Local Conservation Fund, Land Use Amendments Approach
Zones H and F are in.
The Central Kootenay Regional District (RDCK) Board of Directors has approved the creation of a funding stream for the Local Conservation Fund service for the H and F electoral areas – which will receive final approval through a referendum which will be held simultaneously with the local government elections which will take place in October.
The fund was established to provide grants to “support conservation efforts focused on the conservation of water and aquatic systems, as well as wildlife and habitat, with the ultimate goal of supporting actions aimed at provide a healthy physical environment for future generations,” RDCK noted. Managing Director of Community Development and Sustainability, Sangita Sudan, in her report to the board last month.
In the Kootenay Conservation Program Market Survey, it showed “higher majority support” for the local Conservation Fund in Areas H and F.
There are only three sectors that are involved in the program — sectors A, D and E — which distributed $71,000 to eight different projects. Zone F was the only electoral district surrounding Kootenay Lake that was not part of the fund.
Sudan noted that if residents of Areas F and H approve joining the local Conservation Fund service, landowners will be charged an annual parcel tax of $15.
“If the service is established in 2022 by assent vote in Areas F and H, then 2023 will be focused on collecting parcel tax to fund the implementation of the service in 2024,” she said. noted in his report to the board.
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Third reading was given to land use by-law amendments in several electoral districts in the Central Kootenay Regional District (RDCK).
The amendments could legitimize the practice of constructing or siting an accessory building before constructing a principal residence.
Previously in place for commercial and industrial projects only in certain areas of the RDCK, changes to the Local Authorities Act allow the regional district to govern temporary use permits for residential applications.
The amendment affected Zones A, B, C, D, F and G, the northern portion of Slocan Lake in Zone H, Zone K (the Arrow Lakes Official Community Plan Bylaw) and the Zoning Bylaw of DRCK.
The temporary use permits proposed as part of the amendment were seen as an improvement and a much more effective way to address some of the land use issues where people built a garage and lived in it before building their residence. main.
Changes also include:
• revision of the definition of park and parks permitted in any zone;
• revisions to the maximum number of shipping containers allowed in certain areas;
• revision of authorized locations of 2-metre high fences in zones R1, R7 and HR-I; and,
• remove the ability to construct accessory buildings prior to establishing a primary use in residential areas.
the transport law requires that a zoning regulation which may affect a controlled area (regarding highways) be signed by the provincial Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure (MoTI).
“Therefore, staff recommend that the amendment to Regulation 2757 be granted third reading and returned to the MoTI Designate for signature. Adoption would take place at a future board meeting,” noted a report from RDCK staff to the board.
As the public hearing was canceled by resolution of the Board of Directors, a public notice of the changes was issued, resulting in a written comment against the proposed changes in response to the announcements.