Council Highlights – Feb 22, 2022
Posted: February 28, 2022
Meeting Date: Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Mayor Law spoke to the recent beautiful weather. He gave an update on a memorandum of understanding signed by key organizations in the community with regards to the ongoing Municipal and Regional District Tax (MRDT) negotiations. Mayor Law specifically spoke about the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, who have been supporters of using the MRDT to service the debt of the Wastewater Treatment Plant. He expressed his gratitude for their support.
Mayor Law also spoke to a meeting with Hasheukumis (Richard George), the hereditary chief of Ahousaht, regarding the illegal resale of alcohol and harm it is creating in the community. They also discussed the prevalence of sexualized abuse stemming from the misuse of alcohol.
Tofino-Clayoquot Heritage Society
Steve Bernard, President, gave a presentation on the Tofino-Clayoquot Heritage Museum. This presentation included visitation trends and 2022 goals as well as details on an upcoming Stubbs Island exhibit and the acquisition of two paintings by the Group of Seven painter, Arthur Lismer. Mr. Bernard outlined the Level 2 museum funding and a multi-year funding strategy.
Presentation and Reports
Wastewater Treatment Plant Project Update
Staff provided a Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) project update which included an updated program cost estimate and detailed breakdown, risk and uncertainty, and implementation timeline. Staff included a detailed breakdown of the pre-construction activities and costs as well as a project team dedicated to the implementation of the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1286, 2022 - Secondary Suites
Staff presented a zoning amendment application related to recent changes made to the BC Building Code for Secondary Suites. This rezoning would seek to take advantage of the relaxations in the BC Building Code to create additional housing units. Council voted not to waive the public hearing for the zoning amendment and authorized staff to schedule a hearing for the coming months.
Bylaws for Adoption
Building Amendment Bylaw No. 1256.03, 2022
Single-Use Item Regulation Bylaw No. 1277.02, 2022
Previous Council Highlights
Mayor Law acknowledged the water collision that occurred earlier in the day and thanked the Ahousaht Auxiliary Coast Guard, the Tofino Coast Guard and first responders. He thanked Councillor Stere who was on the call and wished everyone involved a speedy recovery.View full highlights
Mayor Law spoke to the Omicron variant and COVID-19 protocols, including additional precautions in Municipal Hall and other District buildings. He expressed his thankfulness for the community and for vaccines, reiterating how fortunate we are to have these advances and how important it is for government to continue to take care of their communities.View full highlights
Mayor Law recapped a local government round table hosted by Minister of Municipal Affairs, the Honorable Josie Osborne and Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, the Honorable Murray Rankin. There were over 44 mayors and chairs present for the discussions about local government efforts towards reconciliation across the island.View full highlights