COW ELECTION 2014

LIVE CAM HWY 97 @ WESTSIDE RD

CHBC TV News

Carr's Landing

Joe Rich Community

Trepanier

Kelowna Capital News
Issuu

Kelowna Daily Courier

Penticton Herald

Penticton Western

Summerland Review

Sumrlnd.myezrock

Vernon Morning Star
Issuu

Vernon Daily Courier

Castanet.net

Bennett Bridge Cam

Interior Highway Cams

Kelowna Airport

Regional District of Central Okanagan

RDCO's Facebook

Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen

District of Lake Country

District of Peachland

City of Penticton

District of Summerland

City of Vernon

District of West Kelowna

--------


Kelowna's Best Rock

RDCO Board Calender
RDCO Meeting Schedule

RDCO Board Reports

RDCO Board Agenda

RDCO Board Minutes

Gov Service Agenda

Gov Service Minutes

NWCA Minutes

SILGA - Board

UBCM

RDCO GIS Map

For sprinkling and watering days, click here.

-------

Westside Rd. Maps

C.O.W. Links

NW Ratepayers

Edgson News

NWCA

Westside Rd Interchange

Westside Road Updates

Westside Rd COMPLAINT FORM

Westside Residents Association

Jobs in Vernon

Jobs in Kelowna

Report Email Spam here.

Report Bad Links Here

Food Action Society

JOKES

WolframAlpha
Calculator/Answers

WikiLeaks.org

Datadotgc.ca

OpenDataBC

ProactiveDisclosure

BCGov FOI form

BC Forest Fire Info
Twitter
Facebook

BC Wildfires of Note
EmergencyInfoGovBC
Sound Cloud

Scan BC

Kelowna Yacht Club Wind Direction/Speed

MissingKids.ca

Follow okanaganlakebc.ca on Twitter

Follow OkanaganLakeBC on Twitter

Okanagan Lake community directory; okanaganlakebc.ca; okanagan community directory for kelowna, vernon, westbank, westside, winfield, kaleden, naramata, summerland, peachland, penticton, and oyama.

LOCAL PEACHLAND BC COMMUNITY

GOSSIP

LAST UPDATE July 21, 2014

Click on your refresh button in the top menu, to be sure you see any updates.

Blue Divider Line

Clipart - New Community Comments Index for Peachland BC's gossip.

Blue Divider Line

.pdf icon June 12, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Nothing is mentioned in the Highlights about Director Fielding noted that the Peachland Highway 97 Society is meeting tonight because it was a Director Item

-------------------------------

.mp3 file icon - click here for help with audio June 12, 2014 audio of entire RDCO Board meeting - .mp3 (11.3 MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files June 12, 2014 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Director Item - Director Fielding noted that the Peachland Highway 97 Society is meeting tonight - .wma (762 KB)

.pdf icon June 12, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Nothing is mentioned in the Agenda about Director Fielding noted that the Peachland Highway 97 Society is meeting tonight because it was a Director Item

-------------------------------

.mp3 file icon - click here for help with audio June 12, 2014 audio of entire RDCO Board meeting - .mp3 (11.3 MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files June 12, 2014 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Director Item - Director Fielding noted that the Peachland Highway 97 Society is meeting tonight - .wma (762 KB)

.pdf icon June 12, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

8. DIRECTOR ITEMS

Director Fielding noted that the Peachland Highway 97 Society is meeting tonight. The Province is not analysing the feasibility of a bypass but is working on an study of possible transportation options.

-------------------------------

.mp3 file icon - click here for help with audio June 12, 2014 audio of entire RDCO Board meeting - .mp3 (11.3 MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files June 12, 2014 audio of RDCO Board meeting only about Director Item - Director Fielding noted that the Peachland Highway 97 Society is meeting tonight - .wma (762 KB)

Blue Divider Line

Drive for Peachland highway bypass now fueled by $70,000 transportation study
The Kelowna Daily Courier - Sunday, June 1, 2014

Advocates of a highway bypass around Peachland hope for another big turnout when the group holds its annual general meeting June 12.
“Last year, we were somewhat astounded when more than 60 people showed up,” Bruce Letendre, president of the Highway 97 Task Force, said Sunday.
“That definitely shows the interest there is in Peachland for a bypass around the town, rather than eventually widening the existing highway,” Letendre said.
Those who attend the AGM will hear some particularly good news, Letendre says. “Just six weeks ago, we received official confirmation that the Ministry of Transportation has provided $70,000 to study the bypass option,” he said.
Bypass advocates have been campaigning for close to a decade for a bypass around Peachland, but this is the first time the government has put money toward such a study.
“I've been around a lot of political campaigns over the years, and I know a government will revisit an issue if there's a body that squeaks loud and long enough,” Letendre said. “Maybe we've just squeaked enough.”
Peachland has the only two-lane stretch of Highway 97 from north of Vernon to south of Penticton. In recent years, new traffic lights have been installed along the corridor, raising concerns that rising traffic volumes are building pressure for four-laning of the highway.
Opponents say widening the highway would increase the divide between lakeside and hillside neighborhoods, lead to more car-oriented commercial enterprises like those up the hill in nearby Westbank, and undermine Peachland's scenic and tourist charms.
Bypass advocates have proposed a 17-kilometre long route, most of which could be built on Crown land west of the town. “It would be longer than the existing highway, but not that much longer, and travel could travel faster,” says John Abernathy, president of another Peachland group that's pushing for a bypass.

Blue Divider Line

.pdf icon February 9, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 10.1 Committee Structure.pdf

Agenda No: 10.1
Mtg Date: Feb 9, 2012

Governance and Services Report

TO: Governance and Services Committee
FROM: Harold Reay, CAO
DATE: January 31,2012
SUBJECT: Committee Structure

The Chair requested that staff review the Regional District's committee structure in order to determine the feasibility of reducing the number of committees to streamline processes and decision making, in order to reduce costs. After reviewing all committees, it is recommended that the Governance and Services Committee recommend to the Regional Board that the committees, for the year 2012, be amended as follows:

· HR/ Committee - no longer required, it's terms of reference are now included in the HR/Audit Committee (Chair and Mayors)

· Sustainability Committee - this committee is comprised of the Mayors and Chair and meets infrequently. This committee can be eliminated and should issues arise they could be referred to the HR/Audit Committee.

· Treaty Advisory Committee - can be eliminated for now and reinstated should treaty negotiations commence.

· Watercraft Committee - This committee is community members at large, the mayors, and one other Board member. This committee has met once in the last four years and can be eliminated.

· Agricultural Advisory Commission - Comprised of 6 members from the public and one Ministry appointment. Planning staff have found their input to be of value when dealing with ALR applications and OCP development and amendments and wish to see this committee continue. Costs are minimal as one staff attends and meetings are infrequent.

· Environmental Advisory Commission - Currently 16 members appointed from the public. Staff has found this committee to provide valuable advice, at minimal cost (staff time for agenda prep and minutes), however the number of members could
be reduced to 9. Our recommendation would be to reduce to 9 by not reappointing any member until we reach less than 9.

· Central Okanagan West Advisory Planning Commission - The Director from this Electoral Area wishes to keep this committee as he relies upon it when reviewing applications.

· Central Okanagan East Advisory Planning Commission - The Director from this Electoral Area does not wish to continue with this committee and should be eliminated.

· Dog Advisory Commission - That this committee be held in abeyance at this time and no appointments be made. This committee will be reviewed by the consultant as part of the Dog Control service review, and recommendations will be forthcoming as to it's structure, if needed.

· Westside Wastewater Treatment Plant Stakeholder Committee - this is comprised of one representative each of West Kelowna, Peachland, Westbank First Nation, and the Regional District. This committee meets only when needed and has been effective and it is recommended that the committee continue.

In addition to the above noted Regional District Committees the Regional District appoints a Director to external committees. Our recommendation relating to these appointments are:

· Airport Advisory Committee - continue to appoint the Chair as a representative.

· Highway 97 Coalition - Not sure if this committee is continuing so no appointment is necessary at this time.

· Okanagan Airshed Coalition - no longer exists, staff will continue to liaison with the South Okanagan Similkameen RD on joint initiatives, the North Okanagan RD no longer participates in air quality programs.

· Okanagan Marine Advisory Council - this committee no longer meets.

There will be some savings in reducing the number of committees and meetings. Directors are reimbursed $65 for half day meetings and $130 for full day meetings, plus staff time required for preparation and attendance. It is difficult to quantify the dollar amount, as it is dependent on the number of meetings held.

This is submitted for the Committee's consideration.

-------------------------------

.mp3 file icon - click here for help with audio February 9, 2012 audio of entire Governance and Services Committee meeting - .mp3 (577 MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files February 9, 2012 audio of RDCO Governance and Services Committee meeting only about Item 10.1 Committee Structure - .wma (2.77 MB)

.pdf icon February 9, 2012 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meetings are not usually available until after being adopted at the following meeting.  If the minutes are not published here yet, you can check RDCO's website to see if they are published there yet.

-------------------------------

.mp3 file icon - click here for help with audio February 9, 2012 audio of entire Governance and Services Committee meeting - .mp3 (577 MB)

Click this Windows Media Audio icon for help with audio files February 9, 2012 audio of RDCO Governance and Services Committee meeting only about Item 10.1 Committee Structure - .wma (2.77 MB)

Blue Divider Line

Zip line good idea for Peachland?
Castanet.net - by Contributed - Story: 58231 - Nov 13, 2010

A new proposed eco-tourism venture just outside Peachland's municipal boundaries has mayor Keith Fielding asking questions.

The proposal, put forth by ZipZone Adventures Ltd, would see construction of a zip line adventure park on a 48 acre parcel of crown land spanning Peachland Creek.

A news release issued by company president, Kevin Bennett, says approval has been granted by the Integrated Land Management Bureau (ILMB) for a 10 year licence of occupation.

Bennett says construction of the adventure park, about three kilometres west of Peachland's western boundary, is already underway.

The adventure park is scheduled to open on June 1, 2011.

The Regional District board recently reviewed Bennett's application and asked that an environmental impact study be complete before it commented on the request.

The ILMB apparently approved the application based on the study which Mayor Fielding says has not been viewed by himself or the board.

"Our main concern is that it is in our watershed. If they are going to have several thousand people going in there then we want to be quite satisfied there is not going to be any risk," says Fielding.

"I haven't seen the permission and I don't know if there are any conditions attached to it. I only have second hand knowledge at this point."

Fielding says Peachland Council and possibly the regional board saw some merit in the project, as long as they were satisfied there would not be a negative environmental impact.

"That's why we wanted the environmental impact study."

Because the land in question is crown land within the Regional District, Peachland is not a player in the decision making process.

He says their interest is only the fact that it is a neighbour and it is their watershed.

"We are certainly not standing in the way of this. We just want to make sure all the appropriate studies have been completed."

In his news release, Bennett says an 'expensive' environmental impact assessment was commissioned.

Bennett says the the assessments were very positive.

The report stated in part:

"The project is anticipated to cause minimal impact on vegetation, wildlife or wildlife habitat. Where environmental effects are anticipated they are believed to be on non-significant levels. There is no anticipated effect on fish habitat or water quality on Peachland Creek due to this project."

Bennett says he is looking for an operations manager to run the park once it opens.
http://www.castanet.net/edition/news-story--11-.htm

-------------------------------------

Question: Do you think a zip line would be a good attraction for the Peachland area?

Yes 1774
No 145

Total Votes: 1919

Blue Divider Line

Norman inspects new Peachland course
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Story: 58215 - Nov 13, 2010

There was a shark sighting in Peachland.

Greg Norman was in town briefly Friday morning to inspect the progress of his re-design of the Ponderosa Golf club in Peachland.

Club General Manager, Scott Dawson, says Norman walked each hole and took notes.

"Along with designing the course, his company is also doing the build as well," says Dawson.

"It's not necessarily unusual, but it's not that common."

When Norman first took on the project in the spring of 2009, it was anticipated the newly designed course would open in the spring of 2011.

Dawson says that date has now been pushed back 12 months.

"We had hoped to have partial opening perhaps in 2011 but with something like this you open it all at once, not just nine or something like that."

Design plans for the entire complex have changed slightly.

Dawson says the planned tennis academy will not be built, instead, they are planning an Olympic size outdoor skating rink with an amphitheatre.

He says that project is part of the second or third phase of the project which includes 2,000 homes, hotel and village centre.

Blue Divider Line

Questions surround eco-tourism venture
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Story: 58097 - Nov 8, 2010

A new proposed eco-tourism venture just outside Peachland's municipal boundaries has mayor Keith Fielding asking questions.

The proposal, put forth by ZipZone Adventures Ltd, would see construction of a zip line adventure park on a 48 acre parcel of crown land spanning Peachland Creek.

A news release issued by company president, Kevin Bennett, says approval has been granted by the Integrated Land Management Bureau (ILMB) for a 10 year licence of occupation.

Bennett says construction of the adventure park, about three kilometres west of Peachland's western boundary, is already underway.

The adventure park is scheduled to open on June 1, 2011.

The Regional District board recently reviewed Bennett's application and asked that an environmental impact study be complete before it commented on the request.

The ILMB apparently approved the application based on the study which Mayor Fielding says has not been viewed by himself or the board.

"Our main concern is that it is in our watershed. If they are going to have several thousand people going in there then we want to be quite satisfied there is not going to be any risk," says Fielding.

"I haven't seen the permission and I don't know if there are any conditions attached to it. I only have second hand knowledge at this point."

Fielding says Peachland Council and possibly the regional board saw some merit in the project, as long as they were satisfied there would not be a negative environmental impact.

"That's why we wanted the environmental impact study."

Because the land in question is crown land within the Regional District, Peachland is not a player in the decision making process.

He says their interest is only the fact that it is a neighbour and it is their watershed.

"We are certainly not standing in the way of this. We just want to make sure all the appropriate studies have been completed."

In his news release, Bennett says an 'expensive' environmental impact assessment was commissioned.

Bennett says the the assessments were very positive.

The report stated in part:

"The project is anticipated to cause minimal impact on vegetation, wildlife or wildlife habitat. Where environmental effects are anticipated they are believed to be on non-significant levels. There is no anticipated effect on fish habitat or water quality on Peachland Creek due to this project."

Bennett says he is looking for an operations manager to run the park once it opens.

ZipZone Adventure Park
Peachland, B.C.
Zip Zone Adventure Park Peachland B.C.
Photo courtesy of Castanet.net

Blue Divider Line

Proposed development would double Peachland's population
Kelowna Capital News - By Dave Preston - October 29, 2010

Mark Holland of HB Lanarc Planning Consultants speaks to the public earlier this week during an open house about the proposed huge New Monaco development for Peachland.
Dave Preston/contributor

The Central Okanagan’s smallest community could get a whole lot bigger if plans for a new, massive development are approved in the years to come.

It was several years ago that investors purchased the nearly 125-acre Ryder property at the intersection of Highway 97 and Highway 97C, the Okanagan Connector.

It wasn’t until a Peachland council committee meeting Tuesday that anyone in the district learned just how big a development was being planned.

The sheer size of New Monaco is impressive.

While the development property comprises just four per cent of Peachland’s total land area, plans call for more living units than currently exist in Peachland as a whole and a population equal to or greater than the town’s current population.

“This is fairly focused on jobs,” Mark Holland, principal of HB Lanarc Planning Consultants, told Peachland council Tuesday. “Fairly well-paying jobs.”

At its core, New Monaco will focus on medical and medical technology businesses, according to Holland, who told council that preliminary estimates show 1,000 permanent jobs will be created by the development.

“Some of the current investors in the project are owners of medical technology companies who want to relocate to the Okanagan,” said Holland.

Nowhere else in British Columbia has a development been master planned around the medical field, he said.

“There will be no casino in New Monaco,” said Holland.

A persistent rumour in Peachland since the New Monaco name was announced was that a casino was at the heart of the development, but Holland told council that was never in the cards.

“The owners did some extensive traveling in Europe,” Holland said.

During their travels, the hillside towns of Southern France connected with them and they chose New Monaco as the development’s name, he said.

While Europe’s Monaco is relatively small, New Monaco will be huge in comparison to the town it resides in.

Holland said plans are to build 2,600 to 2,800 living units, most of which will be multi-family in nature.Up to 15,000 square metres of office space would be created, plus 10,000-square-metres of commercial space.

“There are no large format anchors,” said Holland. “We’re not bringing that to Peachland.”

Holland said 15,000 square metres is about the size of an average Home Depot store and the commercial space will be divided up among 40 to 50 smaller stores.

“It will have much more of a village type of feel,” Holland said.

“We hope to be able to provide a lot of the basic needs, but we won’t be able to provide them all,” said Holland.

With 1,000 new jobs created, Holland said New Monaco will generate $100 million annually in economic activity and add about $93 million per year in taxes to all levels of government.

New Monaco must go through an area structure plan process with the District of Peachland before shovels can hit the ground. That process typically takes six to 12 months.

Key to the development will be a new access from Hwy. 97 and Holland said his team has been working with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, which recently approved terms of reference for an intersection design.

The New Monaco property is not designated for the proposed use in the town’s OCP and was not included in the town’s Water Master Plan.

“We are very confident that it can in fact be serviced,” said Holland.

Holland said the development will include a lot of white collar and service jobs, so planners want to make sure that housing is diverse and mixed use.

To create a new community within Peachland, New Monaco is planning a network of parks and trails with viewpoints and courtyards.

“A strong artistic theme,” will pervade the development, according to Holland, adding that there will be performance stages built.

“It’s like creating another Peachland,” said Mayor Keith Fielding.

Full build-out would take 12 to 15 years.

Blue Divider Line

.pdf icon September 20, 2010 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Proposed Zip Line Adventure Area

The Regional Board will not consider a License of Occupation referral application from FrontCounter BC for development of a Zip Line Adventure area on Crown land adjacent to Princeton Avenue and the Brenda Mine Forest Service Road within the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area until outstanding issues and concerns have been resolved. The applicant proposes constructing four zip lines across Peachand Creek along with other outdoor recreational activities on approximately 24-hectares
of Crown land west of the District of Peachland. The Board requests that if FrontCounter decides to consider the application, a number of conditions be addressed including completion of an Environmental Impact Assessment and that any related issues be resolved. As well, any development should ensure the protection of drinking water sources.

.pdf icon September 20, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.3 Front Counter BC Referral Application.pdf

*Note* This is not the entire contents of this file, please click link above to read the entire 21 pages

Agenda No: 6.3
Mtg. Date: Sept. 20,2010
DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT REPORT
For the Regional Board September 20,2010
TO: Chair & Members of the Regional Board
FROM: Ron Fralick, Planner 1
DATE: September 13,2010
SUBJECT: Front Counter BC Referral Application - License of Occupation (initial 10 year term) for commercial land use to allow development of a Zip Line Adventure area (Our File: CL-10-05) (Reference File: 3412327)

LOCATION: Adjacent to Princeton Avenue/Brenda Mine Forest Service Road and Peachland Creek west of the District of Peachland (Central Okanagan West Electoral Area) LEGAL: NW portion of District Lot 3890, ODYD and part of unsurveyed Crown land to the NW of District Lot 3890, ODYD

RECOMMENDATION:
1. THAT Front Counter BC Referral Application CL-10-05 for a License of Occupation (initial 10 year term) for commercial land use to allow development of a Zip Line Adventure area covering approximately 24 ha (59.3 acres) of Crown Land not be supported;
2. THAT should Front Counter BC decide to proceed with consideration of the proposal, that all of the following be taken into consideration;
~ Completion of a formal planning study in accord with all of the issues identified by the District of Peachland in their Request for Decision report of August 10 and Council resolution of August 11, 2010,
~ Completion of an environmental impact assessment and resolution of all issues of the RDCO Environmental Advisory Commission and Environmental/Land Use Planner noted on page 3 of this report;
~ Compliance with recommendations contained in the Trepanier Creek and Peachland Creek Watershed Assessment for Drinking Water Source Protection conducted by Golder Associates on behalf of the District of Peachland;
~ Resolution of all issues, and/or approval from impacted agencies including, but not limited to, the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Forests and Range, Interior Health and applicable First Nations;
3. AND FURTHER THAT the Development Services Department Report dated September 13, 2010 be forwarded to Front Counter BC for their information and consideration.

PURPOSE:
To consider a Crown Land Referral application to grant a License of Occupation (initial 10 year term) for commercial land use to allow development of a Zip Line Adventure area covering approximately 24 ha (59.3 acres) of Crown Land.
POLICY:
The subject Crown lands are not located within the boundaries of an Official Community Plan and not located within the boundary of the proposed OCP for the Trepanier/Brent Road areas.

RATIONALE:
);> District of Peachland does not support the Crown referral application in the absence of completion of a formal planning study and reports concerning the impact of the proposal to the fringe area (as per District of Peachland Council's resolution of August 11,2010);
);> Proposal is not located within the boundary of the proposed OCP for the Trepanier/Brent Road areas;
);> Peachland Creek is a major water supply for the District of Peachland. Completion of an environmental impact assessment should be completed, as recommended by the District of Peachland, the Environmental/Land Use Planner and Environmental Advisory Commission (EAC);

The proposal if advanced, should adhere to the watershed assessment recommendations contained in the Trepanier Creek and Peachland Creek Watershed Assessment for Drinking Water Source Protection conducted by Golder Associates; Historically, these types of applications for commercial use on Crown land are forwarded to local government for consideration in the absence of appropriate professional assessments/reports being completed to substantiate the intended use.

BACKGROUND:
The applicants propose to construct a series of four ziplines that will span across Peachland Creek. They also propose additional adventure activities (ie: puzzle stations and lawn games) on the terraced plateau above Peachland Creek. In accord with the site plan provided with the referral, it appears that a washroom facility, reception/office building, and a parking area also form part of the development. The business plans to operate on a seasonal basis from May 1 to September 31 each year; however, may continue to operate outside of these dates should demand warrant it.

A License to Cut will be required should the License of Occupation be granted. Attached is a list of the agencies provided with a copy of the referral from Front Counter BC. Further to the original referral submission from Front Counter BC, the applicant provided additional information (see attached letter of August 17, 2010 to Peachland Council).

RELEVANT INFORMATION:
APPLICANT: Zip Zone Adventures Ltd.
ZONING: RU1 Rural 1
OCP: N/A
EXISTING USE: Vacant Crown land within the District of Peachland's watershed
ALR: Not within the ALR

AGENCY REFERRALS:
The Environmental Services and Parks Departments have no specific comments or objections to the application.

Inspections staff advises that a Building Permit is required for any building more than 10 sq. m. in area. Interior Health approval is required for sanitary facilities (privy toilets), and a structural engineer must oversee the installation of the Zip Line equipment. In addition, receipt of approval from the BC Safety Authority (Passenger Ropeway and Amusement Devices Safety Branch) is required.

The Environmental Advisory Commission (EAC) in conjunction with the RDCO Environmental Planner has identified a number of issues and concerns and consideration of approval should include the following;

• Require the completion of an environmental assessment (EA) on the development footprint area only. The assessment should include a management plan to address potential impacts on sensitive ecosystems and wildlife as well as human waste
management and provision of domestic water supply;
• As the proposal is located within a community watershed, it is imperative that any development avoid impacts to Peachland Creek and the domestic water supply;
• Should adhere to the recommendations of the Trepanier Creek and Peachland Creek Watershed Assessment for Drinking Water Protection;
• In addition to the above noted EA, the following information should be obtained or addressed prior to ILMB making a decision:
o Elevations of the start and end of the ziplines and an indication of how participants will return to the other side of the canyon;
o Location of the septic field (or an alternate plan for waste disposal) and domestic water supply with appropriate approvals received;
o Depending on the method of return across the canyon, identification of health and safety concerns for participants as well as sediment control and water· quality protection;
• Buildings or structures should avoid the steep slopes or obtain a geotechnical study to ensure safe development; and
• Apply best management practices to the construction process, paying particular attention to erosion control during construction, and to re-establishment of ground cover and native plants thereby reducing the spread of weeds following construction;
• Explore ways to limit access to the site when staff is not present to address safety issues and possible vandalism.
The District of Peachland Council passed the following resolution at their August 11, 2010 meeting;
"That the District of Peachland requests that development of these fringe area lands not be supported without completion of a formal planning study and formal reports concerning the impact of this proposal to the fringe area."
Planning staff notes that the applicant provided additional information to the District of Peachland (presented at a subsequent Council meeting on September 7, 2010).

Council agreed to receive the information however the resolution of August 11, 2010 was not amended and remains applicable. A copy of the District of Peachland Council discussion and resolution on this referral is appended to the report.

PLANNING STAFF COMMENTS:
Planning staff concur with the comments and recommendation identified by the District of Peachland to not support the application in the absence of a formal planning study and reports concerning the impact of this proposal to the fringe area. There have been several Crown land and aggregate extraction applications in the District's fringe area considered over the past couple of years. Historically, these types of applications for commercial/aggregate extraction use on Crown land are forwarded to local government for consideration in the absence of appropriate professional assessments/reports being completed to substantiate the intended use.

With respect to completing a formal planning study identified by the District of Peachland, it is noted that the subject lands associated with this Crown referral are not located within the boundary for development of an Official Community Plan that is pending for the Trepanier/Brent Road areas. Completion of such a study would be responsibility of the proponent if this
application proceeds and should Front Counter BC decide to include this requirement in conjunction with any future land tenure offer.

While the Development Services Department recommends that this Crown referral application not be supported, Planning staff deems it necessary to include a list of issues and requirements that should be taken into consideration in the event that Front Counter BC decides to proceed with approval of the application. The list is included under item #2 of the Recommendation section at beginning of the report.

Respectfully submitted,

Ron Fralick, MCIP
Planner 1

Dan Plamondon, Director of Development Services

Attach.
RF/th

.pdf icon September 20, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

Planning - Referral Applications: (Unweighted Vote)

6.3 Report regarding FrontCounter BC referral application for a License of Occupation to allow development of a zip-line adventure area located in the vicinity of Princeton Avenue/Brenda Mine Forest Service Road and Peachland Creek. (CL-10-05) Central Okanagan West Electoral Area (All Directors)

Staff report dated September 13th outlined the application. Staff provided a review of the agency referrals as well as the rationale for non-support of the application, including:
• District of Peachland does not support the Crown referral application in the absence of completion of a formal planning study and reports concerning the impact of the proposal to the fringe area;
• Proposal is not located within the boundary of the proposed OCP for the Trepanier/Brent Road areas;
• Peachland Creek is a major water supply for the District of Peachland. An environmental impact assessment should be completed, as recommended by the District of Peachland, the Environmental/Land Use Planner and Environmental Advisory Commission;
• The proposal, if advanced, should adhere to the watershed assessment recommendations contained in the Trepanier Creek and Peachland Creek Watershed Assessment for Drinking Water Source Protection conducted by Golder Associates;
• Historically, these types of applications for commercial use on Crown land are forwarded to local government for consideration in the absence of appropriate professional assessments/reports being completed to substantiate the intended use.

FIELDING/SHEPHERD
THAT the Regional Board hear from the applicant, Kevin Bennett.

CARRIED

Mr, Bennett outlined the proposal, including:
o How many visitors do you expect per year and how would you accommodate vehicles, washrooms, etc.
• 8000 individuals over a five month period.
• Parking for 40-80 cars per day. There is enough room on or close to the site.
• Portable toilets would be provided. IHA has no objection to how waste water disposal, food supply and water supply would be provided.
o The business is only at the conceptual stage.
o Would you put the application on hold until the studies are completed?
If a License of Occupation is granted then design work can be completed for the business plan as well as other studies.
o Only one acre out of 60 acres would be developed, Mr. Bennett reviewed a revised plan where the parking lot has been moved to the reception area.
o It was noted that the existing tenure overlaps and interferes with WFN land interests. WFN has not commented directly on the application. ILMB has not commented to the applicant on any First Nation issues.
o Are you aware of the obstacles being faced in light of comments from the District of Peachland and WFN? Are you prepared to put in additional resources to complete the studies required? Mr. Bennett noted that approximately $300,000 is being budgeted for the facility and that he is unaware of WFN concerns but would be willing to work with them to address any concerns they may have.
o The applicant was encouraged to speak to WFN directly regarding their interests.

The District of Peachland said that a decision on the referral application would not be made until the required study information is provided.

EDGSON/FIELDING
THAT FrontCounter BC referral application CL-10-05 for a License of Occupation for commercial land use located in the vicinity of Princeton Avenue/Brenda Mine Forest Service Road and Peachland Creek to allow development of a Zip Line Adventure
area covering approximately 24 ha (59.3 acres) of Crown Land not be considered until such time as:
• Completion of a formal planning study in accord with all of the issues identified by the District of Peachland in their Request for Decision report of August 10 and Council resolution of August 11, 2010;
• Completion of an environmental impact assessment and resolution of all issues of the RDCO Environmental Advisory Commission and Environmental/Land Use Planner noted on page 3 of this report;
• Compliance with recommendations contained in the Trepanier Creek and Peachland Creek Watershed Assessment for Drinking Water Source Protection conducted by Golder Associates on behalf of the District of Peachland;
• Resolution of all issues, and/or approval from impacted agencies including, but not limited to, the Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Forests and Range, Interior Health and applicable First Nations;

AND FURTHER THAT the Development Services Department report dated September 13, 2010 be forwarded to FrontCounter BC for their information and consideration.

CARRIED

Blue Divider Line

.pdf icon September 9, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 3.2 Land Use Contract Discharge Bylaw and Zoning Amendment Bylaw Extension.pdf

Agenda No: 3.2
Mtg Date: Sept. 9,2010

DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT REPORT
For the Board September 9th, 2010
TO: Chair & Members of the Regional Board
FROM: Ron Fralick, Planner 1
DATE: August 26,2010
SUBJECT: Land Use Contract Discharge Bylaw LUCA-277-07 & Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 871-200 (Application Z09/05)
(T. & L. BergmanlTara Bergman/M. & R. Kay - owners/Terrance Bergman - agent)
LOCATION: Adjacent to Trepanier Rd. & Paradise Valley Rd. (Area 'Central Okanagan West')
LEGAL: Lot 19, Plan 33145, DL 1380, ODYD

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Board grant a six-month extension to the applicant in accord with Regional District Application Procedures Bylaw No. 944.

PURPOSE:
To discharge Land Use Contract No. 277 from the property and rezone to RU6 Small Holdings and to RU3 Rural 3. In accordance with the bylaw amendments, the applicant proposes subdivision of the 3.42 ha parcel into two lots.

BACKGROUND:
The subject property is located in the Trepanier bench area outside the boundaries of an Official Community Plan. Regional Board Policy Resolution No. 398/95, states: The Regional Board does not support any further development applications in the Trepanier Valley area until the entire Trepanier Valley area has been looked at by the Planning Department, the District of Peachland and area residents.

Planning staff did not support the application in recognition of the above noted Board policy.

Notwithstanding, the Board recognized that a formal planning study would likely be commencing in the near future, therefore on August 24, 2009 a motion was passed deferring a decision on the amending bylaws until such time as the fire protection study and the Official Community Plan is completed for the Trepanier area.

.pdf icon September 9, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

Planning (Unweighted Vote)

3.2 Six-month extension - Land Use Contract Discharge Bylaw LUCA-27707 & Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 871-200 (application Z09/05) T. & L. Bergman/Tara Bergman/M. & R. Kay (owners), Terrance Bergman (agent) - adjacent to Trepanier Road and Paradise Valley Road (Central Okanagan West Electoral Area) (All Directors)

Staff report dated August 26, 2010 outlined the rationale for granting a six month extension for the above.

EDGSON/FIELDING
THAT the Regional Board grant a six-month extension for Land Use Contract Discharge Bylaw LUCA-277-07 & Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 871-200 (application Z09/05) T. & L. Bergman/Tara Bergman/M. & R. Kay (owners) in accord with Regional District Application Procedures Bylaw No. 944 this 9th day of September 2010.

CARRIED

Blue Divider Line

Peachland’s Highway 97 Task Force

“Let’s have Highway 97 re-routed so that it no longer divides Peachland”

Clipart - New Meeting January 8, 2008

More about the meeting and the task force.

Blue Divider Line

Luciw: Peachland’s B.C. grant loss could be West Kelowna’s gain
Kelowna Capital News - By Jason Luciw - May 21, 2010

Put two and two together and you get $2.6 million.

That kind of math bears some explanation, so here it goes.

Last weekend, voters in Peachland cast ballots in a referendum, overwhelmingly rejecting their municipality’s proposal to borrow $1.3 million toward construction of a $3.9 million curling rink and multi-use facility.

The other $2.6 million was to come from a federal and provincial Building Communities grant, which the municipality must now decline.

In other words, $2.6 million is up for grabs and West Kelowna needs to put in word that it’s interested in the cash.

The wounds of those who lost the referendum might still be fresh, including those of Peachland Mayor Keith Fielding and his council, but West Kelowna council can’t let that bother them.

You can bet West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater is itching to go after the money, given his knack for lobbying.

But, out of respect, he and his council are probably grappling with the optics, fearing how vulture-like they might look if they go after the cash so soon.

They also likely wouldn’t want to appear to be meddling in Peachland politics.

But, this is no time for altruism, especially for a new municipality like West Kelowna, which is staring at some pretty hefty infrastructure costs. And infrastructure costs equal tax hikes or depleted reserves and West Kelowna favours neither.

So, if the municipality doesn’t pursue the grant for its own needs, it will only amount to one giant missed opportunity for all the Westside.

After all, it could be argued that whatever recreational opportunity West Kelowna used the money for, Peachland and Westbank First Nation would also indirectly benefit, meaning going after the funding is worth a try.

Otherwise, the $2.6 million will simply disappear into the great abyss of federal and provincial coffers or go to some other municipality.

Therefore, West Kelowna council must either direct its staff to go after the grant or local politicians should inquire about getting the money.

Given the long list of needs outlined Tuesday afternoon in the municipality’s latest draft of its parks and recreation master plan, the money could easily be spent here.

The needs in the master plan ranged from low cost items, such as upgrades to more than a dozen tennis courts to big ticket items, like land acquisition and construction of a lakeside trail from the Bennett Bridge to Peachland. Improvements to the Gellatly Road recreational corridor are also on the list.

The buffet of parks and rec items totaled about $3 million, with half to come from West Kelowna reserves and/or taxpayers and the remainder to come from matching contributions from developers and senior government.

But the problem with the $3 million figure is that some of the items, especially the big ticket ones, were low-balled and some of the projects would have to be piecemealed over several years in order to complete them in full.

In fact, it could be argued that improvements to the Gellatly corridor alone would easily surpass the $3 million mark, given everything it needs.

The wish list there would likely include paving the elevated walkway along the lake, adding streetlights, benches, possibly some public art, installation of new picnic tables and renovating washroom facilities.

The project should also include parking stalls, cycling paths and a dedicated pedestrian and cycling bridge over Powers Creek. The total would likely surpass $5 million.

Suddenly, the $2.6 million grant–—the gift horse that Peachland voters looked in the mouth––seems pretty appealing.

So hopefully, West Kelowna will put two and two together, do Peachland the courtesy of explaining the need for the money and then go after the grant.

Jason Luciw is the Capital News’s Westside reporter.

----------------------------------------------------------

Comment

Why can't Peachland put that money not spent on a curling rink into a bank account for a rainy day? Why doesn't government allow for that?

Blue Divider Line

Peachland voters say no to curling club
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Story: 54574 - May 16, 2010

Peachland residents have turned a resounding thumbs down to the prospect of a curling club in their community.

More than 67 per cent of voters in Saturday's referendum said no to borrowing $1.3 million to construct a Community Curling Club and Multi-Purpose Facility.

Nearly 50 per cent of the approximately 4,000 voters turned out for the referendum. 1,303 voters said no while just 633 were in favour.

The decision means the project will not go ahead and Peachland will have to return $2.6 million to the provincial and federal governments, their contribution of the project.

The prospect of building the facility divided the community. Those in favour cited the economic benefit to the community while those opposed did not believe the facility would be utilized as much as proponents believed.

A yes vote would have resulted in a $35 a year tax increase to residents.

Blue Divider Line

.pdf icon November 12, 2009 Highlights of the Special Regional Board Meeting

Proposed Boundary Extension Supported

The Regional Board supports a request from the District of Peachland for a proposed municipal boundary extension in order to facilitate development in the municipal Ponderosa-Pincushion Area Sector Plan. Late in the summer, the developer successfully acquired two parcels of Crown Land from the Province totalling just over 30-hectares that reside within the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area. The municipality would like to have those lands included within its jurisdiction.

Blue Divider Line

.pdf icon October 8, 2009 Governance & Services Committee Meeting Minutes

3.4, Jim Kentel, Stantec Consulting Ltd. re: Brent Road Sanitary Sewer Feasibility Study

Stantec Consulting presented an update on the Brent Road Sanitary Sewer study.

42 homeowners involved.

Two possible solutions were reviewed: low pressure and gravity main system.

The advantages and disadvantages were reviewed for each option.

Preliminary costs were reviewed, approximately $10,000 per household for a low pressure system. For a gravity main system the costs would be approximately $22,970 per household.

Common costs for individual connections were reviewed including DCC, connection fees and the annual sewage rate fees. The estimate does not reflect what the District of Peachland connection charge or fees are. There are no costs for land acquisition, legal surveyor RDCO admin costs.

Discussion:
The next step is for discussions with the District of Peachland and the area residents. Peachland needs to be part of the dialogue first to determine if Peachland requires the residents to join the municipality, refine costs, and
public consultation.

In addition, the partners in the Westside Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) need to be consulted to review the future impact on the Treatment Plant. This can be done concurrently.

The question was raised whether Brent Road can become its own service area within the Regional District in order to hook up to the WWTP? An agreement of the partners would be required first. If they could participate, Peachland would have to decide whether they want some of the collection to be done through them and a service area would have to be required.

It was noted the net costs to the property line were provided but there are further costs associated with connecting to the system.

#GS91/09 FINDLATER/EDGSON
THAT the issue of Brent Road potentially connecting to the Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) be discussed with the WWTP service partners prior to a public meeting being held.

CARRIED

Blue Divider Line

.pdf icon March 23, 2009 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Minutes

Planning:

6.2 a) Report regarding initiation of an Official Community Plan for the Trepanier/Brent Road/Lakeshore Road/June Springs Estates areas of the Central Okanagan West & East Electoral Areas. (File: 6480-01) (Electoral Area Directors Only)

Staff report dated March 12, 2009 outlined the background for completing an Official Community Plan for the electoral areas of Trepanier, Brent Road, Lakeshore Road, and June Springs Estates. In follow-up to discussions at the March 5th Governance and Services Committee meeting, staff noted that due to current staff levels it is felt that additional staff resources would not be available until such time as the North Westside OCP review and update has been completed,

EDGSON/HAYES
THAT commencement of a Request for Proposal process to develop an Official Community Plan (OCP) for the Trepanier Road, Brent Road, Lakeshore Road, June Springs Estates areas be deferred until late 2009, subject to budgetary and staffing
considerations;

AND FURTHER THAT Planning staff report back to the Governance and Services Committee once a more precise timeline for completing the North Westside OCP has been determined.

CARRIED

Blue Divider Line

.pdf icon Feb 23, 2009 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Meeting Board Minutes

3.2 District of Peachland - Mayor Keith Fielding re: Gravel Mining Operations (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

The District of Peachland in its letter of January 30, 2009 requested the Regional Board support for a resolution to the Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources to urgently reconsider the review and approval process for gravel pit permits.

Peachland has written the Minister about a particular application in Peachland, noting under the present legislation very little options exist and are extremely outdated.

FIELDING/EDGSON
THAT the January 30, 2009 letter from the District of Peachland requesting the Regional Board to support a resolution to the Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources to urgently reconsider the review and approval process for the issue of gravel pit permits be received;

AND FURTHER THAT a letter be forwarded to the Minister supporting the District of Peachland's position.

CARRIED
Staff noted they are still working with the Ministry with regard to information on the ongoing pilot project in the Fraser Valley. Further meetings are planned in March. It was noted that during the previous Regional Growth Strategy update, a study was done on aggregate in the Central Okanagan and this study will require updating as part of the update of the Regional Growth Strategy.

Blue Divider Line

Call for rural services requires Westside’s input
By Jason Luciw - Kelowna Capital News - Published: November 25, 2008

The call for a sewer feasibility study in the Brent Road area south of Peachland is proving unpopular with Westside Mayor-elect Doug Findlater.

Findlater said that the study should not proceed without consultation happening first with Westside, Peachland and other users of the Westside sewer treatment plant.

Findlater said he could not support extending sewers to residents in the Brent Road rural area when some Westside ratepayers have been contributing to sewers for 15 years and are still waiting for their own connections.

Approximately 1,400 homes in Westside are still without sewers. Some residents are unable to do tasks as simple as laundry because their septic systems are failing as they wait for their turn to hook up to sewers.

Findlater said he couldn’t support a study for an area that hasn’t been making financial contributions to the system.

The remainder of the Central Okanagan Regional District board approved of the study, however, with the condition that the Districts of Westside and Peachland be consulted.

Peachland Mayor Graham Reid said the study would be helpful in determining the logistics and costs of providing the service to Brent Road. Without answers, the issue would not go away, said Reid.

In other regional board news, directors have supported the Friends of Kalamoir Park, who wish to make application for an $18,000 grant through B.C. Gaming. If received, the funding would be used to restore trails and educate park users about proper uses of the paths.

The board has also agreed to proceed with a fire service study in the Trepanier Bench area near Peachland and Westside.

Reid said interest in fire protection in the area is higher than regional staff might think, given that one structure in the area went up in flames recently.

The study will determine costs and service delivery details and would likely involve a petition of the area’s residents to gauge the level of interest in bringing contracted fire protection to the area.

Either Peachland or Westside fire department would likely eventually need to provide the service.

Blue Divider Line

Join Peachland website.

http://www.homeandweb.com/peachland-property.htm

http://www.homeandweb.com/trepanier-news.htm

Blue Divider Line

Personal stories from Peachland residents.

Blue Divider Line

Jim Edgson is new director 2007-2008 for Peachlands rural areas of Brent Road, Trepanier/Paradise Valley, IR#9 and IR#10.

Blue Divider Line

Regional Governance Study

Directors Robert Hobson, Graham Reid, and Patty Hanson will join appointees from the North Okanagan and Okanagan Similkameen
Regional Districts. The group will look into common services and functions that could perhaps be provided by an amalgamated, single Regional District model.

Blue Divider Line

GET OUT AND VOTE NOVEMBER 2008

Its very important to your whole community!

"Regional Director" position in the "Central Okanagan West" electoral area, comprising of Traders Cove, Fintry, Killiney Beach, Wilson’s Landing, Trepanier/Paradise Valley, Brent Road, IR # 9 and #10.

Blue Divider Line

  A little history on how one website describes how the alternative approval process received approval and became taxation by default.

from http://www.westside.ca/

Blue Divider Line

Democracy Obituary from www.westside.ca

Blue Divider Line

Stay informed.  If you would like to be notified by email of important local meetings and or gossip regarding Peachland, please send us your email address by filling out our general contact form, and we will let you know by email what we know, when we know.

Blue Divider Line

If you feel you haven't been informed of things happening in your community ... please make a comment here and we will make sure that the Regional District of Central Okanagan get copies of it.

Blue Divider Line

Peachland BC Gossip
Read Comments

[ Index ] Director Edgson ] Stories ] Hwy 97 ]

Blue Divider Line

Peachland BC Gossip
Make Comments

Director Edgson ]

Blue Divider Line

Gossip
In Other Towns

INDEX ALL ] Boucherie Rd ] Kaleden ] Kelowna ] Naramata ] Oyama ] [ Peachland ] Penticton ] Summerland ] Vernon ] West Kelowna ] Westside Road ] Winfield ]

Blue Divider Line

Index
Peachland

[ Index ] Business Cards ] Carpool ] Classifieds ] Fun Stuff ] Gossip ] Maps ] News ] Peachland ] Seniors ]

Blue Divider Line

Peachland BC communities gossip is constantly being updated, so check back often.

Includes: Antlers Beach, Hardy Falls, Brent Road, Hardy Street, Thorne Road, Log Chute Drive, Renfrew Road, Ferguson Place, Sherburn Road, Bulyea Avenue, Vernon Avenue, Princeton Avenue, Stuart Cres, Hawkes Street, Beach Avenue, all the way through to the north side of Peachland at Drought Road, Seclusion Bay Road, Paradise Valley Drive, Star Place, Trepanier Road, Maxwell Road, Upton Road.

Blue Divider Line

©2006-2013 okanaganlakebc.ca