February 1, 2016 Council Meeting Highlights
Feb 02, 2016
2016 Economic Breakfast
On January 29, Mayor Lois E. Jackson hosted an Economic Breakfast Forum at Tsawwassen Springs. Approximately 200 key leaders of Delta’s business and development community attended to engage with Mayor Jackson about Delta’s successes and plans to continue to grow Delta’s economy. The morning also included discussion regarding key issues like Delta’s Economic Incentives Program, the South Delta Business Sustainability Strategy, the availability of developable land, and the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project. To learn more, go to Delta.ca/EconomicDevelopment.
Burn Awareness Week 2016
Until February 6, the British Columbia Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund presents Burn Awareness week to communities throughout BC. With a curriculum geared towards children from Kindergarten to Grade 7, the purpose of the week is to teach children how to be responsible for their personal safety and how to avoid potential burns. For safety tips and information about the poster contest, please go to DeltaFire.ca.
On Monday, February 8, families are invited to celebrate Family Day at any of Delta’s facilities. Craft making will be taking place at the Firehall Centre for the Arts and the Tsawwassen Arts Centre, public skating will be at the arenas, and the Family Feud swims come to each of the Aquatics centres. Family Day admission rates apply for all Family Day events. Go to the Events Calendar at Delta.ca for more information.
2016 to 2020 Financial Plan
Council approved Delta’s 2016 to 2020 Financial Plan and the allocation of the prior year’s surplus to fund the Engineering Works Yard Upgrades, two Public Communication Readerboards, and Delta Fire Hall Refurbishment Projects. Director of Finance Karl Preuss gave a presentation on the Financial Plan, which is to be approved before May 15, 2016. Council also gave first, second, and third readings for Delta 2016 to 2020 Financial Plan Bylaw No. 7513, 2016 and Development Cost Charge Reserve Funds Expenditure Bylaw No. 7514, 2016. View the staff report.
2016 Utility User Rates
Council received a presentation from Director of Finance Karl Preuss, regarding the 2016 Utility User Rates and the 2016 – 2020 Financial Plan. This included first, second, and third readings of amendments to Delta Waterworks Rates and Regulation Bylaw No. 5781, 2000, Delta Sewer Rates Bylaw No. 5782, 2000, and Delta Garbage Collections and Regulation Bylaw No. 4273, 1988. These amendments will allow Delta to recover the costs of providing utilities to Delta residents and businesses. The utility user rates are based on the costs of providing the specific utility. View the staff report.
George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project Environmental Assessment
Council received an update on the environmental assessment for the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project and approved the comments on the Key Areas of Study. These Key Areas include the environmental values, such as fisheries, wildlife and wildlife habitat; influences on human health; social and community factors; economic conditions, including employment and economic development; and heritage resources, such as archaeological values. These comments will be provided to the BC Environmental Assessment Office. View the staff report.
Draft Regional Affordable Housing Strategy
Delta Council received an update regarding the Draft Regional Affordable Housing Strategy. The Strategy is meant to develop a diverse and affordable housing supply that meets the needs of current and future regional residents. Rapid growth in Metro Vancouver will lead to the need of 500 000 additional homes over the next 25 years, with housing estimates for the low to moderate income group not being met. The Strategy is consistent with Delta’s Official Community Plan and housing policies, and will be able to define the housing needs and priorities with the completion of the Housing Action Plan. View the staff report.
Delta Bird and Biodiversity Strategy
Council approved the creation and implementation of a Delta Bird and Biodiversity Strategy. This strategy would include six objectives including habitat identification and protection, habitat enhancement, enhancement of awareness and access to nature, reduction of threats to urban and rural birds and biodiversity, promotion of bird related local and visitor tourism, and identification of partners and cultivation of leadership. The strategy would be developed in cooperation with the Delta Naturalists’ Society and other partners, who would reach out to the organizers of the 2018 International Ornithological Congress, which will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia. View the staff report.
View the Council report and complete agenda from the February 1, 2016 Regular Meeting.