Author: Cultus Lake Park Administration

Additional Input Deadline – February 27, 2020

Thank you for providing input regarding Short-term Rentals, Bed & Breakfasts, Secondary Suites and Home-based Businesses. We are compiling your feedback into a report.

In order to finalize this report, we ask that any additional submissions be provided to Cultus Lake Park by 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2020.

Community Meeting – Monday, February 3

This is a quick reminder that Cultus Lake Park will hold a community meeting on Monday, February 3, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., at the Cultus Lake Community School. The meeting will gather input, feedback and ideas from residential leaseholders regarding the implementation of allowing Short-term Rentals, Bed & Breakfasts, Secondary Suites and Home-based Businesses in the Park.

Click below to review information on the format of the meeting and potential discussion points to consider.

Community Meeting Information & Discussion Points

Community Meeting Information & Discussion Points

On February 3, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., at the Cultus Lake Community School, Cultus Lake Park will hold a community meeting to gather input, feedback and ideas from residential leaseholders regarding the implementation of allowing Short-term Rentals, Bed & Breakfasts, Secondary Suites and Home-based Businesses in the Park.

Click below to review information on the format of the meeting and potential discussion points to consider.

Community Meeting Information & Discussion Points

Community Meeting

Cultus Lake Park is holding a community meeting to gather input, feedback and ideas from leaseholders regarding the implementation of allowing Short-term Rentals, Bed & Breakfasts, Secondary Suites and Home-based Businesses in the Park.

The community meeting is set to be held:

  • Date: February 3, 2020
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Location: Cultus Lake Community School (71 Sunnyside Blvd, Cultus Lake)

As many of you know, the Cultus Lake Park Board has made the decision to allow Short-term Rentals, Bed & Breakfasts, Secondary Suites and Home-based Businesses in the Park. To manage this, Park staff have been asked by the Board to develop a framework for permits/licencing, bylaws and enforcement and to put effective processes and resources in place. This is to ensure that these elements that are now being officially allowed in the Park are well-managed and do not impede on the enjoyment of Cultus Lake Park for others.

Community Meeting Format

The community meeting format will be a combination of an overview – presented by Park Board Chair Joe Lamb – and the opportunity for residential leaseholders to speak with Park staff and Commissioners. Residential leaseholders are encouraged to come to the meeting with ideas, feedback and questions on each of the elements – Short-term Rentals, Bed & Breakfasts, Secondary Suites and Home-based Businesses – and what they mean, overall, to the Park.

Many of these already exist in Cultus Lake Park without the necessary oversight, security, safety measures or permits/licencing. It is important that the proper management and processes are put in place so that the Park remains a great place to live, work and play.

In keeping with the Board’s commitment to communication and community building, this public meeting is an opportunity for residential leaseholders to provide input on how the Park can best implement and manage Short-term Rentals, Bed & Breakfasts, Secondary Suites and Home-based Businesses. Your participation – as a residential leaseholder – is crucial to this important process.

A synopsis of the community feedback and ideas will be provided after the meeting.

Refreshments will be served.

A description of each element – Short-term Rentals, Bed & Breakfasts, Secondary Suites and Home-based Businesses – and a list of discussion points that may help to facilitate conversations at the meeting will be uploaded to the website on the week of January 27, 2020.

If you have questions about the community meeting, please contact reception at 604-858-3334 or reception@cultuslake.bc.ca.

We’re Looking for a Few Great People!

Are you community-minded? Are you interested in helping to make positive change in the Cultus Lake Park community? There are several interesting opportunities to volunteer in many of the Park’s committees.

The committees are:

Community Events and Engagement Committee

The purpose of this select committee is to create experiences that promote community spirit and pride in Cultus Lake Park. This committee plans and implements a wide variety of activities throughout the Park, promoting engagement from both residents and non-residents. The committee is chaired by Commissioner Lamb.

You can see the Terms of Reference for this crucial (and fun!) committee here.

Operational and Financial Core Review Committee

This select committee provides options to the Board with respect to the provision, alteration or elimination of core operating systems. This includes, but is not limited to, the financial accounting systems, budgeting and reporting systems, and any contracts that the Park has entered into. The expectation is that the findings of this committee will recognize the financial implications of such decisions for the current budget and beyond. The committee is chaired by Commissioner Renwick with Commissioner Smit as Vice Chair.

You can see the Terms of Reference for this key committee here.

Environmental and Public Area’s Planning Committee

The purpose of this standing committee is to review and assist in developing the Main Beach/Foreshore Master Plan and the Urban Forest Management Plan. The committee is chaired by Commissioner Bauer with Commissioner Payeur as the Vice Chair.

You can see the Terms of Reference for this valued committee here.

The Cultus Lake Park community is engaged and proactive. Your voice matters and your input, ideas and participation in these committees is crucial to the fabric of the Park. Each of the committees provides key feedback, insight and assistance for the Board and staff about how the Park can be improved, maintained and managed.

If you have a few hours a month that you can contribute, we encourage you to consider participating as a part of one of the committees. Here is a link to the volunteer application form. As a member of a committee, you will become a part of the Park’s legacy – helping us to be the best that we can be!

The deadline to apply is January 9, 2020.

A Year of Fun!

This blog post was developed in response to a request from the Cultus Lake Park Community Events and Engagement Committee – which is made up of community volunteers.

The Cultus Lake Park Community Events and Engagement Committee (CEEC) knocked it out of the Park (pun intended!) in 2019. They had an amazing turnout for the two-night Cultus Lake Christmas event. They received a lot of positive feedback from the event that kicks off the holiday season.

There was record-breaking attendance at Cultus Lake Day. There were some fun additions to this annual event – the pony rides, live bands in the expanded Entertainment Garden, and the Rotary Train, to name a few.

There was an Easter egg hunt in the Park, and the CEEC spent hours preparing the candy bags for the kids. Although the weather was a bit of a challenge, it didn’t stop dozens of families from coming out and having fun at the three Movie Nights this summer.

The CEEC painted the front of the Community Barn and developed the huge logo that is now on the building, and the Cultus Lake Summer Farmers’ Market moved into the Plaza. The Farmers’ Market gets better each year. Wait until you see what they have planned for 2020!

Last summer’s Party in the Plaza was a lot of fun – just ask the hundreds of residents and visitors who danced and sang the night away with tribute artist Elvis Elite.

What many people don’t realize is just how much work it takes to put on these events. The volunteers on the CEEC spend a great deal of time and effort planning and holding the events. It takes hundreds and hundreds of hours – and they give up nights and weekends to meet, plan and then implement the plan. On the day of the event, they are there – making sure that everything runs smoothly so that locals and visitors can have a whole lot of fun at Cultus Lake Park.

The Cultus Lake Park Board is committed to engaging and connecting with the local community – and creating events that are family-friendly and well-run are a part of this. These events also help to welcome visitors from the Fraser Valley, Lower Mainland and throughout the world – allowing them to have a positive, family-oriented experience at Cultus Lake Park.

A big thank you goes out to the Community Events and Engagement Committee members, the volunteers who come on the day of the events to help out, and to Cultus Lake Park Board Chair Lamb – who also chairs this committee.

Tell Us What You Think About Short-Term Rentals, B&Bs, Secondary Suites and Home-Based Businesses

Short-term vacation rentals, bed and breakfast homes, secondary suites and home-based businesses are a part of today’s reality. Technology and a connected world have driven a shift in how things work.

It is important for the Cultus Lake Park Board and staff to gather input from the community on these topics. We want to understand what the community sees as the opportunities and the challenges in these areas.

As a part of the community engagement process about short-term vacation rentals, bed and breakfast homes, secondary suites and home-based businesses, a survey has been developed to provide input, ideas and feedback. We encourage Cultus Lake Park residents and commercial leaseholders to take this survey.

Community input is crucial for the Board as they review these topics. It will assist them in determining how they should be approached and regulated within Cultus Lake Park.

You can take the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CLP-Questionnaire.

Thank you in advance for sharing your feedback, input and ideas with us. It is greatly appreciated.

Salvation Army Food Drive – September 21

The Salvation Army will be in Cultus Lake Park on Saturday, September 21 from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. for their BC Thanksgiving Food Drive. This is a province-wide event. The Salvation Army will pick up the bags previously dropped off to residents.

UPDATE – Online Commercial Video

Crew members from Boldly Creative Agency will be in Cultus Lake Park on September 19 to film a commercial. They will videotape actors on the private dock at 44 Lakeshore Drive from the adjacent public dock.

Please note:

  • The filming is dependent on weather. The video shoot may be changed to September 17, 18 or 20, as required.
  • The public dock adjacent to 44 Lakeshore Drive will be closed to the public for much of the day.
  • The crew may need to use generators to power lights, depending on their lighting needs.

For more information on the filming, please click here.

 

Sunday, September 15 Sunnyside Blvd. Re-Route

In order to keep the athletes safe on Sunday, September 15 for the Cultus Lake Triathlon, traffic heading northbound on Sunnyside Boulevard will be re-routed through the Plaza from 7:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. Traffic will continue to drive through the Plaza to the exit beside Frosty’s. Streetwise Traffic Control will direct traffic.

Click here for the re-route map.

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