The online face of the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District (SLRD) will soon look a lot different.
The SLRD is hoping to launch its new website — www.slrd.bc.ca — on July 10.
"Our focus was to modernize the design, establish an effective information architecture, enhance the availability and access to information and improve the user experience," SLRD communications and grants coordinator Jeannette Nadon told board members at the Monday, June 23 monthly board meeting.
"That was our main focus... trying to make it as intuitive as possible."
The website redesign, which cost the board approximately $50,000, will replace the SLRD's current outdated site with a modern appeal focused on making it easier for people to find what they're looking for.
"We're trying to make the website as easy as possible for people to find information, and everybody looks for information differently," Nadon said.
To achieve that goal, the website is introducing a new "I Want To" feature, which is aimed at streamlining the search process.
"So if people want to apply for a building permit, or learn about independent power projects, or pay for a utility bill, they can use the 'I Want To' menu to navigate to any of those areas," Nadon said.
"And basically they're just connecting to existing pages on the website, so it's a secondary way to navigate."
The website will also feature a searchable bylaw directory and traditional search functions, which users can filter by news or documents.
Also of note from Monday's meeting was the reception of the 2013 Director's Remuneration Report.
The report was largely comparable to last year's numbers, with directors earning more or less depending on enhanced or diminished roles with the district.
Overall director remuneration payments were down almost $20,000 from 2012, from $221,155.68 to $203,350.59.
Representatives from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure were on hand to provide an update on projects in the region, including the resurfacing of 7.2 kilometres on Pemberton Meadows Road and some particularly bad stretches between Mount Currie and Pemberton.
"We've had a pretty aggressive last five or six years with Highway 99," said Todd Hubner, district manager with the ministry's Cariboo District, adding that more than $30 million has been invested in the highway in the last decade.
"We've done a number of resurfacing projects through there."
Another project in the works is the application of durable line markings between Function Junction and Lorimer Road in Whistler.
Director, and Whistler councillor, Andrée Janyk said she'd like to see the durable markings extend further south than that.
"It is a huge nighttime... safety issue," Janyk said.
"I just think it's something that will work great. Those white lines on the side make a huge difference on a road you're not familiar with."