Update on Council's seven priorities
Mayor and Council have determined seven priorities for the District to focus on throughout their term from 2014 to 2018. Here's an update on each priority:
After Council endorsed the Ambleside Waterfront Concept Plan in June, the next step is to develop more detailed designs and project budgets over the next five years with community consultation. The District will launch an Ambleside Town Centre planning process which will begin in fall 2016.
After Council passed an interim tree bylaw in April, an extensive community consultation followed in May and June which included a public survey. On July 18, Council recommended that a Tree Bylaw Task Force be started to assist in the development and consideration of a permanent tree bylaw for the District. New limits on fence height were passed by Council in April and this fall we will see staff proposing new regulations on building bulk for Council's consideration.
In April, Council took a critical step to ensure the long-term fiscal health of the District by authorizing the creation of an asset levy to provide for maintenance and replacement of the District’s $1 billion worth of capital assets. The 5.25 per cent levy will ensure future residents enjoy the same high levels of services and quality facilities as current residents.Staff are beginning a core services review to produce a complete and current account of every service the District provides.
Living more sustainably and protecting the natural environment for future generations requires strategy and action. The Community Energy & Emissions Plan (CEEP) working group consulted residents this spring through workshops, open houses and a public survey in order to build strategies around community priorities. Also underway is the Pedestrian Network Study, which will provide a framework for expanding and improving pedestrian safety. The Invasive Species Strategy approved in 2014 is now in its second year and staff continue to provide education and tools residents need to control the spread of non-native plant species.
Staff are currently working towards the creation of the Arts & Culture Strategic Action Plan that would set the direction for the next five years of delivery of arts, culture and heritage activities. The strategy would be delivered in spring 2017.
An Official Community Plan (OCP) is a statement of objectives and policies to guide decisions on planning and land use management. BC’s Local Government Act requires that municipalities develop an OCP and update it periodically. Staff are reviewing key principles and values of the existing 2004 plan to create a new OCP to be complete in 2018.
Construction continues at Municipal Hall as the creation of the new Police Services Building is underway. The project is on budget and schedule for completion in fall 2018.