News and Notices

Friday, November 25, 2016

Bowen Island Municipality (BIM) is seeking to partner with a single preferred vendor to supply the municipality with computer hardware, network support and management, warranty and break fix service, as well as other potential value added services that will drive efficiencies around technology acquisition and procurement.

BIM recognizes the advantages and opportunities in streamlining its IT procurement functions. BIM intends to partner with a single preferred vendor, who is capable and willing to meet the requirements stated in the RFP, and may potentially further enhance its current IT procurement functions focusing on efficiencies and total cost of ownership.

The deadline for submission of proposals is Friday, January 13, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

Read the full RFP

Hope Dallas
IT Coordinator
Bowen Island Municipality
981 Artisan Lane
Bowen Island, BC V0N1G2
Email: hdallas@bimbc.ca Fax: 604-947-0193

Friday, November 25, 2016

Wow! Nine small businesses on Bowen Island have been nominated for the 14th Annual Small Business BC Awards!

Bowen Island Massage Therapy – Premier's People's Choice
Bowen Island Naturopathic and Acupuncture Clinic – Premier's People's Choice and Best Concept
Crystal Di Domizio: Pregnancy + Birth Healing Coach – Premier's People's Choice and Best Marketer
Lime & Moon Pie Company – Premier's People's Choice and Best Community Impact
Michelle Catherine Nelson – Best Innovation
Natasha Currah – Premier's People's Choice
The Gym on Bowen – Best Company
The Soap Box – Best Community Impact
Vancouver Nutritionist – Best Community Impact and Premier's People's Choice

Read the news release

The Small Business BC Awards is the largest small business awards competition in the province. These awards recognize the outstanding achievements of BC's entrepreneurs and celebrate the contributions new and existing businesses registered in BC, with fewer than 50 employees, make to their local communities and the global economy.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Last July, judges from the BC Communities in Bloom program visited Bowen Island to evaluate our community based on criteria such as environmental action, tidiness, landscape and floral displays.

As a result of that evaluation, the Bowen in Bloom committee is pleased to announce that Bowen Island has been awarded three blooms!

We would like to thank the volunteers who made this successful result possible through their time, efforts and expertise. Special mention goes to Holly Graff, who was nominated for Community Champion.

Earlier this summer, Bowen Island Municipality sponsored a small grants program for beautification projects in order to stimulate community involvement for the Communities in Bloom judges’ tour. Open to any Bowen business, organization or individual, the matching grant competition resulted in four awards. Cherie Westmoreland of the Bowen Island Seniors Housing Cooperative (Bowen Court) received $500 to help develop a floral display to complement signage and improve the appearance of the property frontage. Wynn Nielsen was awarded $500 to add decorative pots and plants on the Village Square patio, working with the approval of the business property owners. Tourism Bowen Island’s Jody Lorenz requested $400 for decorative planters and flowers for Boulevard Cottage, a municipal building in Snug Cove. Margaret Miller of Artisan Office Services will use her $500 grant toward a new bench and planter in front of her Artisan Square shop.

BIM is pleased to have supported these improvements and looks forward to the Innovation Grants becoming an annual program.

Learn more about the Communities in Bloom program on Bowen Island.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Economic Development Committee seeking new members 

The Economic Development Committee (EDC) aims to facilitate economic development on Bowen Island and provide advice to Council on such matters. The Committee is seeking energetic members committed to working toward this goal. Volunteer responsibilities include:

•    Developing and facilitating action plans to implement economic strategies further enhancing Bowen Island as an ideal business and investment location;
•    Organizing, facilitating and participating in efforts to implement economic strategies and initiatives; 
•    Recommending programs to recognize and reward achievements;
•    Facilitating broad public involvement in economic development and providing educational opportunities related to planning and implementation;
•    Providing advice and recommendations to Council; and 
•    Contributing to a monthly meeting.

Click here to read the full terms of reference. 

If you are interested in joining the EDC, please download a committee application form and submit your application by Friday, December 2nd to Stef Shortt, Economic Development Liaison at bim@bimbc.ca. You may also obtain a paper copy of the application form from Municipal Hall at 981 Artisan Lane.

Community Grants Advisory Committee seeking new members

The Community Grants Advisory Committee (CGAC) provides recommendations to Council on Community Grants, Grants-in-Aid and Permissive Tax Exemptions that will enhance quality of life while delivering economic services to Bowen Island residents. CGAC is seeking new members for a three (3) year term.
Volunteer responsibilities include:

•    Meeting approximately four times a year to consider Grant, Grant-in-Aid and Permissive Tax Exemption Applications
•    Reviewing and assessing the application packages prior to meetings
•    Working with Municipal staff to ensure that the application process is fair and transparent
•    Providing recommendations to Council

Click here to read the full terms of reference.

If you are interested in joining the Community Grants Advisory Committee, please download and complete a Committee Application FormYou may also obtain a paper copy of the application form from Municipal Hall at 981 Artisan Lane. Please submit your application by Friday, December 2, 2016 to Stef Shortt, Committee Clerk at bim@bimbc.ca.

 

Friday, November 18, 2016

At the 2016 Union of BC Municipalities Convention, Bowen Island Municipality was awarded $10,000 from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development to further research the creation of a composting facility on Bowen Island.

We already divert more than 70% of our solid waste from the landfill. A facility to handle organic waste on the Island could reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 4%, among other benefits.

BIM would like to thank the volunteers of the On-Island Composting Facility Working Group (OICFWG), Peter Taggart and Mary Ellen deGrace, whose report was instrumental to the successful funding application. The next steps in the project will be public consultation and outreach.

Read the OICFWG Report

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Monday, November 7, 2016

November 7, 2016

A Message from the Mayor

I am pleased to report that the municipal bylaw that prevents the building of additional docks at Cape Roger Curtis was recently upheld in a second petition to the Supreme Court of British Columbia. The petition was dismissed with costs awarded to the Municipality.

The Honourable Justice Smith delivered his Reasons for Judgment in Zongshen (Canada) Environtech Ltd. v. Bowen Island Municipality (2016 BCSC 2058) on November 7, 2016. Please click HERE to read the full decision.

Murray Skeels

Mayor of Bowen Island

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Mini Muni Pub
Saturday, November 12
5:00 - 7:00 pm
Bowen Island Pub

Join members of Council at the Bowen Island Pub for an informal chat.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Effective October 28, 2016, school bus service is for both elementary and high school students is provided on Fridays for Bowen Island students.

West Vancouver-Sea to Sky MLA Jordan Sturdy announced last week, on behalf of Education Minister Mike Bernier, that the West Vancouver school district will use new funding to expand bus service on Bowen Island to 5-days a week and continue to maintain high-service bus levels and safety standards.

The new $14.7-million Student Transportation Fund was announced in August 2016 to help school districts provide affordable and accessible transportation for British Columbia families.

To be eligible for funding, school districts had to submit a plan to the Ministry of Education outlining how they will use the funding to enhance transportation services for students and families. The amount of funding for which a district is eligible is based on a formula tied to the ministry’s student-location factor, which is used to determine the rural makeup of a school district.

As a result of B.C.'s strong economic growth and fiscal discipline, government is able to support and fund projects that make a real difference in the lives of British Columbians.

“I know parents on Bowen Island will welcome this injection of funding to improve the safety and reliability of their children’s school transportation system. The expanded service will give students and caregivers more options and opportunities within their busy schedules.” -Jordan Sturdy, West Vancouver-Sea to Sky MLA

Read the full news release

Monday, October 31, 2016

About the BC Utilities Commission

The British Columbia Utilities Commission (BCUC) is an independent regulatory agency of the Provincial Government that operates under and administers the Utilities Commission Act. The Commission's primary responsibility is the regulation of British Columbia's natural gas and electricity utilities. The Commission also regulates intra-provincial pipelines and universal compulsory automobile insurance.

Request for comments

Most residents in BC pay for electricity on a two-tier rate (known as a residential inclining block rate or a residential conservation rate). Under the two-tier rates, customers pay a lower price for electricity consumed up to a threshold and a higher price for electricity consumed above the threshold.

The BC Minister of Energy and Mines has asked the BCUC to report to the government on the impact of these two-tier rates. As part of BCUC’s review, BC Hydro and FortisBC have provided reports containing data on the impacts of these rates on their customers.

These reports, titled BC Hydro Utility Report and FortisBC Utility Report, can be found on the Commission’s website.

Please provide your comments using the Commission’s Letter of Comment Form found online. All comments must be received in writing.

Please send your written comments by email or mail to the Commission Secretary on or before Thursday, November 24, 2016 at:

E-mail: Commission.Secretary@bcuc.com

Mail: Ms. Laurel Ross
Acting Commission Secretary
BC Utilities Commission
Sixth Floor, 900 Howe Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2N3

For more information please contact the Commission using the contact information above or by phone at 1-800-663-1385.

Read the public notice

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

As the weather changes and daylight hours decrease, pedestrians become increasingly vulnerable. Whether it's yielding the right of way or taking extra care to be seen, sharing our roads safely is everyone's responsibility.

Be a safe pedestrian

  • Wear reflective clothing or gear and flashlights to make it easier for drivers to see you in wet weather, at dusk and at night. 
  • On roads without sidewalks, make yourself visible and always walk facing traffic so you can see oncoming drivers. Be careful near blind corners and move onto the shoulder as far as is safe when traffic approaches.
  • Always make eye contact with drivers and never assume that a driver has seen you.
  • Remove your headphones and leave your phone alone while crossing the road.
  • Be careful at intersections and watch for drivers turning left or right through the crosswalk. Drivers may be focused on oncoming traffic instead of scanning for you.
  • Always cross at designated crosswalks. Follow pedestrian signs.​

Drive through intersections with care

  • Focus on the road. Always leave your phone or any other hand-held electronic device alone while you’re driving.
  • Be ready to yield to pedestrians – especially when turning in intersections and near transit stops.
  • Look twice for pedestrians crossing the road particularly when visibility is poor.
  • Give yourself extra time and space to stop in case a pedestrian suddenly crosses the street; expect the unexpected.

More resources

Friday, October 21, 2016

TransLink is seeking public input on Phase One of the 10-Year Vision.

Public consultation on the Phase One plan runs from October 11-31, 2016. Your input will inform the final Investment Plan that's presented to the Mayors' Council and TransLink Board for consideration in November 2016.

You can learn more and provide feedback by reading the Discussion Guide, attending an Open House or filling out the online questionnaire.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

We are pleased to announce that Carolyn McDonald has been appointed Volunteer Emergency Social Services Director for Bowen Island.

Emergency Social Services (ESS) provides short term assistance to British Columbians who are forced to leave their homes because of fire, floods, earthquakes or other emergencies. Assistance may include food, lodging, clothing, emotional support and family reunification services.

Friday, October 7, 2016

A production company will be filming a movie in the Cove from October 13 - 16. Trucks will arrive the evening of October 12.

The filming will take place on public roads and private property as follows:

Public roads: Miller Road between the Cove and Melmore and on Senator and Lenora Roads. Traffic will not be stopped for more than 3 minutes, and will not be stopped within 10 minutes of ferry loading and unloading. Please follow the direction of traffic control personnel.

Private property: in the Cove, Snug Point and Deep Bay including the causeway, the path from the causeway to Deep Bay (aka the Lenora/Melmore loop). All properties that are immediately affected by the filming will be contacted directly by the production company.

Please contact Tess Taylor, Filming Liaison at 604-947-4255 for further information.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

If you didn't make it to the Open House on Detached Secondary Suites, you can still take the survey.

Bowen Island Council is considering changes to the Official Community Plan (OCP) and the Land Use Bylaw with to allow owners of residential properties to construct a detached secondary suite.

Proposed Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 413, 2016 would amend the Official Community Plan to include Detached Secondary Suites as an approved building typology, include them with secondary suites when considering the total number of units on Bowen Island, and create a Development Permit Area to govern the form, character, and siting of Detached Secondary Suites.

Proposed Land Use Bylaw No. 414, 2016 would create the regulations governing how Detached Secondary Suites could be built on Bowen. Regulations include that each lot could have either an attached or a detached secondary suite, a detached secondary suite could have maximum size of 115 square metres (~1,200 square feet), and a property could not have a detached secondary suite and operate a bed and breakfast. Proposed bylaw would also create guidelines for a Development Permit Area which would regulate development of Detached Secondary Suites.

 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The seasonal BC Ferries schedule will change as of October 11, 2016. Please make sure to check the schedule when planning for travel.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE:

4:00-7:00PM on Wednesday October 5th, 2016
In Council Chambers
Municipal Hall, 981 Artisan Lane, Bowen Island

Detached Secondary Suites on Bowen Island

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:

Bowen Island Council is considering changes to the Official Community Plan (OCP) and the Land Use Bylaw with to allow owners of residential properties to construct a detached secondary suite.

Proposed Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 413, 2016 would amend the Official Community Plan to include Detached Secondary Suites as an approved building typology, include them with secondary suites when considering the total number of units on Bowen Island, and create a Development Permit Area to govern the form, character, and siting of Detached Secondary Suites.

Proposed Land Use Bylaw No. 414, 2016 would create the regulations governing how Detached Secondary Suites could be built on Bowen. Regulations include that each lot could have either an attached or a detached secondary suite, a detached secondary suite could have maximum size of 115 square metres (~1,200 square feet), and a property could not have a detached secondary suite and operate a bed and breakfast. Proposed bylaw would also create guidelines for a Development Permit Area which would regulate development of Detached Secondary Suites.

MORE INFORMATION AT MUNICIPAL HALL:

Background material may be viewed at Municipal Hall between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday (excluding statutory holidays) or on the Municipal website at www.bimbc.ca/planning

YOUR COMMENTS ARE WELCOME:

Written submissions may be delivered to Municipal Hall (contact information below):

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Bowen Island Municipality is requesting applications for interest in the following:

Ice Patrol 
(Temperature Dependent)

Snow Removal
(Weather Dependent)

Those interested in either or both of these services are asked to provide a driver’s license abstract directly from ICBC (1-800-663-3051) to BIM by fax at 604 947 0193 and to provide a written response by email, regular mail or in person before Friday, October 28, 2016 at 4:00 PM to:

Annette Frischmann, Public Works Clerk
Bowen Island Municipality
981 Artisan Lane
Bowen Island, BC   V0N 1G2
EMAIL:  afrischmann@bimbc.ca

A one day paid training will be provided upon acceptance.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE
4:00 -7:00 PM on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
in Council Chambers
Municipal Hall, 981 Artisan Lane, Bowen Island

On-Island Transit Review
Service Recommendations to TransLink

​More information

Monday, September 26, 2016

Please do not use bags labelled “compostable” or “biodegradable” to collect kitchen scraps. Plastics, including those marked biodegradable, do not belong in the organics as they do not break down properly during processing. Paper bags and newsprint can be used to line your kitchen container.

Keep plastics and plastic bags (even those marked biodegradable) out of the green bin.

Read more

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

As part of the Mannion Bay Revitalization Strategy, a rack for small self-propelled water craft has been installed at Sandy Beach for community use.

Pursuant to Bowen Island Municipality Bylaw No. 418, 2016, all self-propelled water craft, such as kayaks & canoes, must be stored in the storage racks and labelled with the owner’s name and telephone number.

Effective October 1, 2016, any self-propelled water craft left on the beach or in the racks unlabelled will be removed at the owner’s expense.

Questions? Please contact Parks and Environment.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Want to protect the natural features on your land while saving money?

The Natural Area Protection Tax Exemption Program (NAPTEP) is an incentive program to protect land and reduce taxes for Islands Trust area landowners. Protecting land with a NAPTEP conservation covenant gives you the opportunity to receive a 65% exemption on your property taxes each year.

These tax savings can add up quickly, depending on the size of the land you’re able to protect. This means you save money annually in exchange for leaving the natural features on your land for native species to enjoy.

Protect your land with NAPTEP, and ensure your neighbourhood stays wild. Need help with your NAPTEP application? Call 250-405-5186 or email itfmail@islandstrust.bc.ca

Learn more

Thursday, August 25, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 25, 2016

Ombudsperson investigation of Bowen Island Municipality closed

I am pleased to report that the Municipality has received notice from the Office of the Ombudsperson that a complaint filed under the Ombudsperson Act in 2014 has been closed.

The complaint stated concerns with the process the Municipality followed with respect to applications for the construction of private docks along the shoreline at Cape Roger Curtis, particularly with respect to meetings that were closed to the public.

The Ombudsperson’s investigation revealed that the subjects discussed at the meetings in question were covered under section 90(1) of the Community Charter and that the Municipality was authorized to close these meetings to the public.

The closing summary from the Office of the Ombudsperson concluded that the process followed by the Municipality was generally reasonable, and that there was no need for further investigation.

For further details, please see the Closing Summary from the Office of the Ombudsperson.

Kathy Lalonde
Chief Administrative Officer
klalonde@bimbc.ca
604-947-4255
www.bimbc.ca

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Check your mailbox for the Fall 2016 and Winter 2017 Recreation guide. Start planning your activities for Fall to keep your family healthy and engaged in our vibrant community.

Registration for all Fall and Winter programs opens on August 26, 2016. The recreation guide is also available online. If you have not received a  guide in your mail, hard copies are also available at the Recreation Office at BICS.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Municipal Council has placed a high priority on a series of initiatives to create more housing options. As a small municipality, Bowen doesn’t have the kind of money required to provide subsidized housing. What we can do is enact policies to facilitate more appropriate construction. Today these initiatives are beginning to bear fruit. They range from seniors’ housing to diverse uses for the Community Lands (including affordable housing) to strata apartments to detached secondary suites. Two initiatives are summarized below.

Seniors’ housing

After years of very hard work, Snug Cove House (SCH) will soon have a building of up to 19 units for seniors’ housing. To help finance the project, SCH is selling building lots on Miller Rd. that will provide 6 small homes and 12 duplex units. What makes this project possible is the expansion of the Snug Cove sewer system. This expansion is a co-operative effort between SCH and the Municipality. Tender documents are now being prepared.

Detached secondary suites

Following up on a measure first proposed in 2006, Council gave first reading of a Detached Secondary Suites bylaw at the July 25, 2016 meeting. Under the proposed bylaw, property owners may be allowed to build a secondary living unit in a separate building. If approved, this bylaw will provide a legal framework for the creation of numerous granny flats and cottages to increase our rental stock. Final adoption could take place before the end of 2017.

A Public Hearing regarding Detached Secondary Suites will be held on Monday, April 24, 2017.

More information

For more information on Council’s initiatives for housing options, please read Housing on Bowen, an information card that was mailed to all households in early August, 2016.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Introducing Alerts and Advisories. A one-stop-shop for municipal alerts such as water system interruptions, road closures, beach closures and current fire danger rating.

Check here when you are wondering about fire ban restrictions, water conservation guidelines and current air quality index.

Did you feel a shake? We even have a link to a live seismogram viewer for Bowen Island. Bookmark Alerts and Advisories or click the icon on the front page.

Monday, July 25, 2016

If you are on a municipal water system and are experiencing low water pressure, please click HERE for tips on troubleshooting.

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Use of Beaches and Water Areas Bylaw (No. 418) was adopted by Bowen Island Municipal Council on July 11, 2016. This bylaw will assist the Municipality in moving forward with the five step Mannion Bay Management Strategy, which includes obtaining a Licence of Occupation (LOO), social planning and environmental assessment.

Most provisions of Bylaw 418, including the live-a-aboard section, will not be actively enforced until social planning options and an enforcement strategy is endorsed by Council. However, breaches that result in loss of public safety and enjoyment of the beach areas in Mannion Bay may result in fines issued primarily by the RCMP. Up until the adoption of this bylaw, fines could not be issued for contraventions such as intentional beaching of boats or using the beach as a workshop.

Outside agencies like Vancouver Coastal Health and addiction services will be consulted to assist staff with the creation of social planning options. The enforcement strategy will be developed with the assistance of the RCMP and their marine affiliates.

Municipal staff will bring a social planning and enforcement strategy (the last remaining two steps in the Strategy) forward to Council within the next 3 – 4 months. Bylaw No. 419, also adopted at the July 11 meeting, outlines the fines associated with contraventions of Bylaw 418.

 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The BIM Economic Development Committee invites individuals interested in business on Bowen Island to sign up for our mailing list. You will receive e-mail updates about topics relating to topics that affect the business community on Bowen.

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