For Immediate Release
March 30, 2017
Lions Hall Transfer
Mayor Doug Findlater announced that negotiations with the Westbank Lions Club to transfer ownership of its Westbank Lions Hall to the City of West Kelowna have been successfully completed and the hall will remain a community recreational and event facility. The hall and the land it’s located on at 2466 Main Street will be transferred by way of a charitable trust. The contract for the transfer of the facility indicates that the land will always be used for the purpose of operating a community hall for the benefit of residents of West Kelowna. Mayor Findlater thanked the Westbank Lions Club on behalf of Council and the residents of West Kelowna for this gift.
Water Treatment Plant Funding
With the announcement March 17 that the City would receive $41 million in funding from the provincial and federal governments through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund to construct a water treatment plant at the Rose Valley Reservoir, Council was presented options for funding the City’s portion of the construction ($12.5 million). The Rose Valley Reservoir treatment plant will ensure clean water for users of the Lakeview Water System and the $53.5 million project includes construction to also interconnect the plant to the Pritchard, Sunnyside and West Kelowna Estates water systems. Council agreed to use internal funds (reserves, Development Cost Charges, Capital Expenditure Charges) and short term borrowing of $1.63 million for its portion of construction costs. Council also agreed to merge Lakeview, West Kelowna Estates, Pritchard and Sunnyside local service areas into one service area which will include the water treatment plant and one uniform user rate. Council also agreed to phase in the capital costs associated for interconnection of West Kelowna Estates, Pritchard and Sunnyside water systems. The contract for the funding requires that the project begin within three months.
Benedick Road Development
Council postponed consideration of a proposed Zoning Bylaw and Official Community Plan Amendments for a 6.1 hectare property on Benedick Road, and requested staff to seek a decision from the Regional District of Central Okanagan regarding the proposed drainage infrastructure through Kalamoir Park property and to provide Council with additional information on options involving civic drainage on private lands. The application is to rezone the property from Rural Residential Large Parcel to Single Detached Residential and Rural Residential Small Parcel, and to amend the land use designation from Resource, Park and Natural Areas to Single Family Residential, to facilitate a 37-lot development.
ALR Exclusion & Inclusion
Council agreed to support an application for the exclusion of a property located at the corner of Gellatly and Boucherie Roads from the Agricultural Land Reserve, and support an application for the inclusion of property located primarily within the Powers creek ravine in exchange to ensure no net loss of agricultural land. Staff will forward a local government report to the Agricultural Land Commission for consideration on the matter. If supported by the commission, the property on Gellatly Road would be eligible to make application to rezone the parcel to a non-agriculture use.
Bylaw Enforcement Policy
Council provided direction for how the City approaches bylaw enforcement, as part of its requested Bylaw Enforcement Review through Council’s Strategic Priorities. Council agreed to receive quarterly updates on bylaw enforcement activities which will include more details like the amount of fines issued, the number of tickets that are disputed and what the results of adjudication are. Council also agreed to provide annual bylaw enforcement priority setting for staff during its strategic planning each year. Council supported the inclusion of a business case in Council’s budget deliberations when new or additional proactive enforcement strategies are requested.
Business Licensing and Regulations Bylaw Amendment
Council gave second and third reading to Bylaw No. 0087.07, 2017 which proposes that societies be required to obtain and hold a valid business licence in cases where goods and services create a profit or gain. If adopted, societies will be required to provide proof that they are registered under The Societies Act and indicate the purpose of their operations. Societies registered under Purpose 1 will be exempt from obtaining a business licence. Societies registered under Purpose 2 will be required to obtain a business licence and pay the associated fees related to the category of their business. The City will now advertise the proposed changes in the Westside Weekly to notify those who may be affected by the changes of their opportunity to make representation to Council.
Pritchard Park Parking Restrictions
Council directed staff to implement parking restrictions on the residential side of the street opposite Pritchard Park.