May, 2017

May 30, 2017

FVRD Forwards Concerns About Sumas Mountain Quarry Proposal

As a partner in the operation of Sumas Mountain Interregional Park, the FVRD has forwarded its concerns to the Ministry of Energy and Mines on an application to explore potential mining activity in the area. The Board identifies First Nations’ interests, species’ at risk, community water sources, and geotechnical issues that need to be considered.

Hospital Board To Fund Simulation Lab

The Fraser Valley Regional Hospital District Board has approved a one time donation of $370,250 to the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation for the creation of a Simulation Lab. This new facility will provide training to regional medical providers and first responders.

New Fees Coming For Level 3 Electric Chargers

In 2016, two new electric vehicle charging fast charging stations were placed in the FVRD, one at the Boston Bar Bowling Lanes and one at the corporate office in Chilliwack. To date, the cost of electricity has been covered by the FVRD, totalling approximately $209 per month. To assist with cost recovery going forward, the Board has approved a user fee of $0.35/kWh and a minimum $2 per session.

Revisions to Building Bylaw

Since the Province of BC introduced a new Building Act, the FVRD is working toward a new Building Bylaw by 2018. In advance of this larger project, the FVRD has made some minor revisions to the current bylaw, including the removal of "occupancy" permits and clarification to the fees schedule, including a plan review fee.

John Les named Honourary Board Chair for May

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of regional districts in the province of BC, John Les was named as this month’s honourary board chair. Les was mayor of the City of Chilliwack from 1987 to 1999 and served as chair of the Fraser Cheam Regional District from 1991 to 1995 and chair of the FVRD from 1996 to 1999.

2016 Statement of Financial Information Released

Each year, the FVRD releases its Statement of Financial Information (SOFI) as part of the requirements under the Community Charter and the Financial Information Act. The full report can be found at

Minter Gardens Subdivision Given Second and Third Reading

Following a public hearing on May 23, the Board has given second and third reading to an Official Community Plan Amendment and rezoning application to redevelop the former Minter Gardens to a single family residential subdivision.