Directors Report- Spring 2018
May 5th and it looks like winter may actually be over. Hard to imagine we are already planning for flood and fire season.
There are two parts to this report, part 1 is RDCK services and part 2 is the advocacy I am pursuing as your director (but do not fall under the RDCK or local government authority).
PART 1: RDCK Services
• I am very pleased to announce two communities in Area D have achieved Fire Smart Community Recognition. This is a milestone in protecting homes and communities from the threat of wildfires.
• Funding has been awarded for forest fuel modification prescriptions for:
o Backroad and airport
o Glacier Creek
• Mount Buchanan Lidar report and mitigation plans. RDCK has applied for funding for mitigation works. Once we hear we will inform the community of what actions will be taken
Please: Be Flood Aware. See RDCK Media release with contact information here:
Kaslo and Area D Economic Development (EDC)
• We were not successful with our Rural Dividend Application for the North Kootenay Lake Agriculture Innovation Program. Although we were not successful, Area D will continue to fund a year two program that LINKS will offer with wage subsidies for farmers and capital infrastructure supports. Looks for ads out soon. The plan was to offer:
o Farm internship program
o Capital infrastructure support
o Organic Diversion (compost) feasibility study to design a region program
• The Kaslo and Area D EDC is preparing to submit a proposal that would see several initiatives funded. Organic diversion feasibility is slated to be one of them
• All minutes for the EDC can be found at the RDCK website under our agendas. Follow here: http://www.rdck.ca/…/kaslo-and-area-d-economic-development-…
Planning Services- Spot Zoning in Area D
• While I have not personally been a fan of zoning in rural areas, over the past three years it has become more apparent why zoning can be an effective tool.
• Zoning is the tool that provides local government regulatory oversight on land use. It starts with an Official Community Plan (OCP), — the vision – and then zoning which leads to bylaws.
• Out of the 24 communities in Area D, only Ainsworth has zoning and subsequently land use bylaws.
• The Building Code is a separate bylaw that does not require zoning or an OCP. It applies to all buildings within the RDCK.
• Without zoning, local government has little control over land use. In rural areas the pressures for industrial land use mixed in with residential use is not as likely or problematic as in urban centers where populations are more concentrated.
• In Area D, the following issues have risen that have residents requesting local government to review zoning:
o Businesses with high volume traffic operating in quiet residential neighborhoods
o Medical marijuana facilities in residential neighborhoods with no control over use of community water systems and safety measures;
o Free roaming domestic animals of all sorts including cows, pigs and horses. Zoning would allow local government to regulate fenced animals
o Temporary and seasonal homes that are currently prohibited due to the inability to monitor use. Seasonal homes can collapse under large snow loads with residents remaining in them is a community safety concern.
• While not all communities have the need for zoning, some do and would like to see it implemented. For these reasons, I will be initiating a survey to be mailed to all residents inquiring as to their interest in zoning. It may only be one or two out of 24, it will be the communities who decide
CBT Community Initiatives and Affected Areas Annual Funding
• Community Initiatives funding is pooled between Kaslo and Area D for a total of $53,000 in 2018. Request for funds exceeds $140,000. The ballots will see some serious cuts due to funding constraints. Mayor Hewat will lead the Community Initiatives meeting on April 16th at JV Humphries school
• Affected Areas is for communities affected by the Duncan Dam. Total funds available this year is $85,000 with a request for $104,000. We will see on the ballot the all applications will be recommended but with a reduction due to availability of funds.
Area D 2018 Budget
Below are the approved allocations for several Area D services. For the full budget, please contact the RDCK or me and we can send one out to you.
Area D Services total from Area D Mill rate Kaslo Portion
Community Sustainability $8,141 0.021
Economic Development $12,049 0.031 $5,451
Search and Rescue $15,891 0.042 $7,190
Emergency Planning $21,830 0.057 $9,877
Resource Recovery $127,108 0.332 $57,511
Parks & Rec $149,119 0.39 $67,470
Transit $31,763 0.083
Mosquito Control LV $54,000 1.13
Mosquito Control PR $11,690 0.486
Library $59,747 0.187 $32,353
Kaslo Fire $138,766 0.794 $137, 607
Area D 2018 funding commitments
These funds are payments in lieu of taxation from BC Hydro. Area D receives approximately $79,000 annually.
Seniors Center Association story collecting $3,500
Kaslo Logger Sports annual May Days event $500
Kaslo Jazz Fest bus charter for festival $1,200
IdidAride 2017 event sponsorship $500
LV Mosquito Abatement 2018 $10,000
AInsworth Fire Society building/equipment needs$15,000
LINKS operational funds $4,000
Kaslo 150 Celebration 125th anniversary $2,000
Arena condenser $10,000
NKLCSS Christmas hampers $1,500
NKLCSS Nobody’s Perfect $500
Backroads water society planning study $15,000
Lardeau Valley Historical Society 100 years event$1,000
Kaslo Fire Service remuneration $10,000
Area D Fuel Interface 2018 prescriptions $13,000
Lardeau Park planning $25,000
Kaslo Search and Rescue new vehicle $5,000
JB Fletchers Society facility remediation $2,000
These are gas tax funds from the Federal Government. The Federal Government sets the criteria and application with specific funding areas. Area D receives approximately $65,000 annually