From Our Regional Director:
The Regional District is now pretty much fully operational, with modified procedures to ensure health and safety. Many staff and Board members have been attending meetings via video-conference (which are recorded and available on the qRD website www.qathet.ca).
This has been a big improvement for me, since the rest of the Board can see me, and I can see them.
The following items may be of interest:
Based on my election platform, I have continued to work toward the recommendations made by the dispatch expert Christ Kellett in his 2017 report to the qRD Board. This would include use of a “call answer/transfer service” to answer emergency calls from Lasqueti by a qualified emergency call taker, and then to transfer them to the appropriate agency: BC Ambulance for medical, and LIVFD response coordinators (local dispatchers) for fire. If the qRD allowed LIVFD to use such a call answer/transfer service, fire calls that ended up at NI911 could simply be transferred to this service.
Please feel free to contact me. I am honoured to be your regional representative.
Director Andrew Fall, qathet Regional District
Contact: Tel: 250-333-8595
Peter Johnston, Islands Trustee:
Trust Council will be holding its September meeting electronically Tuesday Sept 15 and Wednesday the 16th. Agenda package should be posted towards the end of the first week of September. People can “attend” the meeting (or part of it) in several ways: by watching the live-stream broadcast; by connecting to the meeting as an attendee on their computer, or by telephone. I’ll send electronic connection information out on the email list, and it’s available on the Trust web site. By telephone, 855-703-8985 (Toll Free) Webinar ID: 618 2384 1419. “Raise your hand” to speak during the town hall by pressing *9.
The Lasqueti Trust Committee is scheduling a Community Information Meeting where we can present the draft Official Community Plan text. An in-person meeting will be held at the community hall, probably noon to 2ish on Thursday, September 17, and it will be followed by an electronic meeting on Friday of that week or Monday of the next. We hope that every Lasqueti person will read the draft and attend one (or both) of the meetings (or communicate with us by writing) to give us their comments and suggestions, so we can make the new Official Community Plan reflect the views fo the community as much as possible. To repeat, these dates are tentative, and will be announced and advertised when set.
The other important issue currently before the LTC is private docks. Our Official Community Plan and Land Use Bylaw make it pretty clear that we don’t want to allow docks to proliferate, instead encouraging moorings and slipways, and communal docks. It is possible to apply for a rezoning to permit a private dock on the public foreshore, and two landowners in Scottie Bay have applied for this rezoning. Be aware that there is (currently) no public dock in Scottie Bay.
Please read the planner’s report on pages 15-59 and/or 60-102 (two applications, very similar except that one dock is already built) of the August 10 agenda package available at http://www.islandstrust.bc.ca/media/349708/la_2020-08-10_ltc_agd_pkg.pdf There are printed agenda packages in the False Bay area and on the ferry. Or you can read excepts from the planner’s report and some comments from me and from Laurence at https://lasqueti.ca/node/6663
There has been considerable public correspondence that is posted on the web at the Lasqueti Island Current Applications page http://www.islandstrust.bc.ca/islands/local-trust-areas/lasqueti/current-applications/current-application-documents/ The LTC will be discussing these applications at our next scheduled meeting, October 5.
I encourage everyone with a view to express it to the LTC. In order for us to consider your opinion, it must be public, so that the applicants and other parties can also be aware of and able to respond to what you write. It is most helpful if you say not only what you want us to consider/decide, but why. Facts and information are far more useful than a simple expression of support or opposition to one, or both, of these applications. It would also be helpful if you expressed your views about future applications for private docks on the Lasqueti public foreshore. Please be alert that not all the information expressed in correspondence is accurate and correct.
As always, please talk with me or Tim if you have concerns or questions. You can also call or email our chair, Peter Luckham, or our planner, Heather Kauer. There is a planner on duty and available to answer questions by telephone at the Northern Office whenever it is open, 250-247-2063 (1-800-667-7867 and ask to be connected).
Peter 250-333-8785 firstname.lastname@example.org
SPECIAL MEETING TO HOLD A COMMUNITY INFORMATION MEETING TO DISCUSS THE LASQUETI ISLAND OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN REVIEW PROJECT
Complete project information can be found on the Islands Trust website www.islandstrust.bc.ca/islands/local-trust-areas/lasqueti/projects-initiatives/comprehensive-ocp-and-lub-review/
OR Join us electronically
Go to http://www.islandstrust.bc.ca/islands/local-trust-areas/lasqueti/ for instructions on how to participate or watch online.
Please note: this meeting will be recorded and posted to the project page on the islands trust website a few days after the meeting.
For more information or to submit questions before or after the meeting, please email email@example.com
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – EVERYONE WELCOME
Please note: If time allows following the presentation and Q+A on the OCP review, docks and home enterprises on Lasqueti Island may also be open for discussion.
** Outside (in the Hall if raining) following restrictions in the Provincial Health Officer Ministerial order for public gatherings and events. All in-person attendees will be required to provide contact information to aid in contact tracing if required **
ISLANDS TRUST CONTACT INFORMATION:
To email all 3 Representatives:
Powell River, B.C. - The qathet Regional District is pleased to announce the return of the Regional FireSmart Program for 2020.
This is the fourth consecutive year of the Regional FireSmart Program. With funding support from the Province of BC and Union of BC Municipalities’ Community Resiliency Investment Fund, the qRD is able to continue to offer education, training, and planning toward mitigating the negative impacts from wildfire to public and private properties across the region.
Regional FireSmart Coordinator Marc Albert noted that 2019 saw a significant increase in the number of residents contacting the program for FireSmart advice. This year the Program will continue to offer free home and property wildfire hazard assessments. Property owners may also qualify for rebates up to $500 for completing eligible FireSmart improvements around their homes.
Residents interested in information on how to make FireSmart improvements to their homes and properties are encouraged to contact the qRD office or Regional FireSmart Coordinator Marc Albert directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ryan Thoms, Manager of Emergency Services
qathet Regional District
#202 - 4675 Marine Avenue
Powell River, BC V8A 2L2
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