Village of Valemount News & Highlights - January 2018

Dianne St. Jean
Left to right: Rashmi Narayan, Riette Kenkel, and Shirley MacKillop of the Housing Committee made a request to Council on Jan. 20 for land in principle and permission to apply for a grant to pursue options toward housing development.
Left to right: Rashmi Narayan, Riette Kenkel, and Shirley MacKillop of the Housing Committee made a request to Council on Jan. 20 for land in principle and permission to apply for a grant to pursue options toward housing development.
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Housing Committee makes request for land in principle and permission to apply for grant

Housing Committee members Rashmi Narayan, Riette Kenkel and Shirley MacKillop provided an update to Mayor and Council on the Committee’s work and to make a request to Council for two things:

1) to make land available in principle to develop an affordable housing project (with financial terms and details of land to be determined later); and 2) to pass a resolution to permit the Housing Committee to apply for a CBT Community Initiatives grant to hire a consultant, the purpose being to decide which parcel of land in Valemount would be most suitable to develop for an affordable housing project.

 

Committee members first clarified that Affordable Housing is not social housing but is defined as housing (including utilities) that costs less than 30% of gross household income. This was followed by a presentation on the key findings of an Affordable Housing Needs and Assessment Study.

The lack of available housing (not just affordable housing) in Valemount was a key point. The Housing Committee stated that they need a non-profit organization or municipal housing authority to develop and manage housing in order to move forward, as well as land or cash as contribution to be able to seek funding to develop housing.

After discussion Councillor Reimer made the motion and a resolution to allot land in principle (in order for the Committee to be able to apply for a grant) was passed, with no commitment or decision at this time as to what details or plots of land would be designated.

BC Air Access Program

A motion was passed to approve staff to apply for the BC Air Access Program for Rehabilitation to the Valemount Airport lighting system. Should the grant be awarded, available funds from the general surplus account (dedicated to Airport Improvements) will be used up to a maximum of $40,000.

The current lights were installed in 2006/2007 and, with a ten-year life span, have recently begun to fail. New lights are needed as a safety issue especially in the case of air ambulance, etc.

NCLGA Resolution Proposal – Highway Rescue Costs

Mayor Townsend brought forth a resolution to be taken to the 2018 NCLGA convention that the Valemount Fire Dept. be reimbursed for the expense of provincial highway rescue, and that the province bear the cost of rescue services on provincial highways.

“I would never advocate not providing the service,” Townsend stated, “However, I don’t think the cost should be borne by the taxpayers of Valemount and those in the RDFFG that are within the Valemount fire protection area,” she commented.

Townsend had made the same motion at the last RDFFG Board meeting (Jan. 18) and it was unanimously supported. The Village of Valemount and RDFFG will be taking it to the NCLGA convention, and then if approved, it will be submitted to the 2018 UBCM convention.

The resolution coming from both the Village and the Regional District gives it more clout. Area rescues constitute no more than one percent, whereas the majority of incidents are those travelling on provincial highways.

Community Emergency Preparedness Fund, Emergency Operations Centres & Training

A motion was passed for Council to approve staff to apply for the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund, Emergency Operations Centres & Training stream up to $25,000 for the purpose of purchasing a generator for the Municipal Office (Emergency Operation Centre).

Proposed Development Permit for Convenience Store/Gas Station (17th Avenue)

A motion was passed for staff to be authorized to issue Development Permit 07-17 (with a variance) to support the development of a commercial retail space (to include a convenience store) and gas station at 1400 17th Avenue (legally described as Block C of the South East ¼ of District Lot 7354 Cariboo District, Except Plan 19779 and PGP48091), subject to conditions including approval of engineered drawings (water and sanitary sewer connections and onsite access road) by Village PW Superintendent and/or Village appointed engineer; and conditions put forth by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure; and exterior lighting conditions that comply with the conditions of the Village of Valemount OCP; and, that as a condition of the issuance of Development Permit 07-17, Council requires a security deposit from the proponent in the amount of 120% of the cost of landscaping and paving (as calculated by the proponents architect or surveyor). The proponent will submit the deposit to the Village through either an irrevocable letter of credit or cash (at their option) prior to receiving a building permit.