Highlights from the Thompson-Nicola Regional District Board of Directors’ Meeting of February 18, 2021

The TNRD Board of Directors held its regular Board Meeting in-person and via Zoom at the Valley First Lounge of the Sandman Centre in Kamloops with social distancing guidelines and safe meeting protocols in place. The meeting was live streamed on the TNRD’s Facebook page, view the recording here.

Zoning Bylaw Amendments

Zoning Amendment Bylaw 2728 was read a third time and given final adoption proceeding a Public Hearing. The Bylaw is a site specific amendment for ≈1.5 hectares of Crown land to enable full service guest ranch and resort use. Read the report here

Zoning Amendment Bylaw 2729 was read a third time proceeding a Public Hearing. It seeks rezoning of a 1.25 ha portion of the Property from MH-1: Manufactured Home Park to RVP-1: Recreational Vehicle Park One. The Owners plan to develop a 12 site RVP with an accessory RV storage area. Read the report here

Delegation: Ashcroft Terminal

Kleo Landucci, Chief Commercial & Corporate Affairs Officer of Ashcroft Terminal gave a virtual presentation to the Board to provide an update on the terminal’s expansion project.

The Ashcroft Terminal is the largest inland port in western Canada and is the only location in the country with direct access to both CP and CN Rail mainlines. All rail traffic in and out of the Port of Vancouver passing through the Ashcroft Terminal. As the terminal continues to grow, Ms. Landucci addressed some of the security and safety issues regarding access to the Ashcroft Slough and answered questions from the Board.

Delegation: Kamloops Food Policy Council

Members of the Kamloops Food Policy Council (KFPC) gave a virtual presentation to the Board on projects that the KFPC is undertaking to support the regional agriculture sector.

Lindsay Harris, KFPC’s Policy Implementation Lead spoke about the policy implementation collective action process for local government and community and the food pilot hub project that was undertaken in 2019. Ms. Harris announced that the KFPC is sourcing start-up funding to launch a food processing and innovation hub in the Kamloops area. KFPC’s Board Chair Percy Folkard also spoke to the Board about the Regenerative Soil Health Initiative to establish a soil health institute.

The KFPC is requesting the Board’s support to create an Agriculture Area Plan for the TNRD with funding through the Investment Agriculture Foundation.

Regional Housing Needs Presentation

The Board received a virtual presentation from Sandy Mackay, Housing Research & Policy Lead for M’akola Development Services.

M’akola Development Services was retained by the TNRD to conduct Housing Needs Reports for nine electoral areas and six participating member municipalities in the region. Mr. Mackay gave an update to the Board on the key findings of the reports for Electoral Areas A, B, E, I, J, L, M, N, and P. The reports include local and regional information on demographics, households, incomes, economy and housing affordability, as well as engagement data, affordability analysis, and which income groups are struggling.

The municipal findings are being presented to each participating community Council, including the City of Merritt, Village of Cache Creek, Village of Clinton, District of Logan Lake, District of Clearwater, and Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality. View the EA Housing Needs reports on our website

Fire Truck Purchase Approved for Tobiano

The Board authorized internal borrowing of available funds from the E911 Capital Reserve Fund to the Tobiano Fire Protection Service Capital Reserve Fund to purchase a 2007 E-One International pumper truck for the Tobiano Fire Department. Read the report here

The next Regular Board Meeting is on March 11, 2021 at 1:30 pm.

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Please note that The Current is not a substitute for the TNRD’s Board meeting minutes, found on our website: