Highlights from the Thompson-Nicola Regional District Board of Directors’ Meeting of February 24, 2022

The TNRD Board of Directors held its regular Board Meeting in the Twin Rivers boardroom of the TNRD Civic Building in Kamloops. The meeting was held via Zoom and with limited in-person capacity, in adherence with the TNRD’s COVID-19 Safety Plan. The meeting was recorded and uploaded to the TNRD’s YouTube channel. View the recording here.

Delegation: Fraser Basin Council and BGC Engineering

The Board of Directors received a presentation from Mike Simpson, Senior Regional Manager of the Fraser Basin Council, and Kris Holm, Principal Geoscientist with BGC Engineering, providing information about the Flood Hazard Assessment project in the TNRD.

Zoning Bylaw No. 2758

The Board approved first reading of Zoning Bylaw 2758. The bylaw proposes to amend Zoning Bylaw 2400 which would allow an additional detached dwelling unit in conjunction with the agricultural and horticultural use in various rural zones, on both ALR and non-ALR land. Read the report here.

Additional Position Approved in Finance Department

The Board approved a request for an additional full-time, permanent leadership position in the Finance Department. The new position will play a key role in supporting the Chief Financial Officer in meeting requirements under the Local Government Act, and implementing significant improvements in the TNRD’s financial administration and processes. Read the report here.

Monte Creek & Lafarge Fire Service Establishment Referendum Initiated

The Board directed staff to initiate a referendum to obtain approval for the establishment of a new fire protection service for the Monte Creek and Lafarge area. The public assent vote for eligible electors has been scheduled for May 28, 2022. Public communications will be forthcoming. Read the report here.

Census Release of Population Data

The Board received a report summarizing population and dwelling count data from Census Canada, released on February 9, 2022. Data shows that the total population within the TNRD rose to 143,680 residents in 2021, which is an 8.3% increase from 2016. Read the report here.

Canada Community Building Fund (formerly called Gas Tax Fund)

The Board approved allocating up to $336,500 from the federal Canada Community Building Fund to fund infrastructure improvements at Smith Pioneer Park. The funding allocation will be split 50-50 between Electoral Area “M” and Electoral Area “N.” Improvements will begin in 2022. Read the report here.

The next Regular Board Meeting is on March 10, 2022 at 1:30 p.m.

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