Rossland City Council Briefs
With the passing of amended bylaw 2566, Rossland now has a consistent guideline for developers looking to build multi-unit living spaces within city limits.
The potential Cook Avenue development was a catalyst for these guidelines, as concerned citizens started a dialogue for what is and is not preferable for large-scale structures in residential areas.
The original bylaw amendment under discussion was the Official Community Plan, with the addition of “Schedule K” (regarding multi-family units) tabled for final reading on Monday night.
The guidelines include considerations of aesthetics, environmental impact and effects on surrounding infrastructure. Such things as land grading and drainage, vehicle access and parking, preservation of existing landscaping, consideration of solar energy, visually-appealing facades, snow-load management and building material options are all covered within the document.
The complete document can be accessed on the City of Rossland website.
Representatives from Women Creating Change (WCC) presented council with a project undertaken by a number of local women living in low-income or income-assisted situations in our area.
The project consisted of a series of photographs that these women took regarding their day-to-day lives, with voice-overs that explained the challenges they frequently faced.
The short film was followed by a presentation about the WCC’s ongoing mission to empower local women by addressing some of the varied obstacles they face in attempting to improve their lives and the lives of their families.
The women’s initiative is a collaborative effort between Greater Trail Community Skills Centre and the Trail Family and Individual Resource Centre Society (Trail FAIR) which has received three years of funding by the Status of Women Canada. Their current focus includes supplying bursaries for women who would like to undertake short-term training or skill expansion, and to develop a mentorship program to help bridge the difficult transition from trades education to sustainable employment.
The WCC’s goal for the evening was three-fold: shedding light on the continued disparity between women and men in the workplace; requesting Council to add their names to the Lower Columbia Community Accord; and to encourage Council to take on issues affecting low-income families, such as affordable housing, nutrition and access to recreation.
The Lower Columbia Community Accord asks participants to recognize that 51 per cent of the population in our region is comprised of women, and that these women still struggle to find pay-equity and skilled labour in a still male-dominated economic climate.
The Accord represents a philosophy focused on the respect and understanding of women in the community. By signing it, council would pledge to keep the women of the Columbia basin in mind with each important decision brought before them.