Pemberton council to vote on expansion of mobile-home park 

FIRST LOOK: Childcare report; correct spelling for Lillooet River and Lillooet Lake; financing for new public works truck

click to enlarge CLARE OGILVIE
  • Clare Ogilvie

Here's a quick look at what you can expect at the Tuesday, June 25 Village of Pemberton (VOP) regular council meeting.

The meeting kicks off at 9:00 a.m. at Council Chambers (7400 Prospect Street).

Development Permit

VOP council will consider a proposal to add 13 mobile-home pads to the Mount Currie View Mobile Home Park.

The pads, which are tentatively scheduled to be cost between $400 and $500 to rent per month, would support the VOP's efforts to grow affordable housing options in the Pemberton area.

But the owner's efforts to expand have run into a few hurdles so far.

As noted in the staff report to council, the owner first brought a proposal to council back in September 2017, proposing 18 new mobile home pads.

However, that application was turned down due to issues related to road configuration and "other deficiencies."

At the time, VOP staff recommended the applicant reduce the number of pads (to the current 13) and re-submit a revised site plan that meets the VOP's parking, servicing and engineering requirements.

"Several iterations have since been received and reviewed by the Village with the intent of bringing forth a satisfactory application for review by Council," reads the report to council.

VOP staff is recommending that the revised proposal be passed subject to certain conditions, which include installing an additional fire hydrant and compensating VOP for consultant and staff time.

Childcare report

VOP council will also receive a new report on the community's childcare situation at the meeting.

The "Pemberton Child Care Needs Assessment and Strategy: 2019-2023" provides data on childcare spaces and guidance on how to create more licensed spaces.

It found that there are approximately 12.5 licensed daycare spaces for every 100 kids (up to 12 years old) living in the community.

Notably, the report calls on the VOP to support the creation of 46 new licensed daycare spaces by 2023, increasing the number of licensed daycare spaces from 53 to 119

For more on the report, see this week's issue of Pique ("Report calls for expansion of licensed daycare in Pemberton," June 20).

Revised place names

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development is seeking comments on a proposal to change the names of the Lillooet River and Lillooet Lake.

In a letter to council, it stated that Lil'wat Nation has sent a letter to the province calling for correct spelling of features in the Pemberton area.

At the Nation's request, the spelling of the Lillooet River would be changed to the Lílwat River and spelling of the Lillooet Lake would be changed to the Lílwat Lake.

According to the province's letter to the VOP, the features are within the portion of the traditional territory of "several First Nations" and it will ascertain if there are "other known traditional names" for them before acting.

The province is looking for the VOP's advice and comments on the matter.

New public works truck, please

VOP staff will also seek authorization for the purchase of a new public works truck at the council meeting.

Staff is asking for up to $30,000 to purchase the truck.

The purchase would be financed via the Municipal Financing Association of BC's financing program, through a five-year loan.

The first year's payment, $3,191, could be accommodated in the VOP's current operating budget, according to the staff report.

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