Council Update - June 27th, 2022

Tue, June 28, 2022

Missed last night's Council meeting? See below for a summary of the main items from the meeting. 

  • Council held a public hearing for the Omnibus Zoning Bylaw which had 2 comments from the public.
  • Council held a Committee of the Whole where the community was given the opportunity to comment on the Annual Report.
  • Council heard an update from the Director of Operations and Intergovernmental Relations on Major Projects.
  • Council voted in support of a grant application to the Strategic Priorities Fund for a $1.313 Million portion of the costs of implementing a wetland wastewater treatment system in the Omenica area to test this form of sustainable treatment in our climate. The City is also applying to ICIP for additional funds for this ~$6.8 Million project.
  • Council voted to proceed to statutory notification for a Development Variance Permit at 336 6th Avenue East to vary their setbacks.
  • Council voted to approve a Development Variance Permit for 257 3rd Avenue West.
  • Council voted to proceed to statutory notification for a Development Variance Permit at 535 Tatlow Street to vary their setbacks.
  • Council voted to proceed to statutory notification for a Development Variance Permit at 224 9th Ave East to vary their setbacks.
  • Council voted to proceed to statutory notification for a Development Variance Permit at 116 Hays Cove Circle to vary their setbacks.
  • Following the public opportunity to comment in the Committee of the Whole, Council voted to approve the 2021 Annual Report.
  • Council released a resolution from the Closed Meeting of June 13th, naming the recipients of this year’s Civic Recognition Awards, which will be formally presented on Canada Day. We are very pleased to be recognizing Teresa Mackereth, Ella Ferland, and Rob Gruber with Civic Merit Awards this year. The “Civic Merit Award” represents an award bestowed on an individual who has brought distinction to the community through their outstanding achievement in one or more of the following areas: business and entrepreneurs, arts and entertainment, science and academics, health and education, sports and youth leadership and volunteer and community service.
  • Council voted to approve a letter of support for the Port Edward Harbour Authority regarding the Fairview dock and PRPA Expansion.
  • Council gave fourth and final reading to the City’s Elections Voting Procedure and Automated Vote Counting System Authorization Bylaw No. 3496, 2022. For those interested, copies of the Bylaw were attached to this meeting’s agenda on our website, and will be posted to the City’s website.
  • Council gave first, second and third readings of 2022 Five Year Financial Plan Amendment Bylaw No 3498, 2022. The amendment proposes $1 million towards the McBride Street repairs from 3rd to 5th Ave funded by surplus and debt anticipated to be repaid by dividends from the City’s Development Corporation, Legacy Inc. In addition, $175,000 is proposed to be transferred from reserves towards a repair of the Digby Island airport ferry dock ramp.  
  • Following the public hearing at 6 pm, Council passed third reading of the Omnibus Zoning Amendment Bylaw Amendment 3493, with an amendment to remove the section on the proposed permitting of shipping containers for up to 60 days. This amendment is to be considered at a future date, following further information from staff. The Omnibus Zoning Amendment proposes allowing secondary suites in two-family homes and lock off suites in multi-family homes, as well as other amendments. Final consideration will be given at a future meeting of Council. For a full list of proposed changes, check out the project page on the City’s engagement platform, Rupert Talks: https://engage.princerupert.ca/omnibuszoning
  • After the conclusion of the Alternative Approval Process that heard no contrary responses from the public, Council gave fourth and final reading to the Police Detachment Loan Authorization Bylaw 3484, 2022 so that a $25 million loan can be taken out to complete the mandated RCMP station replacement project.