Council Corner Update - October 9th, 2018

Wed, October 10, 2018

Want to know what happened at last night's Council meeting? Check out the Council Corner update below. You can also find summaries of past meetings in our Council Corner Archive. 

Update from Council Meeting — October 9th, 2018

  • After hearing a presentation from the Manager of Transportation and Economic Development, City Council voted to award the 2019 Digby Island Ferry refit project to Point Hope Maritime.
  • Council received the August 2018 Financial Variance Report for information purposes. As of August of this year, the CFO reported that budget is on target.
  • Council heard a report from the City Planner regarding a Development Permit for Pembina’s Construction Camp to be located in the parking lot of the former pulp mill site on Watson Island. Council voted to issue Development Permit No. 18-12 subject to receiving positive referrals from the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure and the Ministry of Environment.
  • Council heard a report from the City Planner regarding a proposed Zoning Amendment to Permit Cannabis Retail Stores. This is the first of several municipal regulatory changes that will be coming forward in the near future as the City adapts to the Federal legalization of non-medicinal cannabis in Canada. The Zoning Amendment, as currently proposed, would permit cannabis retail stores in downtown and Cow Bay, and imposes a 75 m distance restriction between stores. Council gave first reading of the Zoning Amendment bylaw, and directed staff to organize a public Information Meeting for November 13th, 2018 from 5:30 pm—7:00 pm at Coast Mountain College.  There will be opportunity for written comments as well. The meeting will be an opportunity for the City to hear the public’s views on proposed regulatory changes, including the Zoning Bylaw amendment, and proposed Business Licence bylaw changes. Interested community members are encouraged to attend the Information Meeting to learn more about proposed regulations.