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Town of Sidney Council Meeting Highlights: November 28, 2022

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Highlights from regular Council meetings provide a brief summary of some items of broad public interest. The summary is not inclusive of all agenda items. Please refer to www.sidney.ca for the full agenda, minutes, and webcast.

Council removes fee for business licence renewal

Sidney’s Business Licence renewal process begins today (November 29th) with businesses no longer required to pay an annual fee of $100. The renewal fee was eliminated by Council through an amendment to the Business Licence Bylaw, with the change intended to support Sidney’s business community. Since the waived revenue will be made up through general tax revenues, small businesses will benefit the most from the waived fee.

Businesses will continue to be required to renew their business licence annually, which helps ensure business are keeping their records updated with the Town and undergoing regular fire safety inspections. Businesses can renew their Business Licence online or in person with the Town of Sidney until February 28, 2023. Initial application fees for new businesses will remain in effect.

Staff Report

Video (10:10) 

Active Transportation Plan moves forward with delivery of initial Engagement Summary and Working Paper

The development of Sidney’s first Active Transportation Plan continues to progress with the completion of an initial Engagement Summary that captures community input gathered through an online survey, stakeholder meetings, and other engagement tools undertaken throughout May and June 2022. Council also received a Working Paper summarizing the Town’s community profile, related policies, travel behaviours, and emerging transportation trends. These documents were prepared by consultant Urban Systems and will inform the development of a draft Active Transportation Plan. The draft plan will be presented to Council in December with the public invited to review and provide comment in early 2023.

Staff Report

Video (1:51:20) 

Economic Development Plan headed to community business groups for input

A draft Economic Development Plan, prepared by Lions Gate Consulting with input from Sidney’s business community, has been referred to the Sidney Business Improvement Area Society, Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, South Island Prosperity Project, and the Town’s Economic Advisory Committee for review. The plan includes recommendations for initiatives that may be undertaken over the next five-to-seven years to support the success of the local economy. It includes 14 priorities, including employment land preservation, and expansion of non-market/workforce housing, among others.

Staff Report

Video (1:11:26)

Rowboat storage facility approved near Tulista Boat Launch

Council has approved a five-year lease agreement with Open Aviron Rowing Coastal Association (OARCA), allowing the non-profit rowing association to build a small rowboat storage area in a grassy area behind Tulista Boat launch, adjacent to the parking area. All costs associated with the fenced storage facility will be covered by OARCA.

Staff Report

Video (2:47:00)

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Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith