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Posted: June 27, 2022

Sparwood Council Facts

The following is a synopsis of what occurred during the June 21 District of Sparwood council meeting.


Elk Valley RCMP

Elk Valley RCMP Corporal Dan Hay was happy to announce that crime was the lowest it been in the past three years during his fourth quarter report to council. He was also happy to announce that staffing is almost back up to normal and we can expect to see the RCMP out patrolling more. Corporal Hay also wanted to thank the Sparwood Fire Department for their immense efforts and aid at a crash scene east of Sparwood earlier this month.

Elk Valley Cumulative Effects Management Working Group

Cassidy Van Rensen and Samantha Mertens, representing the Elk Valley Cumulative Effects Management Working Group, presented an update on the road rehabilitation project in the Elk Valley to enhance wildlife and ecosystem health. The project has received funding to rehabilitate 18 km of deactivated roads for 2022. Restoring roads into key habitats improves outcomes for wildlife like westslope cutthroat trout, bighorn sheep, moose, and grizzly bears. See the report.

British Columbia Emergency Health Services

Wren Dirks with the BC Emergency Health Services introduced himself as the new Sparwood Community Paramedic and gave a presentation on the Community Paramedicine program that promotes community health & awareness, supports community health clinics, and provides home visits for those in need.


2021 Annual Municipal Report

The annual report was approved by council as presented and is available on our webpage for the public. The Municipal Highlights 2021 have been printed and will be available at the district office, the library, and the Leisure Centre. See the 2021 Annual Municipal Report.

Development Variance Permits

Two development variance permits were brought forward for approval.

Results are as follows: 1. 2022-002 – H-11 Spardell Mobile Home Park – Front Yard Setback (to reduce the front yard setback by 2.74m); Approved. 2. 2022-003 – 459 White Birch Crescent – Accessory Site Coverage (to increase accessory building site coverage); Denied.

Wildlife Attractant Tree Replacement Grant Program Policy

A new policy was approved to help with the removal and replacement of animal attractant trees within the district. This policy works in conjunction with the Columbia Basin Trust program which focuses on the removal; the District of Sparwood would then focus on the replacement of the trees. More information will be released once procedures are in place.

Wheel Loader Replacement

Council approved the purchase of a new wheel loader to replace the current 20-year-old machine which will be used for trade in value.


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

  • Special Meeting on Tuesday, June 28.
  • Regular Meeting on Tuesday, July 5.
  • Regular Meeting on Tuesday, July 19 – CANCELLED.

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