Sechelt Council Briefs

Christine Wood / Staff Writer
June 12, 2014 02:10 PM

Sign bylaw amended

Sechelt council gave three readings to a sign amendment bylaw on June 4 that will regulate on- and off-site real estate marketing signs and temporary construction signs.

The changes include limiting on-site real estate signage to three years and limiting the overall height of signs to 3.4 metres.

The amendment bylaw also notes the District of Sechelt will determine appropriate off-site real estate marketing sign locations “in collaboration with the developer.”

Contractors are allowed one sign at the site of their development that must be taken down when the work is complete under the bylaw.

The sign amendment bylaw is expected to come back for fourth reading and final adoption at the next council meeting on June 18.

Ebbtide Park

Councillors asked staff to present the proposed design for a park beside the new wastewater facility to the public soon, although no price for the detailed design is yet known.

PMG Landscape Archi­tects were hired to prepare a plan for the portion of property between the old Ebbtide treatment plant and Ebbtide Street and a steering committee was struck in January to come up with that plan, a report from the director of development services stated.

The committee was not given a mandate to come up with a price, Coun. Alice Lutes found out when she asked what the park would cost at the May 28 committee meeting.

“I don’t believe the committee has dealt with the issue of cost at this stage, but we would certainly be starting to pull those numbers together as we proceed,” chief of innovation and growth Ron Buchhorn said at that meeting.

The park plan calls for two playgrounds, one natural and one traditional, washrooms, a sport court, an amphitheatre with stage and outdoor seating, picnic tables and walkways throughout the area.

On June 4 councillors voted to have staff present the new plan at a future public information meeting.

Airport cost

The estimated cost of converting Sechelt’s airport into a Transport Canada approved site capable of daily scheduled flights has ballooned from $4.6 million to $9 million, the airport advisory committee meeting minutes show.

Those minutes, which were accepted by council June 4, show that the committee plans to divide its ask for the project between the federal government, provincial government and the District of Sechelt.

The rising cost for the airport is due to the strict rules and guidelines that must be complied with in order to become Transport Canada certified.

Wharf work

Council approved a temporary exemption under the noise bylaw to allow construction of the Davis Bay Wharf on Sundays if necessary from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. up until July 6.

“The purpose of this obviously is to give the contractor the leeway … to go in on Sundays,” said deputy director of development services Tom Lancaster.

Smoking report

Sechelt council isn’t ready to move on an enhanced smoking bylaw yet, so they asked for a report on the issue instead.

The motion passed narrowly with councillors Chris Moore, Tom Lamb and Doug Hockley against.

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