Municipal News- District of Squamish
September 8, 2020
Arts, Culture and Heritage Strategy
District of Squamish Council has endorsed an Arts, Culture and Heritage Strategy that aims to support a vibrant cultural sector and identity, create connectivity and enhance the availability of cultural activity in Squamish. The Strategy is designed with ‘present time and place’ in mind, with an adaptable implementation plan that can respond to changing needs and evolving opportunities as the community grows over time. The 60-page document can be viewed online at squamish.ca/arts-culture-and-heritage-strategy.
August 11, 2020
2020 Zoning Bylaw Update – Phase 1
On July 28, The District of Squamish held a Public Hearing to receive input on several proposed zoning changes. These changes included the rezoning of specific greenfield sites from RS-1 to Multiple Unit Residential 5 (RM-5), the rezoning of resource parcels along Highway 99 to Ecotourism and amendments of the zoning of large C-4 properties in the downtown centre. UDI submitted a letter as part of the Public Hearing proceedings. To read the full comments received by Council, click here.
As part of the original update proposed by staff on July 7, the Community Amenity Contribution (CAC) policy would be amended to use the previous zoning as the basis for CAC negotiations. This amendment was not included in the update that proceeded to Public hearing on July 28, however, at the conclusion of the Public Hearing, Council approved a motion to refer this amended CAC Policy back to draft for additional work, with the intention of including a revised amendment in the final Bylaw changes.
July 28, 2020
Proposed DCC Bylaw Changes
At the Special Business Meeting held on July 21, Squamish District Council gave first reading to the amendments proposed for the Development Cost Charge Bylaw. Council also directed Staff to proceed with additional engagement of the Economic Development Department to discuss the proposed new rates for Industrial, Commercial and Institutional classes. UDI had previously provided a letter to staff outlining our concerns with the timing and magnitude of the DCC rate increases and recommending that the potential for phasing be explored.
June 2, 2020
DCC Bylaw Review
The District of Squamish is reviewing its DCC Bylaw, with a report expected to go to Council this summer. Staff have provided an overview of the proposed changes and accompanying project lists for preliminary review. If you have any questions or comments please contact Cassandra McColman.
April 23, 2020
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April 21st State of Local Emergency Cancelled https://squamish.ca/yourgovernment/news/state-of-emergency-cancelled/
April 20th New homes on the way for Squamish’s vulnerable residents https://squamish.ca/yourgovernment/news/new-homes-on-the-way-for-squamishs-vulnerable-residents/
April 17th Site preparation work underway for temporary emergency and transitional housing project https://squamish.ca/yourgovernment/news/site-preparation-work-underway-for-temporary-emergency-and-transitional-housing-project/
District of Squamish is working with partners to lobby Province for support to address high visitor numbers
March 28 Facilities Update: temporary removal of portable toilets, improved access to washroom and shower facilities https://squamish.ca/yourgovernment/news/facilities-update/
March 27 District of Squamish lays out operational plan for coming weeks https://squamish.ca/yourgovernment/news/operational-plan-covid19/
March 27 Statement on physical distance and enforcement https://squamish.ca/yourgovernment/news/statement-on-enforcement/
March 25 Provincial guidance to construction sites during COVID-19 https://squamish.ca/yourgovernment/news/provincial-guidance-to-construction-sites-during-covid-19/
March 16 District of Squamish to make significant adjustments to facilities operationshttps://squamish.ca/yourgovernment/news/district-of-squamish-to-make-significant-adjustments-to-facilities-operations/
June 10, 2019
Residential Rental Tenure Zoning Policy Proposed to Council
On June 11, Squamish Council will be considering a Report recommending “that the District of Squamish Council direct staff to prepare Zoning Bylaw and Official
Community Plan amendments which introduce Residential Rental Tenure zoning based on feedback received at the June 11, 2019 Committee of the Whole Meeting.” Staff are proposing to implement Residential Rental Tenure Zoning on 12 properties encompassing 309 existing non-stratified purpose-built rental units.
According to the Report: “The amendment would limit the form of tenure to residential rental for the existing number of purpose-built rental units on the subject properties. Owner-occupied units would not be permitted in the existing building. The only form of tenure permitted is rental. In a redevelopment scenario, an affected property owner would need to provide the same number of rental units that currently exist on site, but may be permitted to develop additional for-sale units that may be owner-occupied. This would not preclude a developer from including strata market housing in redevelopment plans should they have remaining density over and above the required number of rental units.”
April 16, 2019
2020 Zoning Bylaw Update and Open House
The District of Squamish is updating its Zoning Bylaw, focusing on increasing zoning flexibility, improving functionality, addressing gaps and aligning zoning with the Squamish 2040 Official Community Plan. Attend the Phase 1 Open House, Wednesday, April 24 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Ledge Community Coffee House. More info: https://bit.ly/2PckKUD
March 18, 2019
Squamish Accepting Expressions of Interest for Business Park
The District is completing a Real Estate and Facilities Master Plan in Spring 2019. The sale or lease of all or portions of District-owned land in the Squamish Business Park is being considered as a possibility to fund other District investments. As a result, the District is soliciting Expressions of Interest from interested parties to establish:
- The level of interest in these lands – sizes, uses, timing.
- The optimal approach to proceeding with these lands.
- Parties to negotiate potential subsequent sale(s)/lease(s).
The District of Squamish will be accepting Expressions of Interest until March 28, 2019 (4:30 P.M. PT)
February 5, 2019
Mayor and Council Release 2019/2022 Strategic Plan
Mayor Karen Elliott used the occasion of her January 23rd address to the Squamish Chamber to release Council’s new 2019/22 Strategic Plan, including the promise to have 125 new affordable housing units built by 2022. Other housing related highlights from the plan include:
- Establish an affordable housing governance structure in 2019 that will facilitate growth and management of affordable housing stock,
- Identify and facilitate securing land required to accommodate affordable housing needs to meet current and future projections in 2019,
- Increase the number of affordable housing form options, size and the numbers of bedrooms within each form, year over by 2022, and
- Extend the affordable housing program by 2022 to provide affordable home ownership options.
December 10, 2019
Community Amenity Contribution Policy
Squamish’s recently adopted CAC policy is now available. Please note, the table has been reformatted to improve clarity and prior to approval, Council added a $6 per square foot charge for larger applications, in addition to the affordable housing requirement and parks / active transportation charges. Previously it had been either / or and the new policy was both. A pure cash in lieu contribution would now therefore be $21 per square foot.