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Posted: September 10, 2014

RDEK Board Highlights

Elk Valley Official Community Plan public hearing set

RDEK HosmerCCThe Elk Valley Official Community Plan was given initial readings and a public hearing authorized during the Sept. 5 Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) board meeting.

The public hearing will be held at the Hosmer Community Centre at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 29. The public hearing will be the public’s final opportunity to speak in favour, or identify areas of concern within the proposed plan, prior to the Board considering the plan for adoption in October.

Funding for dike repairs

The board has approved $5,000 from the Electoral Area A portion of the Elk Valley Mine Tax Sharing Funds to be paid to the City of Fernie to contribute towards the cost of dike repairs north of the Fernie Golf Course. During the height of the freshet earlier this year, there was major erosion along one section of bank.

Medical Marijuana Bylaws

The board authorized public hearings for amendments to Official Community Plans, Land Use Bylaws and Zoning Bylaws in Electoral Areas A, B, C, F and G. The proposed amendments introduce policy direction and new regulations in light of the new federal regulations for the commercial production of medical marijuana.

Plan Monitoring Advisory Committee appointed

RDEKWallDiane Tammen, Jim Kennelly, Bob Cutts, Arlene Ridge and Bill Swan have been appointed to the Plan Monitoring Advisory Committee. An advisory committee of the RDEK, which makes recommendations to the Board of Directors on matters involving the monitoring and efficient implementation of the RDEK Solid Waste Management Plan. The PMAC acts in an advisory capacity only.

In support of pilot project on labour market issues

A letter of support will be provided to the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce for their application for funding from the Ministry of Social Development for a research pilot project on labour market issues.

Dealing with beaver dam on Hosmer Creek

A Wildlife Act Application and Section 9 Water Act Notification will be submitted to the province for removal of the beaver dam from Hosmer Creek. The removal costs will be paid from the Electoral Area A Flood Control Service.

RDEK CSLandfillCentral Landfill Scale Operations Contract awarded

The Central Landfill Scale Operations Contract has been awarded to TA Contracting. The agreement is for a five-year term.

RDEK to participate in advisory role in Crises Response Network


The RDEK will participate in the Outreach Crises Response Network in an advisory role as the partner/ collaborator organization. The network is a project funded by the Community Action Initiative and Interior Health Authority to create a roster of qualified mental health and substance abuse clinicians, first responders and aboriginal advisors. In its advisory role, the RDEK would be consulted by OCRN on mental health or substance abuse concerns or crises within the electoral areas.

DVP reconsidered

The board reconsidered the Roberts Development Variance Permit application in Wasa. In light of the new information presented and in anticipation of a bylaw amendment application that will be required in order for the applicant to proceed further with their proposed subdivision, the board granted the DVP waiving the requirement for minimum usable site area.

Discretionary Grants-in-Aid (DGIA)

The Elk Valley Seniors Housing Society with receive $40,000 per year in 2014-2018 from the Electoral Area A DGIA account to sponsor a palliative care unit at Lilac Terrace.

Cranbrook & District Community Foundation will receive a total of $3,750 in funding for the Friends of Children Fund. The funding break down is as follows: $500 from the Electoral Area B DGIA account; $1,500 from the Electoral Area C DGIA account; $750 from the Electoral Area E DGIA account; $750 from the Electoral Area F DGIA account; $250 from the Electoral Area G DGIA account.

The Friends of Children Fund, once fully endowed, will provide funding to support families of children and youth experiencing significant medical need.

Public meetings

Central East Kootenay Community Directed Funds Committee September 11 —3 p.m. at the 
Heritage Inn Cranbrook.

RDEK ElkoCHElk Valley Community Directed Funds Committee September 19 —9 a.m. at 
Fernie City Hall.

Elko Fire Protection Service Public Information Meeting September 18 —7 p.m. at Elko Community Hall.

Household hazardous waste round ups

This month, we will hold three round ups around the region. This is your chance to get rid of old aerosols, flammable liquids, poisonous products, corrosives, oils, antifreeze, paints, pesticides, herbicides and solvents in one location. For a complete list of what is accepted, visit www.rdek.bc.ca

Household Residential Only – No Commercial or Industrial Products. No Explosives, Ammunition, Biomedical or Radioactive Waste.

RDEK FernieTSSaturday, September 20 —10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at District of Invermere Public Works Yard—1101 Industrial Road #1;

Saturday, September 20 —10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fernie Transfer Station—6000 Highway 3;

Sunday, September 21 —9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cranbrook Transfer Station—2405 22nd Street North.

Agricultural Plan meeting and comment period

RDEK WindyHallYou are invited to a meeting to discuss the draft Agricultural Plan, ask questions and provide feedback on the draft plan on Wednesday, September 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Windermere Community Hall, 4726 North Street, Windermere.

Paper copies and comment forms will be available at the meetings. If you are unable to attend a meeting, the Draft Agricultural Plan is available at www.ekag.ca and at the Cranbrook and Invermere RDEK Offices. Contact Dave Struthers, Agricultural Consultant at Vast Resource Solutions, 250-426-5300 or by email at [email protected] for more information.

Public hearings

Tuesday, September 16 —7 p.m. at Centennial Hall – 100—4th Avenue, Kimberley

Bylaw No. 2535—Regional District of East Kootenay – Electoral Area E Zoning & Floodplain Management;

Bylaw No. 2502, 2014 – Amendment Bylaw No. 3, 2014 (Meadowbrook / Bannister)
;

Bylaw No. 2550—Regional District of East Kootenay – Wasa and Area Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2501, 2014 – Amendment Bylaw No. 1, 2014 (Miscellaneous / RDEK).

Wednesday, September 17 —4 p.m. at Regional District of East Kootenay—Board Room – 19 – 24th Avenue South, Cranbrook

Bylaw No. 2542—Regional District of East Kootenay – Cranbrook Rural Zoning Bylaw No. 1402, 2001 Amendment BylawNo. 33, 2014 (Medical Marihuana/RDEK);

Bylaw No. 2543—Regional District of East Kootenay – Moyie & Area Land Use Bylaw No. 2070, 2008 – Amendment Bylaw
No. 7, 2014 (Medical Marihuana/RDEK);

Bylaw No. 2544—Regional District of East Kootenay – Rockyview Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2255, 2010 – Amendment Bylaw No. 12, 2014 (Medical Marihuana/RDEK);

Bylaw No. 2545—Regional District of East Kootenay – Wycliffe Zoning & Floodplain Management Bylaw No. 2256, 2010 – Amendment Bylaw No. 7, 2014 (Medical Marihuana/RDEK)

Monday, September 29 —7 p.m. at Hosmer Community Hall—Front Street & 6th Avenue, Hosmer

Bylaw No. 2532—Regional District of East Kootenay – Elk Valley Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2532, 2014;

Bylaw No. 2537—Regional District of East Kootenay – Elk Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 829, 1990 – Amendment Bylaw No. 69, 2014 (Medical Marihuana/RDEK).

Monday, September 29 —4 p.m. at Jaffray Community Hall—7375 Jaffray Village Loop Road, Jaffray

RDEK JaffrayCHBylaw No. 2538—Regional District of East Kootenay – Jaffray, Tie Lake, Rosen Lake Land Use and Floodplain Management;

Bylaw No. 1414, 1999 – Amendment Bylaw No. 22, 2014 (Medical Marihuana/RDEK)

Bylaw No. 2539—Regional District of East Kootenay – Lake Koocanusa Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2432, 2013 – Amendment Bylaw No. 1, 2014 (Medical Marihuana/RDEK)
;

Bylaw No. 2540—Regional District of East Kootenay – Baynes Lake Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2319, 2011 – Amendment Bylaw No. 5, 2014 (Medical Marihuana/RDEK)
;

Bylaw No. 2541—Regional District of East Kootenay – South Country Zoning & Floodplain Management Bylaw No. 2320,
2011– Amendment Bylaw No. 7, 2014 (Medical Marihuana/RDEK).

Monday, September 29 —7 p.m. at Windermere Community Hall – 4726 North Street, Windermere

Bylaw No. 2546—Regional District of East Kootenay – Steamboat – Jubilee Mountain Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1926, 2006 – Amendment Bylaw No. 9, 2014 (Medical Marihuana/RDEK);

Bylaw No. 2547—Regional District of East Kootenay – Lake Windermere Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2061, 2008 – Amendment Bylaw No. 17, 2014 (Medical Marihuana/RDEK);

Bylaw No. 2548—Regional District of East Kootenay – Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 900, 1992 – Amendment Bylaw No. 293, 2014 (Medical Marihuana/RDEK);

Bylaw No. 2549—Regional District of East Kootenay – Fairmont Hot Springs Area Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1734, 2004 – Amendment Bylaw No. 25, 2014 (Medical Marihuana/RDEK).

Next board meetings

Committee Meetings – Thursday October 2, TBA

RDEK Board Meeting – Friday, October 3, 9 a.m.

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