Council Summary - January 23rd, 2023

Tue, January 24, 2023

Did you miss last night's Council meeting? Check out the summary below for highlights of the main items from the meeting.

Council Summary – January 23rd, 2023

  • Council held a Public Hearing at 6 pm last night regarding proposed changes to parking regulations in the downtown core, including the implementation of a Parking Specified Area, which would exempt new commercial and mixed-use development from current minimum parking requirements. Following the collection of public feedback at last night’s meeting, Council will proceed to consider Third Reading of the Bylaw at an upcoming meeting. This change is part of a host of actions under the City’s Interim Parking Management Strategy, adopted in the summer. For more information on the strategy, and the proposed Parking Specified Area, see our Rupert Talks page: https://engage.princerupert.ca/park-prince-rupert
  • Council held a Committee of the Whole meeting, where Paul Lagace, Legal Advocate and Arnold Nagy, Indigenous Advocate with the Unemployed Action Centre, came forward with a delegation of tenants to speak to the increasing number of renovictions in the community.
  • In the Regular Meeting, Council received the engagement summary from Round 1 of engagements from the Parks and Outdoor Recreation Plan, as well as a package of correspondence to Council. More information on the Parks and Outdoor Recreation Plan, including the engagement summary, can be found here: https://engage.princerupert.ca/rupert-plays
  • Council approved the Strategic Plan for 2023-2026 and directed staff to proceed with implementation.
  • Council voted to support consideration of $50,000 of in-kind funding towards redevelopment of Odd Eidsvik Park (previously committed in the 2022 budget) in the 2023 budget process, and support a community led application to the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s Community Investment Fund and other available grant opportunities, based on public consultation results.
  • Council voted to support an application to Northern Development Initiative Trust for funding to support an Administration and Human Resources intern through their Local Government Internship Program.
  • Council voted to provide a letter of support for the Prince Rupert Performing Arts Society for their application to Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT) Cultural Infrastructure Program for their “Please Be Seated” project –which is looking to replace seating at the Lester Centre.
  • Council gave Second Reading to Road Dedication Bylaw 3512,2023 and to proceed to Public Notification and Ministry referral; Council also  gave Second Reading to Road Dedication Bylaw 3513,2023 and to proceed to Public Notification and Ministry referral.
  • Council gave First and Second Reading of Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw 3514, which would allow exemptions to Development Permit Guidelines in the Heritage Core Character area related to building colour and materials for businesses subject to internationally or nationally established brand guidelines. A public hearing will be scheduled for an upcoming meeting of Council.

Looking for more detail on any of the above items? Check out our full agenda package on the City’s website: https://princerupert.ca/city_hall/council_meetings/council_meeting_agendas