District of Taylor council news in brief

Highlights from the District of Taylor council meeting on July 2, 2019.

Cannabis, booze zoning goes to public hearing

council gave first two readings to zoning bylaw amendments that will allow retail cannabis, craft distillery, and micro brewery businesses to operate in commercial and service commercial zones, largely confined to 100 and 100A streets along the Alaska Highway.

Cannabis retailers won't be allowed within 200 metres of a daycare or school, or within 100 metres from the golf course, park, or a place of worship.

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A public hearing will be scheduled later this summer. Read more by clicking here

More review wanted for burn bylaw

Council sent Open Air Burning Bylaw No. 834, 2019, back to the protection committee for further review.

The bylaw will give district fire officials the power to assess burn and property conditions within Taylor's fire protection zone before a registered burn is allowed to begin.

Though it would apply mainly to Class 2 and 3 fires, council felt the bylaw placed too many restrictions on smaller Class 1 campfires. Provisions in the bylaw called for six metre setbacks between fire pits and buildings, property lines, trees and hedges, fences, roadways, and overhead wires.

“It would be impossible to have a Class 1 fire in most yards,” Mayor Rob Fraser said. “A Class 1 fires is a fairly small fire, it’s basically a cooking fire, a small campfire that you can have in your backyard. And because of the size of it, some of these restrictions become a little difficult. So, essentially you ban it because no one can fit the parameters.”

Fire Chief Steve Byford said the provisions were made with safety in mind and mirror what other municipalities have in place.

Other business

• Council approved a development variance permit for 10587 101 Street, raising the total coverage area for accessory buildings from 10% to 13% to allow for the construction of a garage.

• Council approved a development variance permit for 10215 98 Street, raising the maximum age for a newly placed manufactured home from 15 years to 31 years.

• Council approved a development variance permit for 10864 101 Street, raising the total coverage area for accessory buildings from 10% to 16% to allow for the construction of a shop.  

• Council approved sponsorships for a $10,000 hole in one prize for the Fort St. John Rotary Club charity tournament set for Aug. 23, and the Child Development Centre charity tournament set for sept. 21.

Bylaws

• Council adopted Revenue Anticipation Borrowing Bylaw No. 836, 2019, which gives the district the ability to borrow money if needed until property taxes are collected. The bylaw authorizes borrowing of up to $3.5 million. The district has levied $4.7 million in property taxes this year.

• Council sent Open Air Burning Bylaw No. 834, 2019, back to the protection committee for further review. The bylaw would give district fire officials the power to assess burn and property conditions within Taylor's fire protection zone before a registered burn is allowed to begin.

• Council gave first two readings to Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 835, 2019, which allows for cannabis retail, craft distillery, and micro-brewery businesses to operate in commercial and service commercial zones. A public hearing will be scheduled later this summer. Read more by clicking here

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

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