Sept 6th involved two Council Meetings and a Public Hearing. The afternoon session, a Council Meeting, turned into a resinding of the contentious Land Use Bylaws, informally known as the Steep Slopes Bylaw, the Environmentally Sensitive Areas and the Watershed Protection Bylaws. It began with a recommendation from BIM Planner, Hap Stelling, that Council should halt the process for this term as their was insufficient time. Councillor Poole jumped in first and uncharacteristically agreed with the assessment, given that she was one the prime proponents of the Bylaws in their draft form. Councillor Hooper similarly agreed, however, Councillor Frinton was visibly agitated by the about face that was happening around the table proclaiming that he was flabbergasted presenting some arguments towards making some small but significant fixes to wrap up this legislation. Discussion happened around the table and they eventually came to an agreement to rescind the bylaws so the new Council could properly deal with rewriting the draft bylaws to incorporate the comment they heard from their constituents at the Public Hearing earlier in the Summer.
The Tunstall Bay Boat Launch was next up on the agenda. CAO, Brent Mahood, gave a summary of what had transpired including all of the negotiation with Fisheries and the performance bond that had to be issued in order for the work to take place. It appears the project will come in under budget and it is expected that Public Works Director, Wil Hilsen will be presenting a more detailed report on the matter in the coming weeks.
If you wish to watch the video of the presentation, you can Download the video here [QuickTime - 582 MB] ( with Internet Explorer use right-click > save target as, on a Mac use control-click > save link as... ) or you can watch online after the break.
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