September 29, 2017
Final Homeless Survey Results Released
The 2017 Homeless Survey in the Fraser Valley found 606 people homeless in the region, up 75 percent from the previous survey in 2014. The FVRD received the final report from this survey, revealing greater insight into that population. Some key findings include: two-thirds of homeless persons could be considered chronically homeless; indigenous people are disproportionately represented with 35 percent of those surveyed identifying with some form of aboriginal ancestry. To view the complete report, visit www.fvrd.ca/Homelessness
Organics and Recyclables Consultation Complete
As part of its approved Solid Waste Management Plan, the FVRD has set a waste reduction target of 90% diversion by 2025. To reach this target, organic and recyclable material must be separated from the residual waste stream. Consultation started in the summer of 2016 on proposed sorting requirements and concluded in July 2017. Based on the consultation feedback received, staff will prepare a draft bylaw and implementation plan which will be presented to the Board before the end of 2017. Some of the public education material is already in development and can be seen at www.bewastewise.com.
George Peary Named Honourary Board Chair for September
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of regional districts in the province of BC, George Peary was named as this month’s honourary board chair. George was the Mayor of Abbotsford between 2008 and 2011 after serving on council for both the District of Matsqui and the City of Abbotsford. During his time with the District of Matsqui, Mr. Peary served as chair of the Central Fraser Valley Regional District from 1989 to 1993.
Gateway Commercial Rezoning Application for Electoral Area D
The Board gave first reading to Amendment Bylaw No. 1431, 2017 for the proposed rezoning of lands adjacent to Highway 1 and Highway 9. The applicant will now host a public information meeting and referrals will be sent to Stó:lō Nation, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, and the District of Kent.
Board to Consider Changes to Remuneration
For the past several months, the FVRD’s Committee of the Whole has been undergoing a review of the total compensation for board members. The Board has directed staff to prepare a bylaw that will reflect the proposed changes to the remuneration schedule. This bylaw will be presented to the board at its October 24 meeting.
Objections to Mines Act Permit for Sumas Mountain
The FVRD received a referral from the Ministry of Energy and Mines for a permit in Electoral Area G on Sumas Mountain. The Board has forwarded a number of concerns including: existing zoning and OCP policies do not permit aggregate processing; adequate consultation with First Nations; and the proximity to Sumas Mountain Interregional Park.