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Updated Climate Action Plan approved by Council
Council has approved an updated Climate Action Plan for Sidney that reflects current best practices, the latest science, and input from community members. The updated plan includes measures that residents, businesses, and the Town can take to both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and strengthen Sidney’s resilience to risks associated with climate change (ex. Rising sea levels, floods, and extreme heat). The Town will now begin working on next steps to begin implementation of the plan. The initial focus will be on short-term priority items such as updating the Zoning Bylaw to reduce barriers to installing low-emission and resilient building features.
Town explores lease agreement with Open Aviron Rowing Coastal Association (OARCA) to create rowboat storage facility at Tulista Park
In an effort to grow the sport of coastal rowing in Sidney and support better access to local waters, the non-profit rowing association OARCA is proposing to build a small rowboat storage area in Tulista Park. The proposed location is a grassy area behind Tulista Boat launch, adjacent to the parking area. All costs associated with the fenced storage facility would be covered by OARCA. Council has instructed staff to develop a draft lease agreement with OARCA to be considered further.
Long-term paid parking lot in Sidney reverts to free parking with time restriction due to provincial lease requirements
Later this summer, Parking Lot A, at the intersection of Bevan Avenue and Second Street, will no longer offer paid, long-term parking. Instead, it will revert to a free public parking lot with a three-hour time limit. Lot A is located on provincial property that has been leased to the Town for a nominal fee since 1977. The Province recently clarified that commercial activity, including paid parking, is not permitted under the lease. Council has instructed staff to explore converting Parking Lot F at the corner of Bevan Avenue and Third Street into a paid, long-term parking lot. This decision may be confirmed when staff report back to Council in August.
Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith