Council briefs: Passes carriage-house motion; Approves camping bylaw

Passes carriage-house motion
At its meeting on Thursday, July 6, City of Powell River council passed a motion to direct city staff to host a series of public engagement sessions regarding carriage houses in Powell River and delegate the responsibility of approving development permits for carriage houses to the city director of planning services. Hearings will allow for public input into a bylaw for permitting detached carriage houses on residential lots.

Approves camping bylaw
Council approved a bylaw to regulate and fix Willingdon Beach Campsite rates for 2017. The three per cent camping fee increase follows an earlier recommendation put forward by the city’s parks, recreation and culture department regarding a limit to extended stays by campers during summer months. Fees, regulations and length of stays for 2018 will be revisited at a later date.

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Supports library resolution
Council moved to support a resolution be brought forward at the Union of BC Municipalities conference, held in Vancouver from September 25 to 29, for the province to restore funding levels for BC libraries to the 1986 level of 21 per cent of the core budget. The resolution supports operating the public library system in an efficient, equitable and effective manner. Provincial funding for libraries was at five per cent of total revenue in 2016.

Reports on municipalities conference
Mayor Dave Formosa and councillor CaroleAnn Leishman reported on their attendance at the recent Federation of Canadian Municipalities Conference and Trade Show held in Ottawa from June 1 to 4. Leishman attended seminars that included topics such as engaging more women to become involved in local politics and the value of urban forested areas. Formosa attended a session on surveillance cameras that track and analyze risk potential and a discussion on exploring economic opportunities with first nations.

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