Friday, September 28, 2018

All Candidates Meeting, Voting Information, Boralex Rezoning/Tenure Application

All Candidates Meetings

There will be two all candidate's meetings.  Please come out and get the information you need to make a decision on how to vote in the local government , SLRD Regional District Director Election.

IN PERSON - Monday, October 8 - 9 am to 10 am, Gold Bridge Community Club

TELEPHONE - Tuesday, October 9 - 7 pm to 8 pm, Toll Free , RSVP to - 250 238 2534 - get dial in numbers

Please do your civic duty and learn about these candidates and then vote!!!!

Thank you to the Bridge River Valley Community Association for stepping up to the plate to do this.

Voting Information

Here is a link to a 2 pager on where, when and how to vote!  If you have questions call me or call the SLRD office at 1-800-298-7753.

Boralex Rezoning and Tenure Application for Valley end of their Tower System
You will recall that a rezoning was completed by the SLRD for one end of the site for the Boralex Jamie Creek IPP communications system.  A tower and a small building.

Boralex has now applied for the site at this end of that system.  To be able to proceed they need to complete a rezoning (SLRD's job) and receive a tenure from the Provincial Government (Provincial Govt's job to grant).

The rezoning has just gone to first reading and is being referred out to various parties - MoTi etc.- to comment on. It will then come back at some point for 2nd reading after which there will be a public hearing.  Here is the link: to the rezoning documents:

The tenure application (provincial) has been circulated for any input.  It is here.  If you have any comments on this please get back to me right away as the SLRD needs to make comments by October 18.
Tenure Documents:
Application Area:

Detailed Map:

Location Map:

Short Term Rental - SLRD Board Sets Direction

Here is my previous blog that contains results of the survey I did of area residents.

If you are currently operating a short term rental (Air BnB or other) in an area zoned residential or rural residential you are contrary to zoning and therefore illegal. 

The SLRD Board of Directors has been grappling with issues of short term rentals throughout the Regional District and in August set the following direction:

Orange Shirt Day - Every Child Matters

While the SLRD has proclaimed September 30, 2018 as Orange Shirt Day, the Board and staff at the Pemberton office recognized the day at our Board Meeting on September 26 -- by wearing orange shirts. In the spirit of reconciliation, we encourage you to join us, again, on Sunday, September 30, and wear orange to acknowledge this growing movement that honours the healing journey of residential school survivors and their families, commemorates those who did not survive, and affirms our belief that Every Child Matters.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

YOU CAN VOTE!!! Election is coming, Campground Bylaw, Wildlife Attractant Bylaw, etc.

The Election is coming!

As you may have heard by now, Area A of the SLRD will have an election.  This is the first election for many years that isn't being decided by acclamation (1 candidate).   There are three candidates. Their official information is here:    I'm sure you will be hearing from them in short order.

The Bridge River Valley Community Association is planning to hold an All Candidates Forum on Thanksgiving Weekend on Monday morning at the GBCC and will follow up on Tuesday evening (9th) with a TOLL FREE TELECONFERENCE session for those that can't be there in person.  More information to come from them very soon.

YOU will have multiple ways to vote from Election Day, 3 Advance Polls, 3 different locations to vote and the ability to do a mail in ballot.  Here is the official voter information:
If this info confuses you please phone the SLRD at 1-800-298-7753 or email or give me a call or email.

I will remain the Regional District Director right up until the next director is sworn in on November 20.  So I'll be working pretty hard right up to that time and if there is an emergency I will be there!

Campground Bylaw 

The SLRD is considering putting a Campground Bylaw in place to regulate private campgrounds.
See the report and proposed bylaw here:  

Please call me or email me with any questions or concerns.  I need to provide input by September 30, 2018.

New Fuel Mitigation/Fire Smart Program

The provincial government announced a new Fuel Mitigation/Fire Smart Program at UBCM last week.

The Community Resiliency Investment (CRI) Program takes a holistic approach to wildfire risk reduction and fuel management treatments, and will consider fire prevention activities on provincial Crown land and private land, in addition to local government and reserve land.

The SLRD will be working on figuring the new program out and looking at what we apply for.

This link has a bunch of additional information on the program and if you have ideas please contact me right away:

The SLRD applied to do an update on our Community Wildfire Protection Plan for Area A in October 2017 and that updated plan should be completed soon.  The CWPP identifes high risk areas and provides recommendations for wildfire protection for the community.

Noise and other issues - Good Neighbor Guidelines, Wildlife Attractant Bylaw
This summer was much better for issues of partying type noise coming from Gun Lake in the middle of night or very early (5 am) in the morning.  That said I received a number of complaints from other causes re noise and in some cases nuisance from around the Valley.

When I have surveyed residents they generally are not hugely in favor of noise bylaws etc. and so to this point have not brought a noise bylaw in.

The Mayor of Squamish shared with me their Good Neighbor Policy.  Click here:
Obviously designed for a bigger community - however - we could , through the Ratepayer's Assoc., BRVCA etc. develop one that might work for our area.  This is a more positive proactive way to deal with issues that bring conflict between neighbors.  Let me know what you think.

One area that our entire SLRD decided to put in bylaws is around Wildlife Attractants.  The idea here is to do as much proactive education as possible, but where there is an ongoing issues with a property owner, the Wildlife Attractant Bylaw will be used to catch that owner's attention with fines.  Click here to read all about it:

Bradian For Sale Again!
The current owners of Bradian property have put it on the market again.  I am very pleased with how Collier's is marketing it so far.  This is a very interesting and unique opportunity for an owner/developer who learns about the area, understands what is possible and respects the heritage of Bradian.

Here is the link for the listing:

Whats going on with Bralorne Gold Mine?

Here is the latest update from Avino Silver & Gold: