August 8, 2017
Carriage Homes & Secondary Suites
Council gave third reading to a Zoning Amendment Bylaw to introduce changes to existing carriage house and secondary suite regulations. The changes would increase opportunities for suites and carriage homes, along with streamlining the process and reducing cost prohibitive factors for infill housing. The bylaw will now be forwarded to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for approval.
Truck Route Consideration
Council gave first reading to a bylaw amendment intended to regulate the movement of commercial trucks in the community. Council had requested a report on truck routes at its meeting October 13, 2015 after receiving a presentation from a delegation from the Canyon Ridge neighbourhood which indicated concern that trucks were avoiding travelling along Highway 97 and using local roads instead. The bylaw changes are intended to define truck routes to divert commercial truck traffic away from residential areas where there may be inadequate infrastructure to support truck traffic. Benefits of truck route regulation include improved pedestrian and vehicle safety, improved urban environments and reduced structural damage to roadways. The principles of the draft regulations are that Highway 97 is the main route for trucks, trucks may only use the City’s road network when necessary to conduct business and trucks must use designated truck routes. Truck routes being proposed are:
- Between hours of 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.:
- Glenrosa Road between Highway 97 and City of West Kelowna border
- Gellatly Road South between Highway 97 and Gellatly Road
- Gellatly Road between Highway 97 and Boucherie Road
- Boucherie Road between Hudson Road and WFN lR#9 border
- Hudson Road between Boucherie Road and Highway 97
- Shannon Lake Road between Bartley Road and WFN lR#9 border
- Old Okanagan Road between Highway 97 and WFN lR#9 border
- 24 hours a day:
- Westlake Road between Highway 97 and Stevens Road
- Stevens Road between Westlake Road and Bartley Road
- Bartley Road between Highway 97 and Stevens Road
Council requested that public consultation be undertaken on the proposed truck routes, including with Westbank First Nation, before further consideration of bylaw amendments.
2017 Road Rehabilitation
Council agreed to re-tender the 2017 Road Rehabilitation program in 2018 after receiving one bid for the work with the construction cost estimate of $428,000, significantly higher than the City’s engineering estimate of $224,000. The 2017 program will be tendered again with the 2018 program to make it more attractive, with better economies of scale, for bidders.
Webber Road Upgrades – Pedestrian Improvement Program
Council awarded the construction contract for the Webber Road Upgrade and 2017 Pedestrian Improvement Program to BC General Contracting Inc. for $2.35 million. The project is a combination of pedestrian improvements, road rehabilitation and watermain renewal. It includes approximately 450 metres of sidewalk, including curb and gutter, from McRae to Malcolm Road, which benefits the users of Glenrosa Elementary School. The road rehabilitation portion involves upgrading the Webber Road from McNair to Malcolm Roads. Construction is expected to be complete by September 2018.
Glenrosa Reservoir – Tender Delayed
Council agreed to cancel the tender for the Glenrosa Reservoir Expansion construction until 2019 due to over-budget tender prices. Council was advised that this year’s construction market has been busier than in recent years resulting in unfavourable pricing and fewer bids. The expansion of the reservoir was identified as a requirement for the supply of water to the Gates Road, Lower Glenrosa, and Salmon Road development projects. Each development is required to provide a storage contribution for each unit prior to subdivision. Waiting for development to proceed would allow the City to build reserves and to collect fees prior to construction, which would lessen the impact to reserves for the utility. Although it is difficult to predict, it is anticipated that the market will change over the next year and a half. This will also allow time to build reserves and collect development portion of the works.