The Village of Pemberton next week will launch a resident survey and internal census, intended to gather information for a "more accurate" picture of who's in the community, Mayor Jordan Sturdy said at Tuesday's (June 1) council meeting.
"It's to gather info so we have a more accurate representation of the community I think there's a suspicion our population is significantly larger than our (federal) census population," Sturdy said.
The Village has hired a consultant who will go door to door with the resident survey over a two-week period, handing out the documents, offering assistance with filling it out and returning to pick up the forms, Sturdy said.
The survey includes questions about types of housing, how many people live in a given household, employment patterns, age and gender of residents, transportation methods and numbers of cars, pets and bikes.
Sturdy said the survey is not intended to be an enforcement tool or a way to identify non-conforming suites. It's about having accurate numbers to support planning efforts and understand the demand on services such as the sewage treatment, water supply, transit and schools, he said. The figures could also help inform plans for economic development opportunities, he added.
"It's really important that we do get good information. Don't be afraid of the census person," Sturdy said.
Gravel pit pursued
Working with the Pemberton Valley Dyking District, Village of Pemberton staff members have been looking into the possibility of using the Suicide Hill quarry for a gravel pit for institutional use.
The quarry is situated on the south slope of Suicide Hill at the entrance to the Pemberton Wildlife Association rifle range, according to a staff report by Chief Administrative Officer Daniel Sailland.
Sturdy said it's "always a challenge" to find fill material for new developments in the valley and that having a gravel pit close by would save money and time it takes to transport the gravel from further away.
Sailland wrote that the dyking district and Village will need to apply for a Crown grant enabling the use of Crown land for "health, education, public safety, community infrastructure and public facilities that benefit the public at large." The grant would prevent the Village and dyking district from selling material from the site and competing with local businesses, he wrote.
Councillor Alan LeBlanc stressed the importance of being specific about use of the material from the site, saying he "would just hate to see businesses suffer from free gravel."