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Posted: February 8, 2019

Sparwood Council Facts

The following is a synopsis of what occurred during the Feb. 5 District of Sparwood council meeting.


Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka

Tom Shypitka, MLA Kootenay East

Tom Shypitka, MLA Kootenay East addressed council regarding the relationships between local, provincial and federal governments and how they could work together to achieve common goals.

Interior Health (IH) – Healthy Communities

Janice Talarico and Kerri Wall presented Interior Health’s Healthy Communities Program to council. By working together, IH and the district are able to support the health of citizens through health promotion and prevention initiatives.

Dog Park Working Group

Betty Downey, on behalf of the Dog Park Working Group addressed their concerns related to the development of a dog park in Sparwood. The group is dedicated towards the development of a fenced off-leash dog park and were seeking a firm commitment from council of moving forward with the project.


Development Variance Permit (DVP)

Council approved DVP 2019-001 for 319 Pacific Yew Crescent to increase the maximum site coverage for accessory buildings and structures from 10% (61.3m2) to 11.5% (70.5m2) to allow the owners to construct a garage.

Elk Valley Society for Community Living

Council approved funding of the Leisure Centre multi-purpose room rental and weekly access to the pool for the Elk Valley Society for Community Living summer camp for five years. The society hosts a summer camp for children with special needs offering a wide range of activities.

Wells #3 and #4

Council approved disconnection of Well #3 as part of the community water supply once Well #4 has been commissioned. It was necessary for the district to replace Well #3 due to elevated levels of selenium. As a condition of the Environmental Assessment process for the Baldy Ridge Extension, Teck committed to funding the costs of a replacement well.

Snow and Ice Control Policy

Council adopted a new Snow and Ice Control Policy, which guides the service delivery needs for snow and ice control within the district. The policy establishes guidelines and priorities for clearing roads, sidewalks, parking lots and windrows.

Meeting with Teck

Council met with representatives of Teck Coal Ltd., to discuss how the coal debris on Highway 3 and Douglas Fir can be better managed.


Traffic Bylaw Amendment

Sparwood Traffic, Parking and Highways Regulation Bylaw No. 472, 1987, Amendment Bylaw No. 1246, 2019 was adopted. This amendment reduced the speed limit on Michel Creek Road from 60 km/h to 50 km/h.

Procedure Bylaw

Procedure Bylaw No. 1245, 2019 was given three readings. The bylaw establishes the rules and regulations under which all proceedings of the council and its committees, commissions and other bodies established by council are to be governed, and how meetings are to be conducted.

Zoning Bylaw Review

Council met with Urban Systems, the consultant hired to undertake the rewrite of the District’s Zoning Bylaw, to discuss the review process and potential changes to the zoning regulations.


RDEK Solid Waste Management Plan Review

The Regional District of East Kootenay is currently reviewing its Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP). They are asking for the public’s input on how they use the current solid waste and recycling systems and what they’d like to see in the future. Survey deadline is February 25, 2019. Complete the survey here.

Celebrate BC Family Day

Monday, February 18 – Spend Family Day at the Leisure Centre. FREE public skate 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and FREE public swim 1 – 4 p.m.


  • Two-Day Strategic Planning Session at Firehall #1 (479 Pine Ave) beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, February 11.
  • Regular Council Meeting in Council Chambers on Tuesday, February 19 at 6 p.m.
  • Committee of the Whole Meeting in Council Chambers on Monday, February 25 at 6 p.m.

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