On Feb. 5, Sechelt council gave second and third reading to the bylaw and official community plan amendments needed for Target Marine Hatcheries to process more varieties of finfish and shellfish and to start an aquaponics venture at their business on Sechelt Inlet Road.
The decision was unanimous after Coun. Alice Lutes voiced her concerns at the meeting.
“I had some concerns around the plant growing,” Lutes said. “I understand that rather than amending this bylaw it could be dealt with through the development permit, and I just would like to hear from staff that grow lighting wouldn’t be allowed without some kind of a coming forward to council.”
Director of development services Ray Parfitt said lighting of a greenhouse would require a permit, which would come forward for council’s approval.
“That would be subject to our industrial development permit guidelines, which speak specifically to lighting and light casting, so we could ensure that lighting was cast down and hours of lighting for a greenhouse or whatever could be accommodated through that permit,” he said.
When the question was called to give second and third reading to Target’s proposed amendments, all were in favour.
The amendments will come back for fourth reading and final adoption at a future council meeting.
Council unanimously endorsed an application by the Lighthouse Pub to open as early as 4 a.m. to publicly broadcast the Olympic games this month.
The pub can open as early as 9 a.m. this Friday, Feb. 14, as well as on Feb. 16, 18, 19 and 21.
If the Canadian men’s hockey team goes all the way, the pub can open at 7 a.m. on Feb. 22 for the bronze medal game and 4 a.m. on Feb. 23 for the gold medal game.
Councillors unanimously supported the establishment of a new Sunshine Coast Community Forest legacy fund on Feb. 5.
The fund will take dividends received by the District from the community forest and hold them for “special projects that have the potential to offer lasting benefits to the community,” the bylaw states.
The fund can’t be used for routine District operational expenses or capital expenditures.
The bylaw also notes “council will seek input regarding possible funding opportunities from the board of directors of the Sunshine Coast Community Forest on, at least, an annual basis.”