City of Fernie Council Connection - January 14, 2013

Regular Meeting for January 14, 2013

Recent Appointments to Civic Agencies
These are volunteer positions and members participate primarily in an advisory capacity to City Council.

Beautification Committee
Ms. Carolyn Dillon has been appointed to fill one vacancy representing the Public at large.
Design Review Panel
Marilyn Baker will serve on the Design Review Panel for a one year term.

Fernie and Area 2012 – 2016 Resort Development Strategy
Council approved the updated Fernie and Area 2012 – 2016 Resort Development Strateg

Facilities Master Plan
The City of Fernie currently owns and operates a number of civic buildings of varying ages; maintenance and replacement needs and requires a master plan that will address these issues to ultimately ensure protection of the City’s investment in the community infrastructure.

Council awarded the development of the Facilities Master Plan to B+H Architects for the contract price of $78,400 inclusive of net tax.

Winter Day Evening Shuttle – Partnering Agreement
Council authorized notice of their intention to enter into a partnering agreement with Tourism Fernie for the provision of a winter day and evening local shuttle service between locations within the City of Fernie, West Fernie and the Fernie Alpine Resort (FAR) for the 2012/13 operating ski season with an option for the agreement to extend to include 2013/14 & 2014/15 for the payment by the City to Tourism Fernie the sum of $50,000 per operating season.

The Partnering Agreement will come back for Council’s consideration after requisite notice has been completed and subsequent submission to the Province.

City of Fernie Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP)
On December 3rd, 2012 a workshop was held with City of Fernie staff, the Mayor, and a community representative from the Official Community Plan Implementation Committee (OCPIC) to look at the energy and emissions data for the community as a whole and decide on an action plan, or a Community Energy and Emissions Plan (CEEP). (see link provided)

Council endorsed their support for the Community Energy and Emissions Plan.

Red Tree Lodge & Restaurant
Council provided their support to the Red Tree Lodge & Restaurant’s application to the Liquor Control Licensing Branch to amend the Food Primary Liquor License to include ‘Patron Participation Entertainment. If approved by the Liquor Control Licensing Board, it will allow for the restaurant to be used for workshops, educational seminars, meetings, and games for patrons of their private Nonstop Group.

Fernie Rural Fire Protection Services Authorization Bylaw No. 2203, 2013
The renewed Agreement commences on January 1, 2013 and ends on December 31, 2018. The ‘fire protection services’ to be provided under the Agreement include: fire suppression; rescue services; medical first responder and such other services as may be agreed to between the Parties.

This Bylaw received first three readings and will be included on the January 28th, 2013 Regular Meeting for consideration of adoption.

Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Bylaw No. 2426 Referral
Council provided their support of Regional District of East Kootenay Bylaw No. 2426 which proposes to amend RDEK – Elk Valley Zoning Bylaw No. 829, 1990 by rezoning District Lot 12753, Kootenay District except the most westerly 30 chains from RR-8, Rural Residential (Country) Zone to RS-1, Single Residential (Urban) Zone, RR-2, Rural Residential (Small Holding) Zone and PG-2, Parks and Recreation Zone.

This will facilitate the subdivision of the property to create 37 strata lots, 1 Residential acreage and a proposed vacant remainder lot. The subject property is located 3 km north of the City of Fernie boundary in the Dicken Road area northwest of Kmiecik Road. (22.9 hectares (56.6 acres) and is located outside the Agriculture Land Reserve (Read more)

Zoning Bylaw No. 1750, Amendment Bylaw No. 135, Bylaw No. 2189, 2012
Following the Public Hearing, Council gave Zoning Bylaw No. 1750, Amendment Bylaw No. 135, Bylaw No. 2189, 2012 for Reto Barrington on behalf of 0937657 BC Ltd. third reading and referred it to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for approval. Further consideration by Council is dependent upon Ministerial approval and registration of the Section 219 Covenant on title.

This bylaw proposes to amend the zoning of Lot A, District Lot 4588, Kootenay District, Plan NEP91181 from RR – Rural Residential to PR – Parks and Open Space, including text amendments to definitions within Zoning Bylaw No. 1750.