Highlights from Town of Osoyoos Council meetings held Monday, October 15.
The public is encouraged to attend the Committee of the Whole meetings which take place in Council Chambers at 9 a.m. on the morning of the Regular Open Council meetings at 2 p.m. to learn additional in-depth information regarding upcoming business.
REGULAR OPEN MEETING
- Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 1348, 2018 was read three times.
- Council awarded the contract to install 96 Neptune Water Meters at the pit meter location in Rural Water District No. 8 to Kobau Plumbing and Gas Fitting for $8,820.00 (taxes included).
- Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw No. 1346, 2018 was adopted. Each year council updates their permissive tax exemption bylaw, which is to be adopted no later than October 31st each year, this tax exemption bylaw would take effect for the 2019 tax year. This permissive tax exemption bylaw had one change to add the Canadian Legion Branch#173.
- Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1085.109, 2018 was adopted. Recreational Cannabis Retail Sales in the C1, C2, C3 zones with site specific rezoning. The Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch of the Provincial Government will not issue a private retail licence without local government approval. The provincial licensing process coupled with the site specific zoning provision will allow for a one step process for consideration of cannabis sales in the Town of Osoyoos.
- Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 1230.20, 2017 was adopted. Amendment to Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1230, 2007 is proposed to incorporate a new Foreshore and Lake Development Permit Area (FLDPA), for general permissions of private moorages. A public hearing was held on September 17, 2018.
- Foreshore and Lake Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1294.02, 2017 was adopted. Amendments to the Town of Osoyoos Foreshore and Lake Zoning Bylaw No. 1294, 2012 are proposed to bring the bylaw more into conformity with Provincial regulations, round out regulatory requirements, and add clarification to some provisions of the bylaw. A public hearing was held on September 17, 2018.
- Land Use Procedures Amendment Bylaw No. 1235.06, 2017 was adopted. Two small amendments were required to update our Land Use Procedures (LUP) Bylaw to assist implementing foreshore and lake development permits. Council’s approval is required for any development permit except the following classes of permits which they delegate authority to the Director of Planning and Development Services: New “Environmental” Development Permits for riparian, environmentally-sensitive, foreshore and lake, hillside, and wildfire interface areas. This has also been added to the development permit application form.
- Municipal Ticket Information Amendment Bylaw No. 1279.12, 2017 was adopted. Amendments were required to our Municipal Ticketing Information System Bylaw to add offences and fines for commencing work without a development permit.
- Housing Agreement Amendment Bylaw No. 1343.02, 2018 was adopted. Construction of the first house that will be offered under the Near-Market Affordable Housing (NMAH) Program is under way. This has created some interest and caused the Administration to review the policies and documentation. In the review we found an “issue” with the current structure of the program and its inability to prevent short term windfall profits on the second and subsequent sales. The program was set up to keep the houses for longer periods of time; however, that changed from 30 years to 20 years. The latest change to 5 years may make the house more attractive to buy, but is open to short term “flipping” by second buyer in and around the 5 year period. The result is any owner within a 15 year period of the first purchase must own the home for 5 years before the home can be sold for market value. The Near-Market Affordable Housing (NMAH) Program Guidelines were amended.
- Council requested additional information prior to making a decision on signing State of Work Agreement for Curbside and Depot Collection with Recycle BC. Council would like to know what other communities are doing and what would a recycling program look like in house. Council directed administration to write a letter to the Province and Recycling BC expressing Council’s displeasure with the elimination of blue bags and the challenges it puts on the residents in Osoyoos.
- Council awarded the contract for the 2018 Photovoltaic Expansion project to Argon Electrical and Solar Services, including additional 20kW display, for $86,397.30 (without taxes or contingency sum).
- Councillor Rhodes encouraged residents to keep the Civic Election on October 20th and Remembrance Day on November 11th on their minds without the soldiers who lost their lives, the civic election may not be possible.
- Councillor Rhodes thanked fellow Councillors for the privilege of working with them for the past four years.
- Councillor Campol is proud of the work that Council and administration did together over the past four years.
- Councillor King said it was a pleasure to work with Mayor, Council and Staff.
- Councillor King encouraged residents to vote on October 20th.
- Councillor Youngberg said it was a privilege to represent the community and thanked staff for their work.
- Councillor Youngberg thanked Mayor and Council for working together this term.
- Mayor McKortoff advised that the 55+ BC Games were held in Cranbrook. 4 people from the community attended, who placed at the games.
- Mayor McKortoff attended the event at the Fire Hall for Fire Prevention week. Thanked the Fire Department for putting on the event.
- Mayor McKortoff thanked Council for their support and their hard work the past four years.
- Mayor McKortoff thanked Town staff for their support and hard work.
- Mayor McKortoff encouraged everyone to vote. Good luck to all the candidates.