Thursday, October 27, 2016

Quesnel Council Highlights - Oct 25th mtg

Courtesy of the City of Quesnel:

Bylaw – Business Licenses – Public Consultation

Business Regulation and Licensing Bylaw No. 1810, 2016 proposed amendments to business licensing.  In response to proponent letters, Council resolved to amend the customer age requirement under Pawn Shops from 19 years of age to 18 years of age.  Council also discussed Bylaw No. 1811 regarding Business License Fees and deferred the Bylaw to the next Council meeting.

BC Transit Service Review & Update Presentation

Representatives from BC Transit presented findings from the recent service review update they conducted of the Quesnel Transit system.  BC Transit provided a number of short and long term recommendations for consideration by Council to improve efficiency and access for both conventional transit and the HandyDART system.

2016 Calendar of Special Meetings & Strategic Initiatives

Opportunitites for Public Engagement on Quesnel’s “Official Community Plan” include:

·        Nov 4 at 6:30 pm – Royal Canadian Legion

·        Nov 5 at 9:30 am – West Park Mall

·        Nov 5 at 2:30 pm – Tower Inn Banquet Room

·        Nov 6 at 9:30 am – Carson Elementary School

·        Nov 6 at 2:30 pm – Dragon Lake Elementary School

Larch Avenue/Juniper Road – Request for Waiver for Minimum Frontage

Council provided an exemption to allow the frontage of a proposed lot to be less than 10% of the perimeter as per the Local Government Act for a subdivision on Larch/Juniper Road.


Bylaw of the Month – Snow Removal Reminders

City of Quesnel Comprehensive Street, Traffic & Parking Bylaw No. 1773, 2015 s.6.1 (l) can be viewed at


Please avoid parking on the street during & after a snow fall




Next Steps for Proposed Public Works Facility
Replacing the existing works yard is a proven need in this community.   
§  Council affirmed the importance of this project, supporting the vision of a unified site, central in the community, with modern facilities which help create a safe and efficient workplace.
§  Staff has been engaged in making changes to the project to improve its efficiency and lower the construction costs with significant progress.
Balancing the need to make improvements for our workforce, are the economic realities which must be considered before asking the community to commit to more long-term debt.   Some of the current issues which are adding to the uncertainties include:
§  The uncertainties in the Canadian lumber markets related to the Softwood Lumber Agreement expiration.   
§  The Annual Allowable Cut (AAC) determination is still being determined for the next 5 year period by the Province.

Both may have a large impact on our local economy.

Given these uncertainties, and the importance of major industry in Quesnel, it is the most fiscally prudent approach to delay the decision on the Public Works Facility until such time as greater clarity is achieved.
Council resolved approval of the proposed new-build of a Public Works Facility being presented to the community for approval using the referendum process; and that the referendum General Voting Day be set to coincide with the General Voting Day of the next Local Government General Election of October 20, 2018.

Mount Polley Mining Corporation – Proposed Permit Amendment for Water Discharge

Public Engagement in Quesnel on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion.


Bylaw 1810 – Business Licenses (Second & Third Reading, as amended)

Bylaw 1811 – Amend Comprehensive Fees and Charges Bylaw 1683 (Deferred)

Bylaw 1812 - Amend Comprehensive Fees and Charges Bylaw 1683 (Final)

Bylaw 1814 – Cemetery Regulations (First, Second & Third Readings)

Next Meetings

Nov 1/16 at 6:15 pm – Special Closed Council Meeting

Nov 1/16 at 7:00 pm – Regular Council Meeting
Nov 8/16 at 5:30 pm – North Cariboo Joint Planning Committee Strategic Planning

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