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Posted: July 12, 2019

RDEK Board Highlights

The following is a synopsis of what occurred during the July 5 Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) board of directors’ meeting.

10-Year Service Award

Deputy Chief Financial Officer Debbie Renaud was presented with her 10-year service award. Renaud started with the RDEK in July 2009 and over her time in the Finance Department has overseen the implementation of both new financial software and electronic time entry software. Congratulations on this milestone Debbie, and thank you for all you do.

Moyie and Area Official Community Plan Adopted

The board adopted Bylaw No. 2912 – Moyie and Area Official Community Plan. The OCP is a long range planning document which will guide land use conservation and change in the area over the next 10 to 15 years. The zoning regulations for the Moyie area have been combined with the regulations in effect for the Cranbrook rural area resulting in the new Electoral Area C – South Zoning and Floodplain Management Bylaw No. 2913.

RDEK Adopts Strategic Goals and Sets Vision for Strategic Plan
The RDEK Board of Directors has established a series of organizational goals as the first step in the creation of a new Strategic Plan for the corporation. In addition to adopting the goals, the board amended its project rating matrix to reflect these priority areas. The next step in the process will be for all of the projects that have been identified by the directors and RDEK staff to be scored through the rating matrix before coming back to the board for a decision on which projects will be included in the final strategic plan.

Board Supports Application to Increase MRDT in Fernie

The RDEK Board supports Tourism Fernie’s application to increase the Municipal and Regional District Tax collected in the Fernie area to three per cent. The tax, which applies to designated hotel, motel and other short term accommodations, is currently two per cent. If approved, the additional funds would allow Tourism Fernie to spend more funding on destination marketing, management and research.

Public Consultation to Begin this Month on Draft SWMP

The RDEK Board of Directors has received the draft Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP). The next step in the process is public consultation, which will kick off in mid-July and is expected to run into the fall. Information and further details will be posted on engage.rdek.bc.ca.

In Support of Summer Student in Elkford

A grant of $8,000 will be provided to the District of Elkford in 2019 and 2020 for a summer student to assist with maintenance and upkeep at various district recreational facilities. The funding will come from the Electoral Area A portion of the Elk Valley Property Tax Sharing funds.

Discretionary Grants in Aid (DGIA)

The following organizations will receive grants:

• The Pine Ridge Roping Club will receive $7,000 from the Electoral Area C DGIA account to go toward the replacement of the arena footing at Wycliffe Exhibition Grounds (pictured right).

• Columbia House Enhancement Society will receive $2,500 from the Electoral Area F and $1,000 from the Electoral Area G DGIA accounts for its Community Healing Garden.

• The Columbia Valley Arts Council will receive $300 from the Electoral Area F and $200 from the Electoral Area G DGIA accounts for the 2019 Mountain Music Festival of the Arts.

• The Columbia Valley Food Corridor Association will receive $750 from the Electoral Area F and $750 from the Electoral Area G DGIA accounts for the Columbia Valley Food and Farm Guide.

Public Hearings

Tuesday, July 23 at 4 p.m. at Edgewater Community Hall, 4818 Selkirk Avenue, Edgewater – For Bylaw No. 2936 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 900, 1992 – Amendment Bylaw No. 350, 2019 (Edgewater / Full Circle Automotive Inc)”.

Wednesday, July 24 at 4 p.m. at 2040 Summit Drive, Panorama Mountain Resort for

Bylaw No. 2933 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Panorama Mountain Village Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1414, 1999 – Amendment Bylaw No. 16, 2019 (Panorama / Marshall & Beaudry)”

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Bylaw No. 2934 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Upper Columbia Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 900, 1992 – Amendment Bylaw No. 349, 2019 (Panorama / Marshall & Beaudry)”.

Wednesday, July 24 at 7 p.m. at Fernie Family Centre, 521 – 4th Avenue, Fernie for Bylaw No. 2932 cited as “Regional District of East Kootenay – Elk Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 829, 1990 – Amendment Bylaw No. 93, 2019 (Dicken Road / Kramer)”.

Upcoming Meetings

STEAMBOAT JUBILEE MOUNTAIN OCP INTRODUCTORY MEETINGS

You are invited to attend one of our upcoming information meetings, which will initiate the planning process to update the existing Steamboat – Jubilee Mountain Official Community Plan. The plan area covers the communities of Wilmer, Dry Gulch, Spur Valley, Brisco, Spillimacheen, Edgewater and Radium Resort. For more information on the planning process.

Monday, July 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Wilmer Community Hall, 9179 West Avenue, Wilmer.

Thursday, July 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Brisco Community Hall, 4930 Dorney Road, Brisco.

Tuesday, July 30 from 7 to 9 pm at Edgewater Community Hall, 4818 Selkirk Avenue, Edgewater.

Survey

PANORAMA & AREA OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN – SURVEY #2

The questions within this survey are targeted questions on a variety of topics that the RDEK would like to solicit feedback on. The questions were developed based on community input, information provided by Panorama Mountain Resort and areas of interest for the RDEK.

WHEN: Survey closes September 2.

Next Board Meetings

Thursday, August 1 – Committee Meetings – TBD

Friday, August 2 – RDEK Board Meeting and Kootenay East Regional Hospital District Board Meeting – 9 a.m.

Lead image: The District of Elkford. e-KNOW file photos

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