x 3.0 metres high fence along a portion of the south property line. Report to Council

1.3 Development Variance Permit No. 384 for 1301A 9th Avenue    Council directed staff to issue notice of an Informal Public Hearing to be held during the regular council meeting on May 9, to consider issuance of No. DVP-384 to legalize an existing 6.198 metres x 2.79 metres second storey sundeck only, by increasing the maximum parcel coverage, from 35% to 39.6%. Report to Council

summersocials1.4 Partnership Agreement with the Fernie Chamber of Commerce for the Summer Socials will be modified from the specified eight events down to four events for the Sunday Socials. This will allow the chamber personnel to provide more focus with funding, staff time and volunteers to provide better events.

1.5 Partnership Agreement with the Fernie Chamber of CommerceGriz Days That council direct staff to prepare a partnering agreement with the Fernie Chamber of Commerce for the provision of municipal services, being the hosting of the Griz Days Festival for a three year period at $10,000/yr and bring back to a future meeting for council’s consideration.


2.1 Bylaw No. 2292, Zoning Bylaw No. 1750, Amendment Bylaw No. 179, 2016   Council gave third reading and authorized referral to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for approval. This will rezone the property at 722A & 722B from C1- Retail Commercial to R2- Duplex Residential. Report to Council

2.2 Waste Regulation Bylaw No. 1845, Amendment No. 7, Bylaw No. 2296, 2016    Waste Regulation Bylaw No. 1845, Amendment Bylaw No. 7, Bylaw No. 2296, 2016 was given first three readings. Once adopted Bylaw No. 2296 will prohibit the use of plastic bags placed curbside for garbage collection. Report to Council

2.3 2016 – 2020 Five Year Financial Plan Bylaw No. 2294    Council approved the changes as presented in the financial section of the Director of Finance report for inclusion in the 2016-2020 Five Year Financial Plan gave first three readings to the 2016-2020 Five Year Financial Plan Bylaw No. 2294 Report to Council

2.4 2016 Tax Rates Bylaw 2295    Council gave first three readings to the 2016 Tax Rates Bylaw No. 2295 Report to Council


3.1 Mayor’s Poetry Challenge: A Celebration of Poetry, Writing and Publishing. Participating Poets are as follows:

– The Fernie Academy, Sienna Longo;

– Isabella Dicken Elementary School, Devon MacGregor;

Adults in community; Mary Mendek, Keith Ligget, Adam MacDonald.

This year’s selections of poems were wonderful and all participants did a fantastic job. Thank you for participating! The League of Canadian Poets

3.2 Montane Stage 1 and Stage 2 Subdivisions – Modification of Geo-technical Covenants CA4714163 and CA 463450 for Lots 1 to 4, District Lot 4589, Kootenay District, Plan EPP45555 and Lots 21, 23 and 24, District Lot 4589, Kootenay District, Plan EPP48838 Montane Developments Ltd.   Council authorized the designated signatories of the Corporation of the City of Fernie staff to execute the attached Modification of Covenant documents for Geotechnical Covenants CA4714163 and CA4636450 and that said documents be registered against the applicable titles at the cost of Montane Developments. Ltd. Report to Council | Title Search Documents | Reference Plan of Covenant Documents


4.1 Next scheduled meetings of council are:

– Monday, May 9 , Committee of the Whole (COTW) at 10 a.m.

– Monday, May 9, Regular meeting of Council at 7 p.m. in council chambers

Bear in area4.2 Bears in the Community    Starting soon residents will need to place their garbage for curbside collection in plastic or metal containers. The use of plastic bags will be prohibited. Everyone is reminded to be BearSmart and take responsibility for waste and other wildlife attractants. Wildsafebc

4.3 Funding OpportunityApplications are now being accepted through the Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) Festival & Event Development Program. Limited funding is available to assist community organizations with the cost of developing and hosting festivals and events. Deadline for completed application forms requesting funding for the 2016 fiscal year is Tuesday, May 31. Festival Event Funding Application Form | Festival Event Funding Guidelines

4.4 Association of Kootenay Boundary Local Governments (AKBLG) Annual Meeting and Conference – 2018    The (AKBLG) is the local government association that represents the municipalities and electoral areas of the south-eastern portion of the province of British Columbia. The area includes the Regional Districts of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB), Central Kootenay (RDCK), East Kootenay (RDEK) as well as the Town of Golden and the Village of Valemount. The Conference is held annually and will be hosted by Rossland in 2017. Fernie will be in contact with the AKBLG to submit our expression of interest to host the Annual General Meeting/Conference for 2018.

4.5 Annual Spring Clean Up! It’s that time of year again, the City of Fernie is once again offering residential households within the City of Fernie free pick up of lawn and garden waste. No household garbage- just grass clippings, brush, weeds and small tree branches less than six inches in diameter. For more information and the Schedule of Pick up Times and Dates check out the city website. Spring Clean Up

MADD Call 9114.6 MADD Mothers Against Drunk Drivers    Council supported the MADD Campaign initiative and will installing ‘CALL 911’ signage throughout Fernie. The program encourages the public to call 911 to report suspected impaired drivers to police. Play a part in keeping our roads and waterways safe and in reducing impaired driving crashes, deaths and injuries. Signage Campaign Press Release | MADD Website

A copy of the agenda package is available of the city website.

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