City of Fernie, BC Council Connection March 11, 2013

Regular Meeting of March 11, 2013

Prior to Council giving Bylaws 2204 and 2205 third reading and forwarding them to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) for approval, Council held a Public Hearing to provide the public with an opportunity to share their input with Council on these bylaws. If approved by MOTI the bylaws will to return to Council for final consideration and adoption.

1. Bylaw No. 2204, Zoning Bylaw No. 1750, Amendment Bylaw No. 140, 2013
This bylaw proposes to change the zoning of Lot 2, Block 87, DL 4588, KD, Plan 902 from R1- Single Family Residential to R1B - Single Detached Plus Residential. If adopted, the applicant will be allowed to construct a new detached garage with a second-storey secondary dwelling unit on the lot.

2. Bylaw No. 2205, Zoning Bylaw No. 1750, Amendment Bylaw No. 141, 2013
This bylaw proposes to change the zoning of Lot 14, Block 83, DL 4588, KD, Plan 734A from R1 - Single Family Residential to R2 - Duplex Residential. If adopted, the applicant will be allowed to construct a duplex containing two dwellings with separate titles. At the Public Hearing, a concerned resident, though in favour of the project, raised questions related to placement of the house, parking and snow removal.

Board Appointments – Board of Variance
Council appointed Mr. Jordan Earl as a member of the Board of Variance for a three year term starting March 12, 2013.
The City of Fernie is required to establish a Board of Variance, consisting of 3 members, under the Local Government Act to consider variances or exemptions that if complied with would cause the person hardship.

Release of Covenants and Equitable Charges -
Subject land is Miners Village located east of Rivermount Place and the Pinnacle Ridge multifamily development.

Council authorized the release of Section 219 Covenants (KM101703 and KM101704) and Equitable Charges (KM101705).

Royal Hotel – Temporary Change to Liquor-Primary License
Council supported the Royal Hotel’s application to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch (LCLB) for a temporary change to their license to allow for the extension of their hours of operation to 4:00am on the evening of Saturday, April 13, 2013. Council has supported this extension on a trial basis for which they shall base future support on the outcome of this event.

Carbon Neutral by 2012
Council authorized that Fernie’s carbon offsets be purchased from the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Darkwoods project, subject to the Carbon Neutral Kootenay’s project negotiating a final purchase agreement. As one of the 180 communities in British Columbia, the City of Fernie has made a commitment to become carbon neutral by 2012. The carbon offsets purchased compensate for the community’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Development Variance Permit Application No. 325 –
1301- 9th Avenue

Council authorized that notice be given that they will consider the issuance of a development variance permit to vary the maximum parcel coverage for a second-floor sundeck from 35% to 38% at 1301 9th Avenue, at their March 25, 2013 Regular Meeting.

Griz Days – Partnering Agreement
Following Sarah Parry’s update to the Committee of the Whole on the success of the 2013 Griz Days Winter Festival, Council resolved that staff bring forward a report to Council on extending a partnering agreement with the Chamber of Commerce for the delivery of this service.

Relay for Life – Awareness Week – March 18-24, 2013
Relay for Life Awareness Week is March 18-24, 2013. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at the Fernie Secondary School from 11am - 11pm. For more information, please visit their website at

The next regular meeting of Fernie City Council is on Monday, March 25, 2013 at 7:00pm will be held in Council Chambers at City Hall, located at 501 – 3rd Avenue, Fernie BC. Agenda packages are available on the City website by 4:00pm on the preceding Friday.

Committee of the Whole meetings are held on the same day as regular meetings at 10:00am. They are a less formal forum for Council to review and gather information relative to a particular topic. A Committee of the Whole does not have the authority to initiate an action (limited to providing direction to the CAO).

Anyone wishing to be a delegation before Council or the Committee of the Whole, are asked to submit a written request to the Director of Corporate Administration Services. This written request should include the name(s) of the person(s) who would be making the report or presentation if approved (referred to as a "delegation"), and a copy of the report or presentation in written form.

The written submission must clearly state any requests being made of Council and any recommended Council resolutions. Please keep in mind that all written requests must be received by 12:00 noon on the Wednesday, preceding a regular Council Meeting.

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