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ANMORE OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN AMENDMENT ON INFILL DEVELOPMENT BYLAW No. 576-2018 PASSED tonight - 3 (Councillors Weverink, Froese, Trowbridge) in favour to 1 (Thiele) opposed. (17-07-18) Mayor McEwen recused himself. Letter to the Editors Click Here


Parents to meet again about Anmore Green septic leak. To Link to the Tri-city News article Click Here (25-06-18)

Number One: Looking Back on the Work of the Current Anmore Council (10-06-18)
Council engaged in a 'branding exercise' for the Village. All of Anmore signage on vehicles and elsewhere, and on stationery and other identifying materials has been changed to reflect the new branding. The long-time hummingbird logo is gone and the City of Vancouver has now claimed Anna's Hummingbird as its own symbol. Below is the old logo and the new logo uniquely branding our little Village along with the Vistaprint and Google Ads logos.

Old Anmore logo
Old Anmore logo
New Anmore logo
New Anmore logo
Google Ads logo
Google Ads logo
Vistaprint logo
Vistaprint logo



Report says sewer hookup only viable solution to Anmore Green’s septic problem (05-06-18)

"The MLA for Port Moody-Coquitlam said he's hopeful an engineering report that concludes the only viable long-term solution to the ongoing leakage of contaminated water from Anmore Green Estates’ septic system is to hook the 51 properties into Port Moody’s municipal sewer system will provide the impetus to make that happen." To link to the Tricity News Article Click Here

It is Time to stop Pointing the Finger and Start Pointing the Way!


May 23, 2018 Expert Recommendation for the Pollution Abatement Order (109390) Anmore Green Estates.

"While the Abatement Order only requires the review of “on-site disposal” we must bring to the attention that, from a purely Engineering perspective the only solution that is sustainable in all three areas, Social, Environmental and Financial is to tie into the existing Municipal Sewer Collection System adjacent to the development." (CTQ CONSULTANTS LTD. Matt Cameron, P.Eng., FEC. Managing Partner) Click Here

2. Peer Review of the Expert Advice Confirms this Solution.

"In general, I agree with Mr. Cameron's report. The ideal solution, providing the least risk to public health and environment, is connection to the Municipal Sewer System. I encourage the political decision makers to do the right thing and find a way to make it happen." (Jeffrey Oland, PEng. May 28, 2018) Click Here


3. Ministry of the Environment Oversight.

"Anmore Green Estates they are making efforts to secure a connection to the Greater Vancouver Sewer and Drainage District system as a possible solution." The Ministry will make a determination once officials have reviewed the findings.Click Here

"Not Our Job" says SD-43 and Anmore Mayor and Council (09-05-18)
One of our kids walking across the Fecal and E-coli contaminated field. Cut out banks below eastern field, and between caretaker’s cottage and Northshore Park
(looking north). Trees behind border chain-link fence are AGE disposal field.

It looks like Anmore Green Estates (AGE) has exerted considerable effort to eliminate the septic problems from their septic leachate but have had very little help from their Anmore or School District 43 representatives. While former Anmore Mayor Weinberg appears to have tried to help solve the problem and had a tentative agreement in 2008, subsequent Mayors and Councils, SD-43, and other responsible authorities  - not so much. To link to the earlier Council efforts in the Anmore archive and enjoy the nostalgia of the Anmore HummingbirdClick Here. Metro Vancouver was supportive.

Below are timelines of efforts for solution and/or obstruction by and from the various parties . Wake up folks! The health of our children is more important than your petty politics. It's time to facilitate solutions.

Anmore Sewer - Bylaw No. 158-1995
5. Owner's Obligations:
(e) if required to cease the discharge of effluent into the Innovative System, the Owner, at his sole expense, shall immediately
(i) connect to sanitary sewer, if available; or
(ii) install an alternative sewage disposal system if
permitted by the Province of British Columbia; or
(iii) if both (i) and (ii) are not possible, make application to the Local Health Authority for a pump and haul permit for sewage effluent to an approved off-site disposal system or plant;

In January 19, 2018. File: 2017-8011. Daniel Bings. Environmental Protection Division. Ministry of Environment describes the situation and an ACTION PLAN FOR POLLUTION ABATEMENT ORDER (PE-4606)...

The Problem:
The area where the highest concentrations of E. coli and fecal coliforms were detected is directly adjacent to the walkway between Eagle Mountain Middle School and Northshore Community Park. During wet seasons seepage flows from the cut bank, along the pathway, and into a nearby storm drain catchment.  The outfall for the storm drain is directly into Wilkes Creek.

MOE reviewed the data, and completed another site inspection. An inspection report issued by MOE in November 2017 concluded that “E. coli and fecal coliforms levels [are] dangerously high in the media of the exposed slope on School District 43 property” and that “the impacted media poses a risk to human health as it is accessible to the public including children attending school on the property.”


  • 1995-1999 AGE infrastructure was designed for future connection to municipal sewer connection; Anmore council was party to and supported this through the design, review,and approval processes (Ashford Engineering, 1997; Province of BC, 1997; Village of Anmore, 1999).

  • 2001: Septic Reference. Potential for septic leachate from AGE development was refenced in SD 43/Port Moody Sale Agreement Section 3.3 (e) “The Purchaser and the Vendor also acknowledge and agree that there may be some septic effluent leachate from the adjacent lands within the Village of Anmore onto the Property and the parties shall act reasonably and cooperate with each other to minimize and control any such problems.”

  • 2007-2008. Connection Request. In 2007, the sitting Anmore Council unanimously supported a formal resolution to support the connection of the AGE wastewater system to the Port Moody/Greater Vancouver Sewerage & Drainage District (GVS&DD) infrastructure, and requested information regarding the cost for all of Anmore to join the GVS&DD. Letters reflecting their support were sent to GVS&DD and Port Moody. Both parties responded that Anmore would be required to join GVS&DD, which the Anmore Council was open to. In 2008, the GVS&DD conditionally granted Anmore’s membership and AGE’s connection. One of the conditions was that a pipe agreement be reached with Port Moody. Port Moody’s response was that they will consider (but not guarantee) the AGE connection if all of Anmore joins the GVS&DD, and Anmore pays Port Moody $40,000 to “explore the feasibility of connecting to the regional sewer system through Port Moody.” Neither the Village of Anmore nor the AGE Strata were willing to pay Port Moody the $40,000 without certainty that the AGE connection would be approved, and the AGE connection was denied.

  • 2010. Connection Request.  In 2007, the sitting Anmore Council unanimously supported a formal resolution to support the connection of the AGE wastewater system to the Port Moody/GVS&DD infrastructure, and requested information regarding the cost for all of Anmore to join the GVS&DD. Letters reflecting their support were sent to GVS&DD and Port Moody. Both parties responded that Anmore would be required to join GVS&DD, which the Anmore Council was open to. In 2008, the GVS&DD conditionally granted Anmore’s membership and AGE’s connection. One of the conditions was that a pipe agreement be reached with Port Moody. Port Moody’s response was that they will consider (but not guarantee) the AGE connection if all of Anmore joins the GVS&DD, and Anmore pays Port Moody $40,000 to “explore the feasibility of connecting to the regional sewer system through Port Moody.” Neither the Village of Anmore nor the AGE Strata were willing to pay Port Moody the $40,000 without certainty that the AGE connection would be approved, and the AGE connection was denied.

  • AGE Connection Request. AGE Strata again requested that Anmore Council support the connection to the Port Moody/GVS&DD system, and offered to pay for the studies previously requested by Port Moody . The Anmore Council upheld their previous support, and the GVS&DD responded that Anmore will still have to join GVS&DD for AGE to connect. Anmore Council was no longer in support of joining, so the AGE Strata’s request to connect was denied.

  • April 2017 GVS&DD implementation Guide. GVS&DD adopted a the “Extension of Regional Sewerage Services Implementation Guideline”. This document states that, the areas outside of the GVS&DD’s Urban Containment Zone are not connected to GVS&DD Services, except during named exceptions including: "that the connection to regional sewerage services is the only reasonable means of preventing or alleviating a public health or environmental contamination risk".

  • March 2017 MOE Warning Letter. MOE issued a Warning Letter stating that the AGE Strata is not compliant with permit conditions. The Warning Letter requested that the AGE Strata complete four actions:
1. Control biological oxygen demand (BOD) and total suspended solids (TSS) to within permitted levels;
2. Obtain classification and certification by the Environmental Operators Certification Program (EOCP);
3. Work with qualified professionals to determine if there is breakthrough of septic discharge and if pollution is occurring; and
4. Work with all stakeholders to connect to sewer.

  • June 1, 2017 The AGE Strata’s requests for Anmore Council to support the AGE connection were denied. The rationale provided was that the Anmore Council was concerned that their support may been seen as a willingness to join the GVS&DD. Anmore stated that if AGE was able to gain GVS&DD’s approval on their own, they may reconsider their position.

  • Sept 20, 2017 The AGE Local Service Area submitted a proposal to Port Moody, GVS&DD for AGE be allowed to negotiate a service agreement without Anmore ’s involvement. The proposal was shared with SD 43.

  • November 2, 2017.  Metro Vancouver response to AGE connection request GVS&DD issued a letter to Anmore stating the AGE request will not be considered unless Anmore joins the GVS&DD, and Anmore requests the connection themselves. The letter detailed actions that Anmore must take to become a GVS&DD member.

  • November 3,, 2017. Port Moody Letter to Anmore. The Mayor of Port Moody sent a letter to Anmore stating that the AGE request had been considered, and that council was in support of allowing the AGE connection, if it were not at the cost of Port Moody
  • Port Moody offered two options for how the connection could be provided:
  • Anmore could join the GVS&DD and the connection could be done via a servicing agreement with Port Moody; or
  • ·Anmore could not join the GVS&DD and the boundary line between Port Moody and Anmore could be adjusted so that AGE was part of Port Moody.

  • November 23, 2017. Pollution and Health Risk Confirmed.
MOE issues Inspection Details report that concludes “E. coli and fecal coliforms levels [are] dangerously high in the media of the exposed slope on School District 43 property” and that “the impacted media poses a risk to human health as it is accessible to the public including children attending school on the property”.

  • December 5, 2017. Anmore Council Position restated
On November 23, 2017 Anmore staff recommended that the response to Port Moody’s November 2, 2017 letter be “that the Village of Anmore is not interested in joining the GVS&DD or changing the municipal boundary.” Anmore Council adopted this recommendation during the December 5, 2017 council meeting.

  • January 18, 2016 Legal Letter SD 43 to AGE
SD 43 legal team requests copies of scientific testing, reiterates that AGE cannot enter or sample on without express prior written permission. Letter demands that additional taxes must be paid on the $11,000 licence fee, and if not complied with cancelling of licence is threatened.

For the supporting documentation and fuller information, please click on the links in the article.

Anmore digs in over septic issue (08-05-18)
Residents of Anmore Green Estates, a 51-unit strata complex on the border between Anmore and Port Moody, have long-standing problems with their two septic fields that have leached E. coli and fecal coliform contamination on to a nearby school’s property. The village of Anmore is digging in its heels to not allow the Anmore Green Estates housing development to hook up to Port Moody’s sewer system even though the strata representatives indicate that they will pay for both the hook-up and on-going charges.To link to the Tri-city News article Click Here.

Hellooooo Anmore Council - They Are Our Children (02-05-18)


In an April 11, 2018 letter to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, Anmore CAO Juli Halliwell stated:
" The Village is not willing to invest any further effort in discussion regarding membership in the Metro Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District as our position is clear and not open to change with regards to the situation at Anmore Green Estates."


In an April 30, 2018 letter to Mayor John McEwen and Council members, Brandie Roberts, Vice-President, Anmore Green Estates Strata Council states:

"We feel there is misunderstanding regarding the history of AGE, what our objective is, and what we are requesting of the Village. As Village staff has been unwilling to meet with AGE representatives, we provide this letter as a means of resolving the misunderstandings, sharing information, and ultimately finding resolution...

It is clear to us that [Anmore Green Estates Pollution Abatement problem] was not created by one single party; nor can one single party resolve it. Any path forward requires collaboration between affected parties. Since AGE is currently a member of the Village of Anmore, we are respectfully asking that the Village collaborate with us to find resolution."

To link to the full letter and the "abdication" letter from Anmore CAO Juli Halliwell Click Here.

Councillor Thiele is On-the-Record Opposing Infill Development

Anmore Councillor Ann-Marie Thiele requested that the Minutes of the April 17, 2018 Regular Council Meeting show her reasons for opposing the Official Community Plan (OCP) by-law amendment on infill development.


  • "she (AMT) does not support half acre development":


Editors Note: With Council disregarding the same advice from Village lawyer Chris Murdy, in 2002  BC Supreme Court Justice Truscott ruled that by approving two independent houses on one acre by the then Anmore Superintendent of Public Works, "it appears to me that the Village council may have made the policy decision... that it wants to allow, in effect, two principal residences on each one acre parcel without going through the proper procedures for change in the zoning.”


  • "The Village wants to be financially sustainable, wants people to be able to age in place, wants to be environmentally friendly, wants to maintain a semi-rural atmosphere and to offer affordable housing. However, she does not see the move to .05 acre zoning as addressing long-term problems in a sustainable way." (AMT)


Editors Note: Over 55% of Anmore properties are on less than one acre. Of these 35% are on less than one half acre. The one to two acre lots being considered as eligible for infill development: are on existing infrastructure on the valley floor and have to meet very stringent development criteria such as road frontage and setbacks; are owned by long-time Anmore residents, many of whom are seniors wanting to age-in-place (as recommended in the Anmore Task Force on Seniors which was approved by Council as part of the OCP); have the potential to increase density in an affordable fashion and more than double the tax base at no cost to the Village; and, at the same time, protect and promote the maintenance of the semi-rural, environmentally-sensitive community atmosphere. The OCP that Councillor Thiele voted for, and continues to support,  emphasizes small lot, steep-slope development on environmentally sensitive, watershed land where the Village needs to take over the on-going maintenance and financial responsibility for new infrastructure. (reported to be five times more expensive than on the valley floor)


  • (AMT) "Sees the by-law amendment for infill development as being in direct conflict with the OCP."


Editors Note: The infill development proposal by Anmore Council is highly consistent with OCP objectives. However, in light of the BC Supreme Court ruling that Council was setting the precedent for half acre development in Anmore (2002); the hypocrisy, unfairness, and reality that most of Anmore properties are already on less than an acre; the Council commitment to Anmore seniors to age-in-place; the stated desire for fairness; the potential for unobtrusive, environmentally-sensitive, infill on existing infrastructure to increase density and affordability in semi-rural fashion; and the potential to increase the tax-base on existing infrastructure: it makes enormous sense for Village Council to move to across the board half acre zoning where all properties that meet the stringent development criteria are eligible to develop their land.


When is Conflict-of-Interest Not Conflict of Interest? (22-04-18)

At the Anmore Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, a long-time resident questioned the mayor about being in conflict-of-interest because he lives on a one acre property which might eventually be considered for an infill rezoning. Since the infill rezoning proposal is community-wide and between 35 to 40 properties have been identified as possibly meeting the re-zoning criteria, it appears that this is not correct. The Community Charter states the following.

"Community Charter
[SBC 2003] CHAPTER 26

Exceptions from conflict restrictions
104   (1) Sections 100 to 103 do not apply if one or more of the following circumstances applies:

(a) the pecuniary interest of the council member is a pecuniary interest in common with electors of the municipality generally;"

In fact, over 56% of all Anmore properties are on acreage smaller than one acre and would not be eligible for infill, and of those over a third are on less than half an acre.

The Buck Stops Where? Anmore Council Washes Its Hands of Responsibility for Helping Constituents in Anmore Green Estates (16-04-18)
After Over 20 Years, Isn't it Time for Mayor McEwen and Anmore Council to 'Stop Pointing the Finger and Start Pointing the Way? Instead in a letter to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, Anmore Chief Administrative Officer Juli Halliwell says, "The Village is not willing to invest any further effort in discussion regarding membership in the Metro Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District as our position is clear and not open to change with regards to the situation at Anmore Green Estates." To read the April 11, 2018 letter Click Here.

Whatever happened to the requirement that a municipal council in British Columbia "consider the well-being and interests of the municipality and its community." In 2002 (BCSC 1003 Docket: S071334) Joseph A Gluska raised the issue of "septic effluent leachate from the Anmore Green Estates septic fields and a former trailer park septic field".

At this time in 2002, when Heritage Woods Secondary School was being built, "3.2(e) The [School District] and the [City][Port Moody]
also acknowledge[d] and agree[d] that there may be some septic effluent leachate from adjacent lands within the Village of Anmore onto the Property and the parties shall act reasonably and cooperate with each other to minimize and control any such problems."

So where is the cooperation called for at this time? To link to this BC Supreme Court judgement Click Here.

Fifty-one families in Anmore Green Estates Strata are looking for this "reasonableness and cooperation" as they try to deal with this on-going problem. Instead all they get is politicians pointing the finger at each other and at them.

The recent media coverage is below.


  • Global News, Jan. 6, 2018. Strata says the Village of Anmore won’t let it connect to the Port Moody sewer system

"Some people in Anmore are concerned after E. Coli and fecal coli-form bacteria was leaked into an area near two schools." Click Here


  • CBC News, Jan. 6, 2018. Strata says 'political constipation' blocking solution to septic issue. Click Here



  • Tri-City News, January 10, 2018. Anmore mayor skeptical about septic problem - Heritage Woods Secondary School and Eagle Mountain Middle School students told to stay away from area.
    "Boies said the septic field has been a problem since Anmore Green was built 20 years ago, and the construction of the two schools downhill changed the area’s topography and made it worse." Click Here



  • Tri-City News, January 10, 2018.  Port Moody to test sports fields below failed septic field. "Meanwhile, parents of students attending nearby Eagle Mountain middle and Heritage Woods secondary schools are urging their kids to heed an advisory that was sent out by School District 43 last Thursday afternoon to stay off property that’s been fenced off to comply with a pollution abatement order issued to the Anmore Green strata." Click Here



  • Tri-City News, January 25, 2018. Engineers say Anmore Green’s septic system can’t be fixed. "The engineering report, by S. Graham Engineering and Geology Inc., said the “only practical and feasible option” to stop leaks of contaminated water on to the grounds at  at Eagle Mountain middle and Heritage Woods secondary schools, is to connect the 51 properties in the development to Port Moody’s municipal sewer system about 60 metres away.
    But the mayor of Anmore, where the strata is located, isn’t convinced that’s the only solution, or that the leaching water is a problem.“Quite frankly, we need somebody with the authority to rectify the situation to lean in,” Boies said. “The solution is right before them.” Click Here



  • Tri-City News, March 20, 2018. Septic issue still burbling near schools.  
    "B.C.'s Ministry of Environment gave the strata housing complex in Anmore until April 1 to deal with its failed septic field, which is leaching water contaminated with fecal coliform and E. coli onto neighbouring properties at Eagle Mountain middle and Heritage Mountain secondary schools. Boies said his strata’s offer of covering all the costs of the hookup as well as an annual surcharge to Port Moody’s GVS&DD membership fee still stands." Click Here



Port Coquitlam Council is Currently Looking at Changing the Official Community Plan to Increase Density (09-04-18)

Housing Action Plan - Proposed OCP Amendments in Port Coquitlam

"If approved, the changes would support residential growth in established neighbourhoods which benefits tax revenues and makes efficient use of existing infrastructure and services." No cash contribution is indicated for residential infill. Click Here.


Community Information Meeting on Infill Development - Thursday, April 5, 2018
Anmore Planner, Jason Smith, presented an overview of the consultative process to date, the proposed Official Community Plan (OCP) amendment and the proposed Infill Development Policy, as well as the next steps to approximately 65-70 people.

Anmore Council has identified approximately 35-40 one to two acre properties on existing infrastructure for possible development. This could potentially more than double the tax base from these properties and gain additional amenities at minimal cost to the Village.

After Jason Smith opened the meeting to questions and comments from the floor, Anmore resident, Fiona Cherry, indicated that to-date she has gathered 250 signatures (and counting) in support of the infill initiative. She indicated that she had visited 310 homes. Of these 85 were not home. 25 people wanted more information. 4 could not sign because of potential conflict of interest. Only 7 people did not support the proposed infill initiative.

There were a number of questions and comments from the people in attendance. Some were very concerned about the need for transparency and fairness in the administration of the policy. Jason Smith indicated that while he has no control over the past deals developers made for Community Amenities Contributions (CACs) in Comprehensive Development Zones, in future a land economist will be engaged to ensure a fair contribution. 

A large number of residents were concerned about the unfairness of the proposed requirement for long-time residents to pay a $150,000 Amenities Contribution for one lot. This amount is hugely out of line with CACs in other near-by communities. These range from a contribution of local art in Abbotsford to $5,500 in Coquitlam and Maple Ridge.

One resident talked about the need to include OCP social objectives in the policy - including affordable housing for families and encouraging seniors to age-in-place. She talked about the municipality of Whistler approving similar infill policy on March 6, 2018.

Whistler's new 'Infill Policy' supports the development of Incentives and easy processes for the infill group that they have identified in order to increase 'uptake'. They charge neither CACs or DCCs since the infill is on existing properties where these have already been paid.

Whistler Report on Infill Policies: Recommendation #5: March 6, 2018.
"Allow for infill options in existing market neighbourhoods.
Infill housing opportunities could add up to 50 new resident dwelling units within existing residential neighbourhoods. Carefully considering increased densification in single family neighbourhoods will help to address the loss of market homes historically more available to locals for rental and ownership and provide the opportunity for existing owners to stay in the community and "age in place", while releasing equity in their homes."


"Infill typically occurs on privately-owned land, making Return on Investment (ROI) and ease of developing a key component of the program’s success. Owners typically have a number of options to generate wealth from their property (e.g. sell and downsize) and infill strategies will only be successful if they can compete with these other options..."


The next steps in the Anmore Infill OCP amendment and policy development process include a discussion of the infill proposals at the April 17th Regular Council Meeting (RCM). If Council decides to proceed, there will be a second reading of the OCP amendment at the May 15th RCM. A Public Hearing will be held in early June with a possible adoption of the OCP amendment at the June 19th RCM.

Anmore Council and SD-43 trustees - Stop pointing the finger and start pointing the way! Just get it fixed. The health and safety of our children is at risk. (20-03-18)
To link to the Tri-city News article 'Septic issue still burbling near schools' Click Here

Discussion of Proposed Infill Official Community Plan Amendment and Policy at the March 6, 2018 Regular Council Meeting.


The Public is only allowed to make a two minute maximum comment on an Agenda item at the beginning of the meeting. On the proposed Infill policy, a long-time older resident talked about a 2014 BC Community Grant and subsequent recognition Anmore received as an Age-Friendly Community which was based on a commitment "to undertake projects that enable seniors to age-in-place and facilitate age-friendly communities."

The resident reminded Council members that a large number of the long-time residents who might have properties that are eligible for infill development are retired seniors who would be unfairly burdened with a Community Amenities Contribution (CAC) of $150,000. The Anmore Official Community Plan - OCP Policy S-7 commits to: "Consider applications for residential land uses and housing options that provide residents the opportunity to 'Age-in-place'."

At the February 20, 2018 Anmore Regular Council Meeting, Council unanimously voted to "direct staff to include a Community Amenity Contribution of $150,000 be included in the forthcoming Infill Development Policy;

And that Council direct staff to bring forward a draft Infill Development Policy and Official Community Plan Amendment to the next Regular Council meeting."

Council talked about the importance of G.P. Rollo & Associates independence. The first paragraph of the Rollo report states, "The purpose of the analysis is to explore the potential to secure contributions from rezonings of infill development lots to assist in the funding of a new Village Hall community  space, parks, trails and other infrastructure not funded through DCCs or by other means." 

The charge to the consultants was very specific and it was not to find a fair, reasonable, and  transparent CAC for infill in Anmore.
The following photos are the presentation by planner Jason Smith.

Report on the Anmore Infill Development and Community Amenity Contribution Meeting - Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
Anmore planner Jason Smith and Jerry Mahone of Rollo Associates

With well over 50% of Anmore properties on less than one acre and 35% of these on less than a half acre, approximately 100 long-time Anmore residents living on 1-2 acre lots were not at all happy with the G.P. Rollo and Associates Ltd. report to Anmore Council on Infill Development and Community Amenity Contribution (CAC) (Nov. 28, 2017) (pg 26) which recommends:

"...that jurisdictions seek no more than 50% of the indicated lift from rezonings to derive a flat fee.

If the Village wishes to, GPRA estimates that there is potential to add a CAC (Community Amenities Contribution) of $150,000 for each additional single family lot created beyond the first."

Jerry Mahone of G.P. Rollo and Associates Ltd explained that this $150,000 from up to 35 potential infill properties could be used to build a new Village Hall, estimated to cost $3 1/2 to $5 million. "Unfair" said a number of residents. One resident asked for one comparable municipality with a CAC of $150,000 (none was given) and wondered how the Village could suggest such a large amount when the CACs in Abbotsford, Coquitlam, Langley City, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, Port Moody, Township of Langley, and West Vancouver range from a small voluntary art contribution to around a maximum of $5,000. The explanation was Anmore has unique market conditions for infill because of the large lot sizes and no other municipalities were comparable.

The Rollo CAC recommendations and, in particular, the use of 'lift' to suggest the CAC amount of $150,000 also seemed counter to the BC Government (March 2014, Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development) 'Community Amenity Contributions: Balancing Community Planning, Public Benefits and Housing Affordability' which indicates that municipalities should:

"1. Avoid Legal Risk and Maintain Public Confidence
- Negotiate, do not impose CACs. A common misperception is that local governments have authority to impose CACs as a condition of rezoning. In fact, the Local Government Act [s. 931(6)] prohibits this. CACs must be negotiated.

- Avoid the perception that zoning is for sale. Elected officials must remain “open-minded” during the rezoning process, and must not commit to approving a rezoning subject to CACs. Zoning should not be considered a revenue stream. The perception of “selling zoning” undermines public confidence in the local government and the community plan...

Negotiating CACs based on a 'lift' approach is inconsistent with the principles set out in this Guide, and is the approach most likely to reduce the supply of developable land and housing, thereby contributing to higher housing costs. The CAC principles set out in this Guide, including ‘planning ahead’, nexus and proportionality, support an approach that clearly identifies community needs and the impacts associated with new development, and links the CAC not to the “lift” in land value, but rather to the cost of providing a package of amenities that makes sense given the development being proposed."

Residents were concerned that, with very high "punitive" CACs for long-term residents, there would be limited uptake and would not help fill the coffers to build a new Village Hall. On the other hand, another suggested that promoting low cost infill would quickly ensure increased revenues by doubling the tax base on existing large lots, providing increased development and other fees to approximately $20,000, and do so with minimal cost to the Village because the development is on existing infrastructure. Others doubted that the large amount of $150,000 for each new lot was just coincidence given the high ticket price of $3 1/2 to $5 million for a new Village Hall.

With many Anmore seniors, grumbling about the Council building a new Village Hall on the backs of long-time residents who are vested in Anmore and have paid taxes for infrastructure for many, many years, others indicated that the proposed amounts were far too large and requested further comparisons with other communities. There were further concerns about lack of transparency and consistency, the confusion and costs associated with infill development before Council approval or rejection of individual infill proposals, and also about the time commitments of Council to approve many different individual rezoning applications - up to 35 or 40.

As Anmore approximately 100 residents begin to gather for Infill Community Amenity Contributions Meeting on Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Anmore planner Jason Smith hopes to bring a report back to Council sometime in February and have the Official Community Plan (OCP) amendment process completed by June 2018 if Council decides to move forward. This would be consistent with the Metro Vancouver Regional Growth Strategy calling on municipalities "to increase housing supply and diversity through encouraging infill development in established zones". It was also pointed out that new and reasonable infill policies could help address residential land use needs of Anmore's long-time senior residents. Considering the needs and limited resources of Anmore's older residents, the housing option to 'age in place' by either building a smaller home and selling their existing home, or continuing to 'age in place' and help fund retirement by selling an in-fill lot would be consistent with The Anmore Age Friendly Action Plan prepared for the Official Community Plan.


Update on Anmore Council Member's Financial Involvements (07-02-18)

Statement of Financial Disclosures (2018) (Source: Village website)

Council is required by the Financial Disclosure Act to file, annually, a statement to disclose assets, liabilities and sources of income. The Village is required to make these statements available to the public during regular office hours.

Please click on the names below to review their 2018 Statements of Financial Disclosure:

Mayor John McEwen lives in the Village. In addition to his extended role as Mayor, John McEwen owns Save-on Laser Ltd and Workman Holdings Ltd. Click Here

Councillor Ryan Froese does not live in Anmore. He is a realtor and investor. He is currently doing an infill development at 311 and 313 Avalon in Port Moody. He also has property in Maple Ridge. Click Here

Councillor Ann-Marie Thiele lives in Anmore. Click Here

Councillor Kim Trowbridge is retired and lives in Anmore. He has a number of financial involvements, including Harconbridge Construction, Mountain Ayre Holdings, GS455 Holdings, 356SC Holdings, and ATD.B. Click Here

Councillor Paul Weverink lives in Anmore and is employed in an engineering role. Click Here

Heritage landmark comes down in Anmore

(Janis Cleugh/Tri-City News)
February 1, 2018
“I met many people who not only saw in Ma Murray house the story and pride of Anmore but they also recognized the house as a symbol of Anmore’s contribution to the provincial and national story…. Unfortunately, there is only one chance to conserve heritage. Once it is gone, it is gone forever and with it goes a piece of the story that defines the community.” (Heritage BC executive director Paul Gravett). To link to the Tricity News article Click Here

So Sad!
Luck has Run Out on the 100 year-old of Homestead of Canadian 'newspapering pioneers' - George and Margaret 'Ma' Murray

Mayor McEwen and all of Anmore Council (except Councillor Weverink) have eschewed their stewardship responsibility to British Columbia and left a huge legacy of heritage destruction. The heart of our community was ripped out today. The old Anmore Village Hall was bulldozed - but they did save the stained glass window. (30-01-18)



Bulldoze It - But Save the Stained Glass Window
The Lasting Legacy of Mayor McEwen and Anmore Council (except Councillor Weverink) - Demolition of the 100 year-old Ma Murray homestead - The Anmore Village Hall Since incorporation in 1987.

The 100 year-old Ma Murray Homestead served as Anmore Village Hall from incorporation in 1987 until November 2012.
The 100 year-old Ma Murray Homestead served as Anmore Village Hall from incorporation in 1987 until November 2012.
Margaret 'Ma' and MLA/MP George Murray were very important 'newspapering' pioneers in BC. Margaret received The Order of Canada, had a CBC program, and was on CBC's Front Page Challenge a number of times.
In November 2012, Anmore Council moved staff into a trailer over night ostensibly because of a rodent infestation and bad air quality. Subsequent tests by Health Authorities showed nothing wrong with the air quality.
The first building inspection done three months after the move out of Anmore's only 'designated heritage' building identified measures to completely restore the building to commercial standards for approximately $500,000. Instead Council purchased and rented 'portables' for about the same amount.
In November 2012, Anmore Council moved staff into a trailer over night ostensibly because of a rodent infestation and bad air quality. Subsequent tests by Health Authorities showed nothing wrong with the air quality.
A Heritage BC architect and a number of other heritage restoration experts declared that the original sections built by the Murrays were excellent prospects for restoration.
A Heritage BC architect and a number of other heritage restoration experts declared that the original sections built by the Murrays were excellent prospects for restoration.
When the Village called for expressions of interest to save the homestead, a number of highly qualified volunteers came together as the Anmore Heritage Society, and working with Heritage BC, responded to Council directives to survey the community to determine the support of residents to restore the 'Murray homestead' as the 'Anmore Welcome Centre and Ma Murray Museum.' There was very strong community support.
The Anmore Heritage Society, and Heritage BC, with the written commitment from the Village Council to contribute the building, a location at the Village Centre, and the artifacts, secured a $25,000 grant for the archive project. Another up-to $500,000 Legacy Grant was almost certainly secured as well. Because the Heritage Society was too new, and Heritage BC was provincially incorporated and were not eligible to apply, the funders asked the Village to be the applicant. A link to the June 19, 2017 conference call about the funding is below.
With two weeks to go to resubmit the 200 plus page Legacy Grant application to restore the homestead as the Anmore Welcome Centre and Ma Murray Museum, with the Village as the applicant, Anmore Council voted instead to 'revise the scope' of the application to a 'replica' or a pass through to a new Village Hall. The Legacy Grant funders "loved the original proposal" and had asked only to change the first two pages with the Village as the applicant, in collaboration with the Anmore Heritage Society and Heritage BC.
The Anmore Heritage Society, and Heritage BC, with the written commitment from the Village Council to contribute the building, a location at the Village Centre, and the artifacts, secured a $25,000 grant for the archive project. Another up-to $500,000 Legacy Grant was almost certainly secured as well. Because the Heritage Society was too new, and Heritage BC was provincially incorporated and were not eligible to apply, the funders asked the Village to be the applicant. A link to the June 19, 2017 conference call about the funding is below.
The Heritage Destruction Legacy of Mayor McEwen and Anmore Council - The 100 'Ma Murray Homestead' is Being Bulldozed!

Mayor McEwen and Anmore Council (except Councillor Weverink) subsequently voted to demolish the homestead. Although an architect from Heritage BC indicated that the 100 year-old Ma Murray homestead was a perfect candidate for restoration, the report for the Anmore Village Centre Site Development Plan states that Anmore's only designated 'heritage' building has deteriorated too far and the former Village Hall will be demolished. Although the Anmore Heritage Society, with the help of Heritage BC was able to secure $25,000 for the Village to inventory and archive boxes of Murray materials and was almost certainly going to secure up to $500,000 for the restoration of the homestead, the report states that it will be too costly to restore.To link to the June 19, 2017 conference call confirming that the funding was almost certainly secured with the Village, in collaboration with the Anmore Heritage Society and Heritage BC (Starts at :40) Click Here.

Engineers say Anmore Green’s septic system can’t be fixed - Mayor McEwen is not so sure. (25-01-18) To link to the Tri-city News Click Here

Anmore 5-Year Financial Plan (2018 – 2022)
"Staff presented the 5-Year Financial Plan for the years 2018 to 2022 during the Regular Council Meeting held on January 23, 2018. Council gave first three readings to the related Financial Plan Bylaw, with amendment to remove the Village Hall Architectural Design item (slide 10). The Bylaw is scheduled to be presented to Council on February 13, 2018 for adoption at that time. Questions regarding the budgeting process or the related bylaw can be directed to Christine Baird, Manager of Corporate Services at 604-469-9877 or [email protected]". Click HERE (Source: Village of Anmore)

Call for Volunteers (23-01-18)
If you are interested in volunteering your time with the Village of Anmore, we welcome you to submit an expression of interest, including reference of any relevant experience, by the deadline of 4:00 p.m. February 14, 2018. To view details regarding the volunteer opportunities currently available, please click HERE.   

Editor's Note: Council sets the Agenda for Committee work. If Committee members wish to discuss important topics relative to their expertise, the Committee Chair Person (Council Member) must first get permission from Council for the Committee to talk about the issue.

As well, residents are not allowed to comment on Agenda items when they are discussed at Council Meetings. Comments on Agenda items are restricted to the beginning of the meeting. Only questions (no comments) (2 minute max) are allowed at the end of the meeting.

Anmore Infill Development and Community Ammenity Contribution Report (17-01-18)
The November 28, 2017 report by Rollo and Associates for Anmore Council (Pg. 29) recommends "If the Village wishes to, GPRA estimates that there is a potential add of a CAC (Community Amenity Contribution) of $150,000 for each additional single family lot created beyond the first." For comparative purpose, 'Housing Approvals Study - A review of Housing Approval Processes in Metro Vancouver - 2017 Infill Housing' (Landcor Data Corp) shows the total fees and municipal costs for Infill housing in Metro Vancouver municipalities ranging from $18,000 to $53,000 (for all charges) as follows.

Municipal Costs and Fees (For Infill Housing)
 
Includes all Cost and Fee Categories (Affordable Housing Fees, Area Amenity Contributions, Building Permit, DCCs, Demolition Fees, Development Permit, Electrical/Plumbing/Gas, Engineering Servicing Agmt, GVS & DS DCC, Inspection Fee, New Driveway/ Sidewalk Cuts, Plan Processing Fees, Rezoning, School Site Aquisition Charge, Subdivision, Water/Sewer Connection)
 
Burnaby - $23,000
Coquitlam - $51,000
Delta - $41,000
Langley City - $51,000
Langley Twsp - $38,000
Maple Ridge - $32,000
New Westminster - $20,000
North Vancouver (City) - $ 44,000
North Vancouver (District) - $46,000
Pitt Meadows - $38,000
Port Coquitlam - $18,000
Port Moody - $24,000
Richmond - $46,000
Surrey - $53,000
Vancouver - $39,000
White Rock - $49,000
 

GeoAdvice Conducting Storm Water Master Plan For The Village of Anmore — Local Input Welcome (14-01-18)

Pinnacle Ridge Washout, Jan. 7, 2009.


GeoAdvice will be developing a stormwater master plan that will help direct the orderly expansion and improvement of the Village’s stormwater system to meet current and future needs of the Village.

Local residents that recall large flood events, have observed plugged-up culverts, or possess photos and/or other flood related knowledge are encouraged to share their information with Jonathan Hung, P.Eng. at GeoAdvice (604-931-0550 or [email protected]).

Historical records, news clippings, photographs, local stories, and memories of past flood events will be useful in re-creating the effects of storm events that have occurred in the past. This information will also be invaluable for evaluating the impacts that larger storms have on the Village’s creeks and piped storm water system.

Those interested in learning more about the project or those that would like to be included on our contact list, are also encouraged to contact GeoAdvice.

 
Soon gone but not forgotten in Anmore (11-01-18)

Disappointment as home of pioneering Ma Murray won't be part of new village centre plan, but village says building's demolition necessary. To link to the Tri-city News article Click Here








Council Plans for the Village Centre.
Out with the Old, In with the New!

Although an architect from Heritage BC indicated that the 100 year-old Ma Murray homestead is a perfect candidate for restoration, the report says that Anmore's only designated 'heritage' building has deteriorated too far and the former Village Hall will be demolished. Although the Anmore Heritage Society, with the help of Heritage BC was able to secure $25,000 for the Village and was almost certainly going to secure up to $500,000 for the restoration of the homestead, the report states that it will be too costly to restore.

The report states that the site preparation upgrades of Sunnyside, Ravenswood, and Ma Murray Lane, new parking, and services are expected to cost $865,000. A 8,200 sq ft. new municipal building is planned in the location of the old Village Hall. Council has already spent over half a million to buy and rent the ATCO trailers. Many amenities are planned. To link to the full report and plans Click Here.

The Buck Stops Where? (10-01-18)
The issue of the Anmore Green Septic Field Problem and the Possible Contamination of the school yard(s) has been around since 2001. To link to BC Supreme Court ruling Click Here.

Anmore mayor skeptical about septic problem (10-01-18) To link to the Tri-city News articleClick Here

Port Moody to test sports fields below failed septic field (10-01-18) To link to the Tri-city News article Click Here

Strata says the Village of Anmore won’t let it connect to the Port Moody sewer system. Some people in Anmore are concerned after E. Coli and fecal coli-form bacteria was leaked into an area near two schools (07-01-18). To link to the Global News reportingClick Here

Septic issue bubbles to surface near schools (06-01-18) To link to the Tri-city News article Click Here

Strata says 'political constipation' blocking solution to septic issue (07-01-18)
Heritage Woods Secondary School and Eagle Mountain Middle School students told to stay away from area. To see Mayor McEwen's perspective on the issue of E-coli and Fecal contamination in CBC article Click Here

Report that Abana Capital Plans 26.5 Acre Development for 1720 East Road (03-12-17)

Estimated number of lots: 35 view lots
• 26 lots at 1,300 m2 (1/3 Acres)
• 9 lots at 2,000 m2 (1/2 Acres)

Agenda for November 21st Regular Council Meeting (Note: Cost of a bridge across Mossom Creek and stairs off Summerwood Lane, as well as Anmore Green sewer request to be discussed) See motions for consideration below. Click Here

"THAT WE ASK STAFF TO INVESTIGATE THE VALIDITY OF THE
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDY FROM ISL ENGINEERING DATED
OCTOBER 14, 2015; AND ASK STAFF TO ESTABLISH
CURRENT COSTS TO COMPLETE THE MOSSOM CREEK
BRIDGE PROJECT"

“THAT WE ASK STAFF TO INVESTIGATE THE COSTS OF
BUILDING THE STAIRS AT SUMMERWOOD LANE.”

November 1st 2017 Council Meeting Agenda...Click Here

Anmore Council Meeting October 17th 2017...Click Here

Anmore Green Estates Beseeches Anmore Council to Find Solutions Instead of Excuses (04-10-17)
To link to presentation by Strata Council representative Rob Boies Click Here

Why was the Anmore Village Hall Abandoned in 2012?

Mayor Heather Anderson and Councillors John McEwen, Kerri Palmer-Isaak, Anne-Marie Thiele and Tracy Green unanimously voted to move staff out of the Village Hall and into a trailer, ostensibly because of bad air quality and a rodent infestation. Subsequent air quality tests by Fraser Health Authority showed no air quality problems and a proper building inspection wasn't done until three months later. To read the official minutes of the December 4, 2012 Special Council Meeting to deal with this staff move out of the building and Council Plans for a new Village Hall Click Here. For further information on the position of Council members link to a report on the November 27, 2012 Regular Council Meeting Click Here.

Anmore Council Votes to Dismantle and Dispose of the 100 year-old Murray Homestead (24-09-17)









At the Anmore Regular Council Meeting on September 19, 2017 all members of Council but Councillor Weverink supported the following resolution:

"That Council direct staff to advise the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Anmore Heritage Society and Heritage BC that the application for the Restoration of the Murray homestead, Anmore, BC project is withdrawn:

And that a hazardous material assessment be undertaken as soon as possible;

And that all items of historical significance be removed from the Old Village Hall;

And that the Old Village Hall, in its entirety, be dismantled and disposed of appropriately;

And that the funds required to undertake the hazardous assessment, removal and storage of historical items and dismantling and disposition of the building be allocated from the Capital Asset Reserve - Buildings."


To read the September 22, 2017 letter to the Department of Canadian Heritage where Anmore Council withdraws from being the applicant for the Legacy Grant to help fund the restoration of the Ma Murray homestead Click Here.The likely initial contribution of $327,000 is only available in the 100th anniversary year and the deadline for the requested re-application is September 30, 2017.

Community support for restoring the 100 year-old Murray homestead as the Anmore Welcome Centre and Ma Murray Museum (24-09-17)

At the September 19, 2017 Anmore Regular Council Meeting several Council members indicated that they really wanted to save the Murray homestead, but their constituents were opposed.  Things must have changed considerably since Ma Murray Murray Day, September 11, 2016. At the behest of Council, at that time, the Anmore Heritage Society volunteers conducted a survey of residents on their support for re-purposing the Murray Homestead as the Anmore Welcome Centre and Newspapering Murray Museum. 
61 out of 72 respondents indicated “Yes, I love this idea.”
8 out of 72 want to “proceed but at no cost to the Village”.
3 out of 72 said, “No. Do not save this old building.”

High likelihood of securing funds for the restoration of the Ma Murray Homestead (24-09-17)

At the September 19th Regular Council Meeting where all Council members but Councillor Weverink voted to dismantle and dispose of the old Village Hall, some members of Council complained about their lack of success in securing grants for Village Centre infrastructure projects. Council Froese spoke about Council's failed efforts to secure public contributions for the Village infrastructure requirements in five different grant applications. The Anmore Heritage Society has already secured a $25,000 grant on behalf of the Village to inventory and catalogue early Village and Murray documents and artifacts stored in cardboard boxes. To read about the likelihood of getting grant contributions up to $750,000 in total to restore the Murray Homestead as the Anmore Welcome Centre and Newspapering Murray Museum. Click Here

Good-Bye Heritage Anmore Village Hall

At the Anmore Regular council Meeting on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, all members of Council but Councillor Weverink supported the following resolution relative to the restoration of the 100 year-old homestead of Margaret 'Ma' and George Murray - the Newspapering Murrays:
 

"That Council direct staff to advise the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Anmore Heritage Society and Heritage BC that the application for the Restoration of the Murray homestead, Anmore, BC" project is withdrawn:
 
And that a hazardous material assessment be undertaken as soon as possible;
 
And that all items of historical significance be removed from the Old Village Hall;
 
And thatthe Old Village Hall, in its entirety, be dismantled and disposed of appropriately;
 
And that the funds required to undertake the hazardous assessment, removal and storage of historical items and dismantling and disposition of the building be allocated from the Capital Asset Reserve - Buildings."

 

Some Council members indicated that while they really wanted to save the Murray homestead, but their constituents were opposed.  Things must have changed considerably since Ma Murray Murray Day, September 11, 2016.  At the behest of Council, at that time, the Anmore Heritage Society volunteers survey residents on their support for re-purposing the Murray Homestead as the Anmore Welcome Centre and Newspapering Murray Museum. 


61 out of 72 respondents indicated “Yes, I love this idea.”
8 out of 72 want to “proceed but at no cost to the Village”.
3 out of 72 said, “No. Do not save this old building.”
 

 Public Hearing on the Updated Anmore Zoning By-law (18-09-17)

A large number of Anmore residents attended a meeting in Anmore Elementary School gymnasium on Monday, September 18 at 7:00 on the Updated Anmore Zoning By-law. In a Public Hearing such as this one, Council members listen to what members of the public wish to say on the proposals. The most discussed topics were proposed parking changes to limit the number of vehicles that can be parked in a driveway (RVs, trailers, cars, boats etc.) and septic issues and proposed development in Anmore Green Estates.

Efforts to save Ma Murray homestead fail - Likely 100-year-old Anmore building will come down. To link to the Tri-city News article (12-09-17)Click Here

The Light Within –Saving the 100 Year-old Murray Homestead is unlikely – it is now up to Anmore Village Council (12-09-17) Click Here




Lost Opportunity to Preserve Anmore's Only Designated Heritage Building, the 'Ma' Murray homestead which served as the Village Hall from incorporation in December 1987.


1. The Anmore Heritage Society (AHS) has more or less secured the funding for up to $500,000. There is a good possibility of a further $250,000 grant. This does not include the $25,000 grant already secured by AHS to inventory and catalogue the archives.

2. The Legacy Grant funder (100th anniversary) wants the same homestead restoration re-application as originally submitted in December 2016 for the Anmore Welcome Centre and Ma Murray Museum by September 30th.

3. The Village agreed to be the applicant because the Anmore Heritage Society is too young and Heritage BC is ineligible because of its provincial charter.

4. Although Canadian Heritage asked for the same application, Council changed the project scope to either a replica or an entrance to a new Village Hall. Neither option would likely qualify for funding.

5. The Heritage BC architect who volunteers on the project said that both the original homestead (Council Chamber) and the north wing built by George Murray were heritage and very restorable if kept on the existing foundation.

6. A replica will not qualify for funding. A passive entrance way will not likely get funding because the funders want the same application for the Anmore Welcome Centre and Ma Murray Museum with the proposed community programs and events.

7. Accommodating Council’s entrance option, the Anmore Heritage Society proposed that both the homestead and the north wing be restored as the Anmore Welcome Centre and Ma Murray Museum. Although the space is smaller than the original stand-alone proposal, there would still be sufficient space for community purposes.

8. The Legacy Grant funders agreed that this might be a ‘win-win’ solution since the heritage building would stay on its original foundation and there would be limited demolition costs, but it would be the same Welcome Centre and Ma Murray Museum application.

9. Members of the AHS were working to complete both grants by the September 30th deadline when they received an e-mail on September 6th from the Village in response to this AHS proposal indicating that Council did not want to include the north wing and that the restoration was to be an entrance way to a new Village Hall.

10. Since this would not likely qualify for funding; there was no on-going role for the not-for-profit societies as required; and there was very little time til the September 30th deadline, with heavy heart, the Anmore Heritage Society members withdrew their services.

Anmore Heritage Society was confident of major funding to restore the homestead as the 'Anmore Welcome Centre and Newspapering Murray Museum' but Council changed their mind in favour of an entrance way to a new Village Hall.  Ma Murray was not happy - and that's a damn sure! To read the Timeline leading to this decision Click Here.

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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