Highlights of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District Board of Directors Meeting of July 13, 2023

The TNRD held its Board of Directors Meeting in the Twin Rivers Boardroom of the TNRD Civic Building in Kamloops, B.C. The meeting was held in-person and via Zoom, and a recording of the meeting was uploaded to the TNRD’s YouTube channel. You can view the recording here.

Delegation: BC Wildfire Service

The Board received a verbal presentation from Kurtis Isfeld, Kamloops Fire Centre Director of Operations, and Jerrad Schroeder, Wildfire Training Specialist of the BC Wildfire Service (BCWS). These BCWS staff members answered various questions from the Board and provided an outlook for the remainder of the fire season in the Thompson-Nicola region, stating that a number of wildfires have been dealt with in recent days and that ample resources are available despite wildfire challenges in the North.

Zoning Amendment Bylaw 2815

The Board adopted Zoning Amendment Bylaw 2815, following a public hearing that took place on July 12, 2023 at the TNRD Civic Building, with amendments to remove sections 3.12, 3.13 and 3.14, relating to secondary suites in resort homes and cottages. This bylaw amendment makes a number of provisions and minor clarifications to Zoning Bylaw 2400, and this process is undertaken by the TNRD approximately every two to three years. Read the report here.

Floodplain Management Bylaw

The Board adopted Floodplain Management Bylaw 2828. The new standalone Floodplain Management Bylaw stipulates minimum setbacks and elevations from watercourses, and these regulations were formerly incorporated into Zoning Bylaw 2400. Having a standalone floodplain bylaw will allow any future amendments to be brought for adoption by the Board more efficiently. Read the report here.

Green Lake and Area OCP Bylaw Amendment

The Board adopted Green Lake and Area OCP Amendment Bylaw 2792, following a public hearing that took place on July 12, 2023 at the TNRD Civic Building. The bylaw amendment will make processes simpler in many situations for both landowners and TNRD staff, and less costly for applicants. Read the report here. To read a TNRD news release that was issued prior to a public meeting held on May 6, 2023, click here.

Dangerous Dog Control Bylaw Amendment

The Board adopted Dangerous Dog Control Amendment Bylaw 2819. This bylaw amendment will improve processes for follow-up actions to dangerous dog situations, and provides a mechanism for TNRD bylaw officers to issue fines to owners when a dog kills or injures a person or domestic animal. Read the report here.

ALC Application 218 (Semlin Valley)

The Board supported Agricultural Land Commission Application 222, which would enable an expanded commercial organics compost facility at 2990 Trans-Canada Highway in Semlin Valley, within Electoral Area “I” (Blue Sky Country). Board support is necessary for a development application within the ALR in a TNRD Electoral Area to be considered by the Agricultural Land Commission. Read the Board Report addendum here, and read the original report from the June 15, 2023 Board meeting here.

CAO 360 Performance Review

The Board approved the creation of a sub-committee to carry out the CAO Performance Review, to be completed before October 3, 2023. Read the report here.

Canada Community Building Fund

The Board approved allocating up to $60,000 from the Canada Community Building Fund allocated from Electoral Area “L” (Grasslands) to fund drilling of a new well at the Pritchard Fire Hall. Read the report here.

Pritchard Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants

The Board approved allocating up to $1,050,000 from the Growing Communities Fund for the construction of a new Pritchard Water Treatment Plant. The Board also approved allocating up to $705,000 from the Canada Community Building Fund and up to $1,050,000 from the Growing Communities Fund for the construction of a new Pritchard Wastewater (sewer) Treatment Plant. Both of these utility systems are located in Electoral Area “P” (Rivers and the Peaks), and are owned and operated by the TNRD. Read the report here.

Evergreen Estates and Loon Lake Community Water System Studies

The Board approved two separate grant funding applications to conduct feasibility studies of existing TNRD Community Water Systems at Evergreen Estates in Electoral Area “P” (Rivers and the Peaks), and at Loon Lake in Electoral Area “E” (Bonaparte Plateau). The respective studies would investigate the feasibility of upgrades to these Community Water Systems. Read the report here.

Board of Directors Code of Conduct Policy

The Board approved the amended Board of Directors Code of Conduct Policy, to incorporate provisions of enforcement of the Code of Conduct and mandatory signings into the policy. The Community Charter requires local governments to implement or review Code of Conduct policies within six months following local elections. Read the June 15, 2023 Committee report here.

Library Facilities Master Plan

The Board adopted the revised Thompson-Nicola Regional Library Facilities Master Plan, and directed staff to continue pursuing site and development options, to pursue major capital funding opportunities and to develop a public consultation and engagement strategy for a library in southwest Kamloops. Read the June 16, 2023 Committee of the Whole report here.

The next TNRD Board Meeting is on August 17, 2023, at 9 am at the Blue River Community Hall. Please note the special time and location for the annual TNRD “Out of Town” Board Meeting.

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