• May 17, 2022

    HIGHLIGHTS of MAY 9, 2022 COUNCIL MEETING - NEWS RELEASE

    Watch City Council meetings live or view recordings at www.campbellriver.ca/webcasts.

    FINANCIAL UPDATE

    2021 Audited Financial Statements

    Council approved the City of Campbell River’s audited financial statements for 2021. The auditors confirmed that the City’s financial statements are free from material misstatement and conform to public sector accounting standards. The City improved its overall financial position in 2021 which strengthens the City’s ability to meet future liabilities and fund infrastructure enhancement and renewal projects. The City is required under the Community Charter to submit audited financial statements to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing by May 15 of each year.

    2021 Statement of Financial Information (SOFI)

    Council approved the 2021 SOFI; a financial report that the City is required to produce annually under the Financial Information Act and the Community Charter. Staff will file the report with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

    Tax Rates Bylaw No. 3862

    Council adopted Tax Rates Bylaw No. 3862, 2022 which sets the tax rates for the current fiscal year. This bylaw is an annual requirement under the Community Charter.

    Downtown Revitalization - Cultural District Public Art

    Council authorized up to $40,000 of funding from the Gaming Reserve for the installation of additional banners to support downtown revitalization.

    Grant Opportunity for Erickson Road and Rehabilitation Options

    Council supported staff applying for a grant through the Union of BC Municipalities for a comprehensive rehabilitation of Erickson Road, from Highway 19A to Nature Park Road, inclusive of active transportation features. The watermain on Erickson Road is in need of replacement and is budgeted in the 2023 Capital Plan. If the project receives grant funding, the City would add rehabilitation work to the capital project.

     

    PRESENTATION

    Council received a BC Hydro Update

    Stephen Watson gave an update to Council on BC Hydro capital projects, operations and water supply forecast for 2022. Council will send a letter to the BC Utilities Commission in support of the Ladore Spillway Seismic Upgrade Project.

    DEVELOPMENT UPDATE

    Development Applications Procedures Bylaw No. 3856

    Council adopted Development Applications Procedures Bylaw No. 3856, 2022. This amendment improves and streamlines the development approval process.

    1266 Island Hwy South

    Council adopted a Zoning Bylaw Amendment for 1266 South Island Highway to permit 3 duplexes. Council gave first and second reading to the bylaw amendment and waived the public hearing at the April 11, 2022 council meeting. The proposal is consistent with the Official Community Plan.

    1111 Shoppers Row

    Council adopted Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 3848 that allows a cannabis retail store as a permitted use at 1111 Shoppers Row. Council gave first and second reading to the bylaw at the March 28, 2022 council meeting, and a public hearing was held on April 25, 2022.

    First Reading of Zoning Bylaw Amendment Affecting Social Services

    The City is proposing changes to the Zoning Bylaw to redefine social services and regulate where services can operate in the community. The proposal incorporates input from public consultations that took place in early 2022 and aims to address concerns regarding the concentration of services in the downtown core while ensuring services are accessible to those who need them. Council gave first reading to Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 3861, 2022 and requested that additional consideration be made for spacing from other uses, such as schools. The bylaw along with additional information requested by Council will be brought back for consideration at second reading in June and a Public Hearing would follow. For more information, visit www.campbellriver.ca/downtown or email sustainability@campbellriver.ca.

    COMMUNITY UPDATES

    2021 Annual MRDT Report for Destination British Columbia

    Council granted approval for Destination Campbell River to file its 2021 Annual Performance Report, Financial Report and Stakeholder Feedback Survey Report with the Province.

    Under the Provincial Sales Tax Act, all designated Municipal and Regional District Tax (MRDT) recipients must provide the Province with annual accounts of how money received from the MRDT has been spent. The City’s Tourism Advisory Committee reviewed the 2021 Annual Performance Report at their April 21 meeting and recommended that Council approve it for filing with Destination British Columbia.

    Remedial Action for 1936 Nunns Road

    Council directed that the owner of 1936 Nunns Road be required to bring the property into compliance with Public Nuisance Bylaw No. 3543, 2014. City contractors will be authorized to perform the work required to achieve compliance in the event that the property owner does not comply with the remedial action notice.

    Comox Strathcona Regional Hospital District (CSRHD) - Proposed Long-term Care Facility

    Council received a media release from the CSRHD, who has approved cost sharing with Island Health for a proposed long-term care facility in Campbell River. For more information, visit www.csrhd.ca.

    DEVELOPMENT SERVICES ACTIVITY UPDATE

    (Received by Council during the May 10 Committee of the Whole meeting)

    Since the last report was provided to Council on April 12, there have been:

    • 4 new applications received
    • 7 applications completed

    Currently, there are 83 active files. Of those files:

    • 45 require action from the applicant
    • 37 require action from the City
    • 1 requires action from the Province

    Of the 83 active files there are:

    • 30 Fee simple subdivisions
    • 9 Bare land strata subdivisions
    • 2 Temporary use permit
    • 18 Zoning Bylaw amendments
    • 1 Combined OCP and Zoning Bylaw amendments
    • 3 Major Development Permits
    • 1 Major Development Permit Amendment
    • 3 Major Development with Variance Permits
    • 11 Minor Development Permits
    • 1 Minor Development Permit amendments
    • 4 Development Variance Permits
    • 0 Board of Variance Permits

    HIGHLIGHTS of MAY 9,, 2022 COUNCIL MEETING

HIGHLIGHTS of MAY 9, 2022 COUNCIL MEETING - NEWS RELEASE

by Tanya Gunn | May 17, 2022

Watch City Council meetings live or view recordings at www.campbellriver.ca/webcasts.

FINANCIAL UPDATE

2021 Audited Financial Statements

Council approved the City of Campbell River’s audited financial statements for 2021. The auditors confirmed that the City’s financial statements are free from material misstatement and conform to public sector accounting standards. The City improved its overall financial position in 2021 which strengthens the City’s ability to meet future liabilities and fund infrastructure enhancement and renewal projects. The City is required under the Community Charter to submit audited financial statements to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing by May 15 of each year.

2021 Statement of Financial Information (SOFI)

Council approved the 2021 SOFI; a financial report that the City is required to produce annually under the Financial Information Act and the Community Charter. Staff will file the report with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

Tax Rates Bylaw No. 3862

Council adopted Tax Rates Bylaw No. 3862, 2022 which sets the tax rates for the current fiscal year. This bylaw is an annual requirement under the Community Charter.

Downtown Revitalization - Cultural District Public Art

Council authorized up to $40,000 of funding from the Gaming Reserve for the installation of additional banners to support downtown revitalization.

Grant Opportunity for Erickson Road and Rehabilitation Options

Council supported staff applying for a grant through the Union of BC Municipalities for a comprehensive rehabilitation of Erickson Road, from Highway 19A to Nature Park Road, inclusive of active transportation features. The watermain on Erickson Road is in need of replacement and is budgeted in the 2023 Capital Plan. If the project receives grant funding, the City would add rehabilitation work to the capital project.

 

PRESENTATION

Council received a BC Hydro Update

Stephen Watson gave an update to Council on BC Hydro capital projects, operations and water supply forecast for 2022. Council will send a letter to the BC Utilities Commission in support of the Ladore Spillway Seismic Upgrade Project.

DEVELOPMENT UPDATE

Development Applications Procedures Bylaw No. 3856

Council adopted Development Applications Procedures Bylaw No. 3856, 2022. This amendment improves and streamlines the development approval process.

1266 Island Hwy South

Council adopted a Zoning Bylaw Amendment for 1266 South Island Highway to permit 3 duplexes. Council gave first and second reading to the bylaw amendment and waived the public hearing at the April 11, 2022 council meeting. The proposal is consistent with the Official Community Plan.

1111 Shoppers Row

Council adopted Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 3848 that allows a cannabis retail store as a permitted use at 1111 Shoppers Row. Council gave first and second reading to the bylaw at the March 28, 2022 council meeting, and a public hearing was held on April 25, 2022.

First Reading of Zoning Bylaw Amendment Affecting Social Services

The City is proposing changes to the Zoning Bylaw to redefine social services and regulate where services can operate in the community. The proposal incorporates input from public consultations that took place in early 2022 and aims to address concerns regarding the concentration of services in the downtown core while ensuring services are accessible to those who need them. Council gave first reading to Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 3861, 2022 and requested that additional consideration be made for spacing from other uses, such as schools. The bylaw along with additional information requested by Council will be brought back for consideration at second reading in June and a Public Hearing would follow. For more information, visit www.campbellriver.ca/downtown or email sustainability@campbellriver.ca.

COMMUNITY UPDATES

2021 Annual MRDT Report for Destination British Columbia

Council granted approval for Destination Campbell River to file its 2021 Annual Performance Report, Financial Report and Stakeholder Feedback Survey Report with the Province.

Under the Provincial Sales Tax Act, all designated Municipal and Regional District Tax (MRDT) recipients must provide the Province with annual accounts of how money received from the MRDT has been spent. The City’s Tourism Advisory Committee reviewed the 2021 Annual Performance Report at their April 21 meeting and recommended that Council approve it for filing with Destination British Columbia.

Remedial Action for 1936 Nunns Road

Council directed that the owner of 1936 Nunns Road be required to bring the property into compliance with Public Nuisance Bylaw No. 3543, 2014. City contractors will be authorized to perform the work required to achieve compliance in the event that the property owner does not comply with the remedial action notice.

Comox Strathcona Regional Hospital District (CSRHD) - Proposed Long-term Care Facility

Council received a media release from the CSRHD, who has approved cost sharing with Island Health for a proposed long-term care facility in Campbell River. For more information, visit www.csrhd.ca.

DEVELOPMENT SERVICES ACTIVITY UPDATE

(Received by Council during the May 10 Committee of the Whole meeting)

Since the last report was provided to Council on April 12, there have been:

  • 4 new applications received
  • 7 applications completed

Currently, there are 83 active files. Of those files:

  • 45 require action from the applicant
  • 37 require action from the City
  • 1 requires action from the Province

Of the 83 active files there are:

  • 30 Fee simple subdivisions
  • 9 Bare land strata subdivisions
  • 2 Temporary use permit
  • 18 Zoning Bylaw amendments
  • 1 Combined OCP and Zoning Bylaw amendments
  • 3 Major Development Permits
  • 1 Major Development Permit Amendment
  • 3 Major Development with Variance Permits
  • 11 Minor Development Permits
  • 1 Minor Development Permit amendments
  • 4 Development Variance Permits
  • 0 Board of Variance Permits

HIGHLIGHTS of MAY 9,, 2022 COUNCIL MEETING

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