I think this was the longest council meeting in the term of this council (now 2+ years). Read on to understand why:
The meeting started with opportunities for public feedback on 3 separate development variance permits (dvps). Dvps are used for minor changes in regulations such as changes to open space (setbacks) from building to lot boundaries and changes to fence heights.
We approved dvps to allow the building of a garage workshop and to increase the fence height for a residence on Valdes Drive, and to allow for the construction of lots on a sloping part of new subdivision in bachelor heights.
We denied a dvp allowing the construction of a new residence on St Paul Street. This was denied because of potential impact to the immediate neighborhood (imposing walls too close to property line) and because of proposed placement of the garage.
We had 3 public inquiries concerning a pesticide bylaw. From where I sat, people generally thought that we should take some action soon, hopefully within this council meeting.
Proposals to subdivide a lot in Westsyde and to allow a one person counselling business in a residential Dufferin neighborhood were approved for public hearing. Your council okayed the aesthetic look of multi family part of Orchard Walk in Valleyview.0
We approved the creation of bicycle lanes on Valleyview Drive between Vicar Rd and Highland Dr and between Comazzetto Rd and Highway 1. The community composting budget was increased to reflect impacts of grinding and hauling mountain pine beetle wood.
The $100 000 loan repayment from the Kamloops Blazers Sports Society was put toward the community's Sport Dreams Fund which helps support low income youth in sports.
Parks, Rec, and Culture director Byron McCorkell presented an extensive report on pesticide use and opinions. We ultimately reworked his recommendation to firm up the content of a bylaw and to shorten the time frame. The new pesticide bylaw will require homeowners and companies to gain some form of city recognized accreditation before using pesticides and is scheduled to come into force by April 2009. Councillor Tina Lange moved a motion that we also immediately require solid notification before the application of pesticides. This motion failed, with Tina and myself in support of the immediate move. This still may happen as we draft the actual pesticide reduction bylaw.
We approved new Fetal Alcohol Syndrome signs to go into restaurants and liquor serving establishments in the city.
We proclaimed YMCA Peace Week for November 17th to 24th. We heard delegations from Venture Kamloops and from a gentleman who says the development cost charge changes we made caught him in an unfair situation. We promised to ask city staff to look into his specific situation to see if we can resolve the issue.