Council Meeting Summary - March 28, 2022
Questions that were not answered during the meeting will be addressed on the Question and Answer webpage.
The Fire Chief provided an On-Table update on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Council received a report with options for a 72-hour parking bylaw exemption for a number of properties built prior to 1990 that lack a driveway or parking pad. Further discussion on this topic will take place at an upcoming Governance and Legislation Committee meeting.
Council endorsed a recommendation directing staff to permit public parking on the fourth level of the West Beach parkade at the start of the tourist season, from the Victoria Day long weekend to the Labour Day long weekend, as well as the day before and the day following long weekends throughout the year and during stretches of good weather. Council also directed staff to obtain a quote on operating the gate for the parkade remotely.
Council endorsed “Picnic on the Pier” a fundraising event to be hosted by Peace Arch Hospital Foundation ion Thursday, August 4, 2022. This event will host dinner and drinks on the Pier and will require a Beer and Wine Garden/Private Function Liquor Licence as well as a partial closure of the Pier on August 4 to set up for and host the event.
Council endorsed the White Rock Promenade Sculptures Competition to proceed as proposed by the White Rock Events Society, subject to the organizers raising 75% of the required funds through donations and sponsorship. This sculpture competition exhibit will take place at the White Rock waterfront and is a year-long event that is expected to begin in fall of 2022.
Council received a report regarding an amendment to the White Rock Freedom of Information Bylaw to introduce an FOI application fee. A recommendation was endorsed to have this fee be implemented for those submitting more than one (1) request per calendar year.
An updated progress report was provided on Council’s top priorities.
Council endorsed that commercial property owners and/or their representatives be invited to attend a Council meeting as a delegation in regard to the White Rock BIA.
Council supported recommendations brought forward from the Grants-in-Aid Sub Committee approving a number of general and arts and culture grants for 2022. Applicants still looking to apply for a grant through the city may do so prior to the late submission deadline on June 1, 2022.
Two (2) bylaws with administrative amendments received final reading: