Council Highlights – Mar 8, 2022

Posted: March 14, 2022

Meeting Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Mayor's Report

Mayor Law remarked on International Women's Day as a day and spoke about the need to recognize that the oppression of women and girls is still a human rights issue globally.

Mayor Law held a moment of silence to recognize the conflict in Ukraine.

Mayor Law gave an update on recent meetings with the ACRD Dispersed Camping working group. He spoke to initiatives regarding targeted education in the upcoming weeks.

Agenda Items

Delegations

Council heard from Hasheukumiss (Richard George), Hereditary Chief, and Tom Paul, Maaqutusiis Hahoulthee Stewardship Society (MHSS) who gave a presentation on alcohol resales and the harms in the community. The Ahousaht First Nation has sought legal advice on how to prohibit and limit bootlegging as there is currently no provincial law or local bylaw prohibiting buying large volumes of alcohol (liquor). The presentation included a request for Council to investigate bylaw regulations to limit hard alcohol sales to two bottles per person.

Marcie DeWitt of the Alberni-Clayoquot Health Network gave a presentation on the Poverty Reduction Action Plan. The organization looks at building equity by addressing sustainable development goals. The presentation included protective factors to support community members in poverty as well as clear pathways out of poverty by addressing systemic inequalities.

Presentation and Reports

Temporary-Use Permit application - #1-671 Industrial Way (Daylight Cannabis) 
Council approved a renewal of the temporary-use permit for Daylight Cannabis for another three years. Staff provided information on the public notice period and the need for the business to find an alternative location over the course of the three-year renewal.

Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1287, 2020
Council heard the third reading of the zoning amendment bylaw related to shipping containers. Staff reviewed the public hearing waiver and the need for a streamlined application process for acquiring a building permit for a shipping container.

Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 1296, 2020
Council gave a third reading of the zoning amendment bylaw that would facilitate the subdivision of the foreshore lease at The Shore building at 386 Main St. Staff also reviewed the legal agreement requested by Council, which included a Statutory Right of Way (SROW) and a no-build clause to prohibit further building on the land following subdivision.

Community Recreation Facility
Council heard an update on the Community Recreation Facility project. Staff outlined the project's place in the Strategic Plan and reviewed the financial impacts on the 2022-2026 Budget. The Class B redesign involves minor changes for energy efficiency but also makes the project eligible for the Green and Inclusive Community Building (GICB) grant. The projected start time of the building process is 2024.

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