Category: SCRD Updates

Why Has My Utility Bill Increased?

There’s a big uproar going on over increases to SCRD utility rates. So first, an apology. Thanks to COVID-19 it’s been a hairy six weeks at local government, and everybody thought somebody was going to

Ah, the Budget…

It’s huge, it’s eye-crossingly complicated, and when staff try to explain the details most people surreptitiously pull out their phones or start edging towards the door. A very special sort of hell is sitting under

Washouts Spark Community Concern

On February 1, there was an alarming washout of Whittaker Creek, which forced the closure of Lower Road and the emergency evacuation of several Roberts Creek properties. Below are photos, some taken by me and

Board Wrestles with Short Term Rentals

On February 13, the thorny issue of short term rentals (STRs) came back to the SCRD Planning Committee for decisions. The rural directors voted 4-1 not to proceed with Temporary Use Permits (TUPs) as a

AVICC Resolutions

The SCRD board drafted the following resolutions which will be submitted to the next conference of the Association of Vancouver Island and Coastal Communities (April 17-19, 2020 in Nanaimo). If passed, these resolutions will be

About Rural Director Pay

On Jan. 23 the board voted to have our CAO strike an independent task force to review the way that SCRD directors are paid. I’ve been agitating about this since before I was elected, and

Should Youth Travel for Free?

It was great to see high school students presenting to the SCRD board on the subject of transit fares for students on Dec. 3. It’s important for youth to get involved and learn how local

Reservoirs vs. Aquifers

Following some coverage in the local papers about a manmade reservoir proposal, a few people took me to task for “voting against water.” Hell, no, I am NOT voting against water. But I am voting against a

New CAO Announced

I’m pleased to be able to announce that we have hired a new Chief Administrative Officer for the SCRD. Dean McKinley is currently CAO with the District of Mackenzie. Previously he was the Director of Economic

The Week That Was

Union of BC Municipalities – Sept. 23-27 Two thousand politicians and lobbyists in a giant conference centre makes for a strange petri dish with lots of street theatre, including the logging truck driveby and the