This page was set up on January 10, 2017. To read the previous page Click Here. To link to Council Agendas and Reports 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)