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CVRD Civic Room, 770 Harmston Ave, Courtenay

We respectfully acknowledge that the land we gather on is Unceded
territory of the K’ómoks First Nation, the traditional keepers of this land.

THAT Council close the meeting to the public pursuant to the following subsection of the Community Charter:

90 (2) A part of a council meeting must be closed to the public if the subject matter being considered relates to one or more of the following:

(b) the consideration of information received and held in confidence relating to negotiations between the municipality and a provincial government or the federal government or both, or between a provincial government or the federal government or both and a third party.

Item 10.5 - Removing the Financial Barrier to Home Support for BC Seniors - A Compassionate and Practical Solution - Councillor Cole-Hamilton

WHEREAS development covenants that prohibit or restrict roof top solar panels are a barrier to the generation of renewable energy; and

WHEREAS the City of Courtenay has declared a climate crisis and the Province of BC supports climate action, and

WHEREAS solar electric generation is an important part of a greenhouse gas reduction strategy. 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council send a letter to the Honourable George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, to request the Province exercise its authority and override development agreement covenants that restrict or prohibit renewable energy systems in all zones.

WHEREAS the BC Government is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 16% below 2007 levels by 2025, 40% by 2030, and 80% by 2050; and

WHEREAS solar energy is a renewable energy source and reduces carbon emissions;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council direct staff to draft a resolution and backgrounder in support of the elimination of development agreement covenants that restrict or prohibit renewable energy systems in all zones for Council’s consideration for submission to the 2024 AVICC and UBCM Conventions.

THAT Council appoint the following members as Municipal Insurance Association Voting Delegates:

  • Voting Delegate: Mayor Bob Wells
  • Alternate #1:  Councillor Melanie McCollum
  • Alternate #2: Councillor Evan Jolicoeur

THAT Council submit the following resolution to the Union of BC Municipalities for consideration:

WHEREAS B.C. has yet to develop an effective strategy to address the biggest constraint on new housing supply––our shrinking construction labour force––and offsite wood frame and mass timber construction has potential to deliver improvements of up to 50% labour productivity, 50% construction time and 20% cost savings, net zero and low embodied carbon construction and secure jobs in forest dependent and Indigenous communities;

WHEREAS the greatest barrier to expanding offsite construction is insufficient market demand from public and private project developers unfamiliar with this novel approach and there are hundreds of strategically located, public land parcels with underutilized land that can be used to cost effectively build affordable housing and grow a predictable pipeline of projects to mobilize investment in manufacturing plant expansion;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT UBCM calls on the Government of B.C. to collaborate with diverse sectors to establish a B.C.-based Offsite Wood Construction Industrial Policy Framework and steadily grow demand and capacity by working with interested public sector organizations to use offsite construction to build, permanently affordable, zero carbon housing on underutilized public land close to jobs and services; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT UBCM works with the BC Government to develop an Affordable Housing Offsite Wood Construction Early Adopter Program with voluntary municipal actions that aggregate demand like pre-approved designs, zoning and permits for different housing types; and voluntary actions for other sectors like developers, builders, school boards, health authorities and forestry companies.

WHEREAS the Province’s Home Support Program allows seniors to stay in their own homes as long as possible, the preference of most seniors and the option which is far more cost-effective for the health care system at $14,000 per annum than moving to publicly subsidized long-term care at $60,000/year; and

WHEREAS 70% of BC seniors are charged a fee of up to 30% of their income for Home Support, which many cannot afford, leading to poor health outcomes, caregiver burnout and premature placement in long-term care, resulting in BC having twice as many people in long term care who could be supported at home than in provinces that don’t charge for home support like Alberta and Ontario.

THEREFOR BE IT RESOVED THAT UBCM ask the Province of BC to waive the fees associated with the Home Support Program in order to make it accessible to all seniors regardless of income.

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