Village of Pemberton council preview for Tuesday, Nov. 5 

First look: Sunstone Ridge public hearing; Pemberton Airport development policy; third quarter updates

click to enlarge PHOTO BY CLARE OGILVIE
  • Photo by Clare Ogilvie

Here's a quick look at what you can expect at the Tuesday, Nov. 5 Village of Pemberton (VOP) regular council meeting.

The meeting kicks off at 5:30 p.m. at Council Chambers (7400 Prospect Street).

Sunstone Ridge

The VOP will hold a public hearing on a proposed change to the village's official community plan, which would allow for the expansion of the of the Sunstone Ridge development.

The minor OCP amendment would re-designate an area adjacent to the Sunstone Ridge development from "special planning area" to "residential," allowing the developer to move forward with a plan to create nine new 2,000-square-metre "estate lots" and enlarge four existing lots.

The new lots would necessitate the extension of a municipal roadway, but will utilize water and sanitary infrastructure constructed in earlier phases of the Sunstone Ridge development.

The public hearing will begin at 7 p.m. at Council Chambers.

To learn more about the proposal see:

Airport Development Inquiries

VOP staff is looking set a basic criteria for individuals or businesses looking to undertake a lease at the Pemberton Airport.

It has put forward a resolution to council that such entities be advised that proposals to the VOP regarding lease lots should address "benefits to the community of the proposed operation," job creation, revenue growth, and a business plan (in the case of a commercial operation).

VOP staff is also seeking council's approval of a resolution that will require a successful applicant to begin developing leased property within one year of entering into an agreement, and complete the project within three years.

The airport lands have been granted to the VOP through a crown grant, which specifies that the lands must only be used for airport and aviation ancillary uses, according to Nov. 5 council package.

Third quarter results

VOP council will receive its quarterly update from various departments at its Nov. 5 regular council meeting.

Lena Martin, manager of finance and administration for the VOP, will present a consolidated statement of revenues and expenses to council.

Martin's report states that VOP staff is "confident" that the municipality will be on budget at the end the year, though consolidated revenues and expenses are higher than anticipated.

"At this point the collection of revenues and the outlay of expenses should be around the 75 [per cent] mark," reads the statement.

"However, consolidated revenues and expenses are higher than this percentile.

"The Consolidated Statement ... shows that approximately 105 [per cent] of the revenues have been collected to September 30th. This is due in part to: more than 75 [per cent] of taxes and utilities have been collected, increases in development, and increased provincial grant and contribution revenue."

Ending in Sept. 30, the VOP's net financial balance stands at a surplus of $2,286,273.

This breaks down into a surplus of $1,436,705 in the VOP's general fund; $430,478 in its water fund; $402,202 in its sewer fund; and $16,888 in its airport fund.

The VOP's development services department will also update council, giving an overview of permits issued between July 1 and Sept. 30.

The department issued 26 permits in total, including three single-family dwellings and six single-family dwellings with suites.

The value of construction was $7,013,026.95, with $59,282 in permit fees.

The VOP's operations department saw a busy quarter with the completion of the downtown enhancement project and friendship trail bridge project.

The recreation department saw a total of 252 total registrations, representing a gross revenue of $30,575.

It also offered a number of new offerings in the quarter, including "Argentinian cooking," and "French evenings."

The VOP's volunteer fire department saw another active quarter.

"For the third quarter Pemberton Fire Rescue responded to 129 incidents," states the agenda package.

As of Sept. 30, the department has responded to a total of 359 incidents for the year, representing an increase of 63 incidents over the same period in 2018.

The majority of the responses—53 per cent—are to do with medical aid, according to the report.

The fire department also reported having had a "very successful" recruitment drive in the third quarter.

"This recruitment drive was very successful with 13 applicants, all of whom have successfully completed the recruitment process," states the agenda package.

"To date membership stands at 37. The breakdown is as follows; two full-time members, 20 paid on-call members, 13 new recruits, with two members currently on leave."


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