Council Meeting Highlights


The following summarizes the January 7, 2016 Regular Council meeting. This information is provided in accordance with Council’s Strategic Priority – Governance and is in keeping with the City’s commitment to the principles of openness, transparency and accountability. City of Powell River Website:

Planning Services Policy Review
As part of the ongoing Council Policy review, Council rescinded Policy 55 – Parking Rate – 4553 Willingdon Avenue and Policy 176 – North Harbour Transfer of Moorage Contract, as these issues are addressed in bylaws.

Feral Rabbits
In order to address the growing feral rabbit colony in Cranberry, Council approved a three-pronged approach to managing their population:
1. Engage a contractor to trap, humanely euthanize, and dispose of feral rabbits;
2. Launch a community communications plan to educate residents about the issues associated with feral rabbits; and
3. Amend the Animal Control Bylaw by including prohibitions relating to feral rabbits and charging violators through a Municipal Ticket Information System.

Report on a Public Hearing held December 17, 2015 regarding City of Powell River Zoning Bylaw 2100, 2006, Amendment Bylaw 2429, 2015
The report outlines the proceedings of the public hearing held December 17, 2015 regarding a Zoning Bylaw amendment that will allow the City to create a small park at the corner of Marine Avenue and Alberni Street. Council accepted the report, which then allowed them to pass the amendment as the next item of business.

Zoning Bylaw 2100, 2006, Amendment Bylaw 2429, 2015
Council approved Zoning Bylaw 2100, 2006, Amendment Bylaw 2429, 2015, described in the public hearing report item above.

Lease Rates Bylaw 2416, 2015, Amendment Bylaw 2434, 2015
Council approved Lease Rates Bylaw 2416, 2015, Amendment Bylaw 2434, 2015, which now allows Council to change a lease rate at their discretion. Some community groups who lease space from the City have not been paying the established rates; this ensures that Council knows which groups are in that situation, and helps to ensure tenants in City-owned buildings are treated fairly.

Zoning Bylaw 2100, 2006, Amendment Bylaw 2435, 2016
Council have first and second reading to this bylaw, which would amend the Zoning Bylaw to allow compact residential lots in this planned development at the end of Kemano, near Bowness. Council also directed staff to schedule a public hearing regarding this proposed change.

Youth Council Update
Councillor Leishman provided an update on the creation of a Youth Council. Interested youth between the ages of 13-23 will be invited to submit an online application. The application is expected to be available early in the week of January 11. Councillor Leishman asked any Councillors interested in being part of the selection committee to contact her.

UBCM Forestry Survey – Consultation with Communities
Council approved a submission prepared by Councillor Brewer regarding community consultation on forest policy matters. The submission will be made on behalf of Council as a whole. A copy of the submission will be available on the City’s website.

Entering into Service Provider Agreements with Corien Becker, Interim Chief Financial Officer, and Brian Cruise, Acting Director of Human Resources
Council approved entering into service provider agreements with the Interim Chief Financial Officer and the Acting Director of Human Resources. Under the insurance policy the City has with the Municipal Insurance Association of British Columbia (MIA), staff is covered for errors and omissions, but contractors are not. These individuals are contractors temporarily filling senior staff roles, and should be included on the City’s insurance policy. MIA requires Council to approve the agreements.

If further information is needed on any of these matters, please contact the City Clerk at 604-485-8603 or email These highlights are provided to summarize the Council meeting and are not the official record of the meeting. The minutes of this meeting will be posted on the City’s website once adopted. All information provided by City Hall.

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