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This page was set up on January 1, 2016. To read the previous page Click Here. To link to Council Agendas and Reports Click Here.


Anmore Council Has Put Its Weight  Behind Saving the 1917 Murray Homestead (15-12-16)
Elaine Willis and Joerge Dyrkton of the Anmore Heritage Society

Heritage BC, in collaboration with the Anmore Heritage Society and, with an unanimous vote of support from Anmore Council, submitted an application for a grant to help fund the restoration of the original 1917 homestead of Margaret 'Ma' and George Murray 'the Newspapering Murrays' to Heritage Canada on Thursday, December 15th . Please keep your fingers crossed that the application is successful so the 'birthplace' of Anmore can be saved. To link to the Anmore Heritage Society Click Here.


Ma Murray Homestead has Found a Saviour if Funding Can Be Secured. (07-12-16)

Anmore Village Council is on board with the Anmore Heritage Society and Heritage BC proposal to re-purpose the 100 year-old homestead of George and Margaret 'Ma' Murray. At the Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday December 6th, Mr. Gaetan Royer presented a conceptual plan to turn the original homestead, which had served as Anmore Council Chambers since the Village was incorporated in December 1987, into the Anmore Welcome Centre, Murray Museum and Gallery. Heritage BC will make a Legacy Grant application to Heritage Canada on behalf of the collaborators.

96% of the 72 people who completed the questionnaire about this proposal at Ma Murray Day and on-line strongly support this second resurrection. Council voted unanimously to support this project and will commit the building, location, and historic artifacts to the grant application as the Village in-kind contribution to the project.



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Out With the Old - In With the New (20-11-16)


Anmore Council has engaged Ion Brand Consultants for approximately $39,000 to re-brand the Village. Instead of the Anmore Elementary children's tagline of 'Anmore - Nature's Home', the consultants have proposed:

  • Set apart naturally
  • It's Just Right Here
  • Independent by Nature
  • Naturally Spirited

To link to the full article (Please scroll down the page) Click Here


Anmore owners file suit against village, developer (03-11-16)
The two property owners say a developer diverted water on to their properties without their permission. To link to the Tri-city News article Click Here


Anmore residents strongly support the second resurrection of the 'Newspapering Murray' homestead (01-11-16)

The first resurrection of the 'Newspapering Murray' homestead was in 1988 when it became the Anmore Village Hall and the Council of the day declared it a heritage site and placed a plaque on the building.

In August 2012, the Advisory Planning Commission Minutes showed that Council wanted a new Village Hall. In November 2012, in a knee-jerk reaction, Village staff were moved into temporary trailers, ostensibly because of a squirrel infestation and bad air quality. A building inspection was conducted by Emerald Building Group three months later.  The air quality was subsequently determined to be fine, and the structure was deemed to be suitable for restoration.

A Heritage BC architect later determined that the original Murray homestead was a good candidate for restoration but the add-ons had no heritage and limited structural worth. In June 2016, the Village called for expressions of interest in re-purposing and moving the original homestead as an alternative to the wrecking ball.

With a turn-around time of less than two weeks, a group of highly qualified people came together to propose a hybrid not-for-profit Anmore Welcome Centre and Murray Museum, coupled with a coffee shop and art gallery to be placed on the land donated to the Village for a daycare centre which eventually was housed in Eagle Mountain Middle School. Council accepted this proposal and offered up to $5,000 to move the homestead to the Village Works Yard while they reconfigured the Village Centre. As well, Council asked the group to provide two quotes from building movers for the move to the Village Works Yard for which the group would be responsible.

Council also asked the proponents group to conduct a survey of residents to determine community support for the proposal and if there was any objection to the outside patio proposed for the daycare site on the south side of Ravenswood. 72 people responded to the survey and 96% supported this proposed re-purposing.

At the October 4, 2016, Anmore Regular Council Meeting, there was a show of solid community support for the second resurrection of the Murray homestead, either as proposed by the newly constituted Anmore Heritage Society or as a reception hall and gallery for the new Village Hall suggested by Council.

Passionate pleas to save the homestead were made by residents. The following are from the October 4, 2016 minutes.

  • Herb Mueckel, Alpine Drive, expressed support to the Anmore Heritage Group for their report, and requested that Council consider the recommendation for the Village to take control of the project.
  • Elaine Willis, Summerwood Lane, expressed that she is astounded to see that the first recommendation is to have the building demolished, and she urged Council to vote for recommendation 2 of the staff report.
  •  Lynn Burton, Sugar Mountain Way, expressed that she, Interim Chair for the Anmore Heritage Group, was dismayed to see the staff recommendation to demolish the village hall. She added that she reached out to a personal contact, who assisted her in discovering that a Heritage Canada staff member has identified the Heritage Legacy Fund to be a perfect fit for the restoration of the Murray Homestead and encourages the Village, in collaboration with the Anmore Heritage Group, to apply for $500,000.
  • Nancy Maloney, East Road, expressed support for preservation of the Ma Murray Homestead, and requested that Council not be short-sighted and destroy part of history that cannot be replaced. She added that she cannot understand why Council is supporting things like re-branding the community at the expense of its past.
  • Lori Bennett, Sparks Way, expressed that heritage preservation is an essential part of any community and the village hall is worth saving as it is a link to Anmore’s past that should not be lost.
  • Joerge Dyrkton, East Road, expressed support to save the Ma Murray homestead as it recreates a sense of culture, and he presented to Council a CD containing an interview with Ma speaking to her friend. He added that the interview will be available on YouTube.
  • Charles Christie, Sunnyside Road, expressed that the Village already took heritage money from the provincial government.
  • Herb Mueckel, Alpine Road, asked a question regarding a design draft for the new village hall and grounds.
  • Lynn Burton, Sugar Mountain Way, asked a question regarding the grant preparation for the Murray Homestead. (The Anmore Heritage Society has not been in existence for 2 years as required in the Legacy Grant Fund application to celebrate 100, 125, or 150 years)
  • Robert Simons, Port Moody, presented (supportive) comments regarding the Murray Homestead.
  • Elaine Willis, Summerwood Lane, presented (supportive) comments regarding the Ma Murray Homestead. 
  • Lynn Burton, Sugar Mountain Way, presented comments regarding Heritage BC (which has been in existence for the Legacy Grant pre-requisite time and is willing to work collaboratively with the municipality to make the application).
  • Joerge Dyrkton presented the Ma Murray interview CDs to the Corporate Officer for distribution to Council.
  • Charles Christie, Sunnyside Road, presented comments regarding the village hall being a heritage site and economic efficiency. 

COUNCIL MOVED AND SECONDED R191/2016    “THAT COUNCIL DIRECT STAFF TO WORK WITH THE ANMORE HERITAGE GROUP TO APPLY FOR A BUILDING COMMUNITIES THROUGH ARTS AND HERITAGE - LEGACY FUND GRANT THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF CANADIAN HERITAGE TO OBTAIN FUNDS FOR THE MA MURRAY MUSEUM AND WELCOME CENTRE PROJECT; AND THAT COUNCIL DIRECT STAFF TO DEMOLISH THE OLD VILLAGE HALL, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE MA MURRAY HOMESTEAD, WHICH IS TO REMAIN IN PLACE UNTIL SUCH TIME AS A PERMANENT LOCATION IS DETERMINED.” (MOTION DEFEATED)

It was MOVED and SECONDED: R192/2016    “THAT COUNCIL DIRECT STAFF TO CONTACT HERITAGE BC TO EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITY OF THEM SPEARHEADING THE GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS FOR THE BUILDING COMMUNITIES THROUGH ARTS AND HERITAGE - LEGACY FUND GRANT THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF CANADIAN HERITAGE TO OBTAIN FUNDS FOR THE MA MURRAY MUSEUM AND WELCOME CENTRE PROJECT; AND THAT COUNCIL DIRECT STAFF TO PROVIDE COUNCIL WITH INFORMATION RELATED TO THE COSTS OF DEMOLITION AND SECURING THE MURRAY HOMESTEAD PORTION OF THE OLD VILLAGE HALL; AND THAT COUNCIL ASK STAFF TO BE COGNISANT OF USING MINIMAL STAFF TIME FOR THIS PROJECT.”
(CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY)

The Anmore Heritage Society was also asked to develop two separate business plans for re-purposing the Murray homestead  1) Anmore Welcome Centre and Murray Museum, coffee shop and gallery, and 2) the entry, reception hall, and gallery of the new Village Hall as proposed by Council members. 


Some Members of Council Attend the Union of BC Municipalities Convention in Victoria (30-09-16)

Mayors of Anmore, Belcarra, and Lions Bay Cooperate.
Mayors of Anmore, Belcarra, and Lions Bay Cooperate.
CAO Juli Kolby, Mayor McEwen, Minister Fassbender, MLA Linda Reimer, and Councillor Paul Weverink
CAO Juli Kolby, Mayor McEwen, Minister Fassbender, MLA Linda Reimer, and Councillor Paul Weverink

Come One - Come All on October 11, 2016
You are invited to an  Anmore 'Branding Exercise'. The Council has approved a $39,000 contract to re-brand the Village.




MLA Linda Reimer gives the Village Council a cheque for $30,000. As well, Council has permission to use the Green Gym grant for Community Centre Programs. (20-09-16)


Welcome to the New Manager of Development Services, Jason Smith (20-09-16)
Council Welcomes the New Manager of Development Services, Jason Smith,  at the Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, September 20, 2016.


A Big Congratulations!
SVFD Training Officer Jamie Roberts Receives the Anmore Community Spirit Award 2016
Retired SVFD Chief Larry Scott with Training Officer Jamie Roberts (Right) at Ma Murray Day 2016

"The Community Spirit Award is given to residents in our community who volunteer their time in order to make Anmore a better place to live.  The services provided by residents of Anmore are an excellent example of meeting the criteria of this award.  The time and effort you give as a volunteer is an invaluable service which is greatly appreciated by everyone in the Village."

Christine Milloy, Anmore Manager of Corporate Services, has confirmed the recent recipients of the Community Spirit Award as:
2011    Tracy Green
2012    Candice Davidson
2013    Jim and Karen Matthews
2014    Coleen Hackinen
2015    Susan Mueckel

This year, at Ma Murray Day 2016, Mayor McEwen announced that the 2016 recipient of the Anmore Community Spirit Award is SVFD firefighter Jamie Roberts. Mr. Roberts comes from three generations of dedicated SVFD firefighters.

Mr. Roberts has contributed over 5000 volunteer hours to the communities of Anmore and Belcarra over the past 18 years. He has been on over 500 emergency callouts, been responsible for the People Savers training of Anmore elementary school students for 15 years, trained 70+ volunteer firefighters, trains Buntzen Lake Park staff to fight wildfires,and contributes to Anmore's Emergency Response Committee. Pretty impressive - thank you Jamie Roberts.

To watch the Youtube as Tri-Cities Community TV  documents the Community Spirit award to SVFD Jamie Roberts and Ma Murray Day Click Here

Council Saves Historic Ma Murray Homestead from demolition (28-08-16)

The former Anmore B.C. homestead of colourful newspaperwoman and Order of Canada recipient Margaret “Ma” Murray - whose husband George served as Liberal MLA and MP – was saved from demolition in 1987 and again this summer, a century after  construction began. In the first glorious resurrection, the Murray homestead became the Anmore Village Hall in 1987.

On life support since it was vacated in 2012, the Anmore Village Hall continued to deteriorate until Heritage B.C. and a new mayor and council rode to its rescue.  Earlier this year Vancouver Architect Timothy Ankenman, a consultant to Heritage B.C. found the original Murray homestead – not the later additions – to be in “good condition” and definitely worth saving.  His assessment, and that of building inspector Lloyd Lucas of Emerald Building Inspections and Nickel Brothers house movers, was that the building could be moved and restored. 

In late June 2016, with a closing date of July 15th, Anmore Council called for expressions of interest in relocating and restoring the hundred year old building. In less than two weeks an impressive group of concerned citizens came together and proposed to resurrect the grand old lady for a second time – this time as the Anmore Welcome Centre and Newspapering Murray Museum. 

The group, including the Murray’s grandson Dan, very quickly bought into a hybrid not-for-profit/commercial venture proposed by Anmore resident restaurant-owner Fred Soofi, one of the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants in 2016, who has saved numerous heritage buildings in both Port Moody and Saskatchewan.  He believes that the original Ma Murray homestead can become a community hub with a not-for-profit museum built on top of a coffee shop and art gallery.

An enlightened Anmore Council unanimously accepted this expression of interest and contributed the cost of demolishing the original homestead to help with the temporary relocation of the structure. This past week Mayor McEwen helped the proponents overcome an impasse based on Council’s requirement that the homestead be stored at the Anmore Works Yard while they develop a master plan for the Village Centre.

Council has requested “public feedback on the proposed Anmore Welcome Centre, museum, coffee shop and gallery be solicited by the newly created ‘Anmore Heritage Society’ at no cost to the Village of Anmore.” Please respond to the questions at www.anmorealternative.com .

As well, group member, planner Gaetan Royer, is facilitating further community engagement at Anmore’s annual Ma Murray Day on September 11th on this the centennial celebration of the Murray homestead.  Come and have photos with a member of the Murray family and our antique tractor as you give your advice for Council to the group.

“We’ll get this old lady new britches and that’s a damn sure!” said group interim Chair, Dr. Lynn Burton, confident that the Village of Anmore treasures the Newspapering Murray legacy as much as she does.


New ATCO Trailer for Anmore Council Chambers (26-07-16)







Bella Terra Presentation Centre (28-07-16)
Anmore Chief Administrative Officer Juli Kolby recently explained that having the Bella Terra Presentation Centre on a lot not zoned commercial is not a problem because it is just a temporary trailer. The Pinnacle Ridge presentation is also in a trailer.







Out with the Old: In with the New - Anmore Gets Another Trailer (07-07-16)
"Village of Anmore - P16-03 Relocation of Ma Murray Homestead
Heritage & Historical Services- Real Property

The Village of Anmore (Village), is requesting expressions of interest and proposals from Proponents that will retain, move and restore the original Ma Murray homestead ("Homestead"). Ideally, the Village would like the building moved off civic lands to a private landholding, but moving the home to civic lands will be considered, depending on the use, parking requirements, revenue sharing proposal, etc." July 15. 2016 deadline.
http://www.bcbid.gov.bc.ca





Construction of secondary trailer has begun at Village Hall site (06-07-16)
Prepared Site beside the Current Administrative Trailer on July 5th

"The construction of a secondary structure (Atco Trailer) has begun. The new trailer was craned into position today and is located adjacent to the Village Hall.  The new space will act as Council Chambers, record storage, meeting space and community use (as applicable). The estimated completion date is just prior to the (next) Regular Council Meeting." (Source Village of Anmore website)

'FREE FOR THE MOVING' 1916 BC HERITAGE HOME OF ANMORE. LILLOOET, FORT ST. JOHN, BRITISH COLUMBIA, and CANADIAN FOLK HEROES MARGARET 'MA' AND GEORGE MURRAY. Proposals for uses of the original Murray House in Anmore moved either on Village property or elsewhere are currently being sought with a July 15, 2016 Deadline. An architect from Heritage BC and Nickle Bros House movers say that the original Murray House is in good condition. Museum? Visitor Centre? Antique Store? Restaurant? Coffee Shop? Family home? Country Pub? Let your imaginations run wild.

1916 Heritage Building!
1916 Heritage Building!
Anmore Village Hall since incorporation.
Anmore Village Hall since incorporation.


"Village of Anmore - P16-03 Relocation of Ma Murray Homestead
Heritage & Historical Services
Real Property

Summary Details:
The Village of Anmore (Village), is requesting expressions of interest and proposals from Proponents that will retain, move and restore the original Ma Murray homestead ("Homestead"). Ideally, the Village would like the building moved off civic lands to a private landholding, but moving the home to civic lands will be considered, depending on the use, parking requirements, revenue sharing proposal, etc."


1916 original homestead of the 'Newspapering Murrays'!
1916 original homestead of the 'Newspapering Murrays'!
An architect from Heritage BC says it is in good condition and Nickle Bros Home Moving indicate that it can easily be moved.
An architect from Heritage BC says it is in good condition and Nickle Bros Home Moving indicate that it can easily be moved.

"PROPERTY TAX DEADLINE JULY 4, 2016 | 5% PENALTY APPLIED ON LATE PAYMENTS RECEIVED AFTER MIDNIGHT JULY 4, 2016
 It is the responsibility of the property owner to pay property taxes by the due date to avoid  penalty, regardless of whether a notice was received." (Village of Anmore website) (21-06-16)For more information Click Here

BC Hydro May Have Consulted, But Did They Listen to Concerns? (17-06-16)
To quote Prime Minister Trudeau, "Because it is 2016." What might have been acceptable 30 years ago, is not acceptable now. Countries around the world are banning new above ground high voltage lines. No matter how much BC Hydro consults, above ground wires in residential areas are no longer acceptable. The health risks of the Electromagnetic Fields are simply to great. One child with leukemia is one child too many. The transmission lines are going underground in Burnaby and Vancouver, why not either choose another route or put the 1.5 kms in Anmore underground as well.

Judy Dobrowolski of the BC Hydro Metro North Transmission Study has responded to Anmore CAO Juli Kolby's letter. To read Ms. Dobrowolski's reply Click Here. Please come to the Open House to discuss the preferred route through Anmore on Thursday, June 23 2016.


Bella Terra Sales Centre Coming Soon! (13-06-16)



At the June 7, 2016 Anmore Regular Council Meeting, Mayor McEwen explained that the Bella Terra Sales Centre at Sunnyside and Eaglecrest is a temporary trailer.  At the previous Council Meeting, CAO Juli Kolby had explained that because the Sales Centre is a temporary trailer there is no need for commercial zoning. Bella Terra is the latest Anmore Comprehensive Development of 27 lot (mostly 1/3 acre) homes by Christen Luxury Homes. The stand alone 843 m2 Sales Centre lot (0.208309837)(approx 1/5 acre) is in an RS-1 (one acre zone) several blocks from the main development bounded by Alpine, Eaglecrest, and Chestnut.


Congratulations to Morgan Weverink -
2016 Anmore Scholarship Recipient



At the June 7, 2016 Anmore Regular Council Meeting, Mayor McEwen presented the $1,000 "Hal Weinberg Scholarship" to Morgan Weverink. The scholarship is sponsored by the Village of Anmore and is offered to a graduating Grade 12 student who lives in Anmore. Morgan hopes to pursue a career in journalism. Congratulations and good luck with your further education, Morgan.


MA MURRAY DAY | Sunday, September 11th


The Village of Anmore invites you to attend its annual Ma Murray Day celebration on Sunday, September 11, 2016 (12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.). To view the flyer click HERE and for more event information, please contact our Event Coordinator, Rachel Carrier via email: rachel.carrier@anmore.com or call Rachel during office hours (8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.| Tuesday or Thursday's only).


On May 25, 2016 at the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce Mayor's Coffee Talk, Anmore Mayor John McEwen and Port Moody Mayor Mike Clay engaged in a boardroom level discussion of issues as they relate to business in their municipalities. 


The Bella Terra Sales Centre does NOT require Commercial Zoning (22-05-16)
At the Anmore Regular Council Meeting on May 17, 2016, Chief Administrative Officer Juli Kolby explained that the Bella Terra Sales Centre is only temporary so it is okay to build it on residential property. Below is a slide show of the progression of the construction of the temporary building.




Anmore Council Tries to Save the Original Part of the 'Ma' Murray House (20-05-16)

At the Anmore Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday, May 17th, Chief Administrative Officer Juli Kolby announced that she is working with Heritage BC to write a 'Call for Proposals' from interested parties to re-purpose the original 100 year-old home of Anmore folk heroes George and Margaret Murray. This is the section of the Village Hall that served as Council Chambers.

In a tour of the Village Hall on April 15, 2016 Heritage BC Architect,Timothy Ankenman indicated that in his opinion "the original house is in pretty good shape". Nickel Brothers subsequently determined that the building was structurally sound and could be moved.




Introducing Anmore's New Superintendent of Public Works. Welcome Luke Guerin (17-05-16)




Metro Vancouver Lawn Sprinkling Regulations | May 15 to October 15 Click Here

View the Village of Anmore | Water Shortage Response Plan Bylaw Click Here



Council has Another Chance to Protect the 1916 Heritage-designated 'Ma Murray' House which has Served as the Anmore Village Hall from Incorporation (02-05-16).

Original 'Ma Murray' heritage House 1916
Original 'Ma Murray' heritage House 1916
Original 'Ma Murray' house (left) served as the Council Chambers from Village incorporation.
Original 'Ma Murray' house (left) served as the Council Chambers from Village incorporation.





On April 15, 2016 Heritage BC Architect,Timothy Ankenman, MAIBC, MRAIC, AIA, M.Arch toured the Margaret and George Murray 'heritage' house with a view to helping Council preserve 'our grand old lady' - the long-time central focus of our community, community events, and the community celebration of Ma Murray Day every September. Chief Administrative Officer, Juli Kolby's report to Council on this meeting and the revised options is attached. Click Here.

The following is Mr. Ankenman's assessment.



  • "The original homestead building is, in my opinion the only thing worth keeping. It is only this building that has any character-defining elements inside and out (other than reproduced shingle siding that were put on the other 3 latter additions). The original house is in pretty good shape. It's the additions that have major leaks and rot.







  • Further, the building needs to be moved and far simpler to move that without the additions than with the octopus-like latter additions.







  • I have contacted Nickel Bros. to see if even moving it is an option.







  • There is plenty of civic land around to move it to freeing up their footprint for their new City Hall.







  • They felt there was lots of merit in this approach and will do whatever they can to support the endeavour.







  • What I suggested is what’s happening with the yellow schoolhouse at General Gordon Elementary in Vancouver (that has been hugely successful so far). We want to put out a Proposal Call, and see what end-users may be interested. Again though, before doing so we want to see if it’s physically possible to move the building.







  • Mayor and Council have asked me if any grants are available. I am in the process of determining this through Heritage BC. This may affect the proposal call as it will be less expensive for a private developer to move and restore the building to a different use if grants $s are available."




Note: Ms Kolby's report indicates that the Nickel Bros believe that the structure is sound and can be moved.


Tighten Your Belts Anmore Home Owners (26-04-16)

Water rates have increased from $1.89 per cubic foot to $2.42 per cubic foot.  For the average water user (at 350 cubic meters annually), their increase would equate to approximately $185 for the year.  The domestic waste bylaw to reflect 2016 garbage rates (billed in the fall) has not yet been updated.

Taxes will increase by approximately $189 for the average assessed value home ($1.265 million).  This is made up of $167 for the fixed asset levy (for infrastructure replacement) and $22 for the general operating budget per household.  The overall percentage increase is 9.93% in order to raise an additional $152,400 in annual taxation revenue for the Village. (Source CAO Juli Kolby)




Mayor McEwen Announces More Mailbox Break-ins in Anmore (19-04-16)



In the Mayor's Report at the April 19, 2016 Anmore Regular Council Meeting, Mayor McEwen announced that community mailboxes in front of the Village Hall on Sunnyside and on Strong Road have recently been broken into. Canada Post plans to move the mailboxes from Sunnyside onto Ravenswood beside the other community boxes. Village staff will be picking mail up at the postal station in Port Coquitlam.


Anmore $1000 Scholarship awarded by the Village to a graduating Grade 12 student. For more information Click Here


Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs! (04-04-16)

"I think that I shall never see 
A billboard as lovely as a tree." (Ogden Nash)

At the Anmore Regular Council Meeting on Tuesday March 29, 2016, Council approved a request from Tony Barone, Director of Bella Terra Investments to install an 8x4 foot sign on Lot 27 at Eagle Crest and Sunnyside Road where the presentation centre for Bella Terra by the Lake subdivision is being built. In metres this sign is 2.438 metres x 1.2192 metres.

It was mentioned that several other development signs in the Village already exceed the current size in the Zoning by-law. To link to the sign proposal Click Here.

"AMENDED BY BYLAW NO. 429-2007

(4) Notwithstanding Section 218(2), the size of a sign used for the advertising of a development project may be increased from 0.4 square meters to 1.5 square meters provided that the following conditions are satisfied:
i) no dimension of the sign shall exceed 2 meters;
ii) the sign shall be removed within 12 months of its erection; and
iii) a security deposit in the amount of $500.00 shall be posted with
the Village to be used should the sign not be removed within 7
days of its required removal date.”



UPDATE 02-04-16: The AGLG has written to Mayor McEwen to say that the previously scheduled audit will not occur.
Anmore may or may not be audited by the Auditor General Local Government on 'Managing the Inherent Risks of Limited Human Resources within Small Local Governments ' (30-03-16)

The Village was prevbiously scheduled for "Audit Topic 5 - Managing the Inherent Risks of Limited Human Resources within Small Local Governments Local governments included in these audits: District of Port Edward, City of Greenwood and Village of Anmore." ( AGLG website)


The AGLG, Gordon Ruth, recently released the 2016-17 Service Plan. Under Future Performance Audits the report states,
"During 2016/17, the office’s audit plan is to undertake a combination of performance audits and AGLG Perspectives booklets, for a total of five reports planned for release during the year.

To carry this out, we will move forward with work on performance audits of local governments on the topics previously selected and announced: Local Government’s Role in Ensuring Clean Drinking Water and Managing the Inherent Risks of Limited Human Resources within Small Local Governments.

Given that we have revised the office’s planned workload for the year, we will revisit the communities initially selected to be included in these performance audits to determine whether they may still be appropriate or should be changed."



Anmore Vision: the preservation of the Village’s surrounding environment and semi-­rural character while ensuring financial sustainability, consistent with Anmore's core values. (OCP pg 11)
(23-03-16)

As developers of the 27 lot (mostly 1/3 acre) Bella Terra steep-slope sub-division by the Christen Luxury Homes prepares the sites and fell the trees, neighbours are asking questions about Anmore Council's commitment to: i) tree retention, ii) maintaining a semi-rural community, iii) seeking affordable housing options, iv) requiring appropriate amenities packages, v) providing accessible and usable park space, and vi) protecting wildlife and habitat.

As well, as a separate site at the end of Eaglecrest Road at Sunnyside Road is prepared for the Bella Terra sales centre, others are wondering how a stand alone 843 m2 lot (0.208309837)(approx 1/5 acre) in an RS-1 (one acre zone), a considerable distance from the main development, could have been approved for building. 


This Bella Terra development of 4355 to 6095 square feet homes (not including a minimum of 2 garages, driveways, accessory buildings, swimming pools, sports courts, and septic systems) was opposed in writing, at the Public Hearing, and in an opposing petition from 58 neighbours. In contrast, approximately 30 people, mostly developers, submitted survey forms in support of the development.


Village of Anmore
Manager of Development Services (07-03-16)

POSITION SUMMARY
The Village of Anmore is inviting applications for the position of Manager of Development Services. Reporting to the
Chief Administrative Officer, this management team position performs a variety of managerial, supervisory and
professional duties related to municipal planning and development, permits, licensing, building construction and
inspection and bylaw enforcement. The successful candidate will also hold the position of Approving Officer for the
Village. March 21st deadline Click Here


Anmore Water Quality 2015

At the March 1, 2016 Anmore Regular Council Meeting Director of Operations Kevin Dicken presented the 2015 Annual Water Quality Report. He indicated that, other than a problem in July 2015 with the water in Anmore Green on the border between Anmore and Port Moody, the water quality was fine. He indicated that he had been in touch with Port Moody to have the problem fixed. Click Here for the report.

Anmore Resident Floats a Plan to Save the heritage-designated 1916 Ma Murray house (02-03-16)

At the Anmore Regular Council Meeting last night, Anmore resident Marcus Schmieder, pitched a proposal to save the 'heritage' Murray home to use as an upscale European-style restaurant. Mr. Schmieder indicated that he is a Professional Engineerwith a family background in the food industry. He estimated that the cost to bring the building up to commercial standards, including a commercial kitchen, would be between $700,000 and $800,000. This estimate is consistent with that done by Emerald Building Group in their detailed building inspection completed in early 2013. (Links below)


Mayor McEwen indicated that the Finance Committee had recently toured the building and it was in a very bad state. He was strongly supported in this assertion by another Council member who mentioned a water course running through the building and 2x4 support construction. Council had applied for an infrastructure grant to restore the Murray homestead in the summer of 2015.


Mr. Schmieder recently toured the Ma Murray 'heritage building and restated his belief that it could be restored. He went on to also indicate an ongoing source of revenue that he was prepared to give Council - $2500/month or 2.5% of gross sales, and use of the building, in addition to the restoration. He wanted to keep the building where it is and buy 1/2 acre of land for the building and parking for $400,000. Some Council members indicated interest in this proposal, however Mayor McEwen raised concerns about the disrepair of the building, getting a liquor license, and selling Village land. Staff will follow up with Mr. Schmieder.

Complete Emerald Building Inspection of the Anmore Village Hall Click Here

Addendum to the Emerald Building Inspection of the Anmore Village Hall Click Here

Previous Council Special Council Meeting on the Future of the Village Hall Click Here

Entrepreneur Marcus Schmieder on Youtube Click Here


Good-bye to Two Highly Professional  Employees Working for
Anmore (01-03-16)

At the March 1, 2016 Anmore Regular Council Meeting, Mayor and Council said 'thank you' and 'good-bye' to both long-serving RCMP Constable Colin Kent and Anmore Director of Operations Kevin Dicken. Both men have served in a highly professional fashion, dedicated to the well-being of all of the residents of our growing community. Thank you gentlemen! Your competence, integrity, and wisdom will be greatly missed.

Notice of In-Camera Council Meeting
An In-Camera Council Meeting has been called for Tuesday, March 1, 2016, pursuant to section 127 of the Community Charter. The purpose of the meeting is for council to discuss matters pursuant to section 90(1)(g) of the Community Charter, as it refers to litigation or potential litigation affecting the municipality.

Anmore Pioneers' legacy in jeopardy
Ma Murray was a strong voice for B.C. and had Anmore connections but damp home puts memorabilia in danger (29-02-16) To link to the Tri-city News article Click Here


Reports of Yet Another Washout in Pinnacle Ridge Development (29-02-16)

There are reports of yet another failed retaining wall in Pinnacle Ridge one acre steep slope development. At the March 1, 2016 Anmore Regular Council Meeting, Mayor McEwen confirmed that this washout occurred about a month ago and it was not on Village property. The developer is responsible for all of the repairs.

This washout is at the same time as the Village Council has approved the 27 1/4 to 1/3 acre Bella Terra steep slope development of 4355 to 6095 square feet homes (not including a minimum of 2 garages, driveways, accessory buildings, swimming pools, sports courts, and septic systems). Let's hope the washouts will not occur here.

This is not the first time for a steep slope development washout at Pinnacle Ridge. On January 7, 2009, there was a damaging washout from the Pinnacle Ridge subdivision off of East Road in Anmore. Six houses, a septic system, and the Mossom Creek Hatchery were damaged. Many of the Chum salmon eggs were destroyed.

Then, in the early evening on Friday, March 1, 2013, a retaining wall adjacent to Pinnacle Ridge steep slope development in Anmore gave way and torrents of water gushed over East Road. Fortunately, no-one was injured in this washout although there was once again some localized residential flooding.

As well, last summer the Anmore Manager of Public Works Kevin Dicken requested a unexpected $25,900 funding approval to restore a failing retaining wall near the top cubes in a Sierra Slope Retention System at the bottom of Pinnacle Ridge on Kinsey Drive. Two years had passed and the developer had already transferred this infrastructure on to the Village, the developer did not want to pay for the repairs.


Anmore Official Community Plan Development Targets Greatly Surpassed  (29-02-16)
The Anmore Official Community Plan calls for a medium growth scenario until 2034 of 61 people and an average of 21 lots per year. Since March 24, 2015 two developments, Bella Terra steep slope development and Lancaster Walk, with 59 lots in total, mostly 1/4  to 1/3 acre lots, have come before Anmore Council for consideration. The 27 lots of the Bella Terra subdivision between Alpine Drive and Eagle Crest Road were approved. Lancaster Walk was not. A large number of other building permits have been issued. Most recently a sign went up on East Road for 27 more one acre lots and a visit to Countryside Village will show a large number of new dwellings underway.  The remaining 26 of 92 lots in Countryside Village are currently being sold for $8,500,000. Click Here


The Village of Anmore is inviting applications for the position of Operations Superintendent until 4:00 p.m. Monday, March 7, 2016. To view the detailed job posting, please Click Here

An In-Camera Council Meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, February 2, 2016, pursuant to section 127 of the Community Charter. (01-02-16)



"The purpose of the meeting is for council to discuss matters pursuant to sections 90(1)(a) and (e) of the Community Charter, as referenced below.

Section 90(1)(a) refers to personal information about an identifiable individual who holds or is being considered for a position as an officer, employee or agent of the municipality or another position appointed by the municipality.

Section 90(1)(e) refers to the acquisition, disposition or expropriation of land or improvements, if the council considers that disclosure could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the municipality."


Anmore Council Proclaims Real Acts of Caring Week - February 14 - 20, 2016 (20-01-16) Click Here

Notice of In-Camera Council Meeting (19-01-16)
The Village website shows an In-Camera Council Meeting has been called for Tuesday, January 19, 2016, pursuant to section 127 of the Community Charter. The purpose of the meeting is for council to discuss matters pursuant to sections 90(1)(a), (e) and (g) of the Community Charter, as referenced below.

Section 90(1)(a) of the Community Charter personal information about an identifiable individual who holds or is being considered for a position as an officer, employee or agent of the municipality or another position appointed by the municipality;

Section 90(1)(e) of the Community Charter the acquisition, disposition or expropriation
of land or improvements, if the council considers that disclosure could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the municipality;

Section 90(1)(g) of the Community Charter litigation or potential litigation affecting the municipality;



Anmore Council is Asked to Change Its Mind About Saving the Heritage 'Ma and George Murray home' Village Hall.

At the June 16, 2015 Anmore Regular Council Meeting, Council voted in favour of a motion that "Council of the Village of Anmore supports the Canada 150 grant application prepared by staff in the amount of 1,094,200.00 for the repair and upgrade of the Village Hall." It was proposed that the Village Hall be updated to serve as Council chambers, community meeting space, and a museum for archived material.

The December 21, 2015 letter to Council, from newly appointed Chief Administrative Officer Juli Kolby, does not seem to reflect this motion and some other important background when she seeks, “endorsement from Council in regards to the next steps for the Village Hall replacement, including the sealing off of the old Village Hall, renovation of the 2006 addition for immediate use and issuing an RFP for the design of the new Village Hall.” This recommendation will be discussed at the Anmore Regular Council Meeting to be held on Tuesday, January 5, 2016.

For more about this topic read the attached 'Save Anmore Village Hall' report, including references to the 2008 Anmore referendum where residents turned down funding a community centre/ daycare by a margin of 2 to 1; the Emerald Building Inspection February 2013 Summary Recommendation that: "the Village develop a priority plan and undertake targeted repairs and maintenance as outlined - probable cost $663,750" (to bring it up to commercial standards); and the Atelier Pacific Architectural drawings for a community centre already commissioned for the Village prior to the referendum. Click Here




ANMORE TAXES AND UTILITIES COSTS GOING THROUGH THE ROOF? (transferred from previous page 01-01-16)
BC ASSESSMENT has sent out letters to a number of Anmore residents warning of very large jumps in the assessed value of their homes. To read more about the recent announcements from BC Assessment and possible impacts for Village residents Click Here

These increased assessments are on top of the property tax increases that were announced at the Anmore Regular Council Meeting on March 24, 2015. Anmore Financial Consultant, Ms. Mindy Smith indicated that there are some significant financial challenges identified in the July 2014 Financial Sustainability Report by Vann Struth consultants. The most challenging is the $9 million backlog of infrastructure replacement as of 2012. On top of this is approximately $5 million for the upgrade of Village water infrastructure and a new Village Hall.

Last year Anmore taxes increased 15% which amounted to approximately $125 per household (April 29, 2014 Special Council Meeting Minutes). It was predicted that the same increase or more would be necessary in the following two years.

In 2015, the anticipated tax increase was reported to be 9.5%. For the average home in Anmore, which was then valued at $1.2 million, the additional tax impact was projected be $167.60. In addition to this, water rates have increased by 8.2% on the water utilities bill. As well, the garbage fee of $250 went onto the utility bill for the first time this year. Ms Smith indicated that this, added to adopting single billing, would result in a large change in the utility bills which residents may not have been prepared for - the average water use per household is $600.

Meanwhile as property values continue to rise, she indicated that for every unplanned $10,000-$12,000 the village owes, taxpayers see about  a 1% tax increase. Further, in future, the Vann Struth report on Financial Sustainability indicated that steep slope infrastructure, such as the recently approved Bella Terra development, is five times more expensive for the Village to maintain than the existing infrastructure.


2015 Anmore Council Year-in-Review
(transferred from the previous page 01-01-16)
Anmore Alternative News Anmore Council Year-in-Review 2015 based on Editorial volunteers' observations and reports on all Regular Council Meetings Click Here


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