October 10, 2013 - 3:50 PM
Zoning Bylaw – First Reading
Council gave first reading to its draft Zoning Bylaw, the subject of an extensive review launched last year to implement the objectives of West Kelowna’s Official Community Plan which was adopted in July 2011. The current Zoning Bylaw was inherited from the Regional District of Central Okanagan at time of incorporation and was last substantially reviewed in 2000. The next steps in the process involve incorporating Council’s input into the draft bylaw and making necessary amendments to the Official Community Plan before bringing to Council for second reading. As part of the process, the draft bylaw will be taken to public hearing after second reading. Residents can watch for upcoming meetings on the District’s website, www.districtofwestkelowna.ca, or sign up for e-Notification and have meeting agendas, news and event information sent directly to them via email.
Casa Loma Drainage – Phase 2
Council awarded the construction contract for the Casa Loma Drainage Improvements Phase 2 project to Colmar Construction Ltd. The cost of the contract is $685,848. The Casa Loma neighborhood was impacted by a major storm event on August 10, 2011, which caused flooding to several homes in the area and Council directed staff to retain a consultant to design and construct drainage improvements through the Casa Loma neighborhood in accordance with the District's Best Management Practices. Phase 1 was completed last year, with minor remedial works still to come.
2014 Permissive Tax Exemptions
Council adopted its Property Tax Exemption Bylaw which contains 2014 tax exemptions on 15 properties in the “places of worship and private schools” category, 6 in the “miscellaneous non-profit” category and 1 in the “public/local authority” category. The estimated total 2014 District of West Kelowna property taxes exempted through permissive exemptions is $125,057.
2013 Music in the Park
Council was provided a report on this year’s Music in the Park program and was advised that over 6,355 people attended the free concert series, up from 3,000 attendees in 2012, the program’s inaugural year. The Music in the Park was launched to provide a cultural event that showcase local talent and celebrate the history and culture of the community. The outdoor concert series offered free concerts every Friday evening in the summer months in Memorial Park. New this year was the addition of a vendor on site to serve a variety of food and beverages and the addition of Global Music Fest, a multi-cultural event held Saturday, August 24. Council was advised that improvements for next year’s program, including lighting for safe egress of spectators and a cover for the stage, will be brought forward during 2014 budget deliberations.
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