District expands home business opportunities

Kent approves bylaw in first-ever online broadcast meeting

District of Kent Mayor Sylvia Pranger stands by a small section of Canadian Liberator tulips, which were planted last fall to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Liberation Day in the Netherlands. (Contributed Photo/District of Kent)

The District of Kent has achieved a milestone in this uncertain time.

During the internet-broadcasted portion of their most recent meeting – a first for the 125-year-old district – the District of Kent Council has approved a bylaw that further expands home occupation opportunities within the district. This means there are further opportunities for home-based businesses.

Examples of permitted home occupations include an art gallery or framing shop, furniture repair, a music studio, locksmith, bike repair, artisan crafts and sales and tailors. The districts expansion of home occupation include an increased storage area, the kinds of businesses that can practice out of a home and more.

To learn more about the home business creation process within the district, contact the Corporate Services Department at 604-796-2235 or emailing info@kentbc.ca.

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A number of residents attended the meeting in person with social distancing protocols in place, but others chose to attend via Microsoft Teams.

The virtually broadcasted portion of the meeting seemed to largely go without any hiccups, which may bode well for the future of full meetings being broadcasted and possibly archived online. As of now, though, the District continues to release highlights on their website, usually on the day after a council meeting, and consistently posts meeting minutes and agendas as they become available.

In other council business, District Mayor Sylvia Pranger updated the council on the ongoing COVID-19 measures in place in the district. Mayor and members of council continue to meet with area health authorities and noted a decrease in visits to both area hospitals and doctors’ offices.

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“It is important for residents to continue to see their doctors as serious illnesses should be addressed,” Pranger said in a statement. “It is safe to call 9-1-1 and go to local hospitals.”

Pranger further noted the area clinics continue to see patients; however, it is recommended to call ahead to get advice on treatment options before physically coming to the office.

Pranger further declared May 2 as Liberation of Holland Day in the District of Kent. 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands from German occupation during World War II. Like many other families throughout the Fraser Valley, Pranger’s family immigrated to Canada from Holland many years ago. She said she especially grateful for Canada’s valiant efforts and that their bravery will never be forgotten.

BCHydro provided the district with a $2,200 grant as part of its re-greening initiative. The money went toward Valley View Cemetery’s beautification project.

The council announced Local Government Awareness Week from May 17 to 23. Events are set to include trivia, virtual tours of municipal facilities and a hanging basket workshop led by the district’s gardener.

The next regular District Council meeting is slated for 7 p.m. on Monday, May 11.


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