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October 20, 2014 Council Meeting Highlights

Oct 22, 2014

SPECIAL PRESENTATION


South Delta Sun Devils Girls Volleyball Recognition
Mayor Lois E. Jackson recognized the South Delta Sun Devils senior girls volleyball team for their 2013/14 BC Provincial Championship, and congratulated the team on being named as Sports Champions at the Delta Sports Hall of Fame awards on Saturday, October 18.

Mayor Jackson highlighted team members and sisters Megan and Nicole McNamara for their silver medal win in beach volleyball at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, and bronze medal win at the Federation Internationale De Volleyball Under 19 Worlds in Portugal. They are the youngest national champions in the 25-year history of the Beach Volleyball National Championships.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS


Grade Five, Six and Seven Pass Program Statistics

Mayor Lois E. Jackson recognized the South Delta Sun Devils senior girls volleyball team for their 2013/14 BC Provincial Championship, and congratulated the team on being named as Sports Champions at the Delta Sports Hall of Fame awards on Saturday, October 18. View the staff report. 

DISCUSSION REPORTS


North Delta Recreation Centre Expansion Update
Council received a North Delta Recreation Centre Expansion project progress update. Construction commenced on July 7, 2014, and is in the early stages. The location of underground services has been a significant challenge, leading to a delay in the schedule; staff has since collaborated to ensure the project is proceeding on time and on budget.  

Key milestones completed to date include line painting and way finding preparation, bulk excavation of the new building, and new water services. Upcoming key milestones for October include form and pour work for footing and foundation walls, and form work for concrete walls on main level. View the staff report.

South Delta Business Sustainability Strategy
Council approved the staff recommendation to retain a consultant to work with the Corporation of Delta and local business representatives, including Delta Chamber of Commerce, Ladner Business Association, Tsawwassen Business Improvement Association and Tourism Delta, to develop a strategy to support the sustainability of South Delta businesses alongside the major Tsawwassen Mills and Tsawwassen Commons development, which is scheduled for completion in spring 2016. View the staff report.

Highway 10 Centre Median Barriers between Highway 10 and 120 Street
Council approved the staff recommendation to send a letter to the Honourable Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, requesting that a median barrier be installed along Highway 10 between Highway 91 and 120 Street.

The recommendation was prompted by safety concerns and the high number of collisions recorded at this section of the highway. Highway 10 is owned and operated by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure; costs to upgrade the highway fall within provincial jurisdiction. View the staff report.

UBCM 2014 – Meetings with Provincial Ministers
Council received a staff report summarizing meetings with provincial ministers and senior staff conducted during the 2014 UBCM annual conference, and approved the recommendation to send follow-up letters to the aforementioned ministers. View the staff report for a list of meeting attendees and topics.

Public Attitudes toward Agriculture and Food in British Columbia
Council received a report on the results of a recent public opinion survey titled BC Public Attitudes Toward Agriculture and Food, and upon review of the results, approved the recommendation that Mayor Jackson write to the BC Minister of Agriculture requesting that the Province support the retention and strengthening of the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) principles.

The survey was conducted in July 2014 to assess public attitudes toward agriculture and food in B.C., and to inform discussion and decisions on the future of the Agricultural Land Reserve. The survey found that 95% of the 1,704 residents polled said the ALR should be preserved for green spaces and growing food. View the staff report.

Provincial Consultation on Potential Changes to the Agricultural Land Commission Act
Council endorsed comments previously submitted to the Ministry of Agriculture by CAO George V. Harvie in regard to potential changes to the Agricultural Land Commission Act, and approved the recommendation that a follow-up letter be sent to the Ministry of Agriculture confirming Delta’s comments. In July 2014, the Ministry of Agriculture announced it was undertaking consultation regarding potential changes to the Agricultural Land Reserve legislation and regulations. View the staff report.

Standards for Medical Marihuana Production Facilities
Council approved the recommendation to forward staff comments in response to the discussion paper, Regulating Medical Marihuana Production Facilities in the ALR: Discussion Paper and Proposed Minister’s Bylaw Standards, to the BC Ministry of Agriculture.

Medical marihuana production has been determined by the BC Agricultural Land Commission and the BC Ministry of Agriculture to be a farm use that local governments may regulate but may not prohibit. The discussion paper provides local governments with a draft set of criteria as guidance for the regulation of medical marihuana production facilities in the ALR. View the staff report.

Bylaw Adjudication System
In response to their previous information request, Council received a report on Delta’s Bylaw Dispute Adjudication System. The request was incited by an article criticizing City of Vancouver’s Bylaw Ticket Adjudication System published in the Vancouver Sun on September 20, 2014. 

The staff report summarizes the benefits of the Corporation of Delta’s system and the differences compared to City of Vancouver’s system. Delta’s Bylaw Dispute Adjudication System has been in operation for nearly three years and has been successful in meeting its goal of being a more efficient and effective means of enforcing bylaw offences. View the staff report.
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Issued by the Office of the Mayor – October 21, 2014

View the Council reports and complete agenda from the October 20, 2014 Regular Meeting of Council

For more information on this news release, contact the Mayor's Office at 604-946-3210 or email mayor@delta.ca.