Castlegar City Council highlights for May 17

City of Castlegar
By City of Castlegar
May 20th, 2021
  • The City swore in a new Mayor, Kirk Duff, and Councillor, Brian Bogle. They officially participated in their first Council meeting since being elected in Castlegar’s April 24, 2021 By-election. They are joining Councillors Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff, Cherryl MacLeod, Maria McFaddin, Bergen Price, and Dan Rye.

    • Council appointed Kirk Duff as Director to the Board of the Regional District of Central Kootenay and Dan Rye as Alternate Director for a two-year term ending November 30, 2022.
    • Council appointed Councillors Rye and McFaddin to the Castlegar and District Recreation Commission for the remainder of the term ending November 30, 2022.
  • BC Transit provided a presentation to Council on the Transit Future Service Plan which Council supported, in principle.
  • Council adopted the 2021 Sewer Regulations and Rates Bylaw 1356 and the 2021 Waterworks Regulatory and Rates Bylaw 1357.
  • Council approved Development Variance Permit – 2/21 which allows a previously approved deck to be constructed at an elevation lower than the elevation specified in the original permit.
  • Council approved a cost-sharing agreement for Castlegar River Estates, located at 100 18th Street, for the second phase of off-site works which will benefit the developer, the adjacent landowner, and the City.
  • After reviewing the Water and Sewer Progress Report from Urban Systems Ltd., Council:

o    directed staff to incorporate inflation and annual cost of construction increases into utility rates starting in 2022; 

o    set the goal of completing universal water metering by the end of 2023; and

o    directed staff to develop a service size-based rate structure for industrial, commercial and institutional customers by the end of 2024 (following completion of universal water metering).

  • Council referred the following amendments to Public Hearings set for June 14, 2021, following first and second reading:

    • Zoning Amendment Bylaw 1347 – site-specific amendment for three properties to increase the allowable maximum lot coverage and the maximum gross floor area ratio to accommodate the development of three single-family dwellings.
    • Zoning Amendment Bylaw 1355 and Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw 1354 – support the development of a six-unit multi-family development, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, on a City-owned parcel located at 560 8th Street.

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