Council Update - September 20th, 2022

Wed, September 21, 2022

Did you miss last night's Council Meeting? See below for a summary of the main items from the meeting.

Council summary

  • Council heard from two members of the public in the Committee of the Whole session, where general inquiries are invited. One comment was with respect to opposition to a Variance application on a neighbouring property, and the other was a general inquiry as to the status of development plans within the City. 
  • Council received a report from Planning on recent Development Activity. 
  • Council voted to approve the proposed variance permit for 1444 2nd Avenue West with amendments.
  • Council  voted to proceed with the statutory notification process for Development Variance Permit for 1153 Ambrose Ave.
  • Council received the Financial Variance Report for July 2022 from the Chief Financial Officer, which had no notable variances.
  • Council voted in favour of providing a letter of support for the Westcoast Connect Gas Transmission Project Environmental Assessment Certificate Extension Request.
  • Council gave First, Second and Third reading to the Permissive Property Tax Exemption Bylaw for 2023. Notice regarding the list of tax exemptions is available, here.
  • Council received a report from Planning Re: City of Prince Rupert Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 3503, to rezone the lot where the new RCMP station is planned from Marine Commercial to Public Facilities zoning. Council voted to give First and Second reading to the Bylaw and to waive the public notice requirement. Council can choose to waive the requirement for public notice when an application is in line with the goals of the City's Official Community Plan. As previously noted, this rezoning will enable the mandated replacement of the RCMP building, a development planned to be located adjacent to the 'civic node' area of our Official Community Plan - which includes the Provincial Courthouse. 
  • The Mayor provided an update regarding discussions at the Union of BC Municipalities last week, with staff and Council attending over 17 meetings with different Ministries and their representatives. For additional information on what was discussed, check out our update.
  • Council voted to proclaim the month of September a month for Truth and Reconciliation, with a Framework Policy on Reconciliation currently under development.