Council Briefs

Regular Meeting – Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Council declared May 2018 as Lyme Awareness Month in the District of Squamish.

Council authorized the issuance of Development Variance Permit No. 132 (Quest Student Residences).  Read the report.

Council repealed all previous Purchasing Policies and amendments, and adopted the Purchasing Policy as presented to Council on April 17, 2018. Read the policy.

District of Squamish Purchasing Authority Bylaw No. 1721, 2002, Amendment Bylaw No. 2597, 2018, was given first three readings. Read the bylaw.

Council adopted the Real Estate and Facilities Strategy dated April 10, 2018 and will direct staff to develop an implementation plan for the Strategy.

Council authorized the submission of an application by District of Squamish to Infrastructure Canada’s Smart Cities Challenge for the $10 million prize category focused on developing a Regenerative Community.

Council referred the Squamish Sunday Social Events grant in aid request to an upcoming committee meeting for discussion, and that more information regarding the request and events be provided.

Council directed staff to implement Phase 1, as presented to the Committee on April 3, 2018, for Part 9 Buildings on July 1, 2018 and Phase 2 for Part 9 Buildings on January 1, 2019; and Step 3, according to the BC Energy Step Code, for commercial/residential building in Phase 1. Council also recommended that staff bring back options regarding Step code implementation for commercial buildings.

Council did not support cannabis production as an allowable use in the Rail Yards and Downtown in the Zoning Bylaw update and will not permit the Sea to Sky Business Park to be included in the Zoning Bylaw update as an area where cannabis production is an allowable use. The Zoning Bylaw Amendment will maintain the current 300-metre buffer between school zones and dispensaries. Council did support adding a buffer around Brennan Park Recreation Centre of 300-metres to the east and south and up to Highway 99 to the west and north. The Zoning Bylaw Amendment will include restrictions on dispensaries operating in the I9 zone - Sea to Sky Business Park.

Council supported allowing parking for a maximum of two business vehicles associated with a home based business, to be permitted in the Zoning Bylaw Amendment.

Council supported the reduction of the Floor Area Ratio in RS-3 zones, to reduce the maximum size of single-detached dwellings permitted in the zone.


District of Squamish Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 2500, 2017 was given third reading. Read the report. Read the bylaw.