Committees are often used by local governments to share the workload amongst Council and to provide an opportunity for members of the community to give input and advice to Council. The general forms of committee are as follows:
A committee formed by the Mayor acting under the authority of section 141 of the Community Charter for matters the mayor considers would be better dealt with by committee. At least half the members of a standing committee must be Council members. An example of this in Lions Bay would be the Infrastructure Committee.
A committee formed by resolution of the Council acting under the authority of section 142 of the Community Charter to consider or inquire into any matter and to report its findings and opinion to the council. At least one member of a Select Committee must be a Council member. An example of this in Lions Bay was the former Parking Plan Committee.
A committee which is, as the name states, created by the Council passing a bylaw which creates and provides a Terms of Reference for their powers and responsibilities. Generally, these are “advisory committees”, intended to provide advice or recommendations on a regular basis regarding a particular subject matter. An example of this in Lions Bay would be the Trees, Views and Landscapes Committee.
All committee proceedings are open to the public, unless closed under one of the grounds enumerated under section 90 of the Community Charter.
Though comprised of the Mayor and Council members, Council Strategy Committee Meetings are not considered formal Council meetings. When Council meets as the CSC, no final decisions are made but rather recommendations can be made to Council that must be considered at a properly convened Council Meeting in order to be acted on or implemented. CSC meetings provide an opportunity for Mayor and Council to discuss issues less formally and in advance of actual decision making.
The Infrastructure Committee consists of a select group of residents appointed by Council. Their mandate is to provide knowledgeable long-term strategic review, guidance and recommendations on Lions Bay’s infrastructure, to enable Council to plan and execute spending to efficiently sustain and enhance the Village’s amenities, quality of life, property value, safety and environment. The Infrastructure Committee’s role is advisory and it has no authority to approve or implement decisions. The IC’s Terms of Reference can be viewed here.
Visit the Reports & Documents Library and filter by "Infrastructure" for a variety of reports and documents.
The purpose of the Trees Views and Landscapes Committee is to act in an advisory capacity to Council on matters related to the development, interpretation, enforcement and future direction of tree management in the Village of Lions Bay. It is the first point of reference for Tree-Cutting Permit applications under the Tree Bylaw, and is expected to provide balanced and objective advice to Council on these applications.
The committee meets to review applications by residents to cut down or trim trees on municipal property. Their meetings take place at the location of the proposed cutting and affected or interested residents are free to attend. The Committee’s recommendations are included on the next Council Agenda for the Council’s consideration in deciding the tree cutting or trimming application.The Trees, Views and Landscapes Bylaw No. 393, 2007, as amended, includes the Terms of Reference for the Committee.
This standing sub-committee was formed to review the most recent Village of Lions Bay Emergency Plan and assess the gaps in Emergency Planning and determine the steps necessary to fill out and advance the Emergency Plan prior to re-constituting the Emergency Planning Committee.