July 20, 2021 Regular Council Meeting
BC Rent Bank - Delegation
Provincial, regional and local representatives spoke to Council regarding the potential for a Rent Bank pilot project in the City of Quesnel.
BC Rent Bank is a project of the Vancity Community Foundation, funding is provided by the Province of BC.
A rent bank is a homelessness prevention tool for low to moderate income renters. Rent banks serve those facing an unexpected crisis, provide loans to help maintain housing or utilities and, in some cases, help people gain access to housing.
Their three-year mandate is to support the funding of existing rent banks, provide support and seed funding for the establishment of new rent banks, and to create the infrastructure necessary to support a future province-wide rent bank system or service.
2022 Official Visitor Guide
Council approved a three-year trial, transitioning from a printed booklet Visitor Guide to a new on-line campaign for visitors, supported by a brochure. The benefit will be a resource that can be updated in real-time and a reduction in waste.
Council directed Staff to proceed with the re-zoning Application of 668 Doherty Drive and 333 Willis Street for the conversion of a commercial building into a 15-unit apartment, subject to confirmation on use of amenity space, facade plans, the benefit of a covenant to link the lots, an updated parking plan and a storm water management plan.
Grant Application Update:
Council approved submission of the following grant applications:
- Northern Development Initiative Trust Strategic Initiatives - Accessory Dwelling Incentives
- Canada Community Revitalization - Wayfinding project
Truth & Reconciliation Commission's Call to Action #75
A letter from the Council information package was brought forward for discussion - From the City of Pitt Meadows to their Member of Parliament and Member of the Legislative Assembly, asking for a call to action to remember and honour the lives of the 215 children whose remains were found at the Kamloops Residential School on Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc territory, acknowledging that further tragic discoveries would likely be identified in communities across Canada.
Council was advised of the City's plan to meet with local First Nations in the fall, to foster continued relationships, advance local reconciliation and develop a unified approach to identify, honour and remember the lives of these children.
Downtown Art Walk - October 12, 2021
Council approved closure of the parking lot behind Spirit Square for the Downtown Art Walk, hosted by the Quesnel Downtown Association. The event will include various food vendors, music and entertainment on the Spirit Square stage and, pamphlets will be provided detailing Art Walk location information.
October 12, 2021 - 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Bylaw 1893 - City of Quesnel Zoning Amendment - Final Adoption
Bylaw 1894 - City of Quesnel Official Community Plan Amendment (Webster Ave.) - Final Adoption
Bylaw 1895 - City of Quesnel Zoning Amendment (Webster Ave.) - Final Adoption