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Posted: April 26, 2017

Invermere Council Report

By Carol Gordon

The regular meeting of District of Invermere council was held April 25 in the Municipal Office.

In attendance were: Mayor Gerry Taft and Councillors: Greg Anderson, Paul Denchuk, Justin Atterbury and Al Miller.

Staff present were: Chris Prosser, Chief Administrative Officer; Rory Hromadnik, Director of Development Services; Karen Cote, Director of Finance;  Kindry Luyendyk, Corporate Officer

Gallery: Four people.


Zoning Bylaw Amendment – Westside Park Commercial

This zoning application for bylaw to amend the Zoning Bylaw 1145, 2002 amends the existing permitted uses within C-3 Neighbourhood commercial zone by adding: neighbourhood retail convenience store, neighbourhood retail commercial, neighbourhood food sales, personal care services, health facility, studio, gas bar as an accessory use to a neighbourhood convenience store among other deletions, amendments and restrictions and development permit conditions.

Director of Development Services Rory Hromadnik reported on the Public Hearing (31 attended), held Monday, April 10, for the proposed Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1520, 2017. The full Public Hearing report including comments by those in attendance and all letters/emails submitted is available by clicking here.

Zoning Bylaw amendment 1520, 2017 was amended to change hours of operation for the gas bar and convenience store from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. with the caveat that there would be no deliveries before 7 a.m.

Also included in the Zoning Bylaw amendment is the district requesting the following:

  • Exterior lighting be restricted to full cut off LED lighting,
  • Exterior signage lighting restricted to indirect source, not back lit, (including Facia signage),
  • Signage lighting be restricted to the hours of operation and,
  • Development permit approval for the convenience store and gas bar are to be council approved prior to building permit or business licence issuance;
    Zoning Amendment Bylaw 1520, 2017 was unanimously given third reading and adoption pending a Development Permit application for council consideration.

Bylaws approved

Community Facility Parcel Tax Amendment Bylaw No. 1523, 2017;

Water Improvements 2008 Parcel Tax Amendment Bylaw No. 1524, 2017;

Water Supply Upgrade Parcel Tax Amendment Bylaw No. 1525, 2017

For details click here. These bylaw amendments were unanimously approved.


Propane Supply Contract

Council authorized staff to award a three-year propane supply contract to Canwest Propane based on fixed annual pricing per litre plus applicable taxes as follows: first year – $0.394, second year – $0.424 and third year – $0.454. For breakdown on quotes, click here.

Financial Statements
Financial Statements for the period ended March 31, 2017 were unanimously received. Click on each for details:

General Balance Sheet

General Income Statement

Water Balance Sheet

Water Income Statement

Sewer Balance Sheet

Sewer Income Statement

Development Variance Permits

Development Variance Permit 17.02 – Victoria Lang was unanimously approved by council.

Development Variance Permit Application DVP 17.03 – A G Foods was approved by council with four in favour and one opposed.

Special Events

The following special events were authorized by council with the understanding that they provide liability insurance, thereby eliminating liability from the District of Invermere:
– Calgary Sports Car Club – Rocky Mountain Rally (May 26 – 28.)

– Columbia Valley Greenways Trail Alliance Celebration (May 29.)

2017/2018 Columbia Basin Trust Community Initiatives

Council recommended the following allocation of funds from the 2017 Columbia Basin Trust Initiative Program:

  • Invermere MusicFest

    Columbia Valley Arts Council  – $2,500 for Invermere MusicFest

  • Community Valley Foundation – $2,000 for a volunteer website
  • Columbia Valley Food Corridor Association – $1,000 for a Historical Mountain Gathering
  • Columbia Valley Makerspace Society – $4,000 for the opening of a store front store and setup
  • Community Connections Society of Southeast BC – $1,000 for the advertising of programs
  • Conrad Kain Centennial Society – $600 Bugaboo Team Camp
  • District of Invermere – $13,974.60 for the performing arts curtain system
  • Columbia Valley Soccer Association – -$2,000 for youth soccer equipment
  • East Kootenay Climbing Association (EKCA) – $100 for critical bolt replacement
  • East Kootenay P.A.R.T.Y. Program – $750 for the East Kootenay P.A.R.T.Y. Program
  • Family Resource Centre of Invermere – $1,403 for the Columbia Valley resource & Service Guide for Families
  • Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley  – $2,172.50 for the HSCV education program
  • Invermere Campaign Animal Network Society (ICAN) – $750 for a partial floor replacement
  • Kootenay Livestock Association  – $500 for school education on agriculture
  • Lake Windermere District Lions Club  – $5,000 for washrooms at the crossroads washrooms
  • Lake Windermere District Rod & Gun Club  – $500 for the 2017 community range upgrades
  • Northern BC Friends of Children Society – $500 for East Kootenay family support
  • Radium Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce – $1,000 for a co-op tourism marketing project manager
  •  Steamboat Mountain Music Society – $1,000 for the Steamboat Mountain Music Festival
  • Toby Creek Nordic Ski Club – $3,000 for youth Nordic ski equipment
  • West Kootenay Brain Injury Association – $2,000 for programs
  • Wildsight Invermere Branch – $1,000 for the Columbia Valley Radon Program
  • Windermere District Historical Society- $750 conservancy heritage signs
  • Windermere Valley Minor Hockey Association – $1,000 for mandatory half ice boards
  • Windermere Valley Youth Centre Society  – $4,000 for programming
  • Blue Lake Forest Education Society -$438 for the blue paddle program
  • Canadian Red Cross Society  -$250 for medical equipment
  • Columbia Lake Stewardship Society -$250 for sanitary support


Windermere District Historical Society’s request to remedy the sewer lines during the winter months at the museum was passed unanimously by council to be deferred until council’s fall 2017 budget.

Carol Keshen’s request to be reimbursed for purchased water during a period of dirty water at their household was passed unanimously.

The District of Invermere Council meets regularly throughout the year on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month (second Tuesdays only during July, August and September) at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Office (914 – 8th Avenue, Invermere).

The next District of Invermere regular meeting is Monday, May 9 at 7 p.m.

Lead image: Westside Park commercial lot. Google Map images


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