VOP seeks volunteers for commissions

Also in briefs: Pemberton fire service members earn long service awards, road maintenance meeting scheduled

Pembertonians interested in helping shape the future of the community currently have the opportunity to volunteer on three Village of Pemberton commissions.

The village has put out a call for four volunteers to sit on the Advisory Land Use Commission (ALUC), three volunteers for the Advisory Design Review commission (ADRC) and three more for the board of variance. “Community members in Pemberton appear to be happy to serve on these types of committees that shape the future of Pemberton,” said senior planner Lisa Pedrini, with the VOP. “They get to know what’s happening before most community members. They get a taste of what’s coming before it’s presented to council for a decision.”

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The ALUC looks at land use, community planning, major policy issues, proposed land use bylaws and permits. To that end, the village is particularly interested in candidates who have experience in the land use planning or community development field, although it’s not a requirement.

The ADRC, meanwhile, is ideally looking for people with experience in site planning, development, architecture or construction. That commission offers advice to council and staff about commercial and multi-family residential development proposals.  

Finally, the board of variance considers variances to the VOP zoning bylaws.

“It’s great to have people who are used to working on a board where you have minutes that need to be approved and make motions and resolutions,” Pedrini said. “Any past board or committee experience is helpful.”

Anyone interested in applying is asked to contact the VOP department of operations and development services before 4 p.m. on Nov. 13. Council is expected to choose the volunteers at its Nov. 21 meeting.

Pemberton fire service members receive awards

Four Pembertonains who work for the BC Wildfire Service were recently honoured with long service awards.

A ceremony took place on Oct. 26 at Government House in Victoria where the four men received the awards for 25 years of service from the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, Judith Guichon.

They include:

• Rob Dombowsky, who started his firefighting career in Pemberton and went on to work on Vancouver Island and in Squamish before returning to the valley in 2015 to work as a wildfire officer in the Pemberton Fire Zone.

• Andy Goss, a wildfire assistant with the BC Wildfire Service who specializes in firefighting aviation.

• Timothy “Vlad” Lamoureux, who also started his firefighting career in Pemberton and currently works as a provincial air attack officer.

• Charles Peters, who’s been a member of the D’arcy Heatseekers unit crew for 25 years. He’s been with the BC Wildfire Service his entire firefighting career.
Weigh in on road maintenance

Mainroad, the company that maintains the highways around Whistler and Pemberton, is hosting a “pre-winter operations stakeholder meeting” to discuss its winter operations ahead of the season.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday (Nov. 7) at 10 a.m. at the Pemberton Valley Lodge.

Anyone looking for more information can call 604-894-1468.

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