iGIS – GIS for the iPhone

As a City Engineer, I deal with complex spacial data that makes the most sense when viewed graphically. For a lot of the information I need, I am reliant on GIS – Geographical Information Systems (and the City’s planing assistant who maintains the data) to interpret the interactions between property lines, utilities and all of […]

A $300,000 Water Meter

The New York Times featured an article about the sleepy town of Bolinas, California, where development has been managed through a unique process… Marc Dwaileebe would like to build a house for his family on land he owns in this bucolic town just 20 miles north of San Francisco. But he cannot hook up to the […]

Castlegar’s Property Maintenance Bylaw

Castlegar City Council mis close to adopting a new property maintenance bylaw, which will require owners to keep theiir propoerty free from noxious weeds, insect infestations and rubbish. Additionally, sidewalks will become the property owner’s responsibility to keep clear of snow, dust and debris; and boulevards in general must be kept in a safe and tidy condition, including mowing grass and trimming trees and shrubs.

Servicing the Airport Lands

It probably sounded like a good idea back in the middle years of the 2000’s decade.You can imagine the thinking, “If we get some good sized lots suitable for parking, Walmart or CostCo will come and set up shop there, the residents will be happy and we’ll be able to get some tax revenue off […]

Fredericton Roads and Streets Masterplan – 2009

Infrastructure masterplans are at the backboneof a community’s capital spending plan. While not addressing every possible outcome or required project, the process of considering a masterplan identifies many of the “big-ticket” items that are on the spending horizon for the community. Often these masterplans are written by consultants, for many reasons, political, staff availability, expertise, […]

Major Industry Taxes and Rural BC Communities

Over at the Castlegar Current, there is some venting over the unpaid property taxes owed the City by Mercer for the Celgar Pulp Mill site. Briefly, Celgar decided not to pay it’s property taxes and requisitions for other levels of government to the City of Castlegar by the deadline in August 2009. Now the battle is going to […]

Castlegar Rebranded

The City of Castlegar recently went through a re-branding exercise. This was undertaken by a steering committee, who ended up with a couple of layouts and tag lines for the logo. The City ended up choosing the playful, “Happily Ever After”. Now I understand that this is marketing speak and designed to play on the fairytale notion of Castle(gar).

Castlegar Caught in the Middle

To catch everyone up on the story, Celgar, a subsidiary of Mercer International, runs the pulp mill locoated way out on the north western extremity of the City’s boundary, alongside the now closed Interfor lumber mill on the banks of the Columbia River at Hugh Keenlyside Dam.