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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.

Delegation by Carolyn Rice, Make Back Road Safe, to present a resident petition endorsed by residents of Back Road and those living near Farquharson Drive. The delegation will also address the specific issues of the campaign and propose solutions.

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;

WHEREAS the Land Title Act, RSBC 1996, c 250, permits the registration of a building scheme that imposes restrictions consistent with a general scheme of development;

WHEREAS these building schemes have been used to prohibit or restrict the installation of roof top solar panels;

WHEREAS such prohibitions or restrictions are a barrier to the generation of renewable energy and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT AVICC and UBCM urge the Ministry of Attorney General to consider amendments to the Land Title Act similar to its existing section 222 that would prohibit and render void any building schemes that purport to prohibit or restrict the installation of roof top solar panels, or any other renewable energy systems.

WHEREAS each member of Council, as outlined in the 2023 “Council Expense Reimbursement Policy”, has up to $2000 per year to use for the purposes of attending non-member conferences or training; and, WHEREAS Council approval is required to authorize Council member attendance at a conference or training that exceeds the allocated $2000 expense limit, with requests adjudicated on the following basis:

1.    Cost to the municipality/Council budget;

2.    Educational value within the context of Council duties and performance; and

3.    Corporate Strategic Priorities; and,

WHEREAS affordable housing is a Council Strategic Priority. THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council authorize Mayor Bob Wells to attend the 2024 National Housing Conference March 18-19, 2024, and authorize a maximum expense claim of $3000 beyond the permitted amount.

THAT in accordance with Section 148 of the Community Charter, Ms. Jessica Bagnall, T/Manager of Legislative Services be appointed as the Acting Deputy Corporate Officer until such time as Ms. Adriana Proton, Manager of Legislative Services returns from leave; and

THAT Council authorize the immediate release of this information for the purposes of conducting City business; and

THAT Council rise and report on the appointment of Ms. Jessica Bagnall, T/Manager of Legislative Services as Acting Deputy Corporate Officer at the Council meeting scheduled for January 24th, 2024.

WHEREAS the Comox Valley is experiencing a housing and homelessness crisis; and

WHEREAS the regional municipal and First Nation government leadership have committed to supporting a regional housing summit to bring together housing and homelessness sector partners.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Council allocate up to $7,500 from the "Other Council Initiatives" budget for the purposes of contracting an event producer to support the coordination, organization and facilitation of a regional housing summit with BC Non Profit Housing Association staff.

THAT Council direct staff to prepare a report on the requests from the January 10, 2024 Comox Valley Situation Table delegation regarding funding, the request to include city planners in the biannual meeting of the "System Leaders Group", and meeting room options. 



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

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

(e) the acquisition, disposition or expropriation of land or improvements, if the council considers that disclosure could reasonably be expected to harm the interests of the municipality.

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