Quesnel Independent Builder & Homeowner Protection Act
Mr. Reg Meisner, a Quesnel Independent Builder, appeared as a delegation to Council to express his frustration with the costs, the lengthy process and the overall red tape involved with the Home Owner Protection Act regulations for Owner-Builders wanting to build their own home(s). Mr. Meisner asked Council to lobby the Provincial government to reduce the costs, lengthy process and red tape around the Home Owner Protection Act regulations requirements originally put in place as a quality control measure for the construction of new homes. Next steps include a future City staff report outlining what lobbying efforts Council may wish to consider around the Home Owner Protection Act regulations and how the Home Owner Protection Act regulations process may be improved upon for owner-builders. Since 2012, approximately 50% of new homes in Quesnel have been built by owner-builders.
Reid Street/Barlow Avenue Revitalization
After multiple public consultation sessions, Council has approved the general concept design for the revitalization of Reid Street (Blocks 200 – 400) and a portion of Barlow Avenue (Front Street to laneway between Reid Street and Mclean Street) that was initiated because of an aged-out watermain that requires replacement. Urban Systems, on behalf of the City, will now proceed with finalizing the detailed design for the Reid Street/Barlow Avenue Revitalization project. A brief summary of the design concept features are:
Project costs will are dependant on construction market value costs, but the preliminary design for this project is estimated up to $5.3 million. Next steps include the detailed design going back out to the public for consultation and work on an overall strategic parking plan for the downtown core.
Curling Club Exterior Refresh
Council approved $10,500 from the Council Initiatives Fund for the exterior west and south walls of the Quesnel Curling Club to be painted. The west wall is now fully exposed unpainted masonry due to the demolition of Arena 1 that is to become the new parking lot for the new West Fraser Centre. In refreshing the West Fraser Centre immediate area, Arena 2 has been painted and, through a City Capital Works project, new sidewalks and paved parking lots/laneways/roadways are also underway.
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Issues
Council has been dealing with ongoing issues with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure regarding:
Security Cameras – Downtown Community/Accessible Space at Spirit Square
Council approved the costs and installation of three new security cameras for the new community/accessible space, that includes public/accessible washrooms, located off of Spirit Square. There will be two security cameras located on the exterior of the building overlooking the facility’s entrance and one security camera overlooking the facility’s public front lobby space.
June 13, 2017, 5:30 pm
North Cariboo Joint Planning Committee
June 20, 2017, 7 pm
Regular Council Meeting