Central Okanagan West

This electoral area encompasses the mostly rural, unincorporated area on the west side of Okanagan Lake, outside the municipal boundaries of the City of West Kelowna and District of Peachland.  Westbank First Nation Reserves #9 and #10 are included within the boundary of the electoral area, however the Westbank First Nation is an independent, self-sustaining government.  (Map)

There are a number of communities within the Electoral Area including many along Westside Road (Traders Cove, Killiney Beach, Wilson’s Landing, Westshore Estates, Fintry, Valley of the Sun), the area also includes two areas outside the District of Peachland: the Trepanier Valley and Brent Road.

Throughout the Electoral Area, the RDCO Zoning Bylaw applies and is supplemented by the Brent Road-Trepanier Official Community Plan and the Rural Westside Official Community Plan.

There are also two Fire Protection Areas with paid on call fire services provided by the North Westside Fire Rescue and Wilson’s Landing Fire Department.

Area Information

Electoral Area News

Information

Area Size:  124,756 hectares

Population:  1,981 (plus 9,028 on WFN Reserves #9  and #10 - 2016 Census)

Electoral Area Director:  Wayne Carson - email Email - 250-801-4859

Local Services and Estimated Tax Requisition and Rates (2020 Financial Plan)

2018 Economic Profile - Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission

Electoral Area Community Parks: 

Community Halls:  

Water Systems

Provincial Amenities

 Roads/Highway/Ditches

The Regional District is not responsible for issues regarding roads in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area.  The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has jurisdiction over public roads within the Regional District.

If you have concerns about road conditions, plowing and sanding or general maintenance, please call your highways maintenance contractor:  AIM Roads at 1-866-222-4204 or email aimroads@acciona.ca.

Electoral Area News

North Westside Provincial Restructure Planning Grant Standing Committee - January 2021

The Regional Board approved the Terms of Reference for its standing committee review and provide recommendations in support of a Restructure Planning Grant Application to the Province for the communities within the North Westside Fire Protection Service Area.  View information about the committee and its work.

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Parkland Alternative Approval Process (January 14 Regional Board meeting) 

The Regional Board has approved using the Alternative Approval Process for a proposed exchange of park land for Scenic Canyon Regional Park.  Residents that support the proposal do not have to do anything.  Those opposed to the proposed exchange of land must submit a completed Elector Response Form no later than 4:00 pm March 1.  At least ten per cent of the estimated 205,983 eligible electors must respond to require the Regional Board to hold a referendum before approving the Parkland Exchange Bylaw No. 1473.   Information about the proposed land exchange and forms are available at rdco.com/aap.

Electoral Area Communications Strategy

The Regional Board has endorsed the 2021-2022 Electoral Area Communications Strategy. While it was initiated in response to recommendations from the North Westside Issues and Services Review, it was developed in collaboration with the electoral area directors to assist with purposeful RDCO communications in each electoral area.  The strategy is designed to further increase information and awareness about RDCO activities, programs and services to Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West residents and stakeholders. The strategy will also help support communications for the North Westside Provincial Restructure Planning Grant process.

COEDC Priorities Plan

The Regional Board has approved the 2021 Priorities Plan for the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission (COEDC).  The plan follows a comprehensive nine-month industry and stakeholder engagement and updates the Moving Forward to 2025 Strategy priorities for the COEDC over the next year in key areas:  Building Business, Growing Sustainably, Fostering a Vibrant Workplace and Competing Globally.  While the region remains in a pandemic response phase, the top priority is to support local businesses as the Central Okanagan moves toward economic recovery.

Video

When a meeting begins a Live Video link will be available for that meeting in the Upcoming Meeting agenda section of the RDCO website.  When available a link to the Video recording will be posted in the Past Meetings section for the individual meeting date.  Links at rdco.com/agenda

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Large Fuel Management Project - January 2021
The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development is undertaking a fuel management project near the Westshore Estates community in order to reduce the potential wildfire hazard. 

Wilson's Landing Fire Santa Run Christmas Food Drive - Monday, December 7 5:00 - 9:00 pm

Thank you #WilsonsLanding residents!  You are so generous. During this event your firefighters collected enough food donations to fill the back of a pickup AND the Cab!  All the non-perishable food donations weighed in at a whopping 1,117.5 pounds!  As well, $1300 was collected for the @cofoodbank
Way to go everyone involved.

Regional Board Committee Appointments (December 7 Regional Board meeting) 

The Regional Board has approved the appointment of Directors to represent the RDCO during 2021 on several boards and committees.  Directors Baker, Basran and Fortin will serve on the Okanagan Basin Water Board.  Directors Sieben and Baker will serve on the Board for the Sterile Insect Release program.  Director Carson is appointed to the Okanagan Library Board while Director Bartyik will serve on the Economic Development Commission Advisory Board.  Director Milsom will Chair a new North Westside Provincial Restructure Planning Grant Committee along with Directors Bartyik, Carson and a representative of the North Westside Communities Association.

Brent Road Service Area Withdrawal

The Regional Board has received a letter from the City of West Kelowna advising that it does not support withdrawing a portion of the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area from contributing annual funding for the Johnson Bentley Pool and Mount Boucherie Recreation Complex/Westside Senior Citizens Activity Centre.  Property owners along Brent Road asked if they could be removed from funding these West Kelowna services which were transferred from the RDCO to the municipality during the 2007 incorporation.

January - March Spending Approved

The Regional Board has approved the carryover of some budgeted 2020 projects to the first three months of 2021.  These projects were either not started or are in the process of completion.  In addition, a number of 2020 - 2024 Financial Plan amendments were approved so that projects may proceed between January and March.

Electoral Area Directors Conferences

The Regional Board has authorized the registration and travel (if needed) of two electoral area representatives for training conferences and seminars in 2021.  While many of the approved events will be held virtually, registration fees still apply for Central Okanagan East Director Mark Bartyik and Central Okanagan West Director Wayne Carson.

Video

When a meeting begins a Live Video link will be available for that meeting in the Upcoming Meeting agenda section.  When available a link to the Video recording will be posted in the Past Meetings section for the individual meeting date.  Links at rdco.com/agenda

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Region's First Transportation Plan (November 23 Regional Board meeting)

The Regional Board has received a presentation on the Central Okanagan’s first Transportation Plan.  It was developed over more than two years and included opportunities for public and stakeholder input.    The plan and supporting Regional Bicycling and Trails Master Plan and Regional Disruptive Mobility Strategy outline potential transportation projects and priorities that are designed to build and maintain a healthy, connected transportation future with sustainable options for moving around the Central Okanagan.  Other local government partners are being asked to adopt the plans.

Sterile Insect Release Program Update

The Regional Board has endorsed a resolution that recommends changes in the formula used to determine how participating regional districts allocate the annual tax requisition to fund the Sterile Insect Release program.  The resolution also supports phasing-in the new apportionment approach over four years.  Each of the four regional districts participating in the SIR program are requesting that the Provincial Government make the necessary legislative changes.

Financial Plan Preliminary Preview

The Regional Board has received an initial preview and information regarding plans for the 2021-2025 Financial Plan. The first draft of the budget document will be presented during a public meeting on February 18. There will be three opportunities for public input during Board meetings including on the evening of Monday, February 22.  Budget information and online feedback will be available in advance of the meetings at rdco.com/budgets.

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2020 - 2021 Regional Board (November 12 Regional Board meeting) 

At the Inaugural Statutory meeting of the Regional District Board, Kelowna Councillor Gail Given was acclaimed as Chair and will serve for a seventh year.  West Kelowna Mayor Gord Milsom was also acclaimed as Vice-Chair serving for a third year. 

The Regional District Board consists of 13 voting members representing the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Areas, the City of Kelowna, District of Lake Country, District of Peachland and the City of West Kelowna.  Westbank First Nation is represented with a non-voting member.

Boundary Adjustment Service Bylaws

The Regional Board has adopted six bylaws adjusting the boundaries for several services provided by the RDCO in the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area. The Province approved a City of Kelowna boundary adjustment affecting five properties that were previously in the electoral area to support future plans at Kelowna International Airport. Three of the updated bylaws reflect a 2015 Kelowna boundary expansion affecting three properties.

Regional Growth Strategy Review

The Regional Board has endorsed a planned public consultation as mandated by the Local Government Act for a five-year review of the Regional Growth Strategy (RGS). Once feedback from the public and stakeholders is received, the Board will determine whether to proceed with a formal review of the RGS.

New Regional Emergency Plan

The RDCO has a new Emergency Plan for the Central Okanagan.  The plan has been completely updated, building on experiences and lessons learned from previous regional emergency responses and reflects the current best practices and operating protocols and guidelines.  The Central Okanagan Emergency Program is a leader in BC for region-wide responses with full local government participation and support.

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Development Variance Permit (October 26 Regional Board meeting)

The Regional Board has approved a Development Variance Permit for a property at 515 Mountain Drive in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area.  The variance allows an increase in the maximum height of an existing retaining wall and to vary the setbacks to accommodate the wall’s location.

Program and Service Highlight Video

A video is available highlighting various service and program accomplishments between July and September in the four key areas of the Regional Board Strategic Priorities:  Environment, Economic Development, Community Sustainability and Transportation and Mobility.  The video can be viewed at youtube.com/user/regionaldistrict.  

Community Excellence Award Recognition

The Regional District has received an Honourable Mention in the Sustainability category of the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) 2020 Community Excellence Awards.  The special recognition comes for the RDCO entry focusing on the first two phases of the Regional Floodplain Management Plan.  The RDCO has received a $150,000 grant from the UBCM Community Emergency Response Fund to complete the final phase which will include flood mitigation strategies for the Central Okanagan.

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Regional Parks Service Review (September 10 Regional Board meeting) 

The Regional Board has received a report from a scheduled review of the Regional Parks service.  The report makes a number of recommendations to increase operational efficiencies and ensure continued provision of cost-effective services in the regional park system including:

  • updating the Regional Parkland Acquisition Strategy
  • targeting fundraising partnerships to assist or offset the operating and capital development costs associated with future park amenity/infrastructure

The Board also agreed to phase in a reduction of the $39,000 annual grant to the Friends of Fintry Provincial Park by one third in 2021 and again in 2022 with no grant in 2023 or after.  The funds would be reallocated and used to enhance regional parks programs and services for residents and visitors.  The Board also directed that a letter be sent to the Provincial Government advising of the funding adjustments to the Society and allowing time to explore alternate sources.  

Environmental Advisory Commission

The Regional Board has appointed a new member to the Environmental Advisory Commission.  Leah Schurian will join the volunteer Commission in October and will serve through September 2023. The Commission members represent a diverse background of environmental professions, practice and experience and provide expert advice to the Regional Board on environmental issues relating to land use and development applications.

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2019 Financial Disclosure Schedules (August 24 Regional Board meeting) 

The Regional Board has approved the 2019 report outlining remuneration and expenses for elected officials, their alternates and 35 staff whose remuneration was greater than $75,000.  In 2019, the remuneration of all Regional District employees totaled just over $9.2-million.  The report also outlines payments totaling over $14.7-million during 2019 to 98 suppliers for goods and services exceeding $25,000.

A copy is available for viewing online at rdco.com/budgets and at Financial Services in the Regional District office, 1450 KLO Road, Kelowna.

Community Park Foreshore Agreement

The Regional Board approves a 30-year License of Occupation for the foreshore along Killiney Beach Community Park.  The five-hectare waterfront park is located at the end of Hodges Road in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area and provides swimming, a boat launch and dog beach.

Agricultural Land Commission Application

The Regional Board has given conditional support to an application made to the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC).  The applicant proposes developing a cherry orchard on a property within the Agricultural Land Reserve in the 4900 block of Trepanier Road in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area and is requesting ALC approval for the existing non-farm use placement of fill material and proposed additional fill activities.  The Board support requests the ALC ensure the applicant meets a number of conditions including monitoring of the orchard development by a professional agrologist.

Okanagan Lake Level  Management

The Regional Board has received a request from the District of Peachland to ask the Provincial Government to re-evaluate and update models used to manage Okanagan Lake levels.  The municipality is concerned current flow and ‘full pool’ models for the lake are old and don’t take into consideration the impacts of climate change, population growth and flow management.  The Board will receive more information about this after hearing from the Okanagan Basin Water Board this fall.

Program and Service Highlights

A video is available highlighting various service and program accomplishments between January and June in the four key areas of the Regional Board Strategic Priorities.  The video can be viewed at youtube.com/user/regionaldistrict.

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Firefighters Society Receives Large Donation - July 2020

Two Central Okanagan realtors have made a generous donation to their fire first responders. 

Donna and Camille Steele of Royal LePage in Kelowna recently presented a cheque for $2,035 to the North Westside Fire Rescue Firefighters Society.

Acting Deputy Chiefs Shawn Barnes and Graeme Headley and Lieutenant Nic Cantryn received the donation on behalf of the Society.

Barnes, who is President of the Society says “the members of the fire department are extremely grateful for the substantial donation. It has even more significance as Donna’s family lives in one of the communities that we serve.  It means a lot to the department firefighters to know they are appreciated for their hard work.  They are dedicated to helping their neighbours and keeping them safe whenever duty calls.  The donation is timely and welcome as due to the ongoing pandemic, we aren’t able to hold the annual Firefighters Society fundraising community barbeque this year.” 

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North Westside Restructure Planning Grant (July 9 Regional Board meeting)  

The Regional Board has approved a request from the North Westside Communities Association. It will provide a letter of support to the association which wishes to apply to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for a Restructure Planning Grant. In addition, the Board has asked staff to include in the 2021 and 2022 Financial Plan funds to retain an independent consultant to develop and assist in implementing a communications strategy and public engagement process.  This work will follow up on several recommendations in an independent consultant’s services review within the boundary of the North Westside Fire Protection District.

2019 Audited Financial Statements

The Regional Board has approved the 2019 Audited Financial Statements for the Regional District of Central Okanagan and Central Okanagan Regional Hospital District.  Copies along with a Guide to Understanding Financial Statements are available for viewing online at rdco.com/budgets.

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North Westside Governance Presentation (June 22 Regional Board meeting)

The Regional Board has received a presentation from the North Westside Communities Association requesting a letter of support to the Province for a possible restructure grant to fund a study into the area’s governance options.  The Board has asked staff to provide an update on the steps taken since the January 2018 report from the Chief Administrative Officer following an independent third-party consultant’s services review within the boundary of the North Westside Fire Protection District.  As well, staff will provide suggested recommendations on how to move forward.

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SILGA Award Winning Entry - (May 25 Regional Board meeting)

The Regional District has received an award from the Southern Interior Local Government Association (SILGA). The RDCO won the Association’s Community Excellence Award for Environmental Sustainability.  In 2018 the Regional District partnered with the Okanagan Basin Water Board on a multi-stakeholder committee representing 13 local governments, four First Nations and several local and provincial agencies in the Okanagan to coordinate the Okanagan Flood Collaboration Project.  This effort saw risk assessments undertaken along with flood mapping to help the valley become more resilient to precipitation extremes in the wake of the 2017 floods.

Regional Floodplain Management Plan

The Regional Board has received information and an update regarding the second phase of the Regional Floodplain Management Plan.  The RDCO and City of Kelowna partnered to complete a flood mapping and dike breach analysis of Mission Creek in order to support identification of potential hazard areas and help with flood mitigation planning, future land use decisions and flood related works.

License of Occupation Agreement

The Regional Board approves entering into a five year License of Occupation agreement with the City of Kelowna.  The agreement will formalize the existing small parking and bird viewing area along the Curtis Road right-of-way, adjacent to Robert Lake Regional Park.

Proposed Land Use Contract Discharge

The Regional Board has directed Community Services Planning staff to begin a RDCO initiated process to discharge Land Use Contract (LUC) No. 225 affecting Lake Okanagan Resort along with an amendment to the zoning bylaw to provide that lands will be appropriately zoned.   The Provincial Government will automatically terminate all LUC’s on June 30, 2024.

Zoning Amendment Bylaw Application

The Regional Board has deferred consideration of a Zoning Amendment Bylaw for a property at 4345 Maxwell Road in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area.  The applicant is proposing a Cannabis Production Facility that does not meet the minimum property size allowed for the use and to vary a setback for a building intended for this purpose.  The applicant must address concerns and requirements identified by several agencies.  The Board has also directed Planning staff not to consider any further zoning amendment applications until specific outstanding non-compliance issues are addressed related to an existing accessory building.

Planning Applications
The Regional Board considered the following additional planning applications:

  • Approval of a Development Variance Permit (VP-20-01) at 3625 N. Westside Road (J & H Denison/J Knight, owners) – to allow an increase of the maximum accessory building height.
  • Conditional approval for Development Permit (DP-20-02) at 2677 Westside Road North (B Gordon, owner) to rectify non-compliance with unauthorized placement of fill along Okanagan Lake foreshore on Crown land.
  • Conditional approval for Development Permit (DP-20-01) at 7379 Fintry Delta Road (T Robinson, owner) for works associated with construction of a single family dwelling, detached garage and septic field.

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COVID-19 Utility Bill Late Payment - (April 27 Regional Board meeting)

The Regional Board has adopted nine amendment bylaws providing relief from late payment penalties on utility bills to help those facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  No late payment fees will be charged on outstanding balances for water, solid waste management and sewer utility invoices in the electoral areas for the rest of 2020.  Penalty charges will resume in 2021 for outstanding utility payment balances.  Residents that can afford to pay their utility bills on time are urged to do so in order to provide cash flow and help in mitigating potential interim borrowing costs for operations.

RDCO Response to Pandemic

The Regional Board has received a report on how the RDCO organization is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic emergency.  The areas of focus include:

  • Community and staff safety
  • Provision of essential services
  • Balanced use of financial resources and resident/business support
  • Contribution to regional economic recovery

It’s important to note that regional districts operate differently than municipal governments as they do not directly tax property owners and are required to submit a budget bylaw to the Provincial Government by March 31.  Any changes made to the budget now will not change the 2020 tax requisition but may offset costs in 2021 through surplus funds.

Regional Essential Services Agreement

The Regional Board has approved a region-wide agreement for the provision of essential services during the coronavirus emergency. Each local government in the Central Okanagan has agreed to this mutual aid agreement providing staff and equipment as available to ensure continued drinking water, waste water treatment and solid waste management services for a partner requesting assistance in these critical service areas. Emergency Management BC has indicated eligible costs under the agreement will be recoverable.

Economic Response and Recovery Efforts

The Regional Board has received an update on the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission response to the economic impact of the pandemic.  An Economic Response Action Team is working to help local businesses over the next few months while a longer term strategy is being guided by the Regional Mayors and Westbank First Nation Chief’s Economic Task Force to emerge from the crisis stronger and with new opportunities for economic prosperity.

Solid Waste Management Plan Approved

The Regional Board has given final approval to the new Central Okanagan Solid Waste Management Plan. The updated plan includes two amendments required with the approval from the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy:

  • Completion of a Five Year Effectiveness Review by December 31, 2024
  • Re-evaluation by December 31, 2030 of organic waste diversion opportunities and an assessment of the effectiveness of maintaining landfill gas collection and use at the Glenmore landfill.

The plan outlines initiatives that initially target the reduction of waste; increased reuse of waste materials and the increased collection of recyclable

and compostable components of the waste stream. When fully implemented over the next ten years, the initiatives have the potential to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and increase the region’s diversion rate from 43% to 50%.

Planning Applications

The Regional Board has considered the following planning applications:

  • One year Extension Request approved for OCP Amendment Bylaw No. 1274-06 and Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 871-246 at 6972 Barcelona Drive East (C Roy, owner) as the owner continues to satisfy concerns of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

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2020-2024 Financial Plan Adopted - (March 23 Regional Board meeting) 

The Regional Board has adopted its 2020 - 2024 Financial Plan bylaw. The budget was drafted prior to the current public health response to the COVID-19 virus and its approval will ensure delivery of RDCO services.  In light of the evolving response to the challenges ahead, there may be a time in the coming year that will require the Board to revisit and adapt the Financial Plan to best respond to the needs of the region.  The 2020 operating budget totals $55.99-million compared with $58.92-million in 2019.  This year $12.5-million will be spent on important capital and infrastructure projects. The details may be viewed online at: rdco.com/budgets

Community Works Fund Approval

The Regional Board has approved the use of Gas Tax Community Works Funds for new projects totalling $301,700 in the electoral areas this year.  $203,000 will be used in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area for a new picnic shelter in Killiney Beach Community Park, dog beach fencing, a comfort station at Fintry Access #2 and a Community Trail in Traders Cove.  In the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area, $98,700 will be used for signage and roof replacement at the Ellison Heritage Community Hall and for signage at the Joe Rich Community Hall.

Non-farm Use ALC Application Supported

The Regional Board supports an application for a non-farm use to the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) for an Ellison-area property within the Agricultural Land Reserve.  The applicant is asking the ALC to allow construction of an additional cold storage building at 4381 Old Vernon Road in order to expand its existing cherry and apple production line.  If the application is approved by the ALC, the owners would be required to apply for a RDCO building permit.

Regional Hospital District Budget Approved

The Central Okanagan Regional Hospital District Board has adopted its 2020 – 2024 Financial Plan.  It was drafted before the current public health emergency on priorities identified by Interior Health.  Depending on how the response unfolds, these priorities may require some flexibility and adjustments in the Financial Plan to meet the needs of Central Okanagan residents.  In order to build financial reserves and reduce the potential need for debt financing for a possible $55-65-million in capital projects over the next ten years, the Board has agreed to annual three per cent increases over the next five years.  In 2020, the average residential home assessed at $734,500 will pay $188.86 towards capital improvements and new health equipment in the Central Okanagan.  The 2020 budget includes $10.5-million for health-related capital project funding.

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Secondary Suites Amendments Approved - (February 24 Regional Board meeting)

The Regional Board has approved amendments to the Joe Rich Rural Land Use and RDCO Zoning bylaws.  The amendments clarify secondary suite regulations and strengthen servicing requirements while continuing with the current process that sees the Board consider individual secondary suite applications.  The amendments also reflect new design and construction requirements for secondary suites in the BC Building Code.

Water Program Grant Application

The Regional Board has approved sending an application to the Okanagan Basin Water Board Water Conservation and Quality Improvement program.  The grant would fund a study to determine the impact of septic fields on water quality along the Okanagan Lake foreshore in the Killiney Beach and Westshore Estates areas.  The study could provide helpful information as the Regional District is investigating locations for new intakes for its water systems in each of those areas.

Agricultural Advisory Commission Members

The Regional Board has endorsed the appointments of three people to its Agricultural Advisory Commission.  Meagan Ludwig is a new member while Andreas Wins-Purdy and Leo Gebert have been reappointed.  All three will serve a three year term through February 2023.  The Agricultural Advisory Commission provides advice to the Regional Board, other Commissions and staff regarding agricultural issues and the potential impact of land use and planning decisions on agriculture.

ESS Program Grant Application

The Regional Board has approved submitting a grant application to the Union of BC Municipalities Community Emergency Preparedness Fund, which administers Provincial Government funding to enhance local government resiliency in responding to and recovering from emergencies.  The grant funding would be used by the Emergency Support Services program to modernize computer equipment and provide volunteers with further training in order to assist residents impacted by emergencies.

Planning Variance Application

The Regional Board has approved the following application:

  • Development Variance Permit (VP-19-09) for K. Armstrong, 571 Mountain Drive – to allow a reduction of the front setback based on a Land Surveyor’s Certificate to permit siting of an existing single detached house. The Board did not approve a proposed front entrance addition.

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Wellness & Poverty Reduction Strategy - (February 13 Regional Board meeting)

The Regional Board has given approval for staff to work with a local committee in developing a regional poverty reduction strategy.  In addition, the Board supports the RDCO submitting an application for a grant of up to $150,000 from the Union of BC Municipalities Poverty and Action Program in order to create the regional strategy.

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Secondary Suites Amendments (January 27 Regional Board meeting) 

The Regional Board has given second and third readings to amendments to the Joe Rich Rural Land Use and RDCO Zoning bylaws.  The amendments clarify secondary suite regulations and strengthen servicing requirements while continuing with the current process of the Board considering individual secondary suite applications.  The amendments also reflect new design and construction requirements for secondary suites in the BC Building Code.  Final adoption by the Board will be scheduled following approval from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

Development Permit Application

The Regional Board did not approve a Development Permit Application from Forest House Preserve Limited for a property located at 9185 Westside Road.  The decision is based on some unauthorized works on the property. The development does not conform to the Aquatic Ecosystem Development Permit Design Guidelines of the Rural Westside Official Community Plan or the terms of the Riparian Areas Protection Regulation.

Electoral Area Grant-in-Aid

The Regional Board has approved the following Central Okanagan West Electoral Area Grant-in-Aid to the North Westside Communities Association:

  • $800 for Children’s Easter Egg Hunt/Community BBQ – April 11
  • $800 for Canada Day celebration – July 1
  • $1,500 for soccer equipment for the North Westside Sports Club

Electoral Area Directors 2020 Conferences

The Regional Board approved the attendance and expenses of Directors Mark Bartyik and Wayne Carson for the Southern Interior Local Government Association, Union of BC Municipalities and Federation of Canadian Municipalities conventions.

Financial Plan Bylaw Amendments

The Regional Board has adopted amendments to the 2019-2023 Financial Plan Bylaw.  The changes reflect actual year end revenues and expenditures and in a few cases offset deficits as a result of unanticipated costs. 

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Flood Planning  Grant Sought - (January 16 Regional Board meeting)

The Regional Board has approved submitting a grant application for up to $150,000 to the Union of BC Municipalities Community Emergency Preparedness Fund, which administers Provincial Government funding.  If approved, the grant would be used to complete the third phase of the Regional Floodplain Management Plan which would create mitigation options and strategies, building on work done since 2016 to identify and reduce flood risks across the Central Okanagan.

Updated Emergency Preparedness Bylaw 

The Regional Board has adopted amendments updating the Preparation for Emergencies Bylaw. The changes modernize the original bylaw which dates back to 1991 and includes a description of the service as it is today reflecting the participating areas and local governments and provides additional cost recovery methods.  Each participating local government has agreed to the updated bylaw and it has also received approval from the Provincial Inspector of Municipalities.

Environmental Advisory Commission Appointments

The Regional Board has approved four appointments to its Environmental Advisory Commission. Joining the commission are Catherine Nesmith and Gisele Rehe who will serve three year terms through January 2022. The Board has also reappointed Tanis Gieselman and Rhianna Moghadas effective in March for a three year term ending in March 2022. The independent Commission volunteers represent a diverse background of environmental professions, practice and experience and provides expert advice to the Regional Board on environmental issues relating to land use and development applications.  

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Evacuation Route Plan Grant Application - (December 9th Regional Board meeting)

The Regional Board has approved submitting a grant application to the Union of BC Municipalities Community Emergency Preparedness Fund which administers Provincial Government funding.  The RDCO hopes to partner with other local governments in the region to assist with planning safe emergency evacuation routes that would be used to safely move people, personal property and animals from an area during an emergency.

Regional Board Committee Appointments

The Regional Board has approved the appointment of Directors to represent the Regional District on several boards and committees for 2020.  Directors James Baker, Colin Basran and Cindy Fortin will serve on the Okanagan Basin Water Board.  Director Wayne Carson is appointed to the Okanagan Regional Library Board.  Directors Brad Sieben and James Baker will serve on the Sterile Insect Release Board while Director Mark Bartyik has been appointed to the Economic Development Commission Advisory Board and Loyal Wooldridge will serve as a liaison to the Okanagan Film Commission.

Electoral Area Directors Conferences

The Regional Board has authorized the registration and travel of two electoral area representatives for training conferences in early February.  Central Okanagan East Director Mark Bartyik and Central Okanagan West Director Wayne Carson will attend the Local Government Leadership Academy Forum and Union of BC Municipalities Electoral Area Directors Forum February 4-7 in Richmond.

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