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Village of Pemberton council preview for Oct. 20

First look: Childcare centre public hearing; CERIP applications; SD93 applies for school in Tiyata
A map of all areas where Village of Pemberton council is considering a zoning amendment to allow for a childcare centre. Screenshot of Village of Pemberton public hearing package

Here’s a quick look at what you can expect at the Village of Pemberton (VOP) council meeting on Oct. 20. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. on Zoom.

Childcare centre public hearing

The meeting will open with a public hearing regarding a zoning amendment to allow for a childcare centre in all commercial zones.

Council gave first two readings to the bylaw on Oct. 6 and staff recommends that it receives third reading immediately after the public hearing.

There were four letters of support received before the Oct. 15 deadline, including one from Shannon Beecroft, whose application to operate a childcare centre in the former Portage Station Restaurant space brought to the fore the realization that zoning did not allow childcare centres in commercial zones. Two additional letters of support came after the deadline.

For the public hearing agenda, visit

CERIP applications

Chief administrative officer Nikki Gilmore briefly reported on two planned applications for the Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program (CERIP) at the Oct. 6 meeting and those two applications are now coming to council. The program consists of 100-per-cent funding for projects up to $1 million.

Firstly, the Pemberton Farm Road East Multi-Use Path, located on the road’s west shoulder, was selected as one project to potentially put forward. The path will connect to the Friendship Trail and will consist of paving, line painting, path lighting, a 100-metre boardwalk and crosswalk flashers. The price tag is estimated at just over $676,000, though there may be opportunities for cost saving, as planned upgrades to Pemberton Farm Road East would happen concurrently.

The VOP previously applied for funding through the BC Active Transportation Infrastructure Grant earlier this year but was unsuccessful (HOTLINK:

The second proposed project is the Pemberton and Area Mountain Bike Skills Park at the Pemberton and District Recreation Site. Council voted last month to pursue funding through the Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure Fund (CCRIF), which provides up to 73.33 per cent of funding.

SD93 applies for school in Tiyata

School District 93, the Conseil scholaire francophone de la C.B., has applied for an amendment to the Official Community Plan (OCP) to build a public school for Francophone education in the second phase of the Tiyata development. The school would serve roughly 390 students from kindergarten to Grade 12 and also feature childcare spaces.

The land, currently zoned as residential, would need to be rezoned as civic and institutional.

“The subject lands would also need to be designated as Development Permit Areas No. 1 (Environmental Protection) and 2 (Land Constraints),” according to the report from manager of development services Lisa Pedrini.

Because the changes require a change to the OCP, council will look at starting the required process of early and ongoing engagement.

“This report is not intended to facilitate discussion about the relative merits of the proposal nor is it requesting direction on the application itself. The consultation process will run parallel with the Staff and agency review and the OCP amendment and rezoning bylaws will be brought forward for substantive consideration in due course,” Pedrini wrote in her report.

For the regular meeting agenda, visit