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Uncertain Future for the Heritage Anmore Village Hall (24-07-17)

Of 72 people who completed the Anmore Heritage Society survey on the future of the 100 year-old 'Murray homestead' only 1 respondent did not support this restoration of the only 'designated heritage' building in the Village. Heritage Canada "loves the proposal" to create the Anmore Welcome Centre and 'Newspapering Murray Museum' prepared the Anmore Heritage Society and has indicated the likelihood of a major contribution up to $500,000. Heritage BC is trying to help secure more funding for the project. Although Anmore Council previously indicated their support for the proposal, a recent letter from CAO Juli Kolby states that Council "agreed that the project scope, as originally submitted, is no longer feasible" and presents an option to restore it as the entrance to the 'new' Village Hall or bulldoze it and build a replica. The Murray homestead served as the Anmore Council Chambers from incorporation 30 years ago until it was vacated overnight in 2012 due to bad air quality(tested fine) and a rodent infestation (handled by an exterminator in the past).

Anmore Council Champions the Restoration of the 100 year-old 'Ma' Murray Homestead
Editor's Note: Not so fast!!! See above (24-07-17)


Village of Anmore
Report from the Regular Council Meeting Re: A Delegation of the Anmore Heritage Society (AHS)
Tuesday, July 11th , 2017

During the third agenda item, Public Input, a number of residents spoke in favour of attempting to preserve the Murray homestead and legacy.
Comments included:
  • Could we do crowd funding to raise the extra money needed
  • Without the Murray home the village would not have a center – the property has been at the heart our activities
  • We have been given an opportunity to receive a grant – why look a gift horse in the mouth – in Ontario there is an attempt to save Al Purdy's outhouse as a testimony to his prominence as a leading Canadian poet – we should also be trying to preserve the legacy of a woman who vigorously supported the right to freedom of speech around the time when women in BC had only just been granted the right to vote
  • Buildings provide a tangible connection to the past which disappears easily when the building is gone
  • We should do everything we can to preserve the former Village Hall and "that's fer damn sure"
  • We should take advantage of funds that are available to us
  • We hope that Anmore council will support the grant application

This resident support was highly consistent with the survey of Anmore residents conducted last Fall by the AHS where 96% of the 76 people who responded to the questionnaire expressed strong support for the restoration of the Murray homestead.

Gaetan Royer who led the AHS delegation reviewed Heritage Canada's suggested revisions to the grant application. The budget would be scaled back as was the new grant application amount of $327,500. He requested that the Village of Anmore apply for this grant to restore the 100 year old homestead of BC pioneers, George and Margaret 'Ma' Murray.

Paul Gravett, Executive Director at Heritage BC summarized the telephone conversation with Heritage Canada and explained that Heritage BC was not considered to be a suitable applicant - their status prohibited them from applying for federal grants. He explained that AHS had not been a society long enough to make such an application but that it would be very appropriate for the Village of Anmore to do so. Mr. Gravett went on to explain the budget revisions and what other sources of funding might become available. Mr. Gravett stated that in his experience it is highly unusual for a granting agency to so enthusiastically support an application and to give the kind of guidance they did for the re-submission of the application for a contribution to restoring the Murray homestead.

Council members expressed their continued support for the project but sought clarification on a number of points including future sources of revenue, village staff involvement, contributions in kind, casino money grants and the restoration plans in general.

Editor's Note: Anmore Council had an in-camera meeting to discuss the prospect of becoming the applicant for the $327,000 contribution from Heritage Canada for the restoration of the Murray homestead (with the possibility of a supplemental request of up to $500,000). The next day Mayor McEwen informed the Interim Chair of the Anmore Heritage Society that Council will become the Legacy grant applicant. He also indicated a preference for the second restoration option that the homestead become the welcome centre and Murray Museum entrance to the new Village Hall being planned for the Village Centre. He talked about authentically restoring the building to a higher standard than the original. e.g. Instead of linoleum, original BC Fir floors could be installed.


HAPPY 100th ANNIVERSARY 'NEWSPAPERING MURRAY' HOMESTEAD!

Anmore Heritage Society/ Heritage BC needs your support for their delegation to Anmore Council at the Regular Council Meeting at 7:00 on July 11th! (See below the photos)
Please come and support the Anmore Heritage Society/ Heritage BC delegation to Anmore Council at the Regular Council Meeting at 7:00 on July 11th. While Heritage Canada officials have expressed strong support for the restoration of the 100 year-old Murray homestead and are favourable to the possibility of making a 50% financial contribution from the Legacy Fund, they need further commitment from Anmore Council. 

As background, at the end of December 2016, Heritage BC with the collaboration of the recently formed Anmore Heritage Society, submitted an application to Heritage Canada for a $500,000 contribution to restoring the 100 year-old 'Ma Murray' house as The Anmore Welcome Centre and 'Newspapering' Murray Museum. Council sent a letter of support for the project indicating an in-kind contribution of the building, location and artifacts.

Heritage Canada has since asked the Village to become the applicant for this Legacy Grant since neither of the current collaborators is eligible to apply. The Anmore Heritage Society is too new and Heritage BC is provincially chartered and therefore not eligible. This Heritage Canada request for the Village to apply requires resubmitting the first two pages of the application and adding supporting documentation for the Village. The rest of the very large application is fine for re-submission.

In a June 19th conference call, Heritage Canada also identified a second stumbling block to be addressed in the application. Officials requested a revised budget asking for a contribution of $327,000 (50% of the total) from Heritage Canada, instead of $500,000, with a possible supplemental request up to the $500,000 at a later date. The $500,000 in-kind contribution of the building, artifacts, and location by the Village, was disallowed because it inflated the overall Heritage Canada contribution.

In the delegation at the July 11th meeting, Heritage BC and Anmore Heritage Society representatives will try and make the case for Council to apply for the Legacy Grant, in collaboration with the Anmore Heritage Society and help from Heritage BC. They will also present Council with possible ways to match the Heritage Canada contributions from other sources and with in-kind contributions, and efficiencies with the overall Village Centre plan.

While Heritage Canada officials 'love' the proposal for the 'Anmore Welcome Centre and 'Newspapering' Murray Museum, it is looking for concrete support from the Village and others.This is a very real opportunity for Anmore to honour its roots and create a wonderful facility for commUNITY purposes. Please come out and help convince Council to take this leadership role.

Ma Murray House - An Anmore Heritage Site Tri-city Community tv Click Here

Anmore, B.C.’s historic Murray homestead needs a saviour - Kerry Gold - Special to The Globe and Mail Click Here


Congratulations to the 2017 Anmore Scholarship Recipient
Anmore Council Awards the 2017 Anmore Scholarship to Sarah Meuckel at the June 20, 2017 Regular Council Meeting. Congratulations Sarah!

Do You Have a Campfire Permit? (Source: Village of Anmore)

Campfire permits are needed for all personal campfires! (13-06-17)

"It’s that time of year again – sitting around the campfire with family and friends enjoying the warm outdoors.  Just remember that you need a campfire permit for all personal campfires.  Visit Village Hall or click here to download a permit application.  Permits are $15 and are good for one (1) year from the time of application.

To find out if there is a fire ban in Anmore please contact Village Hall or check the News webpage. Information on fire bans through BC can be found on the BC Fire Bans and Restrictions website."

Here are some links to the best campfire songs around:

Village of Anmore: The Village of Anmore is a semi-rural community in the Metro Vancouver region. The Village is located in a lovely forested setting by Buntzen Lake, with a backdrop of the North Shore Mountains.
At home in nature
Anmore’s population is only about 2,200 people. With Metro Vancouver expected to grow by 1.2 million people over the next 30 years, Anmore will see pressure to grow as well. The Village is almost exclusively undeveloped or residential, meaning the burden of sustaining the infrastructure for it is borne by the residents themselves. And the Village of Anmore wants to keep its contained status.

Ion was engaged to help the Village develop a brand that reflects the community both today and in the future, while being sensitive to the Village’s goal of not exceeding a population of 5,000. To read more about the Anmore branding exercise Click Here

The new Village website is live (08-06-17)  Click Here



Roadwork begins Thursday, May 18th at 7:00 a.m. on Sunnyside Road. For full details and map of the area, please visit: http://anmore.com/content/roadwork-scheduled-sunnyside-road-thursday-may-18th #anmore

ANMORE PUBLIC MEETING
WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 2017 AT 7:00 p.m.
  SCHOOL GYM
Regarding: ZONING BYLAW UPDATE To read report Click Here


Anmore Volunteers are Priceless (24-04-17)

The Village of Anmore thanked its many dedicated volunteers at a reception held on Monday April 24, 2017 at the Village Council Chamber. Mayor McEwen thanked all of the volunteers for their dedication, and made special mention of the Anmore Heritage Society, the Garden Club, and the ever ready Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department. We too thank everyone for helping to put the 'unity' back in community. Thank you volunteers - you are 'priceless'!




Update on Anmore Branding Exercise by ION (19-04-17)

At the Anmore Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, there was a Power Point update on the ongoing Village branding exercise. The new logo and motto effectively convey the feedback from the community, and the colour palette reflects the beauty of our natural environment. Council expects to launch the revamped Village website in the near future.






Infill Development Information Session - April 3, 2017

Close to 100 residents attended an Infill Development Information Session held on Monday, April 3, 2017, in the Anmore Council Chamber trailer. Jason Smith, the Village Planner presented an overview of his January 31, 2017 report on Infill Development to Council. The report can be found on the February 21, 2017 Anmore Regular Council Meeting Agenda, starts page 19 Click Here.

Mr. Smith explained the concept of infill development and how, if managed carefully, with strict rules about setbacks, road frontages, types of terrain, tree retention, and building style and footprint requirements, could help Anmore become more financially sustainable.The Village Chief Administrative Officer (Juli Kolby), the planner (Jason Smith), and the engineer (Chris Boyd) were there to help answer resident questions and to hear their thoughts on the concept of infill. As well, enhanced maps helped residents to understand a little more fully what is proposed.

Ms Fiona Cherry talked about canvassing some neighbourhoods and hearing from other Anmore residents, many of whom had no knowledge of infill or its possible application in the Village. She said that once the positive financial implications of infill were explained, almost everyone she talked to was in favour of the Village moving in this direction. This positive support seemed to be echoed by a large number of other residents who spoke at the meeting for a wide-variety or reasons. A few other people voiced some concerns about the infill possibility, citing difficulties with other types of development in the Village and a half acre referendum held fifteen years ago.

Planner Jason Smith indicated that the next step to move this issue forward is a report on the meeting to Council with options on how Council might proceed. This report will likely come forward at one of the Regular Council Meetings in May. Based on these options, Council will then decide on what to do next. (For more information on infill please scroll down the page to the article, 'It Just Makes Sense! Time for Well-Planned In-Fill in Anmore')

Proposed Changes to Zoning in Countryside Village (30-03-17)

Over 40 very vocal residents attended an information meeting on possible changes to the Village Zoning By-law with implications for Countryside Village on Tuesday March 28th in the Anmore Council Chamber trailer. Four members of Council were also in attendance.

Anmore planner Jason Smith explained that the Countryside proposals were to address concerns about 'over development', loss of green space, and basement flooding. They are part of a complete Zoning By-law revision for the Village.  Mr. Smith had received advice from the Advisory Planning Commission which is the statutory group of community volunteers who advise on such issues.

Mr. Smith made it very clear that the Strata Council is responsible for water, road, and storm water infrastructure. The Village regulates land use, building permits, and by-law enforcement. There seemed to be a number of different Countryside stakeholders to be considered including: young families vested in the community; investors who hold a number of rental properties; developers; long-time residents who have been grandfathered into the community; renters; the strata corporation; and the Village.

The proposed changes to the by-law included those for larger setbacks, smaller footprints, and better storm water infrastructure if basements are to be permitted. While owners seem very willing to contribute to the storm water and infrastructure upgrades, this did not seem to be the case for developers who seemed more concerned about a threat to their investments. 

Although he was very much on the 'hot seat', Mr. Smith stayed for a long and contentious meeting, was highly professional, and addressed everyone who wished to speak.  In the end, he agreed to revisit the proposals, to re-consider the timelines for the revised by-law, a phased approach to implementation, and also to try to improve communications and consultative processes.


In a photo op on Monday, March 20, 2017, MLA Linda Reimer (centre) officially announced the approval for the Clean Water & Waste Fund for Optimization of Stormwater Assets in the Village of Anmore. A cheque in the amount of $228,250 was presented to Mayor John McEwen and Juli Kolby, CAO this morning in Council Chambers.  The total project value is $275,000 (50% Federal, 33% Provincial and 17% Municipal). (Source:Village of Anmore).






Countryside Village | Water Main Issues
 

Countryside Village is located at: 3295 Sunnyside Road, Anmore and is experiencing water main issues that are currently being addressed. The homes are strata properties and residents living at Countryside Village should be contacting their Strata Management Company directly for updates as this is not a Village related matter. Thank you. (Source: Village of Anmore website)

Infrastructure on Steep Slopes Cost 5x More
The maintenance and replacement of infrastructure on steep slopes (Pinnacle Ridge in photo) costs the Village of Anmore 5x as much as in the established neighbourhoods on the valley floor. (Financial Sustainability Report, July 2014). At the March 7, 2017 Anmore Regular Council Meeting Council approved  the recommendation from the Finance Committee for "Engineering Design Costs: Kinsey Retaining Wall  Relocation" in Pinnacle Ridge.


It Just Makes Sense! Time for Well-Planned In-Fill in Anmore (13-03-17)

In a January 31, 2017 report to Council, AnmorePlanner Jason Smith says "Infill development...could be an important step towards achieving financial sustainability... Infill development restricted to using existing infrastructure would not have a significant impact on infrastructure maintenance costs and the increased revenue from these lots could help to defray current infrastructure costs."

"It is the staff's view that permitting infill development on existing infrastructure would improve the Village's financial sustainability through the collection of DCCs (development charges), CACs (community ammenities contributions) and ongoing property tax revenue." Jason Smith's report shows approximately 35 properties that could satisfy existing road frontage and setback requirements.

While there was some discussion of infill development during the creation of the 2014 Official Community Plan, it was not included because the Village planning consultant indicated that it would be more appropriately reviewed under the Zoning Bylaw update. Although the Council of the day eventually decided to focus on steep slope development in the Official Community Plan (OCP) on June 13, 2013, the Tri-city News reported:

"Mayor Heather Anderson said there are few pressing matters before the municipality of 2,400 residents, who have a median household income of more than $100,000 (compared to $65,000 for the Lower Mainland).

Recently, it hired a consultant to look at the village's financial sustainability, she said. The results of the study will be available in September, after village staff have incorporated residents' feedback into a draft OCP document and gets ready for another round of public input.The final OCP draft is expected to be ready in the fall before a public hearing in December.

The consultant's work will be examining whether Anmore can continue with its one-acre lot sizes. In 2002, two-thirds of Anmore residents voted down a proposal to allow subdivisions of half-acre properties - a decision that formed the basis of the current OCP, which was adopted in 2005.

Relaxing the rules for smaller lots would increase the tax base and give relief to homeowners - especially seniors, Anderson said. "Like every municipality, we are struggling with infrastructure costs and providing the best services possible with limited dollars," she said, adding, "As the population gets older, residents are saying, 'I love living in Anmore but I really don't love managing a one-acre parcel of land.' It just gets too hard when you're in your 70s and 80s to maintain that size of a lot." That's the message I've been hearing from people. They want options for the seniors who don't want to be forced out of Anmore," Anderson said.

Editor's Note: Although there was blanket RS-1 (1 acre) zoning throughout Anmore, residents were unaware that over 53% of the properties were on less than one acre and 35% of these were on less than half an acre until it was reported in the Van Struth Financial Sustanability Report (2014).

The Mayor's Task Force on Infill, Planner Jason Smith's January 31, 2017 Infill Development report, the Van Struth Financial Sustainability Report done for the Official Community Plan, and the Age-Friendly Action Plan prepared by a Task Force sponsored by the BC government, all point to the desirability of well-managed in-fill as the first step in increasing density, providing affordable housing options, and developing policies for long-time residents to "age-in-place". The increased revenues from DCCs,  CACs, and  property tax revenues from enhanced in-fill policies have the potential to be significant and immediate. Additional costs, infrastructure requirements, and community impacts of in-fill are expected to be minimal.


Real Acts of Caring Week
A delegation from a Real Acts of Caring Club, including Elisabet Metesan, Ellen Piansentin, Braidyn Chang, Taryn Chang and Melanie Dean, came before Anmore Council as a Delegation at the Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. This was the 8th year that a RAC delegation has asked Council to proclaim February 12-18th Real Acts of Caring Week. The group presented several examples of kind things that people can do and referred to a website for many more ideas. Click Here

Thank you Councillor Pauk Weverink!
At the first Anmore Regular Council Meeting of Tuesday, January 10, 2017, SVFD firefighter Mario Piamonte thanks Councillor Paul Weverink for his contribution to the Sasamat Volunteer Fire Department's  SCBA Fundraiser and presents him with a special SVFD t-shirt. Well done Councillor! All of the volunteers appreciate the generosity of everyone who has given so far. The latest fundraised total is: $80,460. $89,540 left to go. Working right now on SCBA #10. Thanks everyone!

Anmore Council Thanks  Devon Bullock and his Team for Lighting Up Spirit Park for Christmas! (10-01-17)




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