Meetings of the Committee of the Whole and Peace River Regional District Board will be held beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 11, 2022 at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre located at 11308 Alaska Road in Fort St. John, BC. Agendas may be viewed on the PRRD’s web page at www.prrd.bc.ca/agendas-minutes/
The Regional District understands that many people may not wish to attend in person, and has put in place additional processes to allow the public to continue to ‘be in the know’ about what’s happening at the Board meetings. Meetings are livestreamed via Facebook, and posted online after the meeting in case you miss it.
The PRRD will accept gallery questions and comments from the public, via email in advance, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your comments and your name will be read out loud during the Gallery Questions and Comments portion of the meeting. Gallery comments are limited to items on the agenda, and each person has up to two minutes to share their views or pose questions for the Board’s consideration.
Please continue to watch the Board meetings livestreamed over Facebook:
Effective at noon (PDT) on Thursday, July 28, 2022, all open burning will be prohibited in the Northwest and Prince George Fire Centres. This prohibition includes Category 2 and Category 3 open fires, fireworks, sky lanterns and burn barrels/cages.
This prohibition does not apply to campfires (half metre high by half metre wide, or smaller) or to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes.
For more information about open burning, please visit BC Wildfire Open Burning.
Specific prohibitions may differ between Fire Centres. More information about activities prohibited in your area is available online here.
To report a wildfire, unattended campfire, or open burning violation, call 1-800-663-5555 toll-free, or *5555 on a cellphone.
The Grant Writer Services program, administered by the PRRD with partial funding support from the Northern Development Initiative Trust, passed a milestone in July with over 1.6M in funding secured for 12 community groups in the Peace region. While the program has been available in some form since 2017, the PRRD established a new service contract in spring 2021. Clear Course Consulting Ltd., a collective of for-purpose strategic communications specialists and grant writer professionals, has so far connected with over 35 community groups through the program.
As of July 2022, Clear Course has supported 22 groups with grant applications and hosted ten (10) information sessions and workshops to bolster regional grant writing capacity. In addition to a host of new online grant writing resources, subscribers receive an e-newsletter each month that outlines upcoming grant opportunities in the region with application deadlines and writing tips.
On March 16, 2021, British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority (BC Hydro) requested an amendment under Section 32(1) of the Environmental Assessment Act to allow for the implementation of a contingency truck hauling plan. The contingency plan, if approved, would allow for BC Hydro to haul material from the 85th Avenue Industrial Lands to the Site C dam site area as a backup, if BC Hydro experienced a downtime of more than three consecutive days.
On July 7, 2022, the PRRD was notified by the Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) that the EAO’s Deputy Chief Assessment Officer had issued their decision to grant BC Hydro’s amendment request.
In 2021, the Peace River Regional District embarked on the development of a corporate asset management plan. As an important first step in that process, the PRRD conducted facility condition assessments on all Regional District-owned facilities, including the Golata Creek Community Hall. Due to concerns identified in that initial assessment, a professional engineering firm conducted a structural assessment on the Golata Creek Community Hall.
Unfortunately, the engineers identified that the 64-year-old building is structurally unsafe and has reached the end of its life. Further, the engineering firm recommended to the Regional District that the building no longer be used due to structural issues with the roof and foundation, and the prohibitive cost to remediate these issues. Following the assessment, the PRRD is making the decision to close the Golata Creek Community Hall immediately and indefinitely.