Notice of Intention to Amend the Five-Year Financial Plan

The City of Grand Forks is proposing to amend the 2018-2022 Five Year Financial Plan, Bylaw No. 2045, 2018.

Click here to view a copy of the bylaw amendment and attached report

The public can provide input on this bylaw amendment prior to first three readings, which are planned for the Regular Meeting of June 24, 2019.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Chief Financial Officer, Juliette Rhodes at (250) 442-8266. Comments regarding the Financial Plan amendment can be forwarded in writing to the Chief Financial Officer, by mail, in person at City Hall, or by e-mail to

Mailing address:
Corporation of the City of Grand Forks
PO Box 220
Grand Forks, BC
V0H 1H4

Power Outage June 17, 2019

Electrical crews will be upgrading the power lines on 19th Street Monday June 17 from 8:30 to 4:30.

Power will be out in Johnson Flats for all municipal customers south of Kettle River Drive from 19th St in the west to 12th St in the east including all properties in between and on either side. Some properties north of Kettle River Drive will also be without power. Please see the map below for specific parcel information.

If you have questions or concerns, please call (250) 442-4148 or email

Supportive Housing Project – Frequently Asked Questions



Proposed Supportive Housing Project

City of Grand Forks


  1. Who will live in this project? Homeless individuals, those at risk of being homeless, those that are hard to house and low income adults. The occupants will pay rent (it’s not “free” housing) and some will receive support services to ensure they are good tenants. Some will need supports with mental health and/or substance abuse. The tenants must sign an agreement that they will abide by the building rules and receive the supports as needed.
  2. Have other locations been looked at (P&T, Hotel 99, Moto)? Yes, many sites were looked at and were not feasible because of a lack of infrastructure, site unavailability, inadequate size, location or zoning.This Council and the previous Council has worked with BC Housing and community groups toward relocating this project to a suitable site and to date the 70th Avenue and 2nd Street sites are being reviewed.
  3. Who is paying for the development? Cost sharing and servicing issues are currently being negotiated. Until these negotiations have been finalized, the matter will remain “In-Camera”.
  4. Will there be community consultation? There will be a public hearing about the proposed zoning bylaw change on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 5th (from 3:00pm to 6:00pm) so that Council can hear the views of all residents. Letters and emails submitted to the City with respect to the bylaw will also be documented and reviewed by Council.
  5. Who proposed the possible move from 2nd Street to 70th Avenue? Council as a whole proposed the potential relocation of the project due to community concerns about the 2nd Street location. On May 21, 2019, Council gave 1st and 2nd reading to the rezoning bylaw which, if passed after the public hearing, would permit the project (along with other community uses).
  6. Why did the City buy the land? The City bought the lots on 70th Street to facilitate servicing and development of the west sector of the City, to potentially provide access to the 19th Street housing project, and to use the land for uses that are of benefit of the City. It made sense to purchase these lots because they are immediately beside a large City recreational area and other City-owned lands.
  7. What did the vote on May 21st mean? Council gave the zoning bylaw amendment 1st and 2nd reading which means the rezoning proposal is advertised and progresses to a public hearing so all members of the community can express their views to Council.
  8. What can council do to stop this project completely? BC Housing is a Provincial crown corporation.  Senior levels of government can overrule municipal decisions. As such, Council has little say in what BC Housing does. To date council has tried to make the best of it by having the project changed from 52 studio units to 34 one bedroom units, negotiating the possible relocation of the project and putting forth a resolution that BC Housing has to consult with the community before purchasing land for housing projects.
  9. Is it possible to declare a moratorium? As mentioned above, BC Housing represents a senior government and can override municipal zoning, etc. (this is rare, and they prefer to work with communities). Also, it would be difficult for the City to deny a housing project if it meets the zoning, servicing and cost requirements.
  10. Who asked BC Housing to come to Grand Forks? For at least the last five years, private citizens, community groups and different Councils have asked the Province for “help with the homeless situation”. As a result, the supported housing project is proposed to help with this situation.
  11. What is the proposed new zoning for the 70th Avenue site? Council asked staff to prepare special site-specific zoning for this property to enable more control and to limit the project to this specific site.
  12. Why is this rezoning being rushed? BC Housing has strict timelines for development and funding. It may be that if Council doesn’t move forward, the project may be developed on the 2nd Street because BC Housing already owns the land.
  13. Is the 2nd Street lot suitable? The lot is appropriate for BC Housing’s needs in terms of size and location, and BC Housing owns the lot.
  14. What happens if Council votes “yes” and passes the rezoning bylaw? Council can’t (by legislation) consider the next step until after a public hearing and receiving written submissions from the public. After the public hearing, Council has the option of either giving the rezoning bylaw 3rd reading or not.  If the rezoning bylaw is passed then the project can proceed on the lots on 70th Avenue, subject to servicing agreements and building permits.
  15. What happens if Council votes “no” and doesn’t pass the rezoning bylaw? The lands will remain under single family residential zoning and the project won’t proceed. However, the project may still proceed on 2nd
  16. Is Council only working with BC Housing? What about the people? Council has worked tirelessly to make this the best project for the community.  Council spent hours reviewing the petition and other feedback received about the 2nd Street location. As a result, Council is exploring 70th Avenue as an alternative option.
  17. I haven’t seen anything about the purchase of the 70th Avenue site in the press, why? The purchase of the land and approval for allowing access through Lots C and D were made public at the Council meeting on March 25th, which is the day that the sale was finalized. The media was in attendance.
  18. What’s going on with a supportive housing project in Maple Ridge? In March, the Council of Maple Ridge voted down a 51-unit supportive housing project and the Province (BC Housing) decided to go ahead with it anyway. As a senior government, the Province’s priority in this case overruled the municipality’s.
  19. Isn’t the proposed 70th Avenue site too close to family and other community facilities? There are sports fields and other recreation facilities immediately to the north of this site. BC Housing advises that there will be 24/7 security on site as well as cameras and 24 hour workers. There will also be an operating contract with the local non-profit operator, with strict operating procedures.
  20. What will this project look like? The designs are not finalized but it will be a 4-storey building with offices on the main floor. The building would likely take up 2 of the 4 lots and the remaining lots could be used for recreation/community amenities.

City of Grand Forks and Area D – Community Survey

Community Futures Boundary is conducting a survey of residents of the City of Grand Forks and surrounding Area D.  The link below is the same survey linked on both the RDKB and Community Futures websites.

Residents of the City of Grand Forks and Area D are invited to complete THIS SURVEY ON THE ECONOMIC POTENTIAL OF THE COMMUNITY.  Your input is important and will help identify additional issues or needs of residents. We are working to create an Economic Development Strategy to diversify and enhance job growth and improve economic sustainability.

We will accumulate the final results and keep responses confidential.  Thank you for your time and participation in this important initiative.


RDKB TENDER – Additions and Renovations to Carson Fire Hall





Carson Fire Hall (No. 2)
Additions and Renovations
Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Fire Services
Reservoir Road, Grand Forks, BC

Sealed Tenders from Prime Contractors will be received at the office of the General Manager of Operations, Regional District of Kootenay Boundary, 202-843 Rossland Avenue, Trail, B.C. V1R 4S8, on or before 2:00 p.m. May 21, 2019.

The work includes but is not limited to a 284m2 (3055 sq.ft.) two vehicle bay; storage room addition and renovation for a washroom and storage room.

Tender Documents are available by email from May 1 to May 16, 2019 to Contractors by written email request from Fairbank Architects Ltd.

A mandatory pre-bid site tour for Bidding Contractors will be held on May 10, 2019 commencing at 2:00 p.m. local time, starting at the building’s main entrance.

A Bidding Contractor is a company capable of performing all the requirements of the proposed Construction Contract CCDC 2-2008, Supplements thereof and in compliance with the “Instructions to Bidders” issued With the Tender Documents.

Tender Documents may be viewed at:
• FAIRBANK ARCHITECTS LTD., 404 Vernon Street, Nelson, B.C.
• SICA PLAN ROOM, Kelowna, 104 -151 Commercial Drive, Kelowna, BC V1 X 7W2 Telephone: 250.491.7330 Email:

Notice of Public Hearing – Zoning Bylaw Amendment – February 11, 2019

A public hearing regarding two proposed Zoning Bylaw amendments (2039-A2 and 2039-A3) is scheduled for Monday, February 11 at 6:00pm in Council Chambers.