Highlights of May 31 Council meeting
Upper Mission Drive development
A rezoning request and Official Community Plan Amendment for a nine-lot subdivision on vacant land at the corner of Upper Mission Drive and Gillard Forest Service Road was considered by Council. The proposal maintains more than half of the property as park (a FortisBC transmission line runs through the property) and open space while allowing for residential development adjacent to Upper Mission Drive. Council gave first reading and forwarded the proposal to the June 22 public hearing.
South Ridge neighbourhood rezoning
Council considered a rezoning request for a property at the corner of South Ridge Drive and Frost Road, to C2 from C1, to allow additional commercial uses on the property. The C2 zone allows several uses not permitted in the C1 zone, including restaurants, health services, child care, offices, and retail stores. Council gave first reading and waived the public hearing, but will take written submissions until June 14.
Official Community Plan engagement results
Council heard the results of the 2040 Official Community Plan Phase 4 public engagement. The purpose of Phase 4 engagement was to hear from the public and stakeholders and to use that feedback to inform and refine the draft policy intentions during the final phase of drafting the Plan. Next steps in the OCP planning process will focus on refinements to the draft Plan, with a revised draft OCP presented to Council for their consideration later this year. Council will then decide to initiate the bylaw reading process, public hearing, and final approval.
Council asked staff for an updated report on the shared e-scooter program; its challenges and wins over the first month of operation, and details regarding the permitting process, conditions and limitations. The report is expected to go to Council June 14, 2021.