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Posted: March 9, 2018

Canal Flats to renew Official Community Plan

Project made possible thanks to federal Gas Tax Fund

The Village of Canal Flats is pleased to announce its Official Community Plan and its Community Zoning Bylaw will be redone with funding from the federal Gas Tax Fund.

The new official community plan will support the village as it charts its course over the next 10 to 20 years. It will assist the village to meet its goals of remaining an affordable, family-friendly village, while building toward a new future in diverse housing options, quality of place initiatives, tourism and light industry development, and redevelopment of a unique live-work downtown.

The last Official Community Plan (OCP) was completed in 2005 and since then much has changed in the village. The new OCP will help the village remain viable and competitive well into the future.

The Federal Gas Tax Fund will contribute 100 per cent of the $110,000 project.

Village of Canal Flats Mayor Ute Juras

“The Village OCP and Zoning Bylaw are outdated and do not reflect our current needs any longer,” said Village of Canal Flats Mayor Ute Juras. “Council is grateful to the federal government for being successful in receiving this grant to help bring our vision up to date.”

Each year, the Government of Canada provides over $278 million in funding for local government infrastructure across British Columbia through the Federal Gas Tax Fund. The Union of BC Municipalities administers the Federal Gas Tax Fund in British Columbia in partnership with the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.

“Communities across B.C. are looking for funding to replace, upgrade and expand local infrastructure,” said Wendy Booth, President of the Union of BC Municipalities and Regional District of East Kootenay Electoral Area F Director. “The federal Gas Tax Fund is accelerating the pace of infrastructure renewal through the transfer of close to $3 billion since 2005 for projects in our province. I appreciate the Government of Canada’s long-term commitment to fund priorities identified by BC local governments.”

“Improvements to local infrastructure are so important. They make our communities even better places to live,” said Selina Robinson, BC Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “We are pleased to partner with local governments and the federal government to improve the daily lives of British Columbians.”

Village of Canal Flats

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