Village Projects & Initiatives

The Village of Pemberton administers a wide range of projects throughout the year. Browse through the project pages below to learn more about current initiatives.

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Zoning & Sign Bylaw Update

Timeline:  December 2016 - December 2017

Current Status:  Contract has been awarded for consultant to complete the Zoning and Sign Bylaw Update

Project Background:  The current Zoning Bylaw No. 466, 2001 has been amended from time to time within the last 15 years including some major revisions relating to new residential developments.  The Village underwent a review and adoption of its Official Community Plan (Bylaw No. 654, 2011) several years ago which included new policies that must be incorporated into the zoning provisions. The Village is experiencing growth and development of home-based businesses and businesses involved in the sharing economy – technology driven businesses that did not exist and were never contemplated when the original bylaw was adopted.

The Village’s Sign Bylaw No. 380, 1995 has never been amended, and despite being twenty years old and on the Village’s work plan for several years, it has never been reviewed or updated.   There has been much confusion and non-compliance with the Sign Bylaw that has come to light in the last few years. The Village is committed to undertaking a thorough review of the Sign Bylaw, including recommendations from the Chamber of Commerce and business owners on how to better reflect today’s marketing practices.

Project Details:  The project will incorporate a community and stakeholder engagement component which will be announced once the program timeline has been confirmed.

Contact Information: For project-related questions, please contact Lisa Pedrini, Village of Pemberton Planner at 604.894.6135 or by email. 

Related Documents

Zoning & Sign Bylaw Information Presentation

380 Sign Bylaw (subject of review)

466 Consolidation of Zoning Bylaw (subject to review)

2016 Zoning Bylaw & Sign Bylaw Review

Village of Pemberton Zoning Map

Zoning & Sign Bylaw Update Information

Water Conditioning Project

Timeline: Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

Current Status: Due to the milder weather, the Water Conditioning Project was able to resume and is currently 90% complete.

We have received the soda ash injection system, which will be installed over the coming weeks.  Final finishing touches still need to be done to the wellhouse structure, once the injection system has been installed.

Following the installation of the soda ash system, Public Works will slowly be adding soda ash to the water system to bring up the water's pH, making it less corrosive.  Once the system is operational, the results will not be instantaneous, adjustments to the system will be required for a period of time to stabilize the pH levels.

The Village will advise once we begin adding soda ash to the system. 

Project Background:  To treat the low pH and alkalinity of the Village drinking water, the Village is installing a Soda Ash conditioning system.  The implementation of the soda ash system is estimated to cost roughly $560,000.  This has been allocated from Water Reserves and Community Works Gas Tax Funds, a yearly grant delivered to all local governments in British Columbia to support local priorities. The installation of the system is not anticipated to result in an increase in Utility rates at this time.

The annual cost to operate the conditioning system is estimated at $45,000 per year. This cost will be included in future water service budgets; in 2016 a prorated amount of $25,000 has been allocated as approved in the 2016 - 2020 Five-Year Financial Plan.

Project Details: The project scope includes underground works, the expansion of the well house in Pioneer Park and the installation of the soda ash injection system.

Contact Information:  For project-related questions, please contact Tim Harris, Operations & Development Services Manager at 604.894.6135 or by email. 

Friendship Trail Bridge

Timeline: Provided funding is secured, the Friendship Trail Bridge Project will be complete by October 2017.

Current Status:  The Village of Pemberton was awarded $500,000 from the BikeBC Program for the Friendship Trail Bridge.

Project Background: The Friendship Trail Bridge is part of the Friendship Trail, which is part of the Sea to Sky Trail and Trans Canada Trail. The aim of the Friendship Trail and Bridge is to provide a linear, safe connection between the Village, Plateau Neighbourhood, future recreation site and Lil’wat Nation.   In turn, detering commuters from accessing the Village core by Highway 99.

Project Details: The scope of the project includes the design and installation of a pedestrian/cycling/equestrian bridge on the south side of the Lillooet River, adjacent to Highway 99.

Contact Information: For project-related questions, please contact Tim Harris, Operations & Development Services Manager at 604.894.6135 or by email. 

Related Documents

Download the Friendship Trail Bridge Storyboards (April 11th Info Session)


Community Forest Agreement & Tenure

Timeline: 2017-2018

Current Status: Currently pursuing a Partnership Agreement with First Nations

Project Background:  In 2001, Village Council  took  into  consideration the  changes  that  were taking place in the Forest Industry at the time and determined it would be prudent to investigate the possibility of establishing a Community Forest in the Pemberton area.   In 2005 the Ministry of Forests issued a press release in which the Village of Pemberton along with the RMOW and District of Squamish were invited to apply for a five year probationary community forest licence that would provide up to 10,000 m3 of timber annually.   Although application was not made at that time there continued to be interest in pursuing this initiative and over the years the Village has met with Ministry officials to discuss the Community Forest program, understand the 2007 timber supply analysis and consider partnership opportunities.

In 2014, due to renewed interest Council determined that it would be useful to better understand the feasibility of pursuing this initiative.  In 2015, a request for proposal was issued by the Village  for a study to explore the feasibility of entering into a Community Forest Agreement with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resources Operations.   Over the past number of years there have been numerous discussions with Provincial representatives and some preliminary research has been completed. The aim of the study was to learn about the  potential benefits of a entering into a Community Forest Agreement include establishing forest stewardship over the lands surrounding the Village; facilitating potential recreation opportunities and protecting those that are already in place; and social and economic benefits to the community through potential job creation and retention.

In 2016, the Community Forest Feasibility Study was completed and presented to Council in March.  The Study outlined the process to make application and provided information of the potential costs and benefits to undertaking this project and options for partnerships.  An opportunity to partner with Lil’wat Nation was presented and in December Council resolved to enter into negotiations with Lil’wat Forest Ventures to establish a Partnership Agreement to operate a Community Forest.

Project Details:  A Community Forest can be described as any forestry operation managed by a local government, community group, First Nation or community-held corporation for the benefit of the entire community. Community forestry involves the three pillars of sustainable development: social, ecological, and economic sustainability. At its core, community forestry is about local control over and enjoyment of the benefits offered by local forest resources.

A Community Forest Agreement is a process by which the province transfers decision-making to communities that have a desire to have a greater influence and participate in the stewardship of their local landbase.  Community Forest tenures are area-based thereby giving the holders of that tenure exclusive stewardship of a geographic area of forest land over an agreed upon term. 

Next Steps: It is anticipated that the preparation of the partnership agreement will take several months;  At the same time the Village along with Lil’wat Forest Ventures will prepare the background information required to make application to the Ministry for a Community Forest Licence.  This will include the development of a Forest Management Plan, Stewardship Management Plan, reforestation plan, business plan all of which will be presented at public meetings prior to submission.  The aim is to submit the application in early 2018.

Contact information:  For project related questions, please contact Sheena Fraser, Manager of Corporate & Legislative Services at 604.894.6135 or by email at sfraser @


One Mile Lake Park Master Plan, 2016

Current Status: The One Mile Lake Park Master Plan has been completed and adopted by Council.

Download the One Mile Lake Park Master Plan

This infographic displays a snapshot of survey results collected last fall. More findings will be presented at the One Mile Lake Park Master Plan Open House, February 29, 2016, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Pemberton & District Community Centre, Room B. Everyone is invited to stop by, view the consultation results and other findings to date, and comment on future options.

Project Background:  The Village of Pemberton is re-initiating the update of the One Mile Lake Park Master Plan as a means to revise and improve upon the current plan, given that many of the directions contained in the 2005 Plan have been addressed. This Master Plan Update process was initiated in 2013; however, other commitments of the Development Services Department and eventual staff changes prevented the completion of the One Mile Lake Park Master Plan Update as anticipated.

In the spring of 2015, the Village of Pemberton Council highlighted the completion of the One Mile Lake Park Master Plan as a corporate priority. The One Mile Lake Park Master Plan will entail extensive public engagement and will be a tool for guiding the land use and opportunities/constraints of the park for the next 10 years in a manner that will contribute to an improved quality of experience for its users, as well as the protection of its overall environmental sustainability.

For more information, please see Terms of ReferenceConsultation Plan and the  One Mile Lake Environmental Conditions Report.

Contact Information: For information on the One Mile Lake Park Master Plan, please contact Lisa Pedrini, Planner at 604.894.6135 x234 or by email at lpedrini @

Fire Truck Purchase

Current Status:  The Triple Pumper Truck has been purchased and is in operation.

On December 30, 2015, Village Council adopted the "Triple Combination Pumper Truck Loan Authorization Borrowing Bylaw No. 795, 2015" enabling the borrowing of a sum not exceeding $533,536 to be repaid over a maximum of twenty (20) years.

Based on the 2014 taxation rates, the annual debt service cost represents approximately $4.33 per $100,000 of assessed property value for residential properties.

It should be noted that taxpayers have been paying $3.94 per $100,000 assessed property value for a previously purchased fire truck, which will be paid off in 2016. Once the debt for the previously purchased truck is retired, taxes will go up approximately $0.40 per $100,000 assessed value relative to what they were previously paying to purchase the new fire truck.

Pursuant to Section 86 of the Community Charter, the Village of Pemberton conducted an alternative approval process to gain the assent of the electors prior to the adoption of the Loan Authorization Bylaw. As less than 10% of the electors in the Village of Pemberton signed and submitted Elector Response Forms by 4:00 p.m. on December 29, 2015, electoral approval was received.

To learn more about the Triple Combination Pumper Truck and the loan authorization alternative approval process, view the "Get the Facts" information sheet. 

If you have any questions about the Village of Pemberton Triple Combination Pumper Truck Loan Authorization Bylaw, please contact the Manager of Finance & Administrative Services, Lena Martin, at 604-894-6135 ext. 225 or

Pemberton Agricultural Parks Plan

Current Status: The Pemberton Agricultural Parks Plan is now complete and adopted by Council.

Stewardship Pemberton Society (SPS), in partnership with the Village of Pemberton, is developing a Pemberton Agricultural Parks Master Plan to guide the creation of agricultural parkland in Pemberton and Area C. Key stakeholders will be invited to participate in preliminary meetings scheduled in early December 2015 and January 2016. To learn more about this project, please see the links below:

Boundary Expansion

View the Order of Lieutenant Government in Council for the Village of Pemberton Boundary Extension.

Download the Village of Pemberton Boundary Extension Map


Village of Pemberton Boundary Expansion - Process Outline

There are 5 main stages in the municipal boundary extension process:


Tasks Status

1.1 The Village confirms by council resolution that it wants to consider the proposal.

Resolution of Council- April 15, 2008

1.2 The Village needs to:

  1. Define the precise area.
  2. Hold town hall style public consultation.
  3. Consult with owners/residents within that area.
  4. Consult with the regional district.
  5. Consult with other local governments, service providers,and other agencies.
  6. Identify and discuss any issues that arise.
  7. Hold town hall style public meeting if required, as determined by the Council.

Map, dated April 10, 2008, approved by Council April 15, 2008 defining area.

Town Hall Style meeting held Tuesday, July 8th at 7:00 p.m (see above)

Consultations as per 3,4,5 underway. John Staehli to make first hand contact with owners within the proposed extension area. Letters to other agencies sent May 23 with follow up telephone calls completed. Formal responses are arriving.

Analysis of issues is ongoing.

Referendum held on November 15, 2008 Results: 611 for boundary extension, 145 against.

Resolution passed at the December 2nd Council meeting confirmed the map issued for distribution April 10, 2008 by Gilbey Engineering Services, and directed Stantec to proceed with submission of the Boundary Extension Proposal to the Ministry of Community Development.


Tasks Status

2.1 Once the consultation period is complete, the Village (by the consultant after discussion with the Village) submits the following:

  1. a council resolution.
  2. a map showing the precise proposed boundary.
  3. a brief explanation of the rationale:
  4. information on communications with owners/residents in the area:
  5. a map indicating owners/residents in favour or opposed.
  6. the results of consultations with the regional district and other agencies.
  7. consideration of specific conditions related to implementation.
  8. any other relevant background information.

Proposal Submitted to Ministry on December 3, 2008


Tasks Status
3.1 Ministry will acknowledge the submission, and confirm that the basic technical criteria have been met. T.B.A.
3.2 Ministry refers it to the Ministry of Transportation in relation to local roads. T.B.A.
3.3 Ministry may discuss issues with other agencies. T.B.A.
3.4 Ministry prepares an administrative report to the Village, with copies to other interested parties. T.B.A.
3.5 The report will identify any outstanding issues, identify alternatives, and indicate next step(s). Where direction is required from the Minister on a particular issue, the Ministry will obtain that direction. T.B.A.


Tasks Status
4.1 The Ministry recognizes the right of the Village to undertake the statutory advertising before now, but recommends it be done after the report in case there are changes. The Village undertakes the statutory advertising requirements under the Local Government Act. T.B.A.
4.2 Following completion of the advertising and the subsequent period for submission of a petition by Pemberton citizens, the Village provides the Ministry with a council resolution and a declaration that the statutory requirements have been met. T.B.A.


5.1 After advertising and, outstanding issues have been resolved, and the citizen consultation criteria have been evaluated, the Ministry will draft Supplementary Letters Patent. T.B.A.
5.2 In the case of complex SLP, a draft will be sent to the Village and the SLRD for review. The SLP is finalized and forwarded to the Minister and Cabinet for consideration. T.B.A.
5.3 If Cabinet approves the boundary extension, notice is given of the date of the approval of the Order in Council authorizing the change. T.B.A.