News and Notices

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Bowen Island Emergency Social Services invites you to “Get it together”, a workshop where you will learn how to build your personal or family emergency kit.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Satellite Fire Hall
1421 Adams Rd

Emergency preparedness kits are a vital part of your household’s emergency plan. In the event of a local emergency you may have to leave your home at a moment’s notice, or you may have to stay inside your home until help can come to you. Having 72 hours’ worth of emergency supplies ready will help you and your family face any emergency or disaster.

More more information and to register, please contact:

Carolyn McDonald, Emergency Social Services Director
BowenESS@bimbc.ca
604-803-3130

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Bowen Island Ferry Advisory Committee is pleased to share the news from BC Ferries that additional weekend sailings will be introduced in a two-year pilot in the summer ferry schedule which begins on May 18. This means that Bowen Island residents and visitors will enjoy the options of a 7:30 am sailing on Saturdays and a 9:35 am sailing on Sundays.

We would like to thank the community for their input on which sailings were the most important, those who supplied statistics for the FAC, and BC Ferries for listening and responding to our requests.

Monday, May 15, 2017

There are so many initiatives underway on Bowen these days! For example: civic facilities, improvements to Snug Cove, enhancing local business, improvements to transportation infrastructure…and the list goes on.

Would you like to get involved? Apply to join a Committee of Council!

Bowen Island Municipality is seeking enthusiastic, dedicated volunteers to participate in the following advisory Committees:

Advisory Planning Commission (APC) – Official Community Plan (OCP) and Land Use

Advisory Design Panel (ADP) – Design and architecture in the Cove

Parks, Trails and Greenways Advisory Committee (PTGAC) – Improving access to and usability of, shorelines, forests and natural areas

Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) – Making “getting around” more sustainable, efficient and enjoyable

Economic Development Committee (EDC) – Energizing and supporting the thriving Bowen business community

Coming soon: On-Island Composting Facility Working Group (OICFWG)

If you are interested in working in a team and excited about volunteering but the above committees just aren’t for you, we welcome you to join a Sub-Committee or Working Group. These groups are appointed by Committee and work on specific initiatives or tasks and report directly to the committee. More information on current sub-committees and working groups can be found on the Committees page.

If you are interested, please download an application form or pick up a paper copy from Municipal Hall. Please submit your application to Stef Shortt, Committee Clerk at sshortt@bimbc.ca or 981 Artisan Lane.

Monday, May 15, 2017

If you don’t want to spend your time looking for parking in the Cove, you can park for free at the Park & Ride at 1421 Adams Road (Satellite Fire Hall) and take the C10 Bluewater-Snug Cove bus to meet the ferry. Use your Compass card to tap on and you can transfer to a bus in Horseshoe Bay on a single fare.

COMING SOON: TransLink’s Next Bus tool will be available at four numbered bus stops on Bowen Island. Stay tuned for updates.

Monday, May 8, 2017

The topic of the next Climate Conversation is Reporting on Progress: Presentation of our draft CARIP (Climate Action Reporting Incentive Program) report. Please join us on:

Monday, May 15, 2017
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Council Chambers
Municipal Hall

Please RSVP to mnicholson@bimbc.ca

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Board of Variance considers minor zoning variances where compliance with the Land Use Bylaw would cause undue hardship. The board requires three members appointed by Council, and meets only as needed to hear appeals and make decisions about minor variances.

The board currently has a vacancy for one member. To be considered for the board, you must live on Bowen Island, and share a desire to create a liveable, sustainable community for all.

If you are interested in applying, please download a committee application form and submit it by May 23, 2017 to Stef Shortt, Committee Clerk at sshortt@bimbc.ca. You may also obtain a paper copy of the application form from Municipal Hall at 981 Artisan Lane.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Bowen Island Municipality has the following job opportunities available:

Summer Roads Crewperson

Permanent Part-Time Community Recreation Clerk

Permanent Full-Time Finance Clerk

Read more

Monday, May 1, 2017

Bowen Island Municipality is updating the Park Plan to guide the Municipality in planning, managing and acquiring parks, trails and coastal accesses over the next 10 years. A vision has been developed along with a set of goals, objectives and recommendations for the future of Bowen Island’s parks, trails and beaches.

The survey questions ask for feedback on the draft vision, goals and some of the key draft recommendations. There is also an opportunity to share general comments, review parks and trails maps and access information from the recent Parks Plan Open House.

Take the survey online

Monday, May 1, 2017

The Integrated Transportation Master Plan (ITMP) project is hosting a public open house:

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
3:30 - 8:00 pm
Municipal Hall

It has been over a year and a half of engaging the community and researching best practices. Come out to see the progress! The transportation plan will be based on the findings to date and any additional feedback from the open house. The plan will be drafted in June and scheduled for Council adoption this summer. 

Bike to school: overcoming the barriers

The Integrated Transportation Master Plan project is hosting a viewing of the Active Travel to School Webinar Series. Learn about programs across the country that are better enabling children to bike to school, with presentations from several cycling skills educators and the opportunity for questions and discussion.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
9:00 am - 11:30 am
Municipal Hall

Read more

Monday, May 1, 2017

The Transportation Advisory Committee is hosting a workshop with representatives from car2go, open to all who are interested in improving car-sharing options at the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal. Bring your ideas, questions and suggestions to this collaborative community conversation.

Saturday, May 13, 2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Bowen Island Community School
Multipurpose Room

Please RSVP to mmason@bimbc.ca

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Bowen Island’s Municipal Parks Plan has progressed! Please join us to check out our vision statement, see our updated maps, and give your feedback on the key recommendations. Municipal Parks and Environment staff, Lees and Associates and Sheryl Rivers, Squamish Nation will be on hand to answer your questions and listen to your feedback.

Monday, April 24, 2017

As part of its regular water system maintenance program, the Municipality will flush water mains in Bowen Bay, Blue Water Park, Cove Bay, Eagle Cliff, Hood Point, King Edward Bay and Tunstall Bay from April 22 to May 31, 2017. Flushing will take place seven days a week from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and will rotate through each neighbourhood. This procedure does not pose a health hazard, and is necessary to remove sediment that gradually deposits in the pipes.

During the flushing process, temporary water interruptions will occur and your water pressure could be low or turned off completely for periods of time. Municipal staff will try to minimize inconvenience where possible.

Please check alerts or follow the BIM Facebook Page for daily updates. You may also notice signs in your neighbourhood while flushing is underway.

Every effort will be made to ensure that water quality is not affected, but some turbidity and higher than normal chlorine concentrations may be present for short periods of time. Running your tap briefly should clear this up.

Please note:

  • The water mains in the areas Snug Cove, Cates Hill and Village Square including Bowen Island Community School (BICS) and Bowen Island Children’s Center (BCC) will be flushed on Saturday, April 22, early in the morning so as to alleviate water interruption for BICS and BCC.
  • The water main of Artisan Square will be flushed starting April 24 and will need to be repeated for several days.                          

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at 604-947-4255 or bim@bimbc.ca

Reminder: it is recommended that water users with compromised immune systems ensure their drinking water is boiled, filtered or distilled.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Due to the wet weather we have been experiencing this spring, the Fire Chief has extended open burning season to Sunday, April 23. A valid burn permit is required for burning.

More information

Monday, April 10, 2017

Bowen Island Municipality currently has the following job opportunities:

Permanent Full-Time Administrative Clerk

Seasonal Part-Time Aquafit Instructor

Seasonal Part-Time Swim Lesson Instructor

Summer Daycamp Leaders

Please click HERE to read the full postings and job descriptions.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Last spring the community came together for a transportation workshop that developed many great ideas for improving transit on Bowen Island.  TransLink has been working on those ideas and the community will see changes as of April 24, 2017!  Service hours for the C10 Bluewater and C11 Eagle Cliff buses will be extended to meet the arrival of the ferry that departs Horseshoe Bay at 7:30 pm. 

This is the first in a series of transit improvements included in Phase 10 of TransLink's 10-Year Vision

Monday, April 3, 2017

The meeting of the Parcel Tax Review Panel has been canceled because we did not receive any requests from individuals to appear before the panel.

The sitting of the Parcel Tax Review Panel is an opportunity for individuals to appeal the validity of the Parcel Tax Roll on one of the following grounds:

a) there is an error or omission respecting a name or address on the parcel tax roll;
b) there is an error or omission respecting the inclusion of a parcel;
c) there is an error or omission respecting the taxable area or the taxable frontage of a parcel;
d) an exemption has been improperly allowed or disallowed.

The Panel was scheduled to convene at 10:00 am on April 5, 2017.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Throughout the province, thousands of Emergency Social Services (ESS) volunteers train and prepare so that when an emergency or disaster affects their community they are ready to help. The Bowen Island ESS Team is seeking energetic and enthusiastic individuals to volunteer. If you are interested in assisting your fellow community members in the event of an emergency, please attend their next meeting to learn more:

Wednesday, April 12
7:00 pm
Satellite Firehall
1421 Adams Road

The qualities necessary in an ESS volunteer include:

• A concern for people affected by disaster
• Good communication skills
• Ability to work well in a team

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Dangerous road conditions can be created by the discharge of water, dirt and gravel from private property onto public roadways. Culverts under private driveways and adjacent to roadways often require maintenance at this time of the year. Property owners are responsible for controlling run-off onto roadways from their property.

To ensure safe travel on Bowen Island’s roads during this heavy rainfall and to reduce the risk of flooding, we ask all property owners to control runoff and to maintain their culverts. Failure to do so may result in fining under the Bowen Island Municipality Traffic and Use of Streets Bylaw No. 133, 2005.

Public Works

Monday, March 27, 2017

Special Waste clean up days are back this spring!

Dump Day
Saturday, April 22, 2017
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
@ Bowen Island Recycling Depot
1063 Mount Gardner Rd

Drop off excess household waste, appliances and mattresses for a small fee. You must purchase your ticket in advance - payment will not be accepted on site. Please note, drywall will not be accepted.

Hazardous Waste Drop Off Day
Saturday, April 29, 2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
@ Bowen Building Centre
1013 Grafton Rd

No fees to drop off hazardous waste such as paint and clearly marked hazardous waste containers.

Read more

Monday, March 27, 2017

Bowen Island Municipality has recently established an Emergency Management Program (EMP) with the adoption of Bylaw No. 428, 2016.

Council is inviting members of the public to apply for a position on the Emergency Program Executive Committee. Reporting to Council, this committee will provide strategic direction and oversight to the Emergency Program Management Committee. Additional duties include:

-Finalizing and presenting an annual strategic plan and budget for the EMP to Council; and
-Approving Emergency Plans developed by the Management Committee

Skills or experience in Emergency Management would be an asset. If you are interested in joining the Committee, you may download an application form or pick up a paper copy from Municipal Hall.

Please submit your application by Wednesday, April 12, 2017 to Jennifer McGowan, Emergency Program Coordinator at jmcgowan@bimbc.ca

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The backyard and industrial burning season on Bowen Island is from October 15 to April 15 each year. Burn permits are required for yard cleanup and machine burns during this period. Open burning is prohibited after April 15.

Permits for personal cooking fires and camp fires are available after April 15, provided that a fire ban is not in place. Always check the Fire Department page for updates on fire bans during the warmer months.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

More changes are coming to parking in Snug Cove in 2017. With construction underway on the Cove Commons building, the parking lot on the North side of the Library has been removed and the parking lot on the West side is now a combination of Library parking and three hour parking.

12 hour parking

NEW - the parking area on Miller Road is now open! You can park up to 12 hours in the new lot which is a five minute walk to the ferry and three minutes from Snug Cove amenities. It has direct access to the trails so you can enjoy a few minutes of Bowen nature as you begin or end your commute. Council approved the plan for this new lot on February 14, 2017.

Try Park & Ride!

If you don’t want to spend your time looking for parking in the Cove, you can park for free at the Park & Ride at 1421 Adams Road (Satellite Fire Hall) and take the C10 Bluewater-Snug Cove bus to meet the ferry. Use your Compass card to tap on and you can transfer to a bus in Horseshoe Bay on a single fare.

We are currently collaborating with TransLink to have a bus stop number installed at the Park & Ride where you can access TransLink’s Next Bus tool.

Extended bus service

With TransLink’s recent service improvements, service on the Bowen Island community shuttle routes has been extended to 8:00 pm to meet the arrival of the 7:30 pm ferry in Snug Cove.

Monday, March 13, 2017

The 2017 Island Plan is now available. This annual publication outlines Council’s progress on our strategic priorities for the term.

We invite you to take a moment to peruse all 12 of 2017’s priorities.

Please contact us at 604-947-4255 or bim@bimbc.ca to request a paper copy.

Monday, March 13, 2017

A Message from the Mayor

On March 11, 2017  the Federal and Provincial governments announced the successful applications for Building Canada grants.

I am very pleased to report that our application for $3,890,367 to help us build a new Cove Bay Water treatment plant has been approved.

This is a very important milestone for us. Our current water treatment for the Cove Bay area consists of adding chlorinated salts. While this has made our water safe to drink, it has been far from ideal. Vancouver Coastal Health has been a strong proponent of improved treatment, and this project clears the way for expansion of the system to service future housing construction in the Snug Cove area.

The next step for us will be to determine exactly how the Cove Bay system members will handle the finances surrounding our one-third share of the project costs. Fortunately, we have built up substantial reserve funds over the years, so a large portion of our commitment is already in place.

Over the coming months, the Cove Bay Water System Local Advisory Committee will be working with the municipal finance and public works departments to iron out the details and determine our funding options. At that time, the options will be presented to all Cove Bay members for information and input.

I look forward to updating you with additional details as they become available.

Mayor Murray Skeels
March 11, 2017

Monday, March 6, 2017

Bowen Island Municipality is moving forward with the strategic priority of a Community Centre for Bowen Island.

The proposed civic building, a 14,300 square foot facility providing community, recreational and performing arts spaces plus municipal offices is to be built on Area 3 of Lot 2 of municipal land (east of Bowen Island Community School).

A financial strategy to raise funds, drawing on reserves, tapping into infrastructure funding from the federal and provincial governments and exploring other options is under development. Council is working within a framework for decision making to ensure due diligence at each step of the project. The process also includes opportunities for public engagement.

On February 10, Council awarded the architectural contract to Principle Architecture, a partnership with local resident Drew Rose of Still Point Architecture. The first stage of work, expected to be delivered by the end of April, 2017, includes the development of a schematic design that will be used to validate costs, currently estimated at around $10 M for the entire project.

BIM is looking forward to developing a facility that will act as a gathering place for people of all ages and interests in our community, fostering and inspiring connections, caring, economy and creativity.

Pictured above are some members of the Community Centre Select Steering Committee (L-R): Councillor Melanie Mason and children, Shauna Jennings, Councillor Gary Ander and grandson, Councillor Alison Morse, Kristen Watson, Jacqueline Massey, Kathy Lalonde.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Last year, Council asked us to review our water rate bylaws in the interest of developing consistent charges and to promote a culture of conservation for all Municipal water users.

Tunstall Bay water users were the first to see a new billing system, switching from an annual flat rate to a hybrid metered rate.

Why switch to metered rates?

We will be holding information meetings in March for all other water district users. Please subscribe to your water system’s mailing list to receive notification of the meeting dates.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Are you looking for an opportunity to contribute to your community?

The Advisory Design Panel is looking for two new members, who are full time residents or property owners of Bowen Island, to sit on the committee. Applicants should have appropriate design qualifications which include, but are not limited to: architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, knowledge of community affairs and/or experience in the development industry.

The role of the Advisory Design Panel is to provide recommendations with respect to the design, colour, environmental compatibility and finishing materials of new and renovated buildings, with attention to how they adhere to the Snug Cove Guidelines, and also with respect to the siting and landscaping of all plans submitted for consideration in:

1. Village Revitalization Development Area
2. Village Periphery Development Area
3. Any other major development with significant community-wide impacts as directed by Council

If you are interested in joining the Committee, you may download an application form or pick up a paper copy from Municipal Hall.

Please submit your application by Wednesday, March 1, 2017 to Stef Shortt, Committee Clerk at sshortt@bimbc.ca.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The parking lot north of the Library (off Cardena Road) will close on February 15 as construction on the Cove Commons building begins. Half of the west side parking lot (off Bowen Island Trunk Road) will remain available for 12 hour parking.

Questions? Please contact Bylaw Services at 604-947-4255.

Monday, February 6, 2017

The Transportation Advisory Committee aims to improve transportation on and off the Island. The Committee is seeking new members who share that goal, and have energy to commit towards achieving it. Volunteer responsibilities include:

  • Consulting with the Bowen Island community about transportation modes, services and infrastructure
  • Working with Municipal staff to ascertain the needs of Bowen residents
  • Providing advice and recommendations to Council
  • Contributing to a monthly meeting, typically Tuesday evenings

If you are interested in joining the Committee, you may download an application form or pick up a paper copy from Municipal Hall.

Please submit your application to Stef Shortt, Committee Clerk at sshortt@bimbc.ca.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Applications for the 2017 Bowen Island Community Grants and Grant-in-Aid Program will be accepted until February 28, 2017. You can Download the application form online, or pick one up from Municipal Hall.

Questions? Please contact the Finance Department.

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