Town of Qualicum Beach busy in the Heritage Forest

That and other briefs from town council's meeting this week

Briefs from Qualicum Beach town council’s meeting Monday night:

Broombuster founder Joanne Sales presented an update on the state of broom in the region at Qualicum Beach’s Feb. 22 council meeting. She encouraged council to go ahead with its proposal to set the goal of making it the first officially broom-free municipality.

• A rezoning application for a three-building, mixed-use, commercial and residential development at 210 First Avenue West was sent back to the Advisory Planning Commission for further comment on changes to the height and character.

• A public hearing on the subdivision of land on Country Club Drive in Eaglecrest to allow 18 residences will be held on Monday, March 14, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the start of the regular council meeting in council chambers. A public information meeting will also be held in town hall earlier that afternoon.

• A zoning amendment for a set of duplexes (four units) at 184 First Avenue West was adopted and a development permit will be issued.

• Council directed staff to investigate options for using the approximately 400-year-old Douglas fir cross section slabs harvested in the Heritage Forest as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebration and to explore funding opportunities.

• Council directed staff to investigate and remove the garden refuse material from the Heritage Forest.

• Council directed staff to repair the rotten and leaning fire access gate at the Heritage Forest Chester Road entrance.

• Council instructed staff to install a culvert to address the flooding issue at the Heritage Forest Corduroy Trail accessing Hemsworth Road.

• Council instructed staff to enter into a Fee For Service agreement with INFilm providing funding for 2016 in the amount of $3,000 and authorized the mayor and corporate administrator to sign the agreement on behalf of the town.

• Council directed staff to propose a list of members to a Waterfront Master Plan working group for consideration at an in camera meeting.

• Town of Qualicum Beach Bylaw No. 698 to regulate fire protection and life safety, and to provide emergency services, was given second reading.