March 4, 2018
Commercial Gravel Permit Issued for Laurmel Holdings LTD
The Board has approved issuing Commercial Gravel Operations Permit 2017-02 for the Mainland Sand & Gravel operation on Sumas Mountain in Electoral Area G. This permit establishes noise and dust restrictions, ongoing monitoring, and annual compliance reports. Annual fees paid will support the administration of FVRD Bylaw 1181, including compliance efforts.
F.H. Forestry Awarded Contract for Vedder River Campground
In 2017, the FVRD acquired the Vedder River Campground. A Request for Proposal was issued seeking a contractor to operate and maintain this facility, which had previously been owned and operated by Cultus Lake Park. F.H. Forestry Ltd. has been awarded the contract, whose experience in the design, construction, and maintenance of campgrounds and trails includes the management of 11 campsites in the Chilliwack Forest District and three campsites in the Merritt Forest District under a partnership agreement with Recreation Sites and Trails BC.
Business Continuity Plan Underway
Staff provided an update to the Board on the progress of the regional district’s business continuity plan. The FVRD’s entire management team has undergone business continuity training, and staff are now undertaking business impact analyses of their work areas. The Board approved the terms of reference for a Business Continuity Steering Committee and ongoing updates will be provided
over the coming year.
Land Use Bylaws Approved for Cultus Lake Park
After extensive consultation and public engagement, FVRD Cultus Lake Park Zoning Bylaw No. 1375, 2016 was given second and third readings and adopted. This bylaw establishes zoning regulations for the lands at Cultus Lake Park and addresses permitted land uses, density, and the siting, size and dimensions of buildings and structures. Electoral Zoning Bylaw Amendment No. 1395, 2016 was also given second and third readings and adopted. This bylaw excludes Cultus Lake Park from the Zoning Bylaw that applies to Electoral Areas E and H of the FVRD. The FVRD will now establish the Cultus Lake Park Planning Advisory Commission who will provide recommendations on planning, development, and land use applications for Cultus Lake Park.
2018 Budget Approved
The Board gave all three readings and adopted the Fraser Valley Regional District 2018 – 2022 Financial Plan Bylaw No. 1473, 2018. As the majority of services are allocated based on converted assessed value, the final property tax requisition will be confirmed in April upon receiving the 2018 Revised Assessment Roll. There are little to no anticipated tax increases expected for the average property in the region.