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Kelowna region is perfect fit for Regional Development Agency Office - January 19, 2020

In the Government of Canada’s fall Economic Statement and during Minister Mélanie Joly’s, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages’ outreach to BC industry leaders, it was announced that a new Regional Development Agency (RDA) will be created in recognition of British Columbia as a singular economy. Leaders in the Central Okanagan appreciate this move and couldn’t agree more that BC is economically unique.

Today, the Regional Economic Recovery Task Force is sending a bold message to Federal Minister Mélanie Joly that the Kelowna region is ideally positioned to support the RDA and wants it here.

The response from local government, industry and education partners representing more than 15,000 businesses is summed up by Task Force Co-Chair and Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran, who said, “We want it here. We’ve got all the pieces in place. The region’s industry and academia have the track record to prove we can make it successful. The Task Force is actively advocating to Minister Joly’s office that there is no other place in B.C. that is a better fit.” 

As one the fastest growing regions of Canada, the Kelowna Census Metropolitan Area is well positioned to leverage and amplify the support a Regional Development Agency office would provide. The region has a strong business ecosystem and community assets that drive growth and recognition nationally and internationally.

Economic growth in the area is supported by strong collaboration among government, industry and higher education. This was highlighted by the recent announcement that UBC Okanagan was awarded a $1.9 million grant to facilitate a Clean Tech Hub that will create up to 50 jobs and promote clean technologies. Kelowna has also leveraged successful partnerships to build the $35M Innovation Centre which puts multiple high-tech businesses and service providers under one roof, with land from the City of Kelowna, and funding from private industry and multiple levels of government including $3.4M from Western Economic Diversification.

The Kelowna region is an entrepreneurial hub for the Okanagan and has been named by the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses as one of the top entrepreneurial communities in Canada. The economy gains strength through diversified sectors including advanced manufacturing, aerospace, agriculture, viticulture, information and communications technology, digital media and health.

The region is highly connected, with proximity to the Lower Mainland and easy access to other BC Interior centres and Canadian markets through air and road networks. Kelowna boasts the tenth busiest airport in Canada, making it a national and international destination.

The Kelowna region benefits from a robust skills pipeline that is future focused to meet the changing skills needed by industry. It is an appealing community with the industry to attract and retain talent. Industry is supported by the connectivity to academia through campus presence of post-secondary including of UBC Okanagan and Okanagan College.

“We’ve got great strength in our business community,” said Task Force Co-Chair and Regional Board Chair Gail Given. “And while our region’s businesses continue to be supported through the immediate impact of the pandemic with existing resources, our planning has already started for economic recovery and growth. We want to see a Regional Development Agency office in our community, giving us an even greater opportunity for connection between Okanagan communities and the federal government.”

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Scenic Canyon Park Land Exchange Alternative Approval Process - January 18, 2021

The Regional Board has approved using the Alternative Approval Process for a proposed exchange of park land for Scenic Canyon Regional Park.

The RDCO has a conditional agreement to acquire approximately ten hectares of new park land and receive an estimated .86-hectare Statutory Right of Way for Scenic Canyon Regional Park from property owned by David Geen. The exchanged lands will provide for future trail and park connections between Scenic Canyon Regional Park, the Mission Creek Greenway and to City of Kelowna parks and trails.  The RDCO would also receive approximately $454,000 in net compensation for the difference in land valuation to be used for future park land acquisition.  In exchange, the Regional District would transfer 8.67-hectares of land in the park to Mr. Geen.

Before approving the proposed Parkland Exchange Bylaw No. 1473 and land exchange elector approval is required through the Alternative Approval Process.  Residents that support the proposed park land exchange do not have to do anything.

Those opposed must submit a completed Elector Response Form to the Regional District by 4:00 pm March 1.  The Alternative Approval Process requires at least ten per cent (20,598) of the estimated 205,983 eligible electors to submit a form in order to require the Regional Board to hold a Referendum before adopting the proposed bylaw and land exchange agreement. 

Elector Response Forms and information about this Alternative Approval Process is available on the RDCO website: rdco.com/aap.

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Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission Launches Innovative Data Portal - January 14, 2021

The Regional District of Central Okanagan’s Economic Development Commission (COEDC) announces release of COEDC Regional Community Data Portal: CityViz.  The user-friendly data portal makes information, research and analysis instantly accessible to community stakeholders and businesses seeking data to make informed decisions.

“In light of current COVID-19 restrictions and physical distancing, it has never been more important that we enhance the COEDC digital profile. We’re very excited to launch this pilot program for the next 12 months and will continue to add features and datasets as we go. We are actually the first customer for this platform and we look forward to continuing to add data and features that will support the Region’s economic recovery and business intelligence needs.”– Krista Mallory, Manager Economic Development

The COEDC has launched online data tools on their website to put the Region firmly on the map for business relocation, investment and expansion.  Using the CityViz web tool, decision-makers can search an online database of community information while simultaneously analyzing demographic, labour force, housing development, business and talent data at the district or city, and regional levels. The interactive tools are mobile-friendly and put key data at the fingertips of website visitors. Users have the ability to visualize data with interactive tools, charts, graphs, infographics, and reports that can be dynamically sorted and downloaded.

By giving users direct access to thousands of data points and the most accurate, up-to-date information on the Region will help build a nuanced picture of the breadth of opportunity and value of relocating and growing in the Central Okanagan. 

Cityviz is developed and maintained by Ruby Industries Inc. based in West Kelowna, incorporated in 2013. The company is the qualified supplier of data science and data visualization services for B.C. government. They worked on projects with BC Stats, Innovate BC, and won the BC Housing Market Visualization Challenge. Ruby Industries developed a number of other data visualization applications.

"We are very excited about the possibilities of modern technologies together with the wealth of data available to create solutions for the good of our communities. We are very grateful to work with COEDC and hope to help decision makers further develop our district. Listening to the challenges municipalities face and adapting our solutions to their specific needs is our priority and we are looking forward to helping many more communities throughout Canada." - Izabela Bogdanovic, Ruby Industries Inc.

With the new data portal, the COEDC continues providing sophisticated data and resources to guide and support business decision making in the Region – meeting industry and community needs for increased availability and accessibility of data. Additional resources such as the Quarterly Economic Indicators will continue to be published and all COEDC resources can be found at investkelowna.com/resources

To learn more about the COEDC and what we do visit www.investkelowna.com.

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Living Greener Calendar Changes for 2021 - January 11, 2021

If you’d like to get your hands on a copy of the 2021 Living Greener Waste Collection Calendar, please note calendars will not be available at the usual community pick up locations this year. Only a very limited number of printed copies are available, and at Municipal halls only.

The Regional Waste Reduction Office has implemented the changes in distribution primarily to limit points of contact due to COVID-19. In addition the aim is to reduce unnecessary paper consumption and paper waste, and promote alternate means of delivering the calendar information to residents

All Information contained in the calendar, including garbage, recycling and yard waste collection schedules, depot locations, waste reduction events, and what can be recycled where can all be found on the free to download and easy to use Recycle Coach App for smart phone devices. The 2021 “At a Glance Collection pullout page” featuring an easy to reference collection schedule for the entire year, and the full calendar can also be downloaded or reviewed on our website at rdco.com/recycle

For those residents unable to head out into the community to pick up a calendar at their local Municipal Hall, and unable to use the web or smart phone apps, please contact the Regional Waste Reduciton Office for assistance. Please be advised that we do not have plans to direct mail calendars out in the future.

For further information on the Living Greener Calendar or other waste reduction programs, visit rdco.com/recycle, or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.

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Bear With Me! - January 8, 2021

For pandemic safety reasons, we're not able to deliver park programs in-person right now.  We are however offering free programs live online.  

Register at https://www.rdco.com/parksevents for this engaging online program to connect with you and inspire outdoor exploration! After you've registered, you'll be emailed a Zoom link before the day of the program. 

Bears are un-bear-ably cool! Many Regional Parks are home to black bears and through the winter these bruins are napping, giving birth, snuggling with their cubs, and even waking for the occasional stretch and drink of water. Join us and get your bearings on winter bears!  This program will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 pm on Wednesday, January 20.

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Snow Science - January 8, 2021

Though we can't deliver park programs in-person right now, we are offering free programs live online.

Register at https://www.rdco.com/parksevents for this engaging online program to connect with you and inspire outdoor exploration! After you've registered, you'll be emailed a Zoom link before the day of the program.

Each snowflake is the result of molecular magic! In our Snow Science program we'll dig in and learn more about the relationship between water vapour and cold weather that creates ice crystals.  Join us on Wednesday, January 27 from 10:00 - 11:00 am.

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Chip Your Tree When You Are Done - December 22, 2020

When you take down your natural Christmas tree after the holidays, keep in mind you can dispose of it in an eco- friendly way and have it chipped.

The RDCO Waste Reduction Office recommends giving your tree another life by dropping it off at any one of the convenient free Chip It locations. Your tree will then be chipped and composted into a nutrient rich soil enhancer called GlenGrow available at various locations including the Glenmore Landfill.

Please remove all decorations and tinsel before recycling your tree, plus any plastic bags or other materials used for transporting--all of these interfere with the composting process.

If you don’t want to haul your tree to a drop off location, you can also cut it down to size and put the pieces in your yard waste cart for pick up once yard waste collection resumes March 1. Keep in mind the pruning’s’ and branches must not be longer than 5cm (2in) in diameter and less than 1 meter (3ft) long.

Christmas tree drop-off locations December 26 through January 31 are:

Kelowna and Area:

Ben Lee Park (parking lot at Houghton Road)

Lequime Road (at Gordon, behind the Capital News Centre)

(Note: the former drop-off areas at Rowcliffe/Richter and Cook Road are no longer operational)

Glenmore Landfill (Glenmore Road)

Open Monday-Sunday 7:30 am – 4:45 pm. 

Closed Dec 25th, 26th and Jan 1st

(*3 tree limit)

West Kelowna and Peachland:

Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Center (Asquith Road)

Open Friday-Monday 7:30 am – 3:50 pm.

Closed Dec 25th and Jan 1st

Lake Country:

Jack Seaton Park (1950 Camp Road)

For more information on tree chipping or holiday recycling, visit rdco.com/recycle, download the free Recycle Coach App (Google Play or App store), email recycle@rdco.com or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.  

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Highlights from the Regional Board meeting - December 7, 2020

Here is a link to the Board Reports highlights from the Regional Board meeting Monday, December 7. 

And here's where you can view a recording of the:

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Public Meeting Attendance Curtailed - December 7, 2020

Public attendance at RDCO Board and Committee meetings is now curtailed following the latest Public Health Officer Order affecting gatherings and events.

The Provincial Health Officer’s December 3 Order indicates that meetings are allowed to continue, but without members of the public in attendance.  This practice will continue until the Order is rescinded or replaced.

Tonight’s Regional Board meeting will take place without any public seating in the Woodhaven Boardroom.  A link to the livestream of the meeting will be available starting at 7:00 pm at rdco.com/board.  An audio/video recording of the meeting will be online tomorrow.

The Regional District continues to follow the direction of public health experts for the safety of its staff and residents to reduce the impact of coronavirus on our community and our health system.  For the latest information and updates on the RDCO Response to COVID-19 visit rdco.com/covid-19.

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In-person Parks Programs Cancelled - December 4, 2020

The Regional District fully supports efforts to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 and has been following strict health and safety guidelines in its public programs.

In accordance with the latest Public Health Order, all in-person Regional District parks programs and events, are postponed indefinitely.  Any program fees will be refunded.

In addition, the RDCO will not be opening outdoor public skating at either Joe Rich or Scotty Creek community parks.

RDCO Parks staff continues to closely follow information from the Ministry of Health and Provincial Health Officer (PHO) and will evaluate our ability to restart the delivery of our outdoor programs including the opening of outdoor ice rinks in Joe Rich and Ellison over the weeks ahead.

Throughout the pandemic, RDCO Parks Visitor Services staff have provided virtual interpretive programs through @regionalparks Instagram and other social media channels.  While we’re temporarily unable to provide in-person park and school programs our Visitor Services staff remain committed to offer programs in a virtual format to help connect with our community and to inspire residents to venture outside when and where it is safe to do so – which includes our parks.

All 30 RDCO Regional and Community Parks remain open for visitors to enjoy our natural surroundings.  For the safety of everyone using our outdoor park areas, please keep to a safe social bubble and practice physical distancing.

The Regional District continues to follow the direction of public health experts for the safety of its staff and residents to reduce the impact of coronavirus on our community and our health system.  For updates on the RDCO Response to COVID-19 visit rdco.com/covid-19.

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RDCO Business License Renewal - November 26, 2020

Renewal notices are in the mail for Regional District of Central Okanagan business licenses.

All businesses operating in the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West electoral areas are required to have a business license with the Regional District.

December 31st is the deadline for existing business license renewals at the rate of $85.  After that date, all license renewals will be $110 which includes a $25 late fee.

The two electoral areas include communities such as Joe Rich, Ellison, south Lakeshore Road, Brent Road, Trepanier, North Westside, Traders Cove, Shelter Cove, Wilson’s Landing, Fintry, Killiney Beach and Westshore Estates.

Business owners in the electoral areas are encouraged to take advantage of the convenient and secure online renewal/application option by visiting the Regional District website rdco.com/payments.  Those using this option will find a new look and easier to use payment portal. You can also pay by mail, online banking or in person at 1450 KLO Road, Kelowna BC V1W 3Z4.

The Regional District participates in the Inter-Community Business License program.  In order to take part in this program, qualifying local companies based in or doing work in the electoral areas must first have a Regional District business license before they apply to purchase the Inter-Community Business License for an additional $150.   The inter-community license allows qualifying businesses the flexibility to work in one or more of the other participating municipalities in the Okanagan-Similkameen without having to purchase a business license for each.

For more information on business licensing visit the rdco.com/businesslicense, contact Community Services at 250-469-6211, email business@rdco.com or visit in person at 1450 KLO Road, Kelowna.

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Highlights from the Regional Board meeting - November 25, 2020

Here is a link to the Board Reports highlights from the Regional Board meeting Monday, November 23. 

And here's where you can listen to audio from the:

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Highlights from the Regional Board meeting - November 12, 2020

Here is a link to the Board Reports highlights from the Regional Board meeting Thursday, November 12. 

And here's where you can listen to audio from the:

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Curbside Cart Collection in Winter Conditions - November 9, 2020

With another blast of snow and winter conditions expected this week in the Central Okanagan, residents are asked to be patient with curbside waste collection during excessive winter weather events.

Whenever there’s a heavy snowfall, excessive inclement weather and icy roadways, if your garbage, yard waste or recycling collection is missed on your regular collection day, please leave your carts out until they’re picked up and emptied.

The Regional District Waste Reduction Office says safety is paramount, not only for collection staff and their vehicles, but also for residents. Slippery un-plowed roads may not be safe for large collection vehicles. The first priority is to clear roads to make them safe for curbside waste collection. 

As well, to help both road clearing and waste collection staff, please place your carts as close to the street as possible, without blocking the street, sidewalk or bike lanes or impeding snow ploughs.  Carts should not be located behind or on top of snow banks and should be at least three feet from any obstacle or parked vehicle.

In winter months, it may be necessary to alter the regular placement of your carts, so that the collection vehicle can reach them.  Find or clear an unobstructed site to put your carts out for collection.

  • Put carts as close as possible to the street, without obstructing the street, sidewalk or bike lane. (Often placing your carts on either side of your driveway allows for greater ease for the collection trucks and for you.)
  • Keep carts off the travelled portion of the roadway so they don’t interfere with snow plows- do not place carts in a location where the snow plow will hit them.
  • Please have your carts out for collection by 7 a.m.
  • Clear your cart of snow and ice to ensure the lid opens when cart is tipped.
  • The cart should be no closer than three feet from any obstacle, parked car, or other cart - an arm’s length spacing is required between each cart.
  • Do not place carts behind or on top of snow banks.
  • General Safety: As the waste collection carts are equipped with wheels, please use extra caution when wheeling them in snowy and icy conditions.

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For more information on proper placement and how to handle your carts in winter conditions, visit the RDCO YouTube channel or www.rdco.com/recycle.

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Face Coverings - Masks Required for RDCO Visitors - November 2, 2020

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic across the province and in order to reduce the risk of virus transmission, effective immediately all visitors to indoor RDCO facilities are required to wear a mask or face covering.

This update follows the expectation of the Provincial Health Officer that masks be worn in public areas of buildings in the province.

This includes the main KLO Road administration office, the Environmental Education Centre (EECO) in Mission Creek Regional Park and the Regional Dog Pound on Weddell Place.  For visitor safety, each facility is currently open with restrictions on the number of visitors, personal hand sanitizing requirements on entry, physical distancing and protective barriers.

For those without a face covering, non-medical masks will be available at the main entrance to each facility.

RDCO staff will also wear a mask when having any indoor or outdoor interaction with the public, unless a physical barrier is in place.

Residents are encouraged whenever possible to reduce their in-person visits by continuing to contact staff by phone or email or seek out information online through the rdco.com website.  As well, customers requiring specialized services like development applications and building inspections should continue to arrange appointments with staff by phone or email.  A department directory is available at rdco.com/directory.

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Open Burning Permits Required - September 29, 2020

Starting October, 1, open burning permits will be available for eligible Central Okanagan property owners from their local fire service.*

Permits will be issued to those who qualify and meet the requirements of local fire protection bylaws.  If necessary, each fire jurisdiction enforces its own bylaw regulations.

Those eligible to burn within the four Central Okanagan East or Central Okanagan West electoral area fire protection areas (Ellison, Joe Rich, North Westside, Wilson’s Landing) may call the Regional District at 250-469-6223 to obtain a permit.  (Long Distance Collect Calls are accepted weekdays only between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm, excluding holidays).  Residents with questions about the burn permit process in the Central Okanagan should contact their local fire service.

Those issued an open burning permit are reminded they are also required to separately ensure compliance with the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Strategy Provincial Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation. Detailed information is available on the Ministry website to assist any property owner.  Questions about the regulation should be directed to the Ministry.

Anyone eligible to conduct open burning should consider alternatives such as chipping, grinding or if applicable, yard waste disposal at the Glenmore landfill or the RDCO Westside Residential Waste and Recycling Centre off Asquith Road in West Kelowna.  The RDCO Air Quality program has more information available on other disposal options.

Before lighting any fire, property owners with a valid permit from their local fire service and meeting all of the Provincial Open Burning Smoke Control Regulation must call the toll-free Outdoor Burning Hotline:  1-855-262-2876 (BURN) to determine if open burning is allowed on a particular day.  In order for burning to take place, both the Venting and Air Quality conditions must be good. 

Under the Regional District Smoke Control Bylaw, nuisance smoke from open burning is not allowed in the City of Kelowna, the District of Lake Country, City of West Kelowna and the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Areas or under the bylaws of the District of Peachland.  Yard waste such as leaves, pine needles, grass clippings, weeds and other garden waste are not allowed to be burned.

Violators of local bylaws could receive a fine or be charged with the cost of putting out the fire by their fire service.  Residents may report anyone violating local bylaws by burning on a non-burning day by calling the Regional Fire Dispatch Center at 250-469-8577.  Potential violations of the Provincial regulations should be reported to the BC RAPP line (1-877-952-7277).

Under Regional District and local fire bylaws permitted open burning must be complete on April 30 although the date may be adjusted depending on the local fire hazard. 

Central Okanagan residents should check with their local fire jurisdiction regarding regulations and restrictions on campfires, chimineas and other outdoor wood burning devices.  Campfires, chimineas and other outdoor wood burning devices are not allowed in the City of Kelowna.

* Fire Department Jurisdictions for Permits

(phone only unless otherwise noted)

  • Central Okanagan East or Central Okanagan West Electoral Areas 
    (Residents of Ellison, Joe Rich, Wilson’s Landing, North Westside fire departments):
    • Call the Regional District 250-469-6223 weekdays only 8:00 am – 4:00 pm excluding holidays
      • Note:  North Westside residents may call ‘Collect’
  • City of Kelowna residents - Kelowna Fire Department - Walk-in only
    • 2255 Enterprise Way (Main hall Station 1)
  • District of Lake Country residents - Lake Country Fire Department  250-766-2327
  • District of Peachland residents - Peachland Fire Rescue Service 250-767-2841
    • Weekdays only 8:00 am – 4:00 pm excluding holidays
  • City of West Kelowna residents – West Kelowna Fire/Rescue 778-797-3200

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Regional District of Central Okanagan | 1450 KLO Road | Kelowna, BC V1W 3Z4
Ph: 250-763-4918 | Fax: 250-763-0606 | Email: info@rdco.com
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (Closed Holidays)