Sponsors: District of Vanderhoof
NCLGA Executive Recommendation: Endorse | Endorsed by the NCLGA and UBCM Memberships
WHEREAS rural communities acquire brownfield properties through tax sale;
AND WHEREAS rural communities continue to lack resources to remediate brownfields:
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Province of British Columbia commit to a funding program to assist local governments in remediating brownfield sites acquired through a tax sale.
UBCM Comments: The UBCM membership has not previously considered a resolution requesting the provincial government to establish a funding program to assist with local government remediation of brownfield sites acquired by local governments through the tax sale process.
However, UBCM notes that members endorsed resolution 2011-B99, which expressed concern at the direct and opportunity costs that arise when a development or related permit application happens to trigger a contaminated site remediation process. The resolution asked the Province to “increase financial assistance to local governments to offset these real negative economic impacts,” and investigate ways to minimize any negative economic effects of requirements to remediate contaminated sites.
In response to the 2011 resolution the provincial government referenced the BC Brownfield Renewal Funding Program, which in part provided funding to assist with remediation of contaminated sites owned by local governments.