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Council Meeting Highlights and Summaries

Posted on: March 28, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Council Meeting Summary – March 27, 2023

Council Chamber City Hall - City of White Rock

Public Meeting

A Public Meeting was held for Development Variance Permit No. 450 (1588 Johnston Road), which seeks relief from the minimum residential visitor parking stall designation requirement to permit a shared parking scheme (allowing for a mix of visitor parking stalls and stalls to be used for commercial use during business hours). 

 Council will consider issuance of this Development Variance Permit at the April 17, 2023 meeting.

Question and Answer

Four (4) people attended the meeting in person to ask questions/ provide comments for question and answer period. View the questions and staff responses.


Members from TransLink attended to discuss transit updates in White Rock and their Transport 2050 10-Year priorities. Watch the presentation. 

2023-2026 Council Strategic Priorities with Timelines and Priority Level

Council supported the proposed timelines and priority levels for their 2023-2026 Council Strategic Priorities. View the 2023-2026 Council Strategic Priorities.

The “top” priorities of Council are to:

  • Develop and build an affordable housing project.
  • Develop and build a new community hub.
  • Ensure future infrastructure resiliency by making decisions through a long-term lens.
  • Improve permit process and reduce wait times.
  • Implement city beautification projects.

2023 White Rock Sea Festival Program

Council received a report regarding the upcoming White Rock Sea Festival, which will take place August 5-6, 2023. The event will run this year without the parade however it will include roaming performers, interactive games and activities, vendors, mainstage performances, fireworks and more!

Semiahmoo Lacrosse Beer and Wine Garden Application

Council approved a request for a beer and wine garden for the Semiahmoo Minor Lacrosse Association’s Randy Ellis Lacrosse Days on Saturday, April 8, 2023 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Centennial Arena.  

Solid Waste Collection – City Pickup

On January 16, 2023 Council directed staff to keep with the “status quo” for private and multi-family collection, with the exception of multi-family buildings with six or less units to have an option for city collection.

Following further direction from Council, a report came forward with options for additional multi-family garbage collection. Council approved the collection of multi-family residential solid waste to now include buildings with seven to fifteen units (garbage, recycling and green waste would need to be picked up at the curb in residential containers). 

White Rock Zoning Bylaw, 2012, No. 2000, Amendment (CD ZONE 67 - at 15654/64/74 North Bluff Road/ 1570/80 Maple Street and 1593 Lee Street) Bylaw, 2022, No. 2351

Council received a report regarding proposed changes for the “Beachway” development. ,Review the corporate report to see the application changes.

Application For Liquor Primary Licence for 15165 Russell Avenue (LL 22-035)

Council directed staff to hold a public hearing for the proposed Liquor Primary Licence at 15165 Russell Avenue. The proposed business “Galaxie Public House” would operate as a craft beer taphouse and would be open seven (7) days per week.

Consulting Services for Building Permit Application Review and Inspection Services

Council awarded a contract to Pontem Consulting Group to assist with the current backlog for building permit applications within the Planning and Development Services Department. 

Bylaws Receiving Final Reading

Two (2) bylaws received final reading:

  • White Rock Freedom of Information Bylaw, 2023 No. 2457:  The bylaw stipulates a $10 fee for those submitting an FOI for City records and was brought forward due to changes within the FIPPA Legislation.
  • Council Code of Conduct Bylaw No. 2456:  A code to regulate the conduct of Council members.

Vacancy Property Tax on Commercial Properties

Council supported a resolution asking the province to provide local governments the ability to introduce a vacant property tax applicable to commercial properties.

This resolution will be forwarded to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) for their consideration in September 2023. 

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