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West Kelowna council highlights June 11, 2013

June 13, 2013 - 10:50 AM

Westbank Cemetery – ALR Exclusion Public Hearing
The District is applying to have the Westbank Cemetery property, currently located within the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), excluded from the ALR. Currently the use of the site is not permitted in the ALR as it is a non-farm use. The application will be submitted for consideration by the Agricultural Land Commission. The move is prompted by the Westbank Cemetery Strategy, approved by Council in October 2012, which calls for an expansion of the cemetery which is nearing capacity.

Casa Loma Drainage
Council directed staff to remove the proposed ditch works on Benedick Road from the Phase 2 works of the Casa Loma Drainage Project and proceed with detailed design and bring a report back to Council. Staff will also report back to Council on the deferred drainage works with options for gauging resident support prior to this Phase 3 work proceeding on Benedick Road. Council further directed that interim measures be taken to protect properties on the lower side of Benedick Road that were damaged by flooding during a major storm event in August 2011, while the ditch works on Benedick are on hold. After hearing concerns from residents on the Phase 1 drainage improvements regarding aesthetics, safety and efficiency and receiving information that portions of the Phase 1 works did not perform as intended during a recent rain event, Council agreed to direct staff to proceed with the correction of deficiencies and detailed design and costing of remedial works in an effort to address residents’ concerns.

Westwynd Village Rezoning
Council directed staff to close the rezoning application for the Westwynd Village property located at 2500 and 2542 Main Street and 2505 – 2511 Delray Road in Westbank Centre. The application, originally launched in 2009, has not seen activity since an extension for the application was authorized by Council in 2011. Despite many attempts to contact the applicant, no reply has been received and Council closed the file as there has been no indication from the applicant that they wish to reactivate the file.

Hockeyville Project
Council authorized staff to proceed with installing a new scoreboard clock and upgrading the washrooms in Jim Lind Arena with the $25,000 prize money awarded during last year’s Hockeyville competition, which the District of West Kelowna placed second in Canada as a result of overwhelming public support. The scoreboard clock is anticipated to cost $15,000 and the washroom upgrades will cost $10,000. Council was also presented with the option of purchasing a Mt. Boucherie Complex entrance sign with the money, which is estimated to cost $70,000 and could generate revenue through advertising sales. Council directed that staff bring this second option to 2014 budget deliberations for Council’s consideration.

RDCO Services Review
Council agreed to formally confirm its desire to withdraw from the Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) Noxious Insect and Pest Control Service and Noxious Weed Control Services but agreed to remain as a full participant in the RDCO’s Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission. The District of West Kelowna will assume responsibility for providing noxious insect and pest control and weed control services in the community effective January 1, 2014. Council further agreed to confirm its support for the Sustainable Transportation Partnership of Central Okanagan (STPCO) as the inter-municipal service model to replace the RDCO's existing Transportation Demand Management service.

Council will also request RDCO shift all activities related to Air Quality Control into STPCO, effective January 1, 2014 and advise RDCO of the District’s desire to withdraw from the existing Air Quality Control service once the activities are shifted to STPCO. West Kelowna Council agreed to support RDCO's plan to conduct a Fringe Area Planning Review and will express its desire to have the review include an examination of the scope of activities, cost and allocation of costs under regional planning. In November 2012, West Kelowna Council formally requested RDCO address the District's concerns with some RDCO services. 

RDCO struck a Service Review Steering Committee which included all member jurisdictions of RDCO, including West Kelowna and, in April 2013, the Steering Committee made several recommendations which the RDCO Board endorsed on May 9, 2013.

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