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Posted: October 22, 2021

Sparwood Council Facts

The following is a synopsis of what occurred during the Oct. 19 District of Sparwood council meeting.

BYLAWS

Animal Control Bylaw

Animal Control Bylaw No. 1289, 2021 was given three readings.  The bylaw has provisions for urban hens, dangerous dogs,  exotic animals,  and updated licencing and boarding fees.  The bylaw will  be  brought  forward at the November  2, regular meeting for consideration of adoption.

DELEGATIONS

NWP Coal 

Dave Baines, Manager, Environment and Engagement at NWP Coal presented an update on the company’s Crown Mountain Coking Coal Project,  located between Elkview and Line Creek. The proposed project has an anticipated production capacity of 3.7 million tonnes per annum for 15 years. Construction is targeted to commence in 2023 based on regulatory approvals being received, with commercial  production anticipated in late 2025.

RCMP Quarterly Report

Cpl. Dan Hay, of the Elk Valley Regional RCMP, presented the quarterly crime statistics from April to June 2021 and July to September 2021.  The RCMP would like the public to be aware of their On‐line Crime  Reporting tool that allows one to report non‐emergency crimes day and night without having to visit or call the detachment. Mischief,  lost property, and thefts under $5,000 can all be reported.

BUSINESS

400 Evergreen Crescent

Council authorized staff  to issue a development variance  permit to reduce the minimum parking requirements, remove minimum unit sizes, and reduce the minimum lot size for a proposed 30‐unit multi‐family development at 400 Evergreen Crescent. The land is owned by the district and subject to a 99‐year lease to the Elk Valley Family Society for an affordable housing project.

111 Aspen Drive

Council authorized staff to issue a Sign Bylaw development variance permit to allow a free‐standing sign at 111 Aspen Drive (ESSO Service Station) with a sign area of 10.99m2.  The bylaw restricts sign area in the C-2  Highway Commercial Zone to 9.29 m2.

2800 Middletown Place

Council authorized staff to proceed with notice of their intention to consider a Sign Bylaw development variance permit to allow a wall sign at 2800 Middletown Place (Komatsu) with a sign greater than 0.18 m2 per 0.3m2 of the wall width. The permit is intended to be brought forward to the November  2,  regular meeting for council’s consideration.

Youth Advisory Commission

Council appointed Public Health Nurse,  Margaret  Edworthy, and students, Kellie Oler, and Abby Jensen to the Youth Advisory Commission.  The Youth Advisory Commission’s mandate is to engage and empower  local youth in the development and oversight of a local youth network, with the goal of providing relevant programs, projects, and events for Sparwood  youth.

UPCOMING DISTRICT COUNCIL MEETINGS

The following meetings will take place in Council Chambers (136 Spruce Avenue) at 6 p.m.

  • Regular Meeting on Tuesday, November 2
  • Regular Meeting on Tuesday, November 16
  • Socio Community and Economic Effects Advisory Committee Meeting on Wednesday, November  17.

District of Sparwood


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