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Posted: June 7, 2019

Sparwood Council Facts

The following is a synopsis of what occurred during the June 4 District of Sparwood council meeting.


Temporary Worker Camp at 8000 Highway 43

A Public Hearing was convened to hear from the applicants, Rick Pater and GNS Industrial Trailer Services, and the community in relation to the application for a temporary use permit to allow for the construction of a temporary (three year) 114-person housing camp proposed for 8000 Highway 43.

Approximately 120-140 people were in attendance, of which 24 voiced their concerns in opposition of the camp. Concerns included: increased traffic and pedestrian safety along Highway 43; the potential for substance abuse which could lead to violence; the lack of economic benefits to Sparwood; impacts on emergency and health care services; and the need for permanent housing as opposed to temporary.

Council be will considering issuance of this permit at the June 18 regular meeting.

Development Variance Permit (DVP) 2019-007 – To reduce side yard setback at 155 Pine Avenue.

An informal hearing was convened to hear from the applicant, Michael Kaus, and the public in relation to Mr. Kaus’ request for a variance to Zoning Bylaw 264 to reduce the minimum side yard required for an accessory building from 1.52 metres to 0.6 metres to allow for the construction of a detached garage closer to the north side lot line of the property. No submissions were received from the public in advance or during the hearing.

Council be will considering granting the variance and issuing the permit at the June 18 regular meeting.


Cemetery Master Plan

LEES+Associates provided council an update on the progress of the Cemetery Master Plan (CMP). The objective of the CMP is to ensure the long-term sustainable administration and operation of the District’s cemeteries as well as recognize the culture and heritage represented in the history of the cemeteries.


Youth Advisory Commission Bylaw Amendment

Youth Advisory Commission Bylaw 1191, 2016, Amendment Bylaw No. 1243, 2019 was adopted. This amendment allows members to be reappointed for two-year terms in perpetuity without having to reapply.


Notice of Annual General Meeting

Presentation of the 2018 Annual Municipal Report will take place at a Special Meeting of Council to be held at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25 in Council Chambers. The Annual Report includes the audited financial statements and other information required under Section 98 of the Community Charter, such as progress respecting the objectives and measures established for 2018.

The report will be available for public inspection by 4 p.m. on June 7 at the Municipal Office, during regular business hours, and on the dDistrict’s website at Hard copies are available upon request at no charge and the highlights brochure will be mailed out to households prior to this meeting.

Pedestrian Bridge Bank Stabilization

Council received a report on the progress of the flood study and mitigation design project to provide erosion protection on the southern abutment of the Elk River Crossing Pedestrian Bridge. Since the flood in 2013 the water course at the confluence of Michel Creek and the Elk River has changed thus creating erosion on the southern abutment of the bridge.


  •  Youth Advisory Commission Meeting on Tuesday, June 18 at 12:05 p.m. at Sparwood Secondary School.
  •  Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, June 18 at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers.
  •  Special (AGM) Meeting on Tuesday, June 25 at 5:45 p.m. in Council Chambers.
  •  Committee-of-the-Whole Meeting on Tuesday, June 25 at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers.

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