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 (2021 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.

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

Electoral Area News

Regional Park management plan (July 8 Regional Board meeting)

The Regional Board has approved a new management plan for the 92-hectare Mission Creek Regional Park.  The plan was created with public and stakeholder involvement and provides a long-term vision to help guide future park development and management opportunities.  The plan estimates about $3-million in capital park development and asset renewal costs (subject to budget approvals) over the next 20 years and includes:

  • Management zones and carrying capacities
  • A conceptual park development plan
  • Park management goals and objectives
  • A 20-year phased implementation plan

Updated playground maintenance policy

The Regional Board approved an updated policy to guide maintenance and management of playgrounds in RDCO parks.  The policy complies with the most recent 2020 Canadian Standards Association guidelines for the maintenance of existing playgrounds and the installation of new playground equipment within parks operated by the Regional District.

Air Quality Radon Challenge program

The Regional Board approves continuing the collaboration of the Air Quality program and stakeholders and supporting proposed next steps to help reduce radon gas exposure in the Central Okanagan.  Last fall, the program coordinated the distribution of approximately 1,400 free radon gas test kits to home owners across the region through the initiative involving Take Action on Radon, BC Lung Association, Interior Health and all local governments. Participants receive their radon gas test results and information on possible steps to take in order to reduce radon gas levels in their home. It’s anticipated additional free test kits will be made available this fall supporting efforts to raise awareness about the naturally occurring radon gas, which is the second leading cause of lung cancer in Canadians. 

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2020 Financial Disclosure Schedules (June 28 Regional Board meeting)

The Regional Board has approved the 2020 report outlining remuneration and expenses for elected officials, their alternates and 41 staff whose remuneration was greater than $75,000.  In 2020, the remuneration of all Regional District employees totaled just over $9.4-million.  The report also outlines payments totaling over $14.4-million during 2020 to 96 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.

Planning Applications Considered

The Regional Board considered the following planning applications:

  • Adoption of Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 871-267 (Application Z21/02) for 7155 Dunwaters Road (J. & S. White, owners) - To add a secondary suite within a single detached house on the property.
  • Conditional approval of Development Permit Application (DP-21-06) for 7174 Fintry Delta Road (Narasak Holdings Ltd. & K. Souter, owner) – To permit works associated with the relocation of an existing unauthorized accessory structure and habitat restoration.  The permit is conditional on the applicant meeting a list of conditions.

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Kamloops Residential School Acknowledged (May 31 Regional Board meeting) 

The RDCO has joined with communities across the country in half-masting their flags, acknowledging the tragic discovery of the remains of 215 children at the former Kamloops Residential School. Chair Gail Given says our hearts are heavy and thoughts are with residential school survivors who must once again be forced to reflect on memories of a childhood which no child should experience. “We know that we are only at the beginning.  We hope in the months ahead there will be names identified to give voice to these children, their families and their people enabling grieving and closure.  It is part of our Truth and Reconciliation journey at the Regional District to learn about and acknowledge the experiences of the members of our Indigenous community.  Flags will remain a half mast as a symbol of remembrance of this heart rendering discovery and in support of a more inclusive and caring community for our Indigenous members.”

Alternative Approval Process authorized

The Regional Board has approved using the Alternative Approval Process for proposed bylaws for establishing a service and authorizing a loan on behalf of the Okanagan Regional Library (ORL). The new service proposes construction of a new library facility and the loan authorization bylaw would allow the RDCO to borrow $8-million from the Municipal Finance Authority on behalf of the ORL for a new West Kelowna branch. Residents that support the proposal do not have to do anything. Those opposed to the proposed bylaws must submit a completed Elector Response Form no later than 4 p.m. July 12. At least ten per cent of the estimated 164,780 eligible electors must respond to require the Regional Board to hold a referendum before approving the bylaws. Information and forms for the proposed borrowing bylaws are available at rdco.com/aap.

Gas Tax Fund Payment

The Regional Board has received a letter from the Union of BC Municipalities of a single payment to the RDCO from the Gas Tax Agreement Community Works Fund.  Instead of the usual two half payments, the RDCO will receive one for $783,945.29 that will be allocated to each electoral area to be used for eligible local projects.

Financial Plan amendments 

The Regional Board approved amendments to the 2021-2025 Financial Plan allocating the remaining $349,183 COVID Restart Grant funding, to move a $480,000 capital tender purchase for Ellison Fire to 2021 and updates other grant revenue/related expenses.

Planning Applications Considered

The Regional Board considered the following planning application:

  • 2nd and 3rd readings for Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 871-267 (Application Z21/02) for 7155 Dunwaters Road (J. & S. White, owners) - To add a secondary suite within a single detached house on the property.  Final adoption will be considered following approval of the bylaw from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

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2020 Audited Financial Statements (May 13 Regional Board meeting) 

The Regional Board has approved the 2020 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.

Building Inspections Service update

The Regional Board has received a report reviewing the Building Inspection service and supports the current delivery model for the program.  The Board also gave two readings to new Building and Development Application Fees and Charges bylaws.  The proposed bylaws will be referred to the development community for comments before the Board considers final adoption.

Planning application extension request

The Regional Board has approved a one-year extension for a zoning amendment bylaw application (Z20-04 – Owners D. Leask/S. Macdonald) at 4345 Maxwell Road in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area.  The applicant continues efforts to resolve a number of outstanding Board requirements identified in May 2020 when the application was initially considered.

Agriculture Grant applications supported

The Regional Board supports a request from staff to apply for two grants to help complete a Regional Agricultural Strategy. The strategy for agriculture is one of the important projects identified in the Regional Growth Strategy Priority Projects plan and would help with knowledge sharing, data collection and consistent regional policies for the region’s agricultural food system.

Regional Air Quality program update

The Regional Board has received a detailed update on all the programs and services provided through the Regional Air Quality program.  The Board directs staff to bring forward strategies to reduce fine particles (PM2.5) not visible to the naked eye but are the most serious air pollutant in BC and prepare an updated Smoke Control bylaw (No. 773) for Board consideration. The 2021-2025 Financial Plan also increased the Air Quality budget by $40,000 a year to help meet demand for the Agricultural Chipping program. The Board also supports sending a letter to the two other valley regional districts offering a presentation by Air Quality program staff on the benefits of a valley-wide air shed approach. 

Program and service highlights

A video is available highlighting various service and program accomplishments from January through March in the four key areas of the Regional Board Strategic Priorities.  The video and previous highlight videos can be viewed online.

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Financial Plan amendments (April 26 Regional Board meeting)

The Regional Board approved two bylaws amending the 2020-2024 and 2021-2025 Financial Plans. The amendments reflect the receipt of grant funding and the transfer of unused Community Works Funds and the COVID Restart Grants received in 2020 and 2021 to reserves.  In addition, $8,000 of COVID Restart Grant funds is approved to fund payroll software with improved tracking features.

Proposed Voting Unit adjustment

The Regional Board supports asking the Provincial Government to consider a change in the Voting Unit structure. The number of directors and voting strength of each is based on population and the voting unit is specified in the Letters Patent for the Regional District. After consulting with each local government it’s suggested that the currently assigned Voting Unit value of 4,000 people be increased to 5,500.  If approved by the Province, this change would take effect following the 2022 local election and see the City of Kelowna with six of 12 voting Board Directors.

Regional Growth Strategy Review

The Regional Board has determined that the Regional Growth Strategy remains relevant and does not need to be revisited. The Local Government Act requires the Regional Board to consider whether a review is needed after five years.

Development Approvals Grant Application

The Regional Board approves submitting a grant application to the Union of BC Municipalities Local Government Development Approvals program. The program provides funding to implement best practises and supports innovative approaches to improve the development approval process.

Planning Applications Considered

The Regional Board has considered the following planning applications:

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Regional Septage disposal rate adjustment (April 8 Regional Board meeting)

The Regional Board has adopted an updated bylaw for the disposal of septic tank effluent in the Central Okanagan.  A new basic rate of $52 per cubic meter has been set for treatment at the Regional Septage facility in the District of Lake Country.  This previous rate of $47.27 was established six years ago.  The updated septic effluent disposal fee addresses increases in fees for treatment of biosolids generated by the plant at the City of Kelowna Regional Compost facility.

Waste Reduction work plan initiatives

The Regional Board has received a detailed presentation and information regarding the status of and initiatives planned by staff with the Waste Reduction Office.  The Board supports the initiatives and timelines for the program from 2021-2023 as identified by the Solid Waste Management Plan.

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2021-2025 Financial Plan adopted (March 29 Regional Board meeting)

The Regional Board has adopted its 2021 - 2025 Financial Plan bylaw. The budget bylaw was drafted considering the realities of COVID-19 and addresses the ongoing challenges presented by the pandemic.  It also advances projects based on the four Strategic priority areas of the Regional Board: Environment, Economic Development, Sustainable Communities, Transportation and Infrastructure. The 2021 operating budget totals just over $56.8-million compared with $57-million in 2020. This year an estimated $18.7-million will be spent on important capital and infrastructure projects. The details may be viewed online at: rdco.com/budgets.

Regional Hospital District Budget approved

The Central Okanagan Regional Hospital District Board has adopted its 2021 – 2025 Financial Plan. It is based on priorities identified by Interior Health and in light of the challenges presented by the pandemic, underscores the importance of health care across the region. In order to build financial reserves and reduce the potential need for debt financing for several potential capital projects over the next ten years, the Board has agreed to annual four per cent increases over the next five years. In 2021, the average residential home assessed at $751,500 will contribute $196.49 towards capital improvements and new health equipment in the Central Okanagan. The 2021 budget includes $10.2-million for new health-related capital project funding.

Community Works Fund approval

The Regional Board has approved the use of Canada Gas Tax Community Works Funds for new projects totalling $394,646 in the Electoral Areas this year.  In the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area $224,646 will be used for projects including foreshore protection reinforcement in Killiney Beach Community Park, a connecting trail from Star Place Community Park and improvements to the Traders Cove and North Westside transfer stations.

Community Emergency Fund Applications

The Regional Board has approved submission of two applications for funding under the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund administered by the Union of BC Municipalities.

Planning Applications Considered

The Regional Board has considered the following planning application:

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Regional Board observances (March 11 Regional Board meeting)

The Regional Board recognized the National Day of Observance to remember the lives lost in the past year to the COVID pandemic and their grieving family and friends.  Chair Given also thanked essential service workers for their efforts and encouraged all Central Okanagan residents to continue to follow health and safety guidelines.

The Board also provided its condolences to the family of former School District 23 Board Chair and Trustee Rolli Cacchioni on his recent passing.  As a long-time educator and community leader he touched so many lives.

North Westside Restructure Committee

The Regional Board has approved a unanimous recommendation from the North Westside Provincial Restructure Planning Grant Standing Committee to request funding and support from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs for a governance and services study. If funding is approved by the Province, a consultant would be engaged to document the current state of local governance and service delivery within the North Westside Fire Service Area; understand the concerns and interests if area residents and identify and assess future governance and service delivery.  As the Committee work has concluded, it has now been disbanded.

Financial Plan budget update

The Regional Board has approved including two additional funding requests in the proposed 2021-2025 Financial Plan.  The first adds $40,000 to the Regional Air Quality Program budget in order to better serve orchardists and significantly reducing the Agricultural Wood Chipping Program backlog.  The second addition will see $50,000 allocated from the RDCO feasibility service fund for a study to consider establishing a Regional First Nations Engagement Service.  It’s envisioned this would further reconciliation efforts while enhancing and building on the RDCO’s strong working relationships with First Nations in the Okanagan.

Scenic Canyon Parkland Exchange Bylaw

 The Regional Board has adopted the Scenic Canyon Parkland Exchange Bylaw No. 1473 following a successful Alternative Approval Process.  The bylaw outlines the terms of an exchange of land between the Regional District and a private property owner affecting the Regional Park.  The RDCO will acquire approximately ten hectares of new park land and a .86-hectare Statutory Right of Way to provide for future trail and park connections between Scenic Canyon, the Mission Creek Greenway and City of Kelowna parks and trails.  In addition, the Regional District will receive approximately $454,000 in net compensation for the difference in the land valuation.  In exchange, the Regional District will transfer 8.67-hectares of land in the park to the property owner. The Alternative Approval Process required 20,598 electors to submit response forms to prevent the bylaw from being adopted without first holding a referendum.  Two electors submitted forms in opposition.

Regional Parks conservation covenant

The Regional Board has authorized approval of a covenant for just over 125-hectares in Black Mountain - sntsk‘il’ntən Regional Park.  The covenant with the Central Okanagan Land Trust will strengthen the long-standing partnership with the RDCO and allow the organization to contribute $15,000 towards the original purchase of two properties within the Regional Park.  The Board agreed to proceed with the covenant after consulting with Westbank First Nation.

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Updated Board Strategic Priorities Plan (February 22 Regional Board meeting)

The Regional Board has approved an update to its 2019 – 2022 Strategic Priorities Plan.  As many of the initial work priorities from 2019 have been accomplished, the revised document adds new measures of success and work to be completed before 2022.  The plan outlines Board priorities in four key areas:

  • Environment
  • Economic Development
  • Sustainable Communities
  • Transportation and Mobility

Regional Parks Partnership Program

The Regional Board has approved the introduction of a formalized Friends of the RDCO Regional Parks Partnership program.  While Parks Services has had a long-standing successful history of working with Friends of Regional Parks groups and community partners, this new program creates a formal framework for working relationships with these groups.  As well, it includes implementing an annual Friends of RDCO Regional Parks Capacity Building Grant program.

Okanagan Regional Library Branch Funding

The Regional Board has received a presentation from the Okanagan Regional Library (ORL) regarding funding for a new branch for the City of West Kelowna.  The ORL and city have a formal partnership to construct a new facility, replacing the current older branch.  RDCO staff will work with the Library to draft required borrowing bylaws and use of the Alternative Approval Process to confirm elector support for proposed long-term funding through the Municipal Finance Authority.

Parks Crown Land Lease and Foreshore Crown Licenses of Occupation Renewals

The Regional Board has approved renewing Crown Land Leases for Mission Creek and Rose Valley Regional Parks.  Each lease renewal is for 30-years with the same terms and conditions as the previous leases.

The Regional Board has approved renewing Provincial Foreshore Crown Licenses of Occupation seven RDCO waterfront parks.  Each foreshore license is for 30-years under the same terms and conditions for the following parks:

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Secondary Suite Application (January 25 Regional Board meeting)

The Regional Board has given first reading to a bylaw amendment regarding the following application for approval of a secondary suite designation:

A Public Hearing will be scheduled and advertised for this application once the applicants meet additional requirements.

Program and Service Highlights

A video is available highlighting various service and program accomplishments between October and December in the four key areas of the Regional Board Strategic Priorities.  The video and previous highlight videos can be viewed online at rdco.com/your-services/video-highlights.aspx

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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 - updated February 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.  The project will see intermittant debris pile burning when venting allows.

 

 
 
 
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