Council Highlights – August 23, 2022 

Posted: Aug 26, 2022      |      By: Corporate Services

Council Highlights – August 23, 2022 

Posted: Aug 26, 2022   |   By: Corporate Services

Meeting Date: Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Mayor's Report

Mayor Law issued a warm welcome to Deborah Bodnar, the new Director of Corporate Services and Financial Officer for the District of Tofino.

The Mayor also provided an update on his involvement on the Unauthorized Camping Working Group, which detailed ongoing activities that have been successfully reducing illegal camping incidents on the Kennedy Lake backroads.

The Mayor concluded by noting that three meetings remain until the end of the Council term, after which the newly elected Council will have their inaugural meeting. Mayor Law reminded fellow Council members, staff, and participants to adhere to meeting procedure protocols as set out in the District of Tofino Meeting Procedure Bylaw No. 1229, 2016.

Lastly, the Mayor spoke to his recent attendance at the West Coast Chiefs, Chairs, and Mayors Regional Planning Meeting held in Ucluelet on August 9, 2022, and noted his positive experience working with representatives from across the region who are committed to improving their communities.

Presentations and Reports

Tofino's Water System Overview

Council received a presentation from Fraser Work, Professional Engineer, detailing the current capacity of Tofino's water supply. The presentation included 2021 usage patterns and system capacity, future supply and demand projections, and risk mitigation priorities.

Development Variance Permit No. 05-22

Council authorized staff to issue a development variance permit for the property at 320 Tonquin Park Rd to increase the maximum height of a caretaker cottage and accessory building from 8m to 10.2m.

Regional Recreation Planning

Council resolved to not support the West Coast Multiplex's proposed Memorandum of Understanding regarding ownership, partnering, planning, construction and operating the West Coast Multiplex. Instead, Council resolved to refer a future discussion regarding regional recreation planning to Council's next strategic planning session, and that the District meet with regional governments to discuss regional recreation plans, priorities, and opportunities.

Delegations

BC Hydro

Representatives from BC Hydro delivered a presentation regarding capacity upgrades planned for infrastructure servicing Tofino, including growth and demand projections, an overview of poposed vegation work, and a timeline for project milestones and anticipated completion date.

West Coast Multiplex Society

Samantha Hackett, Chair of the West Coast Multiplex Society, presented Council with a request for support in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding for an arena and pool wellness facility on the West Coast, and included background information on the project to date, an integration of the facility construction phases, and capital funding and grant opportunity details.

Agenda Items

2022 Council Grant Awards

The second call for 2022 Council Grants were awarded to the following recipients:

  • Redd Fish Restoration Society
  • Westcoast Community Resource Society
  • British Columbia Conservation Foundation
  • Strawberry Isle Marine Research Society
  • Surfrider Pacific Rim

Special Event Permits

Council authorized staff to issue special event permits to the following events:

  • Clayoquot Salmon Festival
  • End of Summer Concert
  • International Coastal Clean-Up Day

Other District News

The District of Tofino will be beginning construction of the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) within DL117 (Industrial Way area) in early Fall, 2022.

Learn more about this project.

 

On Saturday, October 15, 2022, local governments across British Columbia will hold general local elections to vote in Mayor and Council.

Visit Tofinovotes.ca for more information.

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