RDEK Board Highlights - May 3, 2019

Moyie and Area Official Community Plan
The planning process for a new Official Community Plan (OCP) for the Moyie Area is nearing completion. The Moyie and Area OCP bylaw was given first and second reading by the Board and will be the subject of public hearing to be held at the Moyie Community Hall on May 21st at 7pm. The OCP is a long range planning document used to guide land use change in the area and it will replace the Moyie and Area Land Use Bylaw which was adopted in 2008.

Contact: Andrew McLeod | 250-489-2791 | Planning & Development Services Manager

Elk River Floodplain Mapping
The RDEK’s Elk River Floodplain Mapping Report will be used to guide the development of a new floodplain management bylaw for the lower Elk River valley. Until new floodplain management regulations are adopted, however, the RDEK will be asking building permit applicants with development proposed in the newly mapped floodplain or other flood hazard areas to either adhere to the development standards recommended in the report or register a floodplain covenant on the title of the property. More information on the Elk River Floodplain Mapping Report is available on the RDEK website at www.rdek.bc.ca/departments/engineering/reports.
Contact: Andrew McLeod | 250-489-2791 | Planning & Development Services Manager

Application to be Submitted for Organics Recovery
The RDEK will make application for grant funding to the BC Organics Infrastructure Program for composting facilities in the region. The application for a regionally collaborative organics recovery program is being made pro-actively as the RDEK continues to work on updating its Solid Waste Management Plan. The RDEK is also seeking financial assistance from Columbia Basin Trust for the potential project. Contact: Kevin Paterson | 250-489-2791 | Environmental Services Manager

New Regulation and Fee Bylaw for Eddie Mountain Arena
The RDEK Board has amended its Eddie Mountain Memorial Arena Regulation and Fee Bylaw. Some of the fees for the use of the arena have increased. The new fees are available on the RDEK’s website or through the RDEK.
Contact: Kevin Paterson | 250-489-2791 | Environmental Services Manager

Community Wildfire Education Grant to be Submitted
The RDEK will submit an application to Columbia Basin Trust for $25,000 under the Community Wildfire Program for FireSmart education activities within the RDEK. 
Contact: Sanford Brown | 250-489-2791 | Building & Protective Services Manager

RDEK Continues to Participate on Regional Broadband Committee
The Memorandum of Understanding will be signed for the RDEK’s continued participation on the Regional Broadband Committee for a three year term ending April 30, 2023. The Committee is made up of representatives from CBT, local governments and First Nations from across the basin. Its mandate is to champion a regional broadband strategy that will ensure affordable and reliable high-speed internet services throughout the region.
Contact: Shawn Tomlin | 250-489-2791 | CAO

Discretionary Grants in Aid (DGIA)
The following organizations will receive grants:

The Columbia Basin Watershed Network Society will receive $175 from each of Electoral Areas A, B, C, E, F and G DGIA accounts for the upcoming Columbia Basin Watershed Network Spring Meeting.
The Ghostrider Adventure Camp Foundation will receive $1,000 from the Electoral Area A DGIA and $1,000 from the Electoral Area B DGIA accounts for its Adventure Camp.
Wildsight Elk Valley will receive $1,500 from the Electoral Area A DGIA account for the Fernie Fall Fair.
The Cranbrook & District 4H Council Association will receive $1,000 from each of the Electoral Area A, B and C DGIA accounts for the Cranbrook & District Show and Sale. Discretionary Grants in Aid (DGIA) - Continued
The Western Canadian Blind Golf Association will receive$2,500 from the Electoral Area C DGIA Account for the Western Canadian & Canadian Blind Golf Championships being held at Bootleg Gap Golf Course in July.
The Friends of Fort Steele Society will receive $500 from the Electoral Area C DGIA account for the Heritage Gardens at Fort Steele.

HIGHLIGHTS is a monthly publication of the Regional District of East Kootenay. The Regional Board meets on the first Friday of each month (subject to periodic change) at the RDEK office in Cranbrook. Board Meetings are open to the public. For more information on this publication, contact Loree Duczek at lduczek@rdek.bc.ca or visit www.rdek.bc.ca