Advisory Commissions

Municipal committees, boards and panels are groups of volunteers that meet to discuss and make decisions on issues that affect the community.

Are you interested in volunteering on a committee? Do you have a question or information you would like to pass on to one of the groups?  We'd like to hear from you.  Our contact information is below.

 Advisory Commission for Persons with Disabilities
This group of volunteers meets monthly to advise the District of Kitimat Council, staff and other committees of ideas for developing and helping plan a barrier-free community with a goal of improving the quality of life for all people.

Four members of the public and a member of Council make up this commission.

Housing Committee (HC)

The HC was established in April 2012. The mandate at the time was to complete a Housing Needs Assessment.

The mandate has been expanded and extended to 2019. The Commitee has reviewed housing policies and projects developed up to and following the 2015 Housing Action Plan.

Members make recommendations to Council for the annual budget, five year capital plan, Official Community Plan, and housing programs and policies.

Committee members are selected by Council and include one person from each of the following agencies or interest groups:

 Advisory Planning Commission (APC)

The Advisory Planning Commission (APC) is a volunteer panel that advises Council on development applications, Official Community Plan amendments, and other planning and land use matters.

APC has nine members:

  • Seven members of the public
  • One appointed member of Council
  • One school trustee

The Council and School Board representatives are non-voting members.

 Board of Variance

The Board of Variance is an independant and quasi-judicial body that hears appeals from property owners who wish to change property siting requirements set by zoning regulations.

The board has three members, all selected by Council.

Board members must:

  • Be able to read construction drawings
  • Have good knowledge of building procedures and materials
  • Be able to appreciate community and neighbourhood aesthetics
 Downtown Design Panel
The Downtown Design Panel meets to review and make recommendations on downtown revitalization area development permit applications for new construction, exterior renovations on buildings and signs.

Development in the downtown area is encouraged to follow Downtown Design Guidelines and the approved colour palette.

The Design Panel has four members:

  • Two downtown merchants
  • Two Advisory Planning Commission members
 Leisure Services Advisory Commission (LSAC)

LSAC makes recommendations to Council to enable the department to meet the community's changing recreational needs. Meeting discussions may include Leisure Services operations and recommendations on how they can be improved.

Activities and roles of the commission:

  • Receive input and set goals in keeping with the wishes of the community
  • Direct the general activities of the department
  • Create policies and bylaws and recommend changes to Council
  • Receive and consider staff reports
  • Recommend a fee schedule to Council
  • Recommend capital expenditures to Council for major items or initiatives
 Traffic Committee

The Traffic Committee helps the District of Kitimat with traffic issues and makes recommendations to Council to improve transportation in the community.

The committee consists of:

  • Director of Community Planning & Development
  • Director of Engineering Services
  • RCMP Representative
  • One member of Council
  • Two professional drivers

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