Regular Council - 03 Oct 2023 AMENDED


1: Welcome to the Squamish Nation Traditional Territory
2: ADOPTION OF AGENDA
3: DELEGATIONS/PETITIONS/PROCLAMATIONS
3.i: Foster Family Month Proclamation
4: PUBLIC HEARINGS
4: ITEM REMOVED
5: CONSENT AGENDA
5.A: APPROVAL OF MINUTES
5.A: Staff Recommendation:
5.A.i: Special Business Meeting: September 5, 2023
5.A.ii: Regular Business Meeting: September 5, 2023
5.A.iii: Committee of the Whole Meeting: September 12, 2023
5.A.iv: Special Business Meeting: September 12, 2023
5.A.v: Committee of the Whole Meeting: September 26, 2023
5.B: CORRESPONDENCE - Receive for Information
5.B.i: 0915 C. Condino, Environmental Assessment Office, Re Eagle Mountain-Woodfibre Gas Pipeline Project
5.B.ii: 0915 Capilano University, Re Capilano University's exciting expansion to Squamish, B.C.
5: CORRESPONDENCE - Referred to Staff
5: Staff Recommendation:
5.C: STAFF UPDATES - For Information
5.C.i: 2023 Tax Sale Update Memo
5: END OF CONSENT AGENDA
6: CONSIDERATION OF COUNCIL COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS
6.i: Recommendations from the Committee of the Whole: September 12, 2023
6.ii: Recommendations from the Committee of the Whole: September 26, 2023
7: BYLAWS
7.A: FIRST THREE READINGS
7.A: 2024 Permissive Tax Exemptions
7.A.i: District of Squamish 2024 Permissive Tax Exemptions (1 year – Sea to Sky Montessori Society) Bylaw No. 3013, 2023
7.A.ii: District of Squamish 2024 Permissive Tax Exemptions (4 years) Bylaw No. 3015, 2023
7.A.iii: District of Squamish 2024 Permissive Tax Exemptions (1 year – Squamish Helping Hands Society) Bylaw No. 3016, 2023
7.A.iv: District of Squamish 2024 Permissive Tax Exemptions (1 year – Sea to Sky Community Services Society) Bylaw No. 3017, 2023
7.A.v: District of Squamish 2024 Permissive Tax Exemptions (1 year – Squamish Valley Golf and Country Club) Bylaw No. 3014, 2023
7.B: THIRD READING
7.B: ITEM REMOVED
7.C: ADOPTION
7.C.i: District of Squamish Housing Agreement Bylaw (Garibaldi Springs Phase 1 Non-Market Rental) No. 3009, 2023
7.C.ii: District of Squamish Housing Agreement Bylaw (Garibaldi Springs Phase 2 Non-Market Rental) No. 3010, 2023
7.C.iii: ITEM REMOVED
7.C.iv: District of Squamish Zoning Bylaw No. 2200, 2011, Amendment Bylaw (Brackendale Art Gallery) No. 2977, 2023
7.C.v: District of Squamish Zoning Bylaw No. 2200, 2011, Amendment Bylaw (Unit B, 1005 Industrial Way) No. 2978, 2023
7.C.vi: District of Squamish Zoning Bylaw No. 2200, 2011, Amendment Bylaw (41668 and 41678 Finn Road) No. 2979, 2023
7.C.vii: District of Squamish Zoning Bylaw No. 2200, 2011, Amendment Bylaw (39773 and 39775 Government Road) No. 2980, 2023
7.C.viii: District of Squamish Zoning Bylaw No. 2200, 2011, Amendment Bylaw (3018 The Crescent) No. 2981, 2023
7.C.ix: District of Squamish Zoning Bylaw No. 2200, 2011, Amendment Bylaw (1901 Maple Drive and 40782 Perth Drive) No. 2983, 2023
7.C.x: District of Squamish Zoning Bylaw No. 2200, 2011, Amendment Bylaw (1701 Centennial Way) No. 2999, 2023
7.C.xi: District of Squamish Zoning Bylaw No. 2200, 2011, Amendment Bylaw (38171-38185 Westway Avenue) No. 3001, 2023
7.C.xii: District of Squamish Zoning Bylaw No. 2200, 2011, Amendment Bylaw (UC-1 Amendments) No. 3002, 2023
8: STAFF REPORTS
9: LATE AGENDA ITEMS
10: CORRESPONDENCE - ACTION REQUESTED
10.i: 0901 J. Carey, Re Parks and Trails
10.ii: 0921 T. Thomas, BC Geographical Names Office Re Request for Comment: Name Change Proposal
11: CORRESPONDENCE REFERRED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA
12: APPROVAL OF MINUTES REFERRED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA
13: BUSINESS ARISING FROM MINUTES
14: COMMITTEE MINUTES AND REPORTS
15: NOTICE OF MOTION
16: COUNCIL - STAFF IN CAMERA ANNOUNCEMENTS
17: UNSCHEDULED PUBLIC ATTENDANCE
18: OPEN QUESTION PERIOD - CLARIFICATION RELATED TO AGENDA ITEMS
19: COUNCIL OR STAFF ANNOUNCEMENTS
20: TERMINATION
1: Welcome to the Squamish Nation Traditional Territory
0:00:00 (0:09:00)

The presentation at the District of Squamish council meeting on Tuesday, October 3rd, 2023, began with an acknowledgment of the traditional and unseated territory of the Squamish nation. The speaker, Armand Hurford, took a moment to recognize a recent event held in Junction Park for the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. The event was led by the Squamish Nation and involved the sharing of personal stories, many of which were being told for the first time. The speaker emphasized that while understanding of the truth has advanced, there is still a long way to go as they have only heard the stories that people have been willing to tell.

The speaker further highlighted the honesty and humor with which these truths were spoken and described the event as moving and important. The event concluded with a song and dance by the nation members, inviting everyone to join. The speaker expressed happiness at the community's involvement and emphasized the need to move forward together. He also reminded everyone that even though the orange shirts worn for the event have been put away, the truth and the need for reconciliation have not gone away.

Finally, the speaker expressed his commitment to continue seeking the truth and working towards reconciliation. He thanked everyone involved in organizing the event and those who participated in it or recognized the day in their own way. He then transitioned to the official business of the council meeting, informing attendees that the meeting was being live-streamed, recorded, and would be available for public viewing on the District of Squamish website.

Armand Hurford
0:06:05 (0:02:54)

hello and welcome to the regular business meeting for the District of Squamish for Tuesday October 3rd 2023. as always we're gathered to do our work on the traditional and unseated territory of the Squamish nation and I just want to take a moment to recognize that over the weekend for a national day of Truth and Reconciliation there was a great event held not far from here in Junction park around the led by the Squamish Nation where they shared where many stories were shared and highlighting the truth portion of this of this equation and for some of the folks sharing their stories was the first time that they've shared with their Community what their experiences are so as much as our understanding of Truth is as much Advanced from where it was we have a long way to go as we've only heard the stories that folks have been willing to tell and it was a very moving day and it highlighted how much further we have to go purely in the on the truth side and all those truths were spoken with great honesty and a remarkable amount of humor and was just such a great a great and important event and I'm happy that our community came out and was involved and the nation members also finished with a song and dance and invited everyone to join it was just a great way to recognize we need to move forward together and a very moving day and as we all have put away our orange shirts the truth hasn't gone away and it's important that we that we continue to seek the true seek truth as we move forward in Rick's reconciliation actions or reconciliation as it as it is and I look forward to doing that work so I just raised my hands to everyone that was involved in putting on the event over the weekend and everyone that participated either at the event or in or recognized the day in their in their own way some moving on to official business here please be advised that this council meeting is being live streamed recorded and will be available to the public to view on the district Squamish website following the meeting if you have concerns please notify the corporate officer present at the meeting could I have someone

ADOPTION OF AGENDA
0:09:00 (0:00:29)


Armand Hurford
0:09:00 (0:00:29)

move adoption of the agenda as amended moved by Council French second by counselor Hamilton all in favor any opposed motion carries oh just for those of you tuning in we have counselor pentagles participating remotely today so he's here but is he's here in the meeting but isn't physically here our first order of business is a delegation

Foster Family Month Proclamation
0:09:29 (0:03:26)

In the District of Squamish council meeting, a proclamation request was made for the declaration of October 2023 as Foster Family Month. Councilor John French moved the proclamation request, highlighting the significant role foster families play in the community. He shared his personal experience of living near a foster family, which gave him an appreciation for the hard work and service these families provide, especially when dealing with children with challenging health concerns. He expressed his admiration for these families and his happiness about the potential declaration of Foster Family Month.

However, not all council members were in agreement. Councilor Jenna Stoner expressed her reservations about the proclamation, particularly in light of the recent National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. She acknowledged the good intentions and efforts of many within the foster system but pointed out that the system as a whole is flawed. Due to these systemic issues, she stated that she would not be supporting the motion.

Councilor Chris Pettingill also acknowledged the challenges and significant gaps within the foster care system, sharing his experience volunteering for a youth development program. Despite these issues, he expressed his support for the proclamation, hoping that it would encourage more investment and support for the system. Similarly, Armand Hurford, while acknowledging the system's imperfections, expressed his support for the motion, hoping that it would raise the profile of the system and lead to necessary reforms. Despite Councilor Stoner's opposition, the motion was carried.

Armand Hurford
0:09:29 (0:00:20)

or sorry a proclamation request for foster family month and we don't have anyone presenting on this would anybody like to move the proclamation requests move by counselor French I'll second it would you speak to it at all

John French
0:09:50 (0:00:49)

well just so that everybody knows what we're up to the motion is that October 2023 be declared as Foster Family month in the district of Squamish and I'll add that for many years one of my across the street Neighbors um who has since moved out of the community had many foster children through their home and some of them with very challenging health concerns and out of my experience of being a neighbor to that home I really got an appreciation for the hard work that Foster families put in and the service that they provide to our community it's admirable and it's honorable and I'm happy that we're about to declare October 2023 as Foster Family month

Armand Hurford
0:10:39 (0:00:03)

thank you any other comments on this go ahead counselor

Jenna Stoner
0:10:42 (0:00:27)

yeah I will just note that I think for me this is a challenging Proclamation especially on the heels of national day of Truth and Reconciliation I fully agree that there are many folks within the Foster system that meanwhile do well and really show up with their whole Hearts the system as a whole is broken though and so it's challenging for me to support this at this point and so I don't think I'll be supporting the motion on the floor despite the good work that those people do

Armand Hurford
0:11:10 (0:00:02)

thank you counselor pentagon

Chris Pettingill
0:11:12 (0:00:52)

yeah thanks appreciate I my colleagues comments I've had an opportunity to volunteer for a youth development program where some of the participants come from foster care and you can definitely see there are significant holes in the system and challenges and I guess my hope in supporting this is to encourage support not just for the people doing the work now but for the more investment and support for the system which is so critical because um you know you just see some just wonderful kids struggling in ways that kids shouldn't have to struggle in this province and that's frustrating to see but you know anything we can do to enhance and improve and encourage the system to get better I think is hopefully worthwhile so for that reason I will be supporting this thank you

Armand Hurford
0:12:04 (0:00:50)

thank you any other comments speaking support of them of the motion I think this the system is imperfect and I think shedding light on it and keeping its profile as high as possible stands hopes to improve my aim would be to hope to improve its profile to so it gets the reforms that it that it needs going forward and it is extremely challenging um topic for sure so I'll call the question all in favor opposed counselor Stoner opposes motion carries thank you moving on we have no public hearing this evening we're on to item five

CONSENT AGENDA
0:12:55 (0:00:55)


Armand Hurford
0:12:55 (0:00:13)

as a consent agenda is there anyone like to pull anything from the consent agenda seeing none wouldn't oh sorry go ahead counselor Pentagon yeah just

Chris Pettingill
0:13:08 (0:00:07)

five b two please which is the BCE bceao letter

Armand Hurford
0:13:16 (0:00:34)

that's B1 oh B1 my apologies okay that's fine and without any other we'll deal with that one in due course see no other hands I'll move the consent agenda if there's a secondary second by counselor Hamilton all in favor emotion carries unanimously thank you well that's a consent item

CONSIDERATION OF COUNCIL COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS
0:13:50 (0:00:07)


Armand Hurford
0:13:50 (0:00:07)

so next we're under consideration of council committee recommendations and we have recommendations

Recommendations from the Committee of the Whole: September 12, 2023
0:13:57 (0:00:46)


Armand Hurford
0:13:57 (0:00:45)

from the committee of the whole from September 12th 2023 regarding the Downtown parking study that's part of the consent agenda so yeah we're on that trip me up earlier I'm on six so six one is recommendations to commit the whole September 12th which is a Downtown parking study we made some recommendations at that time are you moving those counselor Stoners move counselor French a second any comments saying none I'll call the question all in favor any opposed motion carries unanimously thank you and then we had a the second item there

Recommendations from the Committee of the Whole: September 26, 2023
0:14:43 (0:00:32)


Armand Hurford
0:14:43 (0:00:32)

is recommendations in the community hall for September 26 2023 the community climate action plan progress update and it was received for information moved by counselor Stoner second by counselor French any comments all in favor any opposed customer you weren't opposing that one were you I don't give a slight delay I just want to make sure that we're I'd rather double check than assume okay yeah that's yeah fine

FIRST THREE READINGS
0:15:15 (0:00:50)


Armand Hurford
0:15:16 (0:00:52)

so next we have first three readings and we do have staff to this so I'll invite you to the table and I'll give you a second to get set up and then you can introduce yourself and the topics please thank you thank you

2024 Permissive Tax Exemptions
0:16:05 (0:02:13)

Ran Sousa, the Director of Financial Operations at the District of Squamish, presented on permissive tax exemptions (PTEs) to the council. The purpose of the presentation was to introduce the permissive tax exemption bylaws for the council's consideration of the first three readings. These bylaws are a result of discussions and motions passed at the special business meeting held on September 26th.

Sousa explained the legislation around PTEs, stating that the council may exempt land and/or improvements from property taxes through a bylaw. These exemptions, which can be granted for up to a 10-year period, exempt all property taxes, both municipal and others, and redistribute the taxes to other taxpayers. She emphasized that the decision to grant a permissive tax exemption is at the council's discretion and differs from general statutory tax exemptions granted under Section 220 of the Community Charter.

The next steps, as outlined by Sousa, involve giving public notice of the bylaws, after which they are scheduled for council consideration of adoption on October 17th. The final step is to send the bylaws to BC assessment, which must be done by October 31st. She organized the presentation to go through each bylaw individually, acknowledging potential conflicts with one of them, which she placed as the last bylaw to be discussed.

SPEAKER_05
0:16:08 (0:02:09)

good evening mayor and Council my name is ran Sousa and I'm the director of financial operations at the district to assist with addressing me my pronouns are she and her and I'm here today to present on permissive tax exemptions also known as ptes the goal of the presentation today is to present the permissive tax exemption bylaws for Council consideration of first three readings to note the bylaws are a result of the council discussion emotions passed at the September 26th special business meeting Her counsel in the community's background I'll first review the legislation a council May by bylaw exempt land and or improvements from property taxes which are referred to as permissive tax exemptions a permissive tax exemption will exempt all property taxes Municipal and other and redistribute the taxes to other taxpayers a permissive tax exemption may be granted for up to a 10-year period and Council must give public notice of the proposed permissive tax exemption bylaws prior to adoption a permissive tax exemption differs from General statutory tax exemptions granted under Section 220 of the Community Charter and that the discretion or decision to Grant a permissive tax exemption is at council's discretion foreign readings of bylaws the next step is to give public notice of the bylaws after public notice the bylaws are scheduled for Council consideration of adoption on October 17th the last step is to send the bylaws to BC assessment which must be by October 31st so I've organized this to go through each bylaw knowing that there may be a conflict declared on one of them and put it as the last by law

District of Squamish 2024 Permissive Tax Exemptions (1 year – Sea to Sky Montessori Society) Bylaw No. 3013, 2023
0:18:18 (0:05:54)

The council meeting began with Speaker_05 presenting Bylaw number 3013-2023. The bylaw pertains to a permissive tax exemption application by the See the Sky Montessori Society for the Montessori School it operates on Loggers Lane. The bylaw under consideration is a one-year permissive tax exemption (PTE) with an estimated value of $4478 for 2024. The recommended resolution is for the District of Squamish to give the first three readings to the See the Sky Montessori Society's one-year PTE bylaw.

Councilor John French spoke in favor of the bylaw, highlighting the society's contribution to the community through its daycare and educational services. He argued that the tax exemption would help the society keep costs down for parents struggling with childcare. He also noted that the society meets all the criteria for the exemption, which is why he put the motion forward.

However, the bylaw faced opposition from other council members. Councilor Jenna Stoner argued that while the society meets the council's criteria, it does not meet the Community Charter requirements for being an education or learning facility. She also raised concerns about the society sharing space with a for-profit entity, making it difficult to determine which parts of the land are used for profit-making versus non-profit activities. Councilors Andrew Hamilton and Chris Pettingill echoed these concerns, with Hamilton highlighting the difficulty of managing a property split between for-profit and non-profit use, and Pettingill arguing against the council funding education, which he sees as a provincial responsibility.

SPEAKER_05
0:18:18 (0:00:44)

bylaw number 3013 2023 so see this guy Montessori Society has applied for permissive tax exemption for the Montessori School it operates on loggers Lane the bylaw for consideration as a one-year pte the estimated value of the 2024 pte is 4478 dollars the recommended resolution is that the District of Squamish permissive tax exemptions one year see the sky Montessori Society bylaw and number 3013-2023 be given first three readings and just ask the chair did you want me to pause for each one or wait till the end for all

Armand Hurford
0:19:03 (0:00:19)

I think we can do these perhaps I'm trying to think if we go through I think we can do these we we've discussed this once before so I think we can do these individually as okay as they come I don't think we need to go through them all then come back we can start down that down that path councilor Anderson

Eric Andersen
0:19:23 (0:00:09)

just like to advise that I would be wishing to declare a conflict of interest on item number 785 the Squamish Valley Golf and Country Club

Armand Hurford
0:19:33 (0:00:27)

thank you for that and we'll so we'll proceed until we get to there and then we'll have you make that declaration and step out while we deal with that one so I think we're ready to go through these now so we'd be looking for someone to move the rec the recommendation for first three readings so this one moved by counselor French and second by counselor Anderson would like to speak to it

John French
0:20:00 (0:00:19)

yes please this Society offers much needed daycare and educational services for the community and providing a permissive tax exemption helps this group keep costs down for parents struggling with child care the society meets all the criteria for the exemption that's I'm putting this forward

Armand Hurford
0:20:20 (0:00:02)

thank you counselor Stoner than Hamilton

Jenna Stoner
0:20:22 (0:00:37)

yeah thank you I won't be supporting the motion on the floor while it does meet our criteria it does not meet the Community Charter requirements for it being an education or learning facility and while it is a non-profit it does share space with the for-profit entity and so I think it really is murky in terms of breaking out what pieces of that land are actually being used for the for-profit versus the non-profit and similar to some of the challenges we have with passing sort these sorts of things on to businesses we don't actually know that gets passed on to the end user fee and so I don't think that this is a good use of our permissive tax exemption policy

Armand Hurford
0:21:00 (0:00:01)

thank you councilor

Andrew Hamilton
0:21:01 (0:00:49)

Hamilton I agree with my counselor Council colleague counselor Stoner that the convolution of a for-profit group and a not-for-profit group using the same property and this 50 split between the two is for me leading to a troublesome resolution of how to how to manage this I also I absolutely agree with counselor French that supporting educational institutions and daycare is important but the this is a for-profit there's a there's a for-profit component that is not clearly delineated from the not-for-profit component so I will not be supporting this motion thank you

Armand Hurford
0:21:50 (0:00:03)

thank you go ahead counselor Pentagon I see your hand there

Chris Pettingill
0:21:54 (0:00:48)

yeah and as before I will also not be supporting this I think to my colleagues the movers Point about supporting child care and so on it is the grant is not for the child care piece and so if this is then supporting that for-profit child care it's doing exactly what the concerns have been raised here and I think you know we need to be very thoughtful if our intent is to generally start funding education as a municipality that is a provincial responsibility and we haven't had the discussion what is proposed years is a policy change maybe a small one in the context of our overall budget but I don't think it's a direction that I'm comfortable going at this time thank you

Armand Hurford
0:22:42 (0:00:09)

thank you other comments on this one go ahead counselor

Lauren Greenlaw
0:22:52 (0:00:04)

I'll be supporting this motion I for the simple fact that

SPEAKER_07
0:22:56 (0:00:08)

families in our community have so little support and I think this offers support to those families and education

Armand Hurford
0:23:05 (0:01:06)

thank you any other comments I'm speaking in support of the motion I recognize the challenges that the sort of the split of the property and the use present we've been presented with a 50 usage between the two spaces and a short term so I think I think for this I I'm supportive of this for now in that one year context and but those pieces need to be more fulsely addressed if we're going to consider this in the longer term going forward so I'll be I'll be supporting it this time that I'll call the question all in favor and opposed so we've got counselor Hamilton Stoner and pettingilla post motion carries thank you next up we have oh sorry back to staff

District of Squamish 2024 Permissive Tax Exemptions (4 years) Bylaw No. 3015, 2023
0:24:12 (0:01:08)


SPEAKER_05
0:24:12 (0:00:48)

river access Society has applied for a pte for the campground it operates on Centennial Way the recommended PT is for four years the estimated pte value for 2024 is 1 381 dollars as well on this bylaw cetus guide Community Services has applied for pte for The Foundry and youth center that it operates from Buckley Avenue the recommended pte is for four years the estimated pte value for 2024 is for sorry 7427 dollars and the recommended resolution is that the District of Squamish 2024 permissive tax exemptions four years bylaw number 3015 2023 be given first three readings

Armand Hurford
0:25:01 (0:00:20)

thank you are you moving Council Hamilton it's like is there a secondary counselor Stoner seconds any comments seeing none on this I want to call a question all in favor motion carries unanimously thank you very much

District of Squamish 2024 Permissive Tax Exemptions (1 year – Squamish Helping Hands Society) Bylaw No. 3016, 2023
0:25:20 (0:00:52)


SPEAKER_05
0:25:21 (0:00:36)

Squamish helping hand Society has applied for a two four two ptes the first is for Under One Roof and the second is for the overdose prevention site the 2024 ptes are estimated at two thousand two hundred and thirty two dollars and eighteen thousand nine hundred and four dollars respectively the recommended resolution is that the District of Squamish 2024 permissive tax exemptions one year Squamish Helping Hands Society by law number 3016 2023 be given first three readings

Armand Hurford
0:25:57 (0:00:16)

thank you Council let me move my counselor Source second by counselor Hamilton any comments seeing none I'll call a question all in favor motion carries unanimously thank you

District of Squamish 2024 Permissive Tax Exemptions (1 year – Sea to Sky Community Services Society) Bylaw No. 3017, 2023
0:26:12 (0:03:24)

The presentation at the District of Squamish council meeting was made by Speaker_05, who discussed the application by Sea to Sky Community Services Society for permissive tax exemptions (ptes) for their non-market housing units at Center Point and River Stones. The estimated ptes for 2024 are $15,990 and $23,703 respectively. The speaker recommended that the District of Squamish 2024 permissive tax exemptions one-year Sea to Sky Community Services bylaw number 3017 2023 be given the first three readings.

The speaker further clarified that the one-year term was brought forward at the special business meeting held the previous Tuesday, despite the fact that the exemption is eligible for up to 10 years. This decision was made in response to a question from council member John French about why the term was not longer.

Council member Jenna Stoner provided additional context, explaining that the one-year term was proposed to allow for further assessment of permissive tax exemptions for affordable housing, particularly those run under a provincial agreement. She expressed concern about the potential long-term tax implications, especially given the municipality's goal to increase affordable housing. The one-year term was seen as a cautious approach to provide more time for discussion and understanding of the implications.

Armand Hurford
0:26:13 (0:00:03)

we're on to item four over two

SPEAKER_05
0:26:17 (0:00:38)

sea disguy Community Services Society has applied for ptes for the non-market housing units that operates at Center Point and River Stones the 2024 ptes are estimated to be fifteen thousand nine hundred ninety dollars and twenty three thousand seven hundred and three dollars respectively the recommended resolution is that the District of Squamish 2024 permissive tax exemptions one year Ceta Sky Community Services bylaw number 3017 2023 be given first three readings

John French
0:26:55 (0:00:22)

yeah go ahead yeah I have a question on this one and we might have covered it last time around and I've forgotten this is just a one-year term that's being recommended by staff what's preventing this from being a longer term or why is this not three or four or five years

SPEAKER_05
0:27:18 (0:00:19)

through the chair it was it is it's eligible for 10 years so statutorily Council can grant up to 10 years at the special business meeting last Tuesday it was asked that it be brought forward as one year

Armand Hurford
0:27:37 (0:00:09)

any other questions but I'd consider emotion looks like questions have been addressed moved by counselor Stoner second by counselor Hamilton go ahead

Jenna Stoner
0:27:47 (0:01:00)

yeah just to help provide some reminder context to my Council colleague's question I was I think I was the one who put forward the recommendation that has come back for one year and that's because I think we're still trying to assess out where the line is in terms of permissive tax exemptions for affordable housing especially affordable housing that is run under a provincial agreement and so to me this really does start to blur the lines around where Municipal support is going for affordable housing versus what should be covered by operating costs from The Province and so this is to provide a little bit more breathing room for our affordable housing providers to continue to have that conversation and our staff where needed to be able to better understand what the long-term implications are for this is a municipality because if you draw this out over five ten years the tax implications can get very significant especially if we're trying to grow as much affordable housing as we are so I think we just need to for me to have a bit of a cautious approach here that's the one-year term

Armand Hurford
0:28:48 (0:00:14)

thank you any other comments with that I'll call the question all in favor motion carries unanimously thank you and now we're on to item five which is where councilor Anderson go ahead

Eric Andersen
0:29:02 (0:00:16)

mayor Herford I'd like to excuse myself from consideration of this item as a member of the Affiliated Curling Club my fees can potentially be affected by the fate of the golf club's application thank you

Armand Hurford
0:29:18 (0:00:17)

thank you okay thank you and thank you for structuring your presentation to allow this to happen as smoothly as possible so back

District of Squamish 2024 Permissive Tax Exemptions (1 year – Squamish Valley Golf and Country Club) Bylaw No. 3014, 2023
0:29:36 (0:06:03)

The presentation at the District of Squamish council meeting was about a permissive tax exemption application by the Squamish Valley Golf Club. The club has applied for a tax exemption for the lands and buildings it uses for golf, curling, and squash. The bylaw under consideration is a one-year permissive tax exemption (PTE), with an estimated value of $31,171 for 2024. The recommended resolution is that the District of Squamish 2024 permissive tax exemptions one-year Squamish Valley Golf and Country Club bylaw number 3014 2023 be given the first three readings.

The speaker explained that the Squamish Valley Golf Club's application for a tax exemption is not a new occurrence, but a tradition. However, the speaker also noted that there is a need for a conversation with the Squamish Valley Golf and Country Club about this permissive tax exemption and the expectations associated with it. The speaker suggested that there might be changing information regarding the necessity of this exemption based on the lease.

The speaker also highlighted that the area used by the Squamish Valley Golf Club is not only for golf, squash, and curling, but also includes trails and other amenities. Therefore, the speaker expressed a desire to understand more about the uses of the area before making any changes to the tax exemption. The speaker concluded by stating that the tax exemption is not guaranteed for the following year and that this issue will be revisited.

Armand Hurford
0:29:36 (0:00:00)

to you

SPEAKER_05
0:29:36 (0:00:39)

Squamish Valley Golf Club has applied for a permissive tax exemption for the lands and buildings it provides golf that it where it provides sorry where it provides golf curling and squash from the bylaw for consideration is a one-year pte the estimated value of the 2024 pte is 31 171 dollars the recommended resolution is that the District of Squamish 2024 permissive tax exemptions one year Squamish Valley Golf and Country Club bylaw number 3014 2023 be given first three readings

Armand Hurford
0:30:16 (0:00:13)

thank you are you moving that counselor French thank you is there a secondary I'll second it would you like to speak to it no okay go ahead councilor

Andrew Hamilton
0:30:29 (0:00:37)

Hamilton as discussed at the previous special business meeting I will be speaking against this motion I understand that this is a bit of a tradition that a first year counselors get to scratch their head on this one but I don't I don't see the logic in providing a permissive tax exemption to support golf and country club when we're considering all the other applications of our tax exemptions in our community thanks

Armand Hurford
0:31:07 (0:00:02)

thank you for that counselor stoner

Jenna Stoner
0:31:10 (0:00:51)

I don't think it's just a first-term counselor who gets to have the ability to scratch their heads over this one because here I am five years in and I am still a little bit dumbfounded by it but as per our previous discussion I think that there was some additional information that came to light about whether like how much of a requirement this is actually based on the lease and so I just want to confirm with staff realize that there's motion on the floor but I'll just put it in as a comment that this initiates a conversation with the Squamish Valley Golf and Country Club around this permissive tax exemption and the expectations there because I think that there's maybe some changing information and I think that this to me is not a given every year where I think previously it was so I'm not willing to just pull it out from under them this year but I am hoping that staff can initiate that conversation for next year thank you

Armand Hurford
0:32:01 (0:00:05)

thank you I've got counselor pettingell and then counselor French

Chris Pettingill
0:32:07 (0:01:13)

yeah thanks and I just to dig into the last conversation a little bit and why I'm supporting this it was news to me that this was discretionary my understanding was that this was an obligation as part of our lease and what came to light is that may not be so and I think I am concerned this is a bit late in the day to change this without a discussion and the other piece to this is I want a bit of an understanding because I know people use that um area for more than just golf and squash and so on there's trails and other things so I want a little bit more understanding of the uses and so on there and to look at that in the context of our pte policy for next year with the understanding that this is certainly not a given for next year and I think councilor Hamilton raises some points that rate resonate with me strongly but I just don't want to Spring this so late this chain and I want a little bit more information before making the change but I hope this will spur a conversation well ahead of next year so I will not sorry I will support this time around I'm not so sure about next time thank you

Armand Hurford
0:33:21 (0:00:01)

thank you counselor French

John French
0:33:22 (0:00:34)

yeah just speaking in favor of the motion I'll share that I do align with the thoughts of my Council colleagues and this is consistent with things I've said previously I'm hoping that our Golf Club friends are watching this and are on notice that we will revisit this next year and this permissive tax exemption might not be granted next year or might be granted in a much different way

Armand Hurford
0:33:56 (0:01:42)

thank you I'm speaking in favor of the motion and similarly to some other comments I think that the one-year term is appropriate and I hope to have a conversation and to better understand the value and perhaps this is an education piece for myself or for Council in general as to how this relates to the obligations set out in the lease as well as the general expectations of the group and on balance the value that it provides so I feel there's a path a path through there but I think this is and I look forward to those discussions but I'm supportive at this time and look forward to having those discussions before we get back to this point in the game next year so you know their hands I'll call the question all in favor and opposed counselor Stoner and Hamilton oppose okay counselor Hamilton opposes Professor Hamilton okay it's been a long day that's fine thank you so then just a second yep if you get counselor Anderson back would be great thank you welcome back councilor Anderson so

ADOPTION
0:35:39 (0:00:16)


Armand Hurford
0:35:39 (0:00:15)

now we're on to adoption and we don't generally get if tradition holds we're not having any presentations for any of these adoption pieces so we do have quite a few to go through so item

District of Squamish Housing Agreement Bylaw (Garibaldi Springs Phase 1 Non-Market Rental) No. 3009, 2023
0:35:55 (0:00:23)


Armand Hurford
0:35:55 (0:00:22)

one is the District of Squamish housing agreement by law for Garibaldi Springs phase one non-market rental which is number three thousand and nine twenty three moved by counselor Stoner second by counselor French all in favor any opposed motion carries unanimously thank you number

District of Squamish Housing Agreement Bylaw (Garibaldi Springs Phase 2 Non-Market Rental) No. 3010, 2023
0:36:18 (0:00:24)


Armand Hurford
0:36:18 (0:00:24)

two is the district Scottish housing agreement bylaw Garibaldi Springs phase two non-market rental number 3010 2023 moved by counselor Hamilton second by counselor Stoner all in favor any opposed motion carries thank you we're moving on to item three

District of Squamish Zoning Bylaw No. 2200, 2011, Amendment Bylaw (Brackendale Art Gallery) No. 2977, 2023
0:36:42 (0:00:33)


Armand Hurford
0:36:42 (0:00:33)

has been removed item four districts Squamish zoning bylaw number 2200 2011 Amendment bylaw around the bracknell art gallery which is number 2977 2023 moved by counselor Stoner seconded by counselor Anderson just about any con any comments seeing Nano call the question all in favor any opposed motion carries unanimously thank you next up we have District zoning

District of Squamish Zoning Bylaw No. 2200, 2011, Amendment Bylaw (Unit B, 1005 Industrial Way) No. 2978, 2023
0:37:15 (0:00:31)


Armand Hurford
0:37:15 (0:00:30)

bylaw number 2200 2011 Amendment bylaw and this is around Unit B for 1005 Industrial Way and this is number 2978-2023 moved by counselor Hamilton counselor stoner any comments call the question all in favor motion carries unanimously thank you there are quite a few of these let's run to item

District of Squamish Zoning Bylaw No. 2200, 2011, Amendment Bylaw (41668 and 41678 Finn Road) No. 2979, 2023
0:37:46 (0:00:27)


Armand Hurford
0:37:46 (0:00:27)

six distribution 2200 2011 Amendment bylaw these relate to four one six eight and four one six seven eight Finn Road and this is number 2979 2023 moving adoption moving by counselor French second by counselor Hamilton all in favor motion carries but a lot of adoptions today so if you want to speak to any of these wave your hands vigorously I'm just try going to keep us moving District Squamish

District of Squamish Zoning Bylaw No. 2200, 2011, Amendment Bylaw (39773 and 39775 Government Road) No. 2980, 2023
0:38:13 (0:00:26)


Armand Hurford
0:38:13 (0:00:25)

zoning bylaw 2200 2011 Amendment bylaw which pertains to 39773 and 39775 government Road this is number 2980. I have someone move adoption moved by counselor stoner second by counselor French all in favor motion carries unanimously thank you next

District of Squamish Zoning Bylaw No. 2200, 2011, Amendment Bylaw (3018 The Crescent) No. 2981, 2023
0:38:39 (0:00:27)


Armand Hurford
0:38:39 (0:00:27)

we're on to District squamous District of Squamish zoning bylaw number 2200 2011 Amendment bylaw this pertains to 3018 the crescent and is number 2981 2023 and I will move that one if there's a secondary second by counselor Hamilton all in favor any opposed motion carries thank you now we're on to disrespond

District of Squamish Zoning Bylaw No. 2200, 2011, Amendment Bylaw (1901 Maple Drive and 40782 Perth Drive) No. 2983, 2023
0:39:06 (0:00:27)


Armand Hurford
0:39:06 (0:00:27)

our zoning bylaw number 2200 2011 Amendment bylaw this is pertains to 1901 Maple Drive and 40782 Perth drive and is number 2983 2023 some move adoption by counselor Anderson second by counselor Stoner all in favor any opposed motion carries run

District of Squamish Zoning Bylaw No. 2200, 2011, Amendment Bylaw (1701 Centennial Way) No. 2999, 2023
0:39:33 (0:00:31)


Armand Hurford
0:39:33 (0:00:31)

to item 10 District of Squamish zoning bylaw number 2200 2011 Amendment bylaw this pertains to 1701 Centennial Way and is number 29 99 2023 moved by counselor Hamilton second by councilor French all in favor any opposed looked a little late on that one counselor pettingell reopose no you're good okay District Squamish

District of Squamish Zoning Bylaw No. 2200, 2011, Amendment Bylaw (38171-38185 Westway Avenue) No. 3001, 2023
0:40:04 (0:00:32)


Armand Hurford
0:40:04 (0:00:32)

zoning bylaw number 2200 2011 Amendment bylaw this is for 38171-238185 Westway Avenue and his number 3001-2023 moved by counselor Hamilton second by counselor green law all in favor any opposed motion carries thank you we're now on to item 12.

District of Squamish Zoning Bylaw No. 2200, 2011, Amendment Bylaw (UC-1 Amendments) No. 3002, 2023
0:40:36 (0:01:08)


Armand Hurford
0:40:36 (0:00:00)

she

Andrew Hamilton
0:40:36 (0:00:10)

I would like to declare a conflict thank you I'll declare conflict as an employee of caplano University of which might which may be affected by the zoning Amendment

Armand Hurford
0:40:47 (0:00:57)

thank you very much for that we will come and get you when we're finished with that topic okay on item 12. looking for this is the district's Commerce zoning bylaw number 2200 2011 Amendment bylaw this is the uc1 Amendments and is number 3002 2023 moved by counselor Stoner second by counselor French all in favor any opposed motion carries hopefully he didn't go too far welcome back now we're on to we have nothing under staff reports nothing under late agenda items now we're on to correspondence

CORRESPONDENCE - ACTION REQUESTED
0:41:44 (0:00:06)


Armand Hurford
0:41:44 (0:00:05)

action requested so which is item

0901 J. Carey, Re Parks and Trails
0:41:50 (0:11:55)

The council meeting began with Armand Hurford discussing a letter from Mr. Kerry regarding a bridge repair project. A group of neighbors had come together to repair a bridge, referred to as the Hereford Footbridge, and were seeking reimbursement for the materials used in the repair. The bridge, which is located near Hurford's parents' house, was not historically known as the Hereford Bridge, and Hurford clarified that he had no claim to it. The letter included photos of the repair work, which were attached in the council's agenda package.

John French suggested that the council's contingency fund might be used to cover Mr. Kerry's expenses. Hurford agreed that the council had broad discretion over the use of the contingency fund, but asked for a status update on the fund, given that there had been some commitments made that hadn't yet been billed. The staff member present was unable to provide an immediate answer, but promised to confirm the exact balance of the fund.

Chris Pettingill raised concerns about the process, questioning why the annual Trails funding, which is meant for such projects, wasn't used. He expressed hesitation about setting a precedent where community members could undertake projects and then submit a bill for reimbursement. Jenna Stoner echoed these concerns, highlighting the potential for sanctioning the building of illegal trails in environmentally sensitive areas. She suggested that those interested in building trails should follow the structured processes that receive funding through the district.

Armand Hurford
0:41:50 (0:01:53)

10. Siri which is 10 1 which is the letter from Mr Kerry parks and trails come on so I'm just going to pull it pull it up we don't have a presentation on this one but Council we have this we have the letter sorry I'm just trying to put it in front of me I lost my spot let's see I got it here 130 page 132 in your agenda package 132 of 139 so the request for those at home that haven't read this a group of neighbors got together and repaired a bridge and just in the letter I just want to clear something up here the first paragraph of the letter says I'm running to inform you with the help of local volunteers we have completed the necessary safety issues on the Hereford Footbridge over judge Sloop and I've never heard of it this particular Bridge being referred to as the Hereford Bridge it has no it's about four houses away from my parents house which is came from and historically a long time ago there was another bridge in the area that may or may not have been installed and maintained by my family but this particular bridge I have no claim two so I just wanted to address that as it as it's here but I'm familiar with the area so a group of neighbors got together and performed some repair work and are looking to be reimbursed for some of the materials for doing that work that's the short version of this there's some photos attached in the agenda package for those that are interested in that counselor bench

John French
0:43:43 (0:00:22)

mayor I believe that this is just the kind of thing Council contingency might have been designed to cover so I'd like to hear from the staff um if they have any thoughts on the idea of covering Mr Kerry's expenses and his request with funds coming out of council contingency

Armand Hurford
0:44:06 (0:00:26)

I'm gonna I'm gonna take a quick stab at it which is that Council contingency is it council's discretion which we have like broad discretion in that way but maybe the question is could you remind us what the current status of our Council contingency is given that there's been some commitments made that haven't been billed through there yet so can we have an idea of what's left there

SPEAKER_03
0:44:32 (0:00:21)

thank you for the question through the chair you're absolutely right Council contingencies of the discretion of council provided that it is not assistance business I will have to confirm on the exact balance I have a good idea but I don't want to confirm until I've had a look

Armand Hurford
0:44:54 (0:00:14)

okay I guess that the follow-up is that how far I see councilor Pettingill just how much time would you would you need is that something to be able to do inside this meeting or is this we refer to a different meeting so we have that answer I just want to understand what we need to

SPEAKER_03
0:45:08 (0:00:11)

do it's very possible that I can find out in the next five minutes however if not we'll have to refer to another meeting

Armand Hurford
0:45:19 (0:00:10)

okay well we'll go through let's go through this we'll go through to counselor pettingell and then I'll then I'll come back to you Council French okay follow go ahead

John French
0:45:29 (0:00:15)

so that leads me to the question of if we don't have enough in the council contingency is there another budget we could pull from to cover this

Armand Hurford
0:45:44 (0:00:20)

okay I was gonna let's go through the questions and we'll take a break if we don't have the answer because we can also move on to the next agenda item and come back to this one if we need time so just try to keep moving here if that's okay with stuff okay I've got counselor pettingell and then and then store

Chris Pettingill
0:46:05 (0:01:03)

yeah thanks in terms of funds that are exactly for this is my understanding is that our annual Trails funding is meant to do this and that the trails groups led by Circa look at the sort of needs and prioritize and allocate that funding accordingly so I'm guess I'm wondering why that process wasn't followed here or was it denied through that Avenue and I guess I'm not sure maybe a question for my colleagues what's the impact if we are we setting up a second you know are we sort of saying to the community if we fund this out of something other than the trails fund is like hey just go and do whatever and submit a bill and you know we'll probably fund it because I'm not sure I'm quite comfortable with that I guess I have some hesitation my preference I think unless I misunderstanding was that this flow through the trails funding which is sort of planned and prioritized and well funded each year

Armand Hurford
0:47:08 (0:00:19)

okay I don't think there's that we have I'm going to take that more as a statement than a than a question than a question here because maybe a question to letter writer as to whether they pursued other avenues or not I can't I don't know what anyone's here supposed to speak to that but I understand your point is taken counselor stoner

Jenna Stoner
0:47:27 (0:00:44)

yeah mine are also comments before we send staff off to do too much work I am challenged by this request just in terms of process and the reality of potentially sanctioning the building of on illegal trails in potentially environmentally sensitive areas and so I think that it's a challenging one to support and I don't think I would support it coming from Council contingency and if these folks want to continue to build trails and there's ways to do that and there's different organizations that are doing it in a way that is structured and does receive funding through the district and I think those are processes that are available

Armand Hurford
0:48:11 (0:00:33)

okay thank you any other comments on this one with notwithstanding those comments we do have an outstanding issue around the available what is available on Council contingency which would be the place for these if we were to fund it so I think maybe we'll do we have that no okay maybe we'll move on to the next we can suspend the orders and we'll go to the next item and then we can Circle back we'll Circle back to this topic Test

Jenna Stoner
0:48:45 (0:00:00)

Emotion and if

Armand Hurford
0:48:46 (0:00:01)

it fails yeah go

Jenna Stoner
0:48:47 (0:00:05)

ahead I'll move receipt

Armand Hurford
0:48:52 (0:00:06)

are you seconding receipt okay Jake speak to it

Jenna Stoner
0:48:58 (0:00:13)

all my previous comments hold and I just don't think that we need to send staff off necessarily to do additional work to figure out how much is left in Council contingency if there isn't support around the council table to fund this

Armand Hurford
0:49:12 (0:00:04)

thank you counselor Hamilton

Andrew Hamilton
0:49:16 (0:00:46)

yeah I was also I'm challenged by this one it's the sort of community work that is fantastic to see the community just improving the trails improving their environment around them and there's no way that the district could have done this for the cost of the of the lumber the challenge to me is the is a as a retroactive request and the precedent this could set for you know replacing a bridge and then asking for the money back I it's not the effort or the work here I'm thankful to the community for doing this but I see the precedent as a dangerous precedent to set

Armand Hurford
0:50:02 (0:00:02)

thank you Council French

John French
0:50:04 (0:01:08)

thanks mayor I'm going to support the motion and in supporting the motion I definitely want to speak to it because I do appreciate that Mr Kerry and the folks that he worked with put time and effort into repairing an existing Bridge and do I hope that somewhere along the line he might be able to recover his 400 plus dollars from somewhere I was the testamental administrator for many years and the race organizers followed rigid rules regulations and policies and what we're talking about here is exactly what I was in charge of for many years so I do support proper Trail building permissions and making sure that we're not developing in riparian areas where we shouldn't be putting this type of infrastructure so um I wish Mr Carey all the best of luck in recovering his 400 I wish it could be from us but I can't support that

Armand Hurford
0:51:13 (0:00:04)

thank you other comments casagrino

Lauren Greenlaw
0:51:17 (0:00:33)

yeah I also have difficulty supporting this I really appreciate the spirit and the effort that went into this but I think it is potentially setting a difficult precedent for trail building and as someone who uses the smoke Bluffs Trails a lot I have a lot of concerns about illegal and or environmentally insensitive Trail building if you will and as counselor Stoner pointed out we do have mechanisms for people to get funding for this kind of work but doing it retroactively I feel sets does set a difficult precedent thanks

Armand Hurford
0:51:51 (0:00:04)

thank you counselor penangel did I see your hand earlier

Chris Pettingill
0:51:55 (0:00:06)

no I think what I would say has been covered by myself already and my colleagues

Armand Hurford
0:52:02 (0:01:42)

thank you I won't be supporting the motion I was hoping we're going to get to the discussion around what we had remaining in that fund so we could consider how he'd want to allocate what percentage of the fund left I think that I agree that in the majority of cases we want to see you know are groups that we've support doing this work doing the work but this is an example of the neighborhood coming together and taking some action on a complicated piece where this is a piece of District supported infrastructure that went in is not being maintained this is eventually going to be either a risk to for us as a municipality where we'd have to make the decision on whether to spend tens of thousands of dollars on it or remove it to avoid the risk and then remove the access to a piece of the community that I know sees a lot of a lot of traffic so I think it's as much as I'm I have voted against things on sort of from a process perspective in the past and but I think this is one of those exceptional cases where it falls directly into what the kind of thing we should be looking at with Council contingency and which does have limits and that helps us to set those limits and um yeah so I won't be supporting the motion I would have liked to seen the discussion around the dollars but with that I'll call the question all in favor opposed mirror for deposes Bush curious thank

0921 T. Thomas, BC Geographical Names Office Re Request for Comment: Name Change Proposal
0:53:45 (0:17:22)

During the District of Squamish council meeting, council member Eric Andersen proposed a motion to support a name change request from the BC Geographical Names Office. The name change in question is for a geographical feature currently known as Garibaldi, which Andersen proposes should be renamed to Inchikai. In addition to supporting the name change, Andersen also suggested that the council submit a letter to the BC Geographical Names Office, recommending two additional referrals for the name change proposal: Heritage BC and the National Congress of Italian Canadians British Columbia Region Society.

Andersen provided a detailed historical context for the name change, explaining that British Royal Navy Captain Richards, who surveyed the area in the 1860s, had a policy of adopting traditional indigenous place names in his mapping work. He argued that the name Inchikai should be preserved in the same way. Andersen also discussed the significance of Giuseppe Garibaldi, the namesake of the current name, who was a freedom fighter and champion of the rights of oppressed indigenous peoples. However, he argued that the fact that Garibaldi never visited the BC Coast makes the name less relevant.

Andersen's proposal was met with support from other council members, who saw the name change as a measure of reconciliation and a way to honor the indigenous history of the area. However, some council members expressed concern about adding additional layers of complexity to the renaming process, which could potentially slow it down. Despite these concerns, the council agreed to support the name change and to suggest the additional referrals to the BC Geographical Names Office.

Armand Hurford
0:53:45 (0:00:22)

you moving on to item 10-2 the BC geographical names office request for comment on the name change proposal or in chikai pull and so I'm just going to it up so I know the yes go ahead counselor Anderson you want to get it started on this one

Eric Andersen
0:54:08 (0:00:55)

yes mayor Hereford I would like to propose a motion that a letter supporting the name change request be submitted from our Council to the BC Geographic names office with two suggested referrals that are not mentioned in the distribution list namely Heritage BC and the National Congress of Italian Canadians British Columbia region society that was the National Congress of Italian Canadians British Columbia region Society so my motion is to that Council writers support a letter in support of the name change offering two additional referrals Heritage BC and the Italian Canadian Society I mentioned if there's a secondary I'll speak to it

Armand Hurford
0:55:03 (0:00:05)

are you going to second that castle French okay yep go ahead counselor Anderson

Eric Andersen
0:55:08 (0:04:13)

it's a request has generated and will generate substantial discussion and I believe that some context around the original naming is appropriate earlier today in another meeting we discussed statements of significance for Heritage and I believe place names of this nature deserve that kind of attention and professional attention so I'm concerned about the that this be done right with the proper referrals and that the context for in the information that the BC geographical names will manage and distribute be accurate British royal Navy Captain Richards whose Crews surveyed house sound in 1860 and much of the BC Coast during this period had a policy of adopting traditional indigenous place names in his mapping work when he had access to them there are many examples of this naming practice on the part of Captain Richard's up and down the coast from clockwat to quasino locally Captain Richardson his crew are responsible for the preservation and very accurate rendering of scope place names traditional place names for official Maps use from the 19 1860s through the 1950s and a list I'll offer here the names that Captain Richards preserved recorded and placed on maps for us to this day include statmus mapquam River Squamish River iloho chakamous and more this Captain is responsible for the map we use today and those place names could easily have been referred to any number of people with anyone else coming along to give those names we owe a lot to them they were the first to record those traditional names and in the languages as best they could so there is he presumably did not have an informant for chikai meanwhile Giuseppe Garrett Baldi was widely admired in his day by liberal-minded Progressive thinking people on all continents he was a freedom fighter of world renown an enormous celebrity at the end of the period and also a champion of the rights of oppressed indigenous peoples including in the Americas where he spent a good deal of time over a few periods of his life as reference is made to Garibaldi not ever visiting the BC Coast which is correct this is irrelevant a large majority of police names around How Sound are associated with persons who never visited North America or vessels such as the HMS Britannia which never entered the Pacific I've made a count of 42 names of mountains and rivers and bodies of water around house sound named after persons who never set foot on North America so there's a long list so I do suggest that Heritage BC as a representative Organization for Heritage professional professionals and Heritage organizations who are not represented on the distribution list that would be appropriate a large amount of work has been done by Scholars on Captain Richards and on the surveying that was done and on his relationship with indigenous peoples and with respect to the Italian Canadians here locally I feel it's almost our responsibility we have a large Monument with monies raised by local Italian families that is on the highway commemorating Garibaldi we have materials that have been donated to the Squamish public library and outside in the foyer we have a cabinet commemorating the invit or the trip of one of our previous Mayors to Italy paid for by the Italian Canadian Community to next week is a conference being organized by the Italian Canadian community at BC penis connections

Armand Hurford
0:59:22 (0:00:11)

and I'm done I think we've blown past the five minute Mark there but thank you very much for your for your comments we'll give Council opportunity to chime in here as well counselor French I saw your

John French
0:59:33 (0:00:36)

hand yeah speaking in support of the motion mayor I'm impressed that councilor Anderson a was able to take that out over five minutes and B is even aware of the Italian Canadian Society of BC and I think it's great that we're encouraging that referral because their feedback would be of value and I see this as a Reconciliation measure to contemplate and I hope eventually rename the Peak from garibald to and chikai

Armand Hurford
1:00:09 (0:00:02)

thank you counselor pettingell

Chris Pettingill
1:00:12 (0:00:42)

yeah I'm we'll hear the rest of the conversation but at this point I'm inclined to support my resolution I would like to you know I don't know if we'll need to Mandarin a is also cc to Squamish Nation I think I would also hope that our letter can be articulated in such a way as to express our preference for the return of the name in Chicago there has been I have received one piece of Correspondence asking for a dual name and I don't want to I want to be cautious about water

Armand Hurford
1:00:55 (0:00:11)

Pentagon you're cutting up your sorry your signal is cutting up do you mind just maybe killing your video will you make your comments it's just been really choppy sorry about that that's okay try again

Chris Pettingill
1:01:07 (0:01:01)

yeah so inclined to support the resolution would like to see this go to Squamish Nation as well but also hope that our response we can be very clear about our preference for the return of the name shikai have received one piece of Correspondence asking for a dual name I think in the history while there have been some settlers who may have made some good efforts there's been a lot of attempts by settlers to erase indigenous history and I think from my perspective doing anything other than being very clear that we wish to see true reconciliation and I think a move a return to the original indigenous names is really important so I think expressing that clearly in our intent and our response is important not I don't have an issue with making sure that everyone is aware of our perspective and what we're trying to do here but I think our intent should be crystal clear as well

Armand Hurford
1:02:08 (0:00:02)

thank you counselor stoner

Jenna Stoner
1:02:11 (0:00:18)

yeah I'm just wondering if I can see clarification from the Mover about why what is the intent behind referral counselor Anderson to these two additional bodies

Eric Andersen
1:02:29 (0:01:10)

mayor Hereford yes if I may respond first of all I think that the protocol for the BC geographical names office should clearly include a provincial Heritage organization and there is no listing of a Heritage organization in the distribution list I have had some exchange with Heritage BC and they Concur and are concerned about this missing referral the Italian communion Community have long been involved in celebrating the commemoration of a national hero and they also I feel Des are deserving of inclusion in the distribution lists for BC geographical names and this would be simply to have a complete statement a complete context statement that would be made available to people in future in looking up this name in their database foreign

Armand Hurford
1:03:40 (0:01:05)

I can see you pondering that I will say that the distribution list here included goes right from the Alpine Club of Canada to sarka to outdoor recreation Council British Columbia so I think this the suggestion of including making these two additions to that list is reasonable in that context on first pass I had a bit of a challenge with it but looking at the rest of this list I think it's fairly innocuous at this point so I'll be so I'll be supporting the motion and supporting the and supporting the intent of this which is the renaming to in chikai which I don't think we should really even frame as a renaming just the formalizing the use more broadly of the name umikai as I know in conversations here we've been referring to it that way for some for some time I'm sorry counselor green lot if I miss you but go ahead

Lauren Greenlaw
1:04:45 (0:00:26)

oh yeah I just wanted to also speak in support of this motion I was actually hoping that Garibaldi would be returned to inchikai during my term so I'm happy to not have to do any legwork around this and as much as I enjoyed hearing the history of Garibaldi I have an even greater appreciation for the representation that gives that this gives the Snohomish language people and culture and I hope that this change eventually goes on to be reflected by BC parks

Armand Hurford
1:05:12 (0:00:04)

thank you so with that I'll call the oh sorry go ahead

Jenna Stoner
1:05:16 (0:01:23)

yeah thank you I'm still a little bit challenged by this um just with adding the additional referrals the reality that these processes already take a lot of time and this is to me really just trying to reinstate the rightful name based on the long-standing indigenous traditional territory and naming of this area and so while I fully support the renaming of Garibaldi to enchakai we rename things often there's actually Kel Salem has a who is the chair of Squamish nation has a an email list that he puts out and one of the things that he mentioned his most recent posting was how often we do actually rename things and how adding additional layers to complexity makes this even more difficult to reclaim some of the names in the lands that they once that they once used and would like to use again and so I will support the motion on the floor because I think the intent is right in terms of providing support to renaming Mount Garibaldi to enchakai but to me actually that list is often too long and so I'm challenged with the motion on the

Armand Hurford
1:06:40 (0:00:07)

floor

Chris Pettingill
1:06:47 (0:00:31)

yeah if I can clarify with the Mover because again the distribution is list as it stands is just letting us be aware of who they've sent it to so are we is the proposal of the resolution that we support the renaming but we also ask the geographic Society to ask these other bodies to weigh in or just that we send a cc of our of our support to these extra two bodies

Armand Hurford
1:07:19 (0:00:01)

go ahead now Sanderson

Eric Andersen
1:07:21 (0:00:25)

mayor Hereford to quote from the letter please redirect this request to the appropriate contact in your organization as needed or let me know if it should be sent elsewhere which I understand to be an invitation to suggest further contact bodies for persons or organizations for the request

Armand Hurford
1:07:47 (0:00:17)

maybe we'll just have the motion be read out so everyone can understand it because that's what I'll be acting upon if this is whichever way this goes so can I go to our minute taker please

SPEAKER_00
1:08:04 (0:00:18)

so the most emotion that I have is that a letter supporting the name change request be submitted by Council to the BC geographical names office with two referrals to the to Heritage BC and National Congress of Italian Canadians

Armand Hurford
1:08:22 (0:00:00)

counselor

Eric Andersen
1:08:23 (0:00:11)

Anderson just to put the National Congress of Italian Canadians British Columbia region society that is in fact their registered name thank you

Armand Hurford
1:08:34 (0:00:30)

if so the question to the Mover I suppose is those would that be a suggestion to this body to make that reference or am I to CC them on my reply I'm unclear just exactly what I do what happens with that information is it a suggestion of to add to the distribution list

Eric Andersen
1:09:05 (0:00:12)

yes it is a suggest would be a suggestion is my intent to a suggestion directly to the BC geographical names office that a direct suggestion recommendation

Armand Hurford
1:09:17 (0:00:05)

okay thank you for that clarity counselor pentagon

Chris Pettingill
1:09:23 (0:00:26)

yeah with the discussion we've had where this motion to pass as proposed mayor would you have the understanding that as part of articulating this you would include the fact that the you know adding these other recipients would not diminish or water down our sort of desire for the return of the original name it

Armand Hurford
1:09:50 (0:01:16)

yeah thank you I think the um and from what I'm extracting from the conversation here and what I feel is captured in this motion is that there's support for the name change and just some suggestions for the just for the distribute for the distribution list and I'm and that's really a footnote I appreciate I think it was you counselor that suggested the Squamish Nation I noticed they're absent there but just makes me think that and it's dangerous to assume these things that they've been integral to this process up to this point that's the request so yeah it came from them so I don't know that that's you know that piece is necessary but at the I think I just finished with us with a suggestion of addition to the distribution list that's all and the bulk of it is the is the acceptance of this of this body that this is an appropriate Direction try unless someone wants to amend it to remove to remove the pieces that are giving us pause I think we've heard we've heard comments I'm ready to call the call the question and I'll do that seeing no hands so all in favor any opposed motion carries thank you okay

CORRESPONDENCE REFERRED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA
1:11:07 (0:03:40)

In the council meeting, Councillor Chris Pettingill expressed his disappointment with the response from the BC Environmental Assessment Office (BCEAO) to the council's concerns. He highlighted the significant challenges in the BCEAO process and acknowledged the council's successful resolutions to have the BCEAO more formally consider impacts for large infrastructure projects on housing and social impacts. However, he expressed concern that the BCEAO is leaving it up to the council to address many legitimate community concerns, despite having better tools to deal with these issues.

Pettingill further elaborated on his concerns, stating that the BCEAO has declined to use its tools to address these issues, leaving it to the council to manage through their Temporary Use Permit (TUP) process. He expressed a lack of confidence in the BCEAO's support in enforcing conditions and plans they are already requiring. He also expressed uncertainty about proceeding with the TUP due to this lack of confidence in the BCEAO.

Armand Hurford, another council member, echoed Pettingill's sentiments, describing the BCEAO's response as disheartening. He expressed frustration that the council is left to manage the fallout from other government processes, which he believes should not be dropping as many responsibilities onto the council. Despite these challenges, the council resolved to continue addressing these issues.

Armand Hurford
1:11:07 (0:00:18)

we had oh now we're under correspondence referred from the consent agenda and counselor Pettingill old item B1 which is the an eao office letter

Chris Pettingill
1:11:25 (0:02:05)

yeah thanks just wanted to speak to this and then I'll move receipt it was a little bit disappointed with the BC eao response to some of our concerns I think I just wanted to touch on this a little bit I guess my hope you know I know we all know there's some significant challenges in the bceao process and we had two successful and thank you mayor for putting leading the charge on these two resolutions put forward through ubcm to have the BCE eao more formally consider impacts for large infrastructure projects on both housing and social impacts so we know there are existing challenges but the bceao does have tools in terms of whether or not it approves these things what sorts of new conditions it adds what sorts of plans it expects with things like these temporary use sorry expansions and work camps and different project elements I guess I'm left with the feeling or the concern that the BC eao is really just leaving it up to us to address many legitimate Community concerns that they do have better tools than us to deal with even if they're not perfect they have better tools than us and they have from my perspective declined to do so that leaves it for us to address through our tup process or lack thereof and it doesn't give me a great deal of confidence that if we proceeded with the tup that the bcea would have our back on enforcing what conditions and plans and so on they're already requiring so yeah this doesn't give me a great deal of confidence and certainty heading into the consideration of the tup so we'll see what that information is when we get it but I was hoping to see a little more from the bceao in terms of holding these projects to address some of their concerns with the tools it has so with that I will move receipt

Armand Hurford
1:13:31 (0:00:07)

thank you counselor Frenchy's seconding that and I'm assuming that was your comment for that counselor pettingell

Chris Pettingill
1:13:39 (0:00:02)

yeah I wasn't sure which way to do that

Armand Hurford
1:13:42 (0:01:04)

no that's fine that's fine it all gets to the same place I think anyone else want to speak to this I'll just say the response was disheartening and we're left while we're left I guess where we where we started this process which is collecting the pieces that fall through the other the processes of the other orders of government that frankly should be shouldn't be dropping as many pieces on us yet here we are so yeah the frustrating times but thank you for pulling this and give us a chance to lament the situation we're in Council penango with that I'll call the question all in favor any opposed motion carries thank you okay moving on we had no approval no

APPROVAL OF MINUTES REFERRED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA
1:14:47 (0:00:19)


Armand Hurford
1:14:47 (0:00:19)

minutes referred any business arising for minutes see none no committee minutes or reports any notice of motion counsel seeing none any we have no counselor stuff in camera announcements no unscheduled public attendance open

OPEN QUESTION PERIOD - CLARIFICATION RELATED TO AGENDA ITEMS
1:15:06 (0:00:16)


Armand Hurford
1:15:06 (0:00:16)

question period does anyone in the audience today would like any clarification related to any agenda items you'll see yeah okay yeah that's a declined by the crowd

COUNCIL OR STAFF ANNOUNCEMENTS
1:15:22 (0:14:36)

The council meeting began with John French discussing the rebranding of the Howe Sound Women's Center Society to Pearl Space. The rebranding marks a new chapter for the institution, which has been serving Squamish for a long time. The new website for Pearl Space was also announced.

Jenna Stoner then provided an update on the SLRD board meetings she attended along with Director Hereford and Director Pettingill. She mentioned the ongoing movement on the Britannia Beach South rezoning application, which is currently at third reading and has been referred back to staff for further work. The application involves a large project with over 1,000 units, a surf park, and commercial space. Stoner also highlighted the Sea to Sky Regional Hospital District meeting, where it was announced that funding for a CT scanner for the Squamish Hospital has been included in the next year's budget.

Chris Pettingill discussed his experience at the UBCM, where he had productive conversations with ministers and others. He also mentioned an event being organized by Jeremy Valeriote, a former council member, which will feature a movie shot by a former Quest student. Pettingill also expressed his sadness over the loss of Kelsey Webb, a community member who had worked with the council in the past. Armand Hurford then reflected on the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and the UBCM, where three resolutions from the council were carried. He also mentioned a proposal for new campground facilities in the Sea to Sky region.

Armand Hurford
1:15:22 (0:00:05)

and Council or staff announcements counselor French would like to get us started yes

John French
1:15:28 (0:00:45)

please and I have a little bit of a graphic support that will show up on the big screen last week Pearl space made its debut and this new Society or I should put Society in air quotes is the rebranded house sound Women's Center Society I was at the rebranding announcement which was attended by board members folks connected to the organization one way or another and the employees of the society the announcement marks an exciting new chapter for this long-serving institution in Squamish and you can learn more about the transformation by visiting the new website which we see here Pearl space dot CA

Armand Hurford
1:16:13 (0:00:10)

thank you thank you for that I always like the visual aids any other any other who wants to go next counselor store

Jenna Stoner
1:16:23 (0:02:04)

yeah thank you through the chair very exciting to see the new Rebrand of pearl space and exciting to see their work continue in a new iteration after I think they've been here for 40 years and so they're carrying on in the next 40. just wanted to give an update and I'm probably going to miss a few things director Hereford director Pettingill and myself were at the slrd board meetings last week and a few highlights there we can't speak in detail about it but there's ongoing movement on the Furry Creek sorry not fairy Creek Britannia Beach South rezoning application that is sitting at third reading that was referred back to staff for some for some further work before third reading was given so that's sitting post public hearing before third reading but again another big project that's sitting on our doorstep that has just over 1 000 units the surf Park commercial space so if folks have been following that that's probably of interest to this community the other component and I that's the main one from the board meeting that I wanted to reflect on there was also a Ceta Sky Regional Hospital District meeting um and this was an annual meeting that we have with representatives from VCH that come and make their annual budgetary requests for their Capital Investments it's always a bit of a challenging discussion but the good news is that included in their next year of funding is a CT scanner for the Squamish Regional or for the Squamish Hospital which has been a long piece of advocacy from our doctors in our community with some support from Council and more broadly throughout the corridor so it was really great to see that bch was responding to that request and they're moving forward with adding a CT scanner at the Squamish General Hospital which will serve our community extremely well thanks

Armand Hurford
1:18:28 (0:00:09)

thank you for that any other updates oh go ahead counselor pinnegan

Chris Pettingill
1:18:37 (0:02:54)

yeah a couple things I don't think we've had a chance to speak since we got back from ubcm I assume we'll have a few opportunities it was a fantastic week a little bit overwhelming it felt but I think we had some good conversations with ministers and others it was productive um I'm still trying to wrap my head around some of the Galas and how that gets sponsored feeling a fair bit of discomfort about how that whole thing goes and so hopefully that's something we can continue working on one thing I want to call out is a bit disappointing not to be with the community there was I think it was on the Wednesday I can't remember what they called it but essentially it was an anti I'm not really sure but folks from my perspective looking to exclude um parts of our community it was a really disturbing but there's a number of elected representatives from our community and the broader Community out to protest the protesters and so I think very strong support for the lgbtq 2s Plus members of our community again would have preferred to have been here supporting that but it was good to be part of a much larger group in Vancouver that is supporting inclusion of everyone and so that was good to see I want to highlight that on October 11th our and I'm cautious about how you do this because he's running for the BC greens nomination but Jeremy valerit he used to work with us is doing an event and is showing where do we stand which is a movie shot by Nile Hart a former Quest student um it is a free event regardless of your political affiliation I will be trying to do some sound and last time I tried to run a video at Eagle Eye didn't work so well it didn't work at all in fact so I'm hoping for better luck this time and that if people want to come out and see um that movie it will hopefully be informative there's a few currents and former members of council that are featured members of Squamish nation and so on so could be worthwhile so that's next October 11th next Wednesday at Eagle Eye theater it's free and then the last thing I want to mention is that we lost someone in our community who worked with us many of us last term on our on our av a very interesting character got to ride home with them after Council meetings frequently and have some really interesting discussions so Kelsey Webb apparently passed away recently and he will be missed in our community and sad to see him go thank you

Armand Hurford
1:21:31 (0:05:13)

thank you for the update any other updates before I Venture my own I think the I spoke earlier about the importance and the impact of national day for Truth and Reconciliation so I I'm but I'll mention it here again just um being with our friends at this at the Squamish Nation as they go about their own truth finding not just sharing externally but I know that there was things that were that were said and shared with the community broadly that they hadn't heard themselves on Saturday it was quite powerful I saw many members of council there at least two former mayors as well so it was great to see the community out and participating and for the nation to be so um so open and kind and generous as they're doing so it was quite impactful I will reflect back on ubcm which for those that haven't been it's a it's a very busy time and a lot of great sessions where we had we actually had our staff presenting on a panel and it's it often highlights the amount of work that we still have yet to do but it was nice particularly in that case have Dave Ralston from our engineering department speaking about our diking and the master planning process associated with that and the and I had other elected officials coming up for the remainder of the week telling me that they oh you're from Squamish oh that presentation not David he's really on it so it was really nice to see that as we also as we spend most of our time wrestling