Fernie Council Connection
The following is a synopsis of what occurred during the May 14 City of Fernie council meeting.
2018 GEORGE S. MAJIC SPIRITUS AWARD
Mayor Mary Giuliano presented the 2018 George S. Majic Spiritus Award to Mr. Gerry Pang. Congratulations!
INFORMAL PUBLIC HEARING FOR AMENDMENT TO BUSINESS LICENSING AND REGULATION BYLAW NO. 2028, AMENDMENT NO. 6, BYLAW NO. 2347, 2018
Council held an Informal Public Hearing for Bylaw No. 2028, Amendment No. 6, and gave a third reading to the proposed amendment. This change will allow vending of retail goods, merchandise and wares in addition to food vending.
RESORT DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY ADVISORY WORKING GROUP FUNDING RECOMMENDATIONS
Council authorized the first allocation of funds for Events and Festivals from the 2018-2019 Resort Municipality Initiative Program as recommended by the Resort Development Strategy Advisory Working Group. Show & Shine, Chautauqua Fall Fair, Lantern Festival, Wednesday Night Concert Series, Roller Derby Tournament, Lucky 7s, and the Fernie Pride Festival tourism events all received support under this initiative.
REGULATION TO PRACTICE DISPUTE ADJUDICATION
Council authorized staff to apply for a Bylaw Adjudication System to the Ministry of Attorney General. This will improve and streamline bylaw enforcement efforts for our community.
Council approved the application and will consider a Development Variance Permit for front yard setback, step/eave/porch projections to construct a mudroom at 17 Mt. Klauer Street.
DEVELOPMENT VARIANCE PERMIT NO. DVPA-419
Council approved the application and will consider a Development Variance Permit to vary the front yard setback to 4.74m and associated eave projections at 31 Ridgemont Avenue.
The Director of Planning gave a report on the City of Fernie Flood Mitigation Plan and council authorized the contract award to Northwest Hydraulic Consultants (NHC) for professional hydro-technical consulting services to prepare a City of Fernie Flood Mitigation Plan in the amount of $128,570, excluding GST.
Council will hold a second public hearing regarding planning bylaws to include West Fernie in the OCP and Zoning Bylaws to consider further amendments to the bylaw.
BYLAW NO.2343, OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN BYLAW NO. 2231, AMENDMENT BYLAW NO. 8, 2018
Council adopted Bylaw No. 2343, which amends the OCP such that council may consider future changes to STR regulations to permit short term rental of secondary suites and garden homes.
BYLAW NO.2339 ZONING BYLAW NO. 1750, AMENDMENT BYLAW NO. 197, 2018.
Council adopted Bylaw 2339 to rezone a portion of lands at 21 Elkview Crescent from Parks & Open Space to Single Family Residential.
ZONING BYLAW NO. 1750, AMENDMENT BYLAW NO. 2345, 2018
Council accepted the application to amend Bylaw 1750 and provided first and second readings to Bylaw 2345, 2018. This amendment proposes to rezone 107 Whitetail Drive from Medium Density to Single Family Residential Small Lot. A public hearing will be scheduled in June.
BYLAW NO. 2348 – FLOODPLAIN MANAGEMENT BYLAW
Council adopted the Floodplain Management Bylaw No. 2348, 2018. This bylaw incorporates the current flood construction levels and recommended development constraints in flood affected areas.
2018-2022 FIVE YEAR FINANCIAL PLAN BYLAW NO. 2349, 2018
Council adopted the Five Year Financial Plan Bylaw.
2018 TAX RATE BYLAW NO. 2351, 2018
Council adopted the 2018 Tax Rate Bylaw No. 2351, 2018.
WEST FERNIE WATER AND SEWER INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADE PARCEL TAX BYLAW 2352, 2018
Council gave the bylaw three readings and authorized administration to appoint a Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel to consider any complaints respecting the parcel tax roll in accordance with section 206 of the Community Charter.
COUNCILLOR ANGE QUALIZZA reminded council that the Go By Bike event will be starting in coming weeks and noted new aspects of the program.
MAYOR MARY GIULIANO introduced and welcomed the new Communications Coordinator, Alycia McLeod, to the City of Fernie. Congratulations to Elkview on their success at the 97th Mine Rescue Competition.
NEXT SCHEDULED MEETINGS OF COUNCIL
- Monday, May 28, Committee of the Whole at 10 a.m. and the Regular meeting of Council at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers.
- Monday, June 11, Committee of the Whole at 10 a.m. and the Regular meeting of Council at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers.
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