April 4, 2023
Town of Sidney Council Meeting Highlights: April 3, 2023
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.www.sidney.ca for the full agenda, minutes, and webcast.
Council allocates Grants-in-Aid budget to 13 community organizations
The Town has allocated its $18,500 Grants-in-Aid budget to 13 different community organizations who applied for funding. The organizations were selected, in part, because their work aligns with the Town’s strategic priorities such as community wellbeing. Grants-in Aid represent a small portion of the Town’s community support budget. In addition to line items in the budget for organizations that receive more consistent funding on an annual basis, the Town is also contributing to several major community initiatives in 2023 in response to funding requests, including the installation of turf field at Blue Heron Park and a new running track at Parkland Secondary School.
Town to begin update to community-wide Zoning Bylaw
Following the adoption of an updated Official Community Plan in 2022, Council has directed staff to begin working on an update to the Town’s Zoning Bylaw to ensure new development reflects this vision of Sidney’s future. In contrast to the broad land use management concepts outlined in an Official Community Plan, a Zoning Bylaw provides a more technical and prescriptive regulatory framework related to land use with specific parameters around development features such as density and building size. The Zoning Bylaw update has been identified as one of Council’s Strategic Priorities for 2023. The project will extend into 2024 and will involve public input and engagement.
Mayor Cliff McNeil-Smith
Town of Sidney