Boards & Committees
Known as BPAC, an important function of the BPAC and RAP Committees is to ensure that progress continues towards implementation of necessary activities to ensure the environmental quality is maintained in the St. Clair River.
The Committee, made up of 58 representatives (29 from Canada and 29 from the United States) and two positions from the City of Sarnia, meets as required.
This Committee of Council is dedicated to the development of a first class trail system which will promote the health and safety of residents and visitors alike. The Committee meets monthly, usually on a Wednesday, at 12:00 noon at City Hall.
The Planning Act allows a Municipal Council, by by-law, to constitute and appoint a Committee of Adjustment to consider applications for variances of the provisions of the Zoning By-Law. There are presently 5 appointees. Meetings are held every three weeks on a Tuesday, at 4:30 p.m. in City Hall, if there are sufficient applications to be heard.
Committee to Hear Tax Appeals
The Mayor is the only appointee to this Committee which hears tax appeals with respect to cancellations, reduction or refund of taxes. A recommendation is then made to Council on all applications.
Court of Revision
Established pursuant to provisions of The Local Improvement Act and The Drainage Act, this committee meets on an as needed basis to hear complaints against proposed special assessments.
Established by City Council in 2001, the goal of the EAC is to provide advice and assistance to the Sarnia City Council on Environmental Issues.
Appointments are made under authority of The Line Fences Act. The committee meets only as required to arbitrate disputes between land owners regarding the construction and/or maintenance of fences on the propery line between their respective properties.
Lambton County Historical Society
This committee meets the 4th Thursday of each month, with the exception of July, August and December. It has a total representation of 30 municipalities throughout Lambton County and its focus is to stimulate interest, to collect, preserve, exhibit and publish historical documents and artifacts in ways that allow our historical past to be retained.
Lambton Farm Safety Association
Meetings are usually held on a Monday from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Agricultural office in Petrolia, with a total of 6 to 8 meetings held each year at the call of the Chair. The appointee to this committee is required to have an interest and awareness in the rural community.
Planning Advisory Committee
The Planning Act allows a Municipal Council to appoint a Planning Advisory Committee to assist it on any planning matter. In 1991 Sarnia City Council reinstituted the Planning Advisory Committee to deal with special projects, such as the Official Plan, and appointed 7 citizens and l Council member, plus administrative staff to the committee. Meetings are held at the call of the Chair.
Police Services Board
The Act provides that Police Services Board in Municipalities which have a population of more than 25,000 shall consist of the Head of Council, or another Council member appointed by resolution, one person appointed by resolution of the Council, and three persons appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.
Poultry and Livestock Valuator
Council appoints one person who has certain statutory responsibilities under The Livestock, Poultry and Honey Bee Protection Act. The Valuator performs duties as required when livestock or poultry is killed or injured by dogs or wolves in the municipality.
Property Standards Committee
The provincial Planning Act makes it mandatory for such a Committee to be established if the Municipality has a Property Standards By-Law.
By resolution of November 6, 1990, the Council established a Property Standards Committee comprised of the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Planning Advisory Committee and the Chairman of the Committee of Adjustment.
The Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee (LACAC) is a municipally appointed advisory committee which advises City Council on the conservation of our built heritage. This committee, under jurisdiction of the Ontario Heritage Act 1974, assists in addressing all relevant heritage related issues which have an immediate impact on our community. The committee meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at Sarnia City Hall.
The Sarnia Transit Advisory Committee is a committee of Council that works with Sarnia Transit administrative staff in an advisory capacity. The mission is “to be proactive in initiating strategies for public transportation services in the Sarnia Transit Services area aimed at providing accessible, reliable, professional and affordable services to its citizens in a cost effective manner.
The Committee meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 4:15 p.m. at City Hall in Committee Room #2. The members consist of two representatives from Sarnia City Council, one representative from the disabled community, three city residents (riders/non riders), one representative from Point Edward Village Council, two Transit Operators and 2 Transit administrative staff.
The mandate of this committee is to examine the wildlife of the Sarnia area and the effect of urban development upon it. The committee produces a course of action following the goal to recommend an Urban Ecosystem Policy and Program. This Program will ensure healthy urban wildlife ecosystems, provide sustainable societal, cultural and economic benefits and foster responsible actions towards wildlife populations and habitats throughout the Sarnia area.
Sarnia City Council has recently established the "Sarnia Accessibility Advisory Committee" (SAAC) according to its requirements under the Ontarians with Disabilities Act (ODA). The committee has been meeting since January, 2003.
The twelve appointed members of the SAAC will be making recommendations and providing advice to Sarnia City Council on matters pertaining to persons with disabilities within the City of Sarnia, as defined under the ODA.