Public Notices

Notice of Intention to Dispose of Interest in Municipal Property - Public Notice

In accordance with Section 26(1) and (3) of the Community Charter, the Council of the District of Kitimat (the “District”) gives notice that it intends to transfer, in fee simple, the following land to 1265722 B.C. LTD (the “Purchaser”) on March 5, 2021:  

578 Mountainview Square 

PID: 006-535-666    LOT 4 DISTRICT LOT 6032 RANGE 5 COAST DISTRICT PLAN 8976

The property is presently vacant, with a previously installed foundation. The Purchaser has indicated an intent to develop a nano-brewery in accordance with existing zoning and subject to the District’s development permit requirements. 

The consideration for the disposition is $306,000, plus GST (subject to customary costs and adjustments).  The District will also obtain an Option to Purchase, and related section 219 covenant and statutory right of way registered on the property further to the Land Title Act, which would allow the District to regain possession of the property if the proposed development does not meet certain approval and construction-related deadlines.  

A Public Handbook containing information is available for review at the District of Kitimat office, 270 City Centre, Kitimat BC and at kitimat.ca/pn.   Office hours are 8:30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (except statutory holidays).  To comment or request more information, please: e-mail Planning@kitimat.ca; call Community Planning & Development at 250-632-8900.

FireSmart OCP Amendment Bylaw No. 1968, 2020

NOTICE OF OPEN HOUSE AND PUBLIC HEARING

Update: New Public Hearing

A public hearing is scheduled at 7pm on Monday, 15 March 2021, to consider an Official Community Plan (OCP) amendment to create policies and direction based on FireSmart principles.  Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Council proceedings are held virtually on WebEx.  Instructions on how to join and participate in the public hearing is provided below. 

In 2019, District of Kitimat received a grant through the Community Resiliency Investment Program for FireSmart Community Supports.  The project that received grant approval had two purposes; to (1) promote FireSmart education and awareness programs and (2) development considerations with OCP amendments to incorporate FireSmart principles. 

The grant requires development of OCP policies and does not specifically call for a new Development Permit Area (DPA).  The FireSmart OCP Amendment Bylaw No. 1968, includes broad OCP policies that support FireSmart Principles, direct further programs for education and awareness of wildfire risks and mitigation measures that can be taken to protect homes and property, and directs future planning activities.  This approach supports continued FireSmart programs that have been run in past summers.  A previous version of this bylaw considered adding a new DPA; however, after further review it was determined that broad OCP policies are best at this time and that a new DPA could be created in a future planning process. 

Virtual Open House

A virtual open house is scheduled for Tuesday, 2 May 2021, from 4pm to 6pm.  Please use the following link to enter:

Open House Portal (will be activated at 4pm on March 2nd) 

We encourage you to review the FireSmart information provided in the folder below.  Information is provided as background on this proposed OCP Amendment, but should also serve as information for protecting your families, your homes, and property against the risks of wildfires.  

FireSmart Principles

This OCP amendment is based on FireSmart Principles, an initiative from the BC Wildfire Service. A series of videos are linked below providing more background on why FireSmart, and the different aspects to consider for your own properties and for the community as a whole.  Most videos are about a minute long with a few up to eight minutes viewing time.  

Videos

Why FireSmart? - In British Columbia, wildfires are becoming an increasing threat. Fortunately, there is a solution that everyone can be a part of. Introducing FireSmart BC: the go-to resource for combating the problem of wildfire in BC.

FireSmart Disciplines - This is a series of 7 building blocks to becoming FireSmart.  The following videos link together what it means to be a FireSmart community.  

  1. Legislation and Planning
  2. Development Considerations
  3. Education
  4. Vegetation Management
  5. Emergency Planning
  6. Cross-Training
  7. Interagency Cooperation

FireSmart Home Ignition Zone - Post-fire studies, experiments and models have shown that homes ignite due to the condition of the home itself and everything around it, up to 100 metres from the foundation.

FireSmart Home Ignition Zone Assessment - Watch Larry Watkinson (Fire Chief of Penticton) give a Home Ignition Zone Assessment for a homeowner in Penticton, BC. Home assessments are a great opportunity to identify where FireSmart practices can be applied on the home. A checklist available for you to conduct your own assessment for your home and property: FireSmart Home Ignition Zone Assessment Score Card

FireSmart Home Tour - What are FireSmart home may look like

IBHS Research Center Ember Storm Test - Courtesy of disastersafety.org, this video shows highlights from the Insurance Institute for Business Home and Safety (IBHS) ember storm test.

Additional information, fact sheets, education, and resource materials are available at www.firesmartbc.ca
For more information on FireSmart Principles as they related to your home, please refer to British Columbia FireSmart Homeowner Manual. The FireSmart Wildfire Exposure Assessment is a tool to evaluate risk of wildfire impacting your area.  For more information about FireSmart Principles and how they may relate to Kitimat, please contact Community Planning and Development.  If you have questions on how to best protect your home and property, please contact the Kitimat Fire Department at 250-632-8940, or email the Fire Chief.   

Additional information on the proposed Bylaw 1968 is available for review in the Public Handbook at the District of Kitimat reception desk, 270 City Centre, 8:30am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays. Public comment period is between 17 February 2021 until 15 March 2021.

Provide comment before 5 March 2021 by:

Email: planning@kitimat.ca  (Note FireSmart OCP Amendment in Subject Line)

Fax:  Planning Department at 250-632-4995

Mail: Mayor & Council c/o 270 City Centre, Kitimat, BC V8C 2H7

* Submissions provided in response to the application, including names and addresses, will become part of the public record, and made available for public inspection at the District office and www.kitimat.ca/pn.

Virtually Attend or Watch the Public Hearing and Council Meeting:

Contact Staff at 250-632-8900 or planning@kitimat.ca before 4:30pm on Monday, 15 March 2021. Staff will provide you with login information to participate via WebEx, with a phone-in option available.

If you have any questions about this application, please contact Community Planning and Development at 250-632-8900 or planning@kitimat.ca

Thank you for your ongoing interest in your community.

 

 Development Permit - TSW Project - 461 Quatsino Boulevard (last updated 11 February 2021)

Boni Maddison Architects submitted a Development Permit (DP) application on behalf of Tamitik Status of Women (TSW) for a proposed 4 storey residential building and 1 storey 24‑hour day care building located at the District-owned 461 Quatsino Boulevard Property. TSW is the project manager for the residential building which is funded by BC Housing. TSW and the District of Kitimat applied for and received capital funding from the Province of BC to construct and operate a 24-hour day care.

The Property is zoned R3-C Mixed Use Social Housing, and the Future Land Use Designation is Neighbourhood. The proposed development aligns with the current permitted uses and the future land use designation. No variances are being applied for. Kitimat Official Community Plan (OCP) outlines the Development Permit Area designation, objectives and guidelines for form and character considerations for intensive and multi-family residential projects. See, in particular, sections 4.3.7 to 4.3.10 of the Kitimat OCP and sections 488-491 of the BC Local Government Act, noting Council’s decision must “only be in accordance with the applicable [DP] guidelines”. Land use and density are not under consideration at this time.

There are three buildings proposed for the front portion of 461 Quatsino Boulevard, noting this Property may or may not also be subdivided to separate the front from the back portions of the Property; see Site Plan on the link below. This DP application includes Phase 1, which is the BC Housing residential building and Phase 2, the 24‑hour day care building, owned by the District. There is no present application for a future Phase 3, a proposed TSW office building, or for the back portion of the Property other than the overflow parking noted on the Site Plan.

The Development Permit application is provided in the links below:

Public Comment Received:

This information is also available at the District of Kitimat reception desk, 270 City Centre, 8:30am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays.

Public comment period is between 14 January 2021 until 1 February 2021. 

Provide comment before 1 February 2021 by:

Email: planning@kitimat.ca  (Note 461 Quatsino in Subject Line)

Fax:  Planning Department at 250-632-4995

Mail: Mayor & Council c/o 270 City Centre, Kitimat, BC V8C 2H7

* Submissions provided in response to the application, including names and addresses, will become part of the public record, and made available for public inspection at the District office and published on this page. 

Virtually Attend or Watch Council Meeting:

Contact Staff at 250-632-8900 or planning@kitimat.ca before 1 February 2021 if you would like to be notified for when this application will be going to Council for their decision.

If you have any questions about this application, please contact Community Planning and Development at 250-632-8900 or email us.

 

 

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