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Moving its way through its first three readings at Council this week was a new delegation bylaw. Currently the City doesn’t have a bylaw setting out guidelines for what exactly city staff can approve without council consultation.

Director of Corporate Services Sean Smith joked about not being able to buy pencils without coming to council, before laying out the key details.

“It’s most particularly going to affect planning and development. Firstly, development permits that don’t require any variances will be able to be approved by staff,” said Smith. “This bylaw gives staff the authority to require developers, particularly in more controversial applications, we could require that developer to hold a public information meeting before their actual application comes to council.”

Other responsibilities being delegated are the authority to issue sign permits, purchasing and contract authorization authority, and delegation to committees.

“Some of us campaign on this kind of stuff,” said Councillor Tony Luck. “This is really exciting to see us moving into the 21st century with some of our bylaws and the way things should be done. This should make it easier for council, for staff, and for the developers that are coming. This is a major step for us.”

It should be noted the bylaw includes a robust reconsideration section to ensure that anybody who feels that a member of staff has made an incorrect decision, has the option to appear before Council.

Councillor Mike Bhangu was the only councillor in opposition to the motion which passed by a 6-1 vote.

 

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