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: