January 2022
Community Update
News and Information from the District of Lantzville  
Municipal Hall COVID-19 Hours - Masks Mandatory
Monday to Friday
By phone or email: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
In-person payment and document drop-off: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Call or email for appointments for other services

Closed Friday, December 24, 2021 to Monday, January 3, 2022, inclusive, reopening on Tuesday, January 4, 2022
After-hours Public Works emergency call 1.888.826.8271
All other emergencies dial 911
Upcoming Meetings
Wednesday, January 12th - 6:00 pm Regular Council
Wednesday, January 19th - 9:00 am Special Council (Closed)
Wednesday, January 26th - 6:00 pm Regular Council

For meeting information, including meeting livestreaming and electronic participation, visit lantzville.ca and click on the meeting date on the calendar to access the meeting agenda package, minutes and video recordings. The start time of the open portion/livestreaming of the meetings may vary if a closed portion is required at the beginning of the regular Council meeting. Please refer to the Council meeting agenda, published the week before the meeting, to confirm the open portion/livestream start time.

Until further notice, Council meetings are presided over in-person by the Mayor with Councillors participating electronically or in-person (per the Community Charter and the Council Procedure Bylaw). The public is encouraged to view the livestream of the open portion of the meeting online via the District’s website. Members of the public attending in the Council Chamber must remain seated unless invited to address Council. Under current Provincial Health Orders, masks are required in indoor public settings for all people aged 5 and older, and proof of vaccination is not required for essential government activities and services, including Council meetings. Prior to attending, please self-assess to ensure you are healthy and do not attend if you are ill. Meetings recorded by the District of Lantzville may be viewed at lantzville.ca. The public is prohibited from recording Council meetings unless authorized by Council.
Watch for your Property Assessment in the Mail!
BC Assessment sends assessment notices to all BC property owners in January each year. You can search e-ValueBC to compare your assessment with neighbouring properties to get a sense of the values in your area. Review your notice carefully and contact BC Assessment immediately if you feel your assessment is incorrect. The deadline to appeal your assessment to BC Assessment is January 31, 2022. Property taxes are calculated based on the assessment values set by BC Assessment Authority (BCAA). Your property taxes are based on this formula: Net Assessed Property Value/$1,000 multiplied by Property Tax Rate equals Property Tax Bill.
Traffic Safety - Be Bright at Night!
Shining the spotlight on safe travel after dark. Please dress and drive to suit the conditions. Be visible. Carry a flashlight. Did you know? Officials say distracted driving, failure to yield the right of way and weather conditions are the top contributing factors for drivers in crashes involving pedestrians.
2022 Grant in Aid Applications
Early in 2022, Council of the District of Lantzville will consider applications for discretionary Grants in Aid for the 2022 calendar year. Funds available for grants are limited and subject to budgetary constraints. The primary purpose is to provide financial assistance to an organization for a specific project or event that benefits the residents of the District of Lantzville. The organization should be registered as a Society (or belong to a parent Society) under the laws of BC and/or Canada. Preference will be given to locally based organizations whose efforts are community based in nature. Council will not grant monies to a ‘for profit’ organization. Applications must be completed and submitted to the Municipal Hall, no later than Tuesday, February 1, 2022. Visit Municipal Hall lantzville.ca for a Grant in Aid application form and policy.
Recreation Opportunities
The City of Nanaimo winter program registration is ongoing and the 2022 Winter Activity Guide is online at recreation.nanaimo.ca. Due to the ongoing repairs at Beban Pool, registration for winter swimming lessons will occur in early 2022. Look for the date on the City of Nanaimo's Facebook page and website.

Our first-ever New Year’s Day Event will be taking place at Beban Park on Saturday, January 1st from 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm. “Activate” will help participants get active by participating in a variety of activities, including swimming, skating, fitness classes, bouncy castles, games, sports, arts, crafts and more. Food trucks will be on site as well and there will be a variety of entertainers performing. The cost is $10 for an individual or $35 for a pack of 5. Tickets can be purchased at the event or in advance at Beban Park.

  • Glow in the Dark Skate happens on Tuesday, January 4th, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at Frank Crane Arena. Regular admission rates apply.
  • A Starlight Skate happens on Sunday, January 16th, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm at Nanaimo Ice Centre. Regular admission rates apply.
The Regional District of Nanaimo facilities are open and programs are running in accordance with current Public Health Orders (PHO). Visit ww.rdn.bc.ca/recreation to register for programs and to access the REC Connect webpage to subscribe to the Active Living Guide and find free activities and resources.

[ALERT: In response to the PHO Orders released December 17, 2021, the Polar Bear Splash on January 1st, 12:00 pm at Parksville Community Beach is cancelled]
FireSmart Canada Wildfire Community Preparedness Day 2022

Applications are now open for FireSmart Canada Wildfire Community Preparedness Day 2022! Your neighbourhood may be eligible for up to $500 dollars to sponsor a Wildfire Community Preparedness Day! Applications are accepted until January 31, 2022.
Everyone can participate! Gather your neighbours and make a plan to reduce wildfire risk. Work together to prune trees, remove woody debris, remove tree needles from your gutters, or build a FireSmart garden! Your community will learn about FireSmart, and build your wildfire resiliency at the same time! For more ideas, download the Prep Day Toolkit and other resources at the FireSmart Canada website and visit the RDN website.
Thank You Lantzville for Your Holiday Spirit!
Thank you to our community volunteers and citizens:
  • for the donations of the strings of lights and a special thanks to Santa’s helpers who decorate Huddlestone Park each holiday season
  • for your generous donations for the Lantzville Food Drive, particularly the Lantzville Rotary volunteers who collected the donations
  • and the Fire Department for your help on the food hamper sorting and delivery, and for driving Santa throughout the community sharing the holiday spirit.
Surplus lights or outdoor tree decorations? Contact Municipal Hall to arrange to drop off your donation to help light up Huddlestone Park during the holiday season next year.
Food Waste, Garbage & Recycling Schedule
Watch for the 2022 Collection Schedule, published by the Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN), in your mailbox and at www.lantzville.ca. A friendly reminder that curbside days bump ahead for each statutory holiday and carts should be placed out at the curb by 8:00 am. After New Year’s Day, curbside collection resumes on Tuesday, January 4th with Garbage and Food Waste and continues on Tuesdays through January.
If adverse weather disrupts collection service…the RDN reports that the following procedure will apply:
  • If materials are not collected by 6:00 pm, take your carts in for the night, this will help to deter pests.
  • Have your material back at the curb by 8:00 am. Collection staff will attempt to pick up the missed material in the two days following the missed collection.
  • If road conditions continue to prevent collection on the subsequent two (2) days, including weekends, the missed material will be collected on the next corresponding collection day. Visit the RDN Curbside Collection page for more information.
  • Sign up for service alert notifications by email, phone call, or the “RDN Curbside” smart phone app. Download the free “RDN Curbside” app on your Apple or Android device.

Visit www.rdn.bc.ca for more information or call Waste Connections of Canada at 1.866.999.8227 or the RDN at 250.390.6560.
Salish Sea Gull Project 
As part of an ongoing study on the health of the Salish Sea, you may see researchers from Environment and Climate Change Canada at our parks and beaches this January, February and March.

They are conducting temporary capture and release of Glaucous-winged Gulls and California Gulls to assess their diet and habitat use. The Salish Sea is a critical wintering site for marine birds and this research will provide insight into the impacts of anthropogenic activities in this ecosystem. The project is a collaboration between Environment and Climate Change Canada, Simon Fraser University, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and the University of Lethbridge.

To minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19, please maintain physical distance if you encounter the research team. They are operating under federal animal care, banding, and all other required permits, as well as local and federal health guidelines, to protect humans and animals alike. If you would like more information, please email Alice.Domalik@ec.gc.ca.
Bylaw Reminders
Open Burning – Until April 15, 2022, Open Air and Incinerator fires are permitted ONLY IF every reasonable alternative for reducing, reusing or recycling debris has been pursued first to minimize the amount of debris to be burned and subject to Bylaw No. 185 regulations and the Ventilation Index. No prohibited materials may be burned (e.g. no demolition waste, household waste, treated lumber, etc.). Burn only clean, dry organic materials in a fire less than 1.2 m high by less than 1.8 m in diameter and subject to the venting index. Visit the Province of BC website or call 1.888.281.2992 to confirm the Ventilation Index category for the CNTRL VAN ISLD the day you wish to burn to confirm if venting is GOOD, otherwise burning is prohibited.
NO LANDCLEARING FIRES ARE PERMITTED AT ANY TIME OF THE YEAR except registered burns on ALR lands Oct 15th-Nov 15th. Small campfires used for cooking, heating or ceremonial purposes are allowed (except on beaches) subject to conditions. NO OPEN FIRES ARE PERMITTED ON ANY BEACH AT ANY TIME OF THE YEAR; only portable propane campfire apparatus (CSA or ULC approved) are permitted on the beach between the hours of 11:00 am - 8:00 pm. For more information, view Fire Protection Services Bylaw No. 185, 2019 and the Outdoor Burning brochure or contact the Fire Chief at nrukus@lantzville.ca.
Fireworks Restricted – The District of Lantzville prohibits setting off fireworks, except on Halloween. No person under the age of 18 is permitted to possess fireworks. The sale of fireworks and use of firecrackers are prohibited in Lantzville. Fines start at $150. For more information, view Fireworks Regulation Bylaw No. 39, 2005.
Construction Notice
Leuco Construction Inc. commenced construction of watermain replacement on December 13, 2021 along Clark Crescent for the District of Lantzville. The duration of work is estimated to take three (3) months. During construction, Clark Crescent will be closed to the public to accommodate construction. Access for local traffic only will be permitted. Construction signage, barricades, cones, etc. will be in place to create awareness and ensure safety for traffic, pedestrians and cyclists. During construction, driveway access will be interrupted, as required in order to complete installation of the upgrades. Notification 24-hours in advance will be provided for any driveway interruptions in order for alternate arrangements to be made, as necessary. Working hours will be Monday - Friday from 7:00 am - 7:00 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience that construction may cause and appreciate your patience. In the event that you have any questions or concerns, please contact William Cottrell, President, Leuco Construction 778.997.6482.
2022 Business Licence Required by January 1st
Effective January 1, 2022, it is unlawful for a person to engage in or carry on a business within Lantzville unless that person holds a valid business licence issued by the District of Lantzville. The requirement to hold a District of Lantzville business licence includes non-Lantzville-based business operators who also hold a licence in the municipality where their business has an office, business address or is normally based. The Miscellaneous Fees and Charges Bylaw No. 26 establishes the business licence fee ($100/each premise in Lantzville for non-Lantzville-based and Lantzville-based business except Home based business whose fee is $50.00) and renewal fees.

For more information, visit lantzville.ca to view Bylaw No. 167 or Bylaw No. 26, and to obtain a business licence application.

Remember: Municipal Hall is closed during the period December 24, 2021 to January 3, 2022, inclusive.
2022 Council Meeting Schedule
The 2022 Council Meeting Schedule was approved in September, 2021.
Latest Council Updates
From the November Regular Council & Special Council Meetings
For more information, please contact the Director of Corporate Administration at 250.933.8082 or email district@lantzville.ca.