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MOTORIZED RECREATION ALONG WESTSIDE ROAD BC

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LAST UPDATE September 09, 2017

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The Ministry is working toward an agreement for motorized recreation for British Columbia. 

One contentious area we know of is up Bear Creek Main on the Westside of Okanagan Lake just off Westside Road near Traders Cove.

At the moment there is much controversy regarding the impact on the natural habitat having quads and motorcycles ride around in the bush. 

Some feel that these motorized recreational vehicles are a forest fire hazard and some feel they are not good for watersheds.

Sustainable network of BC Trails - http://www.tca.gov.bc.ca/sites_trails/

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City of Kelowna and RDCO mountain bike strategy

Bear Creek OHV Trail System Operating Plan
from page 7
8. Spark arrestors will be required year round which meet USDA Forest Service or equivalent Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standards.
9. A decibel limit of 96dBA, or other limit as directed by MTSA, will be implemented and enforced using the standard stationary 20” test method (SAE J1287).
10. All riders will be required to wear CSA approved helmets.
from page 9
12. Enforcement will be coordinated through MTCA and the C&E Regional Management Committee Planning Process. Enforcement agencies may include the RCMP, the Conservation Officer Service, and the MFR Compliance and Enforcement Team.

Land Act; Motor Vehicle (All Terrain) Act

RDCO Noise Fines 2011 .pdf icon Item 6.1 Amendments to Ticket Information Utilization Bylaw

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OFF-ROAD VEHICLE ACT (BC Laws)

BILL 13 — 2014
OFF-ROAD VEHICLE ACT

(passed first reading Feb 24, 2014)

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With the number of quads and motorcycles driving through subdivisions in rural areas, it would be nice if they had better mufflers.

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Off-road vehicle ban carries on into hunting season
Kelowna Capital News - by Tom Fletcher - Sep 9th, 2017

Restriction since Aug. 4 for Cariboo, Kamloops, Southeast districts

A ban on off-road use of trucks, quads and other motor vehicles in much of southern B.C. has been in place since early August to prevent wildfires, and it continues as hunting season is set to open in the province on Sunday, Sept. 10.

The restriction is in effect for the Cariboo, Kamloops and Southeast fire centres. Restrictions are not in place for the Coastal region, including Vancouver Island, and the Northwest and Prince George regions spanning the northern half of the province.

The ban on using vehicles off-road does not apply to guide-outfitters using their vehicles to gain access to the backcountry for work. All others are restricted to paved, gravel or mineral soil-surfaced roads that are free of dry grass, leaves or other vegetation. They must stay on constructed road surfaces, and off single-track trails.

Violations of the off-road ban carry a fine of $767. If the activity causes a wildfire, the person responsible may also be ordered to pay firefighting and associated costs.

To report a violation, call the B.C. environment ministry’s Report all Poachers and Polluters (RAPP) line at 1-877-952-7277. The restrictions apply to Crown land, not private land or national parks.

The severity of this year’s wildfire season and dry conditions in southern B.C. has also caused the B.C. Wildfire Service to impose complete bans on entry to backcountry, even by foot, in some areas, for the first time since the 2003 wildfire season. The public access ban remains in effect for the Rocky Mountain Natural Resource District in the East Kootenay.

While backcountry access bans have been lifted in the Cariboo, Kamloops and most areas of the Southeast fire centre, access is still discouraged and off-road vehicle use remains prohibited.

Source: http://www.kelownacapnews.com/news/off-road-ban-carries-on-into-hunting-season/

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This is who the Regulators of Noise are:

In 2012, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) introduced the Marine Spark-Ignition Engine, Vessel and Off-Road Recreational Vehicle Emission Regulations (Regulations) under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA) in order to establish air pollutant emission standards for new marine engines and off-road recreational vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes. The Regulations apply to products that are imported into and manufactured in Canada and set out performance-based standards that are aligned with those of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The performance-based approach provides manufacturers with the flexibility to choose the technologies that will enable them to applicable emission standards, while taking into account their business plans and the demands of the marketplace. However, it is important to note that these Regulations aim to reduce air pollution from covered products and do not include requirements to address noise levels.

You may also be interested to know that Transport Canada regulates noise emissions from certain classes of new vehicles such as motorcycles under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act and is involved in aircraft noise management. We invite you to contact them directly at 1-866-995-9737 for more information on these topics.

Finally, while the federal government has historically regulated the manufacture of new vehicles and engines and the import of those products, restrictions related to the use or modification of vehicles after first retail sale (e.g. altering vehicle systems, safety and emission inspection programs, vehicle registration) has generally been addressed under the jurisdiction of provincial, territorial, or aboriginal governments. You may wish to contact your provincial government for more information on regulations or policies related to the performance of mufflers or noise levels from in-use vehicles.

Please do not hesitate to contact ECCC’s Transportation Division directly at ec.vehicleandengineinfo.ec "at" Canada.ca should you have any further questions regarding the vehicle and engine emission regulations.

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Letter: Kelowna still lets motorbikes blast away
Kelowna Capital News - Jul 11, 2016

To the editor:

Re: Motorcycles Turn Kelowna into 'A Strange Hick Town,' July 8, Kelowna Capital News.

That quote is a little off the wall! Kelowna, while not the basis for world recognition as the most sophisticated small city in the world, has a lot going for it, as recognized by the Toronto four-some in their letter to the Capital News.

But what they are complaining about is the unnecessary noise from most motorcycles and many cars and pickup trucks.

The creators of this ear-shattering din claim it is necessary to warn everybody—drivers, adults, kids, their pets and wildlife—that they are on the road.

That is unadulterated BS.

There isn't a traffic safety expert in the world who agrees. And here is proof of that: Not one of those experts has ever suggested that we all get rid of our present quiet exhaust systems and go for the 'straight pipes.'

Some cities across Canada are taking action.

Not Kelowna.

The city fathers do absolutely nothing except make excuses. I have a few emails from city hall saying that there will be developments soon. Some of them are more than five years old.

This year's meeting of mayors and municipalities in B.C. didn't even have that issue on the agenda. All the while, Premier Christy Clark ignores the present legislation that forbids exchanging exhaust systems on motor vehicles in B.C.

The window-shaking sound waves of a motorcycle clearing its throat at 6 a.m. or 2 a.m. is beyond stupid.

Perhaps residents against the noise should rent a few bikes, altered of course, and start revving the motors outside the homes of the MLAs. The RCMP will not arrest you for making the racket, there is no enforcement of that law.

G. Morrison, Kelowna

Source: http://www.kelownacapnews.com/opinion/letters/386349741.html

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LETTERS: Enough with the noisemakers in the Okanagan
April 8, 2016 - Kelowna Daily Courier

To the editor:

One of the benefits associated with having a combined municipal, provincial, and national police force, like the RCMP, is the simple fact that no matter what the issue or location, the RCMP has jurisdiction.
In the case of the operation of motor vehicles with exhaust systems that do not meet established noise-level standards, all we have to do is file the complaint and the problem should be resolved.
The ongoing dog and pony show associated with an increasing number of motorcycles and pickup trucks on our streets and highways with exhaust systems designed purposely to produce noise levels that borders the obnoxious, has to stop — now.
The Okanagan is no longer a place to relax.
Every day, the air is filled with a constant roar, produced by bikes and motor vehicles with radically inadequate muffler systems.
Visitors are telling us the Okanagan Valley has become the most obnoxious place to visit — anywhere.
A number of Canadian municipalities have committed to addressing this development, and the good news is the laws are in place, and they are as valid and enforceable as the day they were written.
The bad news is our politicians will use every excuse they can think of, to not enforce them, like they did last year, and the year before.

Andy Thomsen, Peachland

Source: http://www.kelownadailycourier.ca/opinion/article_330d69ce-fcf3-11e5-a7b9-ab84420987a6.html

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.pdf icon March 21, 2016 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Special Events Permits Approved

The Regional Board has approved three Special Events Permits for the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club. The club can hold these special race events at its facility adjacent to Bear Creek Forest Service Road that are exempt from provisions of the Noise Bylaw. One event will be held April 23rd and 24th while the second goes the weekend of September 3rd and 4th. A third permit will be issued once the club advises of the dates for a fundraising event in September. All other activities at the track including Wednesday and Sunday practises are subject to a mutual consent order which restricts bikes to a maximum sound of 96 decibels.

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.pdf icon Item 6.1 Kelowna Dirt Bike Club Special Events Permits 2016

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SUBJECT: Kelowna Dirt Bike Club Annual Special Events Permit Request for 2016

Purpose: The Kelowna Dirt Bike Club (KDBC) is seeking approval for two Special Event Permits for their 2016 season and one fundraising event-the date to be confirmed.

Executive Summary:
The KDBC makes an annual application to the Regional Board requesting waiver of bylaw requirements under Noise Bylaw No. 403, for each of their annual special race events. In the past up to four permits have been issued annually. The Regional Board is being asked to approve two permits; one for April 23 & 24 and September 3 & 4, and one without citing the event date, to avoid having to come back to the Board for amendment to the special event permit. RDCO Bylaw staff will be informed of the date for the fundraising event in September.

A 2011 Consent Order agreement between the Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) and Kelowna Dirt Bike Club (KDBC) is binding as long as the RDCO approves, on application, up to four (4) special events permits each year.

A License of Occupation between the Province of British Columbia and KOBC was renewed on August 2, 2011, for a term of ten (10) years. Provisions of the provincial license agreement require that the KDBC report annually to the Regional Board on their activities and requires compliance with the Consent Order.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional Board approve two (2) Special Event Permits for the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club for April 23 & 24 and Sept. 3 & 4, 2016;
AND FURTHER THAT the Club be required to inform Bylaw Enforcement staff in advance of the annual fundraising event in September.

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.pdf icon March 21, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

6. CORPORATE SERVICES
6.1 Kelowna Dirt Bike Club - Special Events Permits 2016 - (All Directors - Unweighted Vote - LGA 208.1)
OPHUS/STACK
THAT the Regional Board approve two (2) Special Events Permits for the
Kelowna Dirt Bike Club for April 23 & 24 and Sept. 3 & 4, 2016;
AND FURTHER THAT the Club be required to inform Bylaw Enforcement staff in advance of the annual fundraising event in September.
CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon February 22, 2016 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

This was a Director Item so there is nothing mentioned in the Highlights about Director Findlater speaking in regards to wheelchair access or Conservation being able to enforce off road vehicle laws in the future.

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.pdf icon February 22, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

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.pdf icon January 25, 2016 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Proposed Regional Trails Program

The Regional Board received a proposal from the Central Okanagan Trails Alliance, which represents 15 non-profit recreational trail organizations in the region. The group has proposed that the Regional District consider coordinating and managing the extensive trail network throughout the region in order to further the potential for increased destination and recreational trail tourism. The Regional Board has directed Parks Services staff to prepare a report outlining the proposed scope of work and projected costs of a feasibility study for a Regional Trails Program.

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.pdf icon Item 6.1 Proposed Regional Trails Service Program

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SUBJECT: Proposed Regional Trails Service Program

Purpose: To bring forward the recommendation from the Governance & Services Committee with regard to the proposed regional trails service program.

Executive Summary:
The attached report was presented at the November 12, 2015 Governance & Services Committee meeting and the following resolution was adopted:

THAT the Governance and Services Committee receive for information the proposed regional trails
service program - Central Okanagan Trails Alliance;
AND FURTHER THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommend that the Regional Board direct RDCO Parks staff to prepare a report that will outline a proposed scope of work and projected costs associated with undertaking a Regional Trails Service Program feasibility study for Board consideration as part of the 2016 Parks Department work plan.
CARRIED Unanimously
The proposed regional trails service program report and recommendation is brought forward for Regional Board consideration.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional Board direct RDCO Parks staff to prepare a report that will outline a proposed scope of work and projected costs associated with undertaking a Regional Trails Service Program feasibility study for Board consideration as part of the 2016 Parks Department work plan.

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Kootenay motorcycle noise: ‘The summer was ruined’
by Bill Metcalfe - Nelson Star - Dec 22, 2015

A petition to West Kootenay local governments asking them to lobby the province to do something about noisy motorcycles now has 4,300 signatures.

Art Mason of Mirror Lake collected many of the signatures by going door to door in several communities. “About 90 per cent of the people I approached agreed to sign,” he told the Star.

Meanwhile, a retired police officer from Nelson says the solution is simpler than petitions and legislation.

“The police just need to take a stick, push it up the exhaust pipe, and if it goes all the way up the pipe, it is illegal,” Pat Severyn told the Regional District of Central Kootenay board.

He explained that regulations under BC’s motor vehicle legislation prohibit removing parts from the inside of a muffler, and the stick test can decide that in a few seconds. Severyn suggested regional district representatives should meet directly with the RCMP.

Severyn was at the regional district meeting to support the group of petitioners led by Gloria Lisgo of Silverton, who described their frustration at motorcycle noise in the summer and asked the regional district for a letter of support in the group’s bid to persuade transport minister Todd Stone to enforce or toughen noise laws. Stone has already received the petition, via a recent presentation in the legislature by Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy.

“I talked to most of [the people who signed the petition],” Mason said. “Many of them opened up to me and you have no idea how angry some people are. They are very upset. Sitting out on their decks, they cannot carry on a conversation. They say the summer was ruined and that it is getting worse every year. Some seniors told me they could not wait for winter.”

Lisgo says it’s hard to enjoy her property, which is near the highway.

“It is not constant, but when it happens it shuts everything down,” she told the Star. “It is so noisy you cannot talk, you can barely think. I live on a portion of the highway where you have to slow to 30, and when they speed up again it is like a shot from a cannon.

“There can be over 200 motorcycles a day that pass — someone in Hills counted them one day. Not all are noisy, but we are targetting the noise and speed of some of them. Many are perfectly reasonable.”

In 2011 the BC Association of Chiefs of Police passed a resolution “that regulations be changed to add the [sound test] as the protocol to test motorcycles providing acceptable and standardized evidence of excessive exhaust noise.”

Lisgo said that recommendation was delivered in 2012 to the then-minister of transport but it has not been acted on. Implementation of such legislation would mean police officers would have to carry a decibel meter or take the motorcycle to (currently non-existent) testing stations.

Severyn told the Star that his suggested stick test would be simpler because with a decibel meter, “you would need someone qualified to read it, and judges don’t want to get into all that just over noise.”

Lisgo says the problem might affect real estate values.

“I have friends who have a nice property on the highway for sale. Some people came over who were very interested and then said, ‘Sorry, we can’t take the highway noise.’”

Lisgo said 14 per cent of the people who signed the petition were tourists also bothered by the noise. She said large groups of motorcycles often pass through the communities without stopping, adding nothing to tourist dollars but disturbing those who do stay in the area.

“People from all over the world signed it,” Mason said. “Coming here to such a beautiful area, and to have that racket, it really degrades their visit. Some people said they are not sure if they will come back.”

“About 200 of the people who signed the petition are motorcyclists themselves,” he said.

The regional district board did not decide at the meeting whether to write a letter of support.

The same matter was presented in the legislature in April by opposition MLA Chandra Herbert. In response, transportation minister Todd Stone said, “We’re having a discussion with the chiefs of police and CVSE with the intent of coming out with some recommendations this fall that we would then take to a broader group of stakeholders, which would include the various motorcycle organizations, local governments and so forth to get input on these suggested changes. That could involve policy or regulatory changes in the province but also could involve recommendations relating to educating police forces in different parts of the province on how to properly test for the sound.

"Strategies perhaps could be layered on top of regulatory requirements which are in place and which would stand up in court if the enforcement was done a certain way and if certain strategies were employed. There’s a learning curve, I think, for lots of people here.

"I can say to the member that it certainly is my intent, our ministry’s intent, by this fall to have a set of recommendations and a broader discussion taking place so that perhaps in early 2016 we could actually begin to make some very pragmatic but focused changes — possibly involving policy, regulatory changes and education and awareness — and to really apply a more consistent approach across the province and one that’s going to actually get at the root of the problem.”

The Star contacted the ministry to check on the progress of that plan, but has so far received no reply.

Source: http://www.nelsonstar.com/news/363187271.html

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.pdf icon January 14, 2016 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Service Reviews Supported

The Regional Board has received a number of reports following scheduled reviews of eleven separate services. The Board supports the continued service delivery model for the following regional and sub-regional services: Solid Waste Collection, Crime Stoppers, Crime Prevention, False Alarm Reduction and Victim Services.

Two of the services reviewed that are funded by ratepayers in the two Electoral Areas are supported by the Electoral Area Directors for continued delivery: Business Licensing and Unsightly Premises Bylaw Enforcement. The two Directors support the continued delivery of Okanagan Regional Library Services in the Electoral Areas while staff pursues concerns about using the most accurate and reflective population figures to ensure a fair proration of funding requisitions.

The Electoral Area Directors received the service reviews for Noise Control Bylaw Enforcement, Building Inspection and Electoral Area Fire Prevention and will meet with the Chief Administrative to discuss service delivery options including potential withdrawal from the service.

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.pdf icon January 14, 2016 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 7.1B Bylaw Enforcement Unsightly Premises Electoral Areas Service Review

.pdf icon Item 7.1C Bylaw Enforcement Noise Control Electoral Areas Service Review

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SUBJECT: Bylaw Enforcement - Unsightly Premises (Electoral Areas) Service Review
Purpose: To bring forward recommendations from the Governance & Services Committee with regard to the service review for the Unsightly Premises Service Review for Central Okanagan East and West Electoral Areas.
Executive Summary:
The attached service review report was presented at the November 12, 2015 Governance & Services Committee meeting and the following resolution was adopted:
THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommend the Board continue to support the current service delivery model for Unsightly Premises Service.
CARRIED (Opposed: Carson/Hanson)
RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional Board continue to support the current service delivery model for Unsightly Premises Service.
Respectfully Submitted:
Brian Reardon
Chief Administrative Officer

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SUBJECT: Bylaw Enforcement - Noise Control (Electoral Areas) Service Review
Purpose: To bring forward recommendations from the Governance & Services Committee with regard to the service review for the Noise Control Service Review for Central Okanagan East and West Electoral Areas.
Executive Summary:
The attached service review report was presented at the November 12, 2015 Governance & Services Committee meeting and the following resolution was adopted:
THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommend the Board continue to support the current service delivery model for Noise Control Service.
CARRIED (Opposed: Carson/Hanson)
RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional Board continue to support the current service delivery model for Noise Control Service.
Respectfully Submitted:
Brian Reardon
Chief Administrative Officer

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The Administrator noted that establishment bylaws will be reviewed as there are new sections in the Local Government Act that came into effect January 1, 2016 that may apply to the bylaws.

b) Bylaw Enforcement - Unsightly Premises (Electoral Areas) Service Review (Electoral Area Directors - Weighted Vote)

Staff report dated January 4, 2016 outlined the 2015 service review for bylaw enforcement - unsightly premises in the two electoral areas.
Director Carson noted that at the Governance & Services Committee meeting in November he did not support the continuation of the unsightly premise service. He wishes to look at contracting out in the future. Further discussion with the CAO will occur.
It was noted that this is a service that one bylaw enforcement staff enforces as part of multiple services.

CARSON/HANSON
THAT the Regional Board receive the Unsightly Premises Service review information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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c) Bylaw Enforcement - Noise Control (Electoral Areas) Service Review (Electoral Area Directors - Weighted Vote)

Staff report dated January 4, 2016 outlined the 2015 service review for bylaw enforcement - noise control in the two electoral areas.
Directors Carson and Hanson do not support the continuation of this service.
Director Carson stated the RCMP should respond or contract out. The question was raised what would occur with the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club's court order and special permits approved annually by the Board. Further discussion with the CAO will occur.

HANSON/CARSON
THAT the Regional Board receive the Noise Control Service review information.

CARRIED Unanimously

CARSON/HANSON
THAT staff be directed to continue to meet with the electoral area directors to review electoral area services and discuss options available.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon November 12, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 5.2 Central Okanagan Trails Alliance Proposed Regional Trails Service Program

.pdf icon Item 6.1 Mission Creek Greenway Mission Creek Restoration Initiative Update

.pdf icon Item 7.1 and 7.2 Unsightly Premises Noise Control Service Review

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Item 5.2 Central Okanagan Trails Alliance Proposed Regional Trails Service Program
Purpose:
The purpose of this report is to introduce and provide information about the Central Okanagan Trails Alliance (COTA) as well as seek RDCO Board consideration to approve the allocation of RDCO Parks Department staff resources for the preparation of a project proposal & 2016 work program which could support the establishment of a new Regional Trails Service Program in the Central Okanagan.

Executive Summary:
The Central Okanagan Trails Alliance (COTA) is a non-profit umbrella organization consisting of a collection of 15 non-profit recreational trail oriented organizations in the Central Okanagan.
The purpose of COTA is to bring together a coordinated effort to standardize, maintain and fund the vast network of recreational trail networks in the Central Okanagan for the benefit of residents and visitors to the area. It is COTA's belief that with support and coordinated efforts in the management of the trail network in the Central Okanagan that the Central Okanagan can be a world class location for recreational trail users and a destination for visitors in support of the tourism industry in our communities.
RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Governance and Services Committee receive the "Proposed Regional Trails Service Program - Central Okanagan Trails Alliance" report dated Nov. 4, 2015 for information.
CONSIDERATION OF FURTHER RECOMMENDATION:
AND FURTHER THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommend that the Regional Board direct RDCO Parks staff to prepare a report that will outline a proposed scope of work and projected costs associated with undertaking a Regional Trails Service Program feasibility study for Board consideration as part of the 2016 Parks Department work program.

Item 6.1 Mission Creek Greenway Mission Creek Restoration Initiative Update
Purpose:
To provide an update on the collaborative works being coordinated by the Mission Creek Restoration Initiative (MCRI) within Mission Creek Greenway Regional Park.

Executive Summary:
The Mission Creek Restoration Initiative (MCRI) is a multi-phase, multi-stakeholder partnership formed officially in 2008 to restore natural functions to the lower sections of Mission Creek. The MCRI have recently been successful in securing up to $249,000 from the Recreational Fisheries Conservation Partnership Program (RFCCP). The RFCCP grant funding was supported by the Central Okanagan Land Trust (COLT) and is intended for improvements to fish habitat, expand biodiversity, improve flood protection and inspire/support community stewardship. As a result of this funding, all detailed designs, procurement and regulatory approvals have been obtained to proceed with resetting the Mission Creek dike along the south bank of Mission Creek upstream of the Mission Sports fields.
The dike setback is designed to meet the desired outcomes of the MCRI as a first initial step towards improving the fish and biodiversity habitats of Mission Creek. The works were scheduled to commence the week beginning October 19th and the Mission Creek Greenway along the south bank between Casorso and Gordon drive will be closed to the public until the
project completes in March 2016.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Mission Creek Greenway - Mission Creek Restoration Initiative Project report be received for information.

Item 7.1 and 7.2 Unsightly Premises Noise Control Service Review
Purpose: To present a Service Review Report for the RCMP Victim Services Program and confirm if there are any additional issues the Board wishes to have addressed.

Executive Summary:
On January 16, 2014 the Board approved a Service Establishment Bylaw Review Schedule that has every service the Regional District provides reviewed every five (5) years. In 2015 the RCMP Victim Services Program is one of ten services that are subject to review. In preparing this Service Review Report staff reviewed the program's mandate, goals, and activities to confirm we are achieving the Board's objective of providing efficient, cost effective services.
The primary objective of this program is to provide bylaw enforcement services for unsightly premises and noise control complaints in the electoral areas only: Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West. Enforcement is complaint driven. The Regional District has one fulltime employee-the Chief Bylaw Enforcement Officer-that is responsible for enforcing general bylaw complaints. In the last two years, a casual bylaw enforcement officer has assisted with education and enforcement, as required.
Noise Control: In 2014, two complaints were received, no tickets were issues. In 2015, no complaints have been received to date. Staff receives a very limited number of calls that require education but no enforcement.
Unsightly Premises: In 2014, 16 complaints were received, 1 enforcement order given and one ticket issued. In 2015, 9 complaints were received, 4 enforcement orders given, and no tickets have been issued to date.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommend the Board continue to support the current service delivery model for Unsightly Premises and Noise Control Services.

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.pdf icon November 12, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

5.2 Jay Darby & Ken Wiklund, Central Okanagan Trails Alliance (COTA) re:

Proposed Regional Trails Service Program
M. Kopp introduced representatives from the Central Okanagan Trails Alliance.
COTA is a non-profit umbrella organization consisting of a collection of fifteen nonprofit recreational trail oriented organizations in the Central Okanagan. Their purpose is to bring together a coordinated effort to standardize, maintain and fund the vast network of recreational trail networks.
Staff report dated November 4th outlined the proposal for a regional trail service program. COTA's master plan was highlighted. This is a brand new service being proposed. Staff noted that other regional districts have undertaken similar work.
The question being proposed is whether the Board would like staff to explore options and work with COTA to establish a new trail program service.

Jay Darby addressed the Board:
• Need to coordinate all the trail users - motorized, non-motorized.
• Mission Statement: To improve the Central Okanagan trail networks for the benefits of residents and visitors.
• Members: Alpine Club of Canada, Back Country Horsemen of BC, Central Okanagan Naturalists Club, Central Okanagan Outdoors Club, Okanagan Trail Riders Association, Friends of the South Slopes, Walk Around Lake Country, Kelowna Nordic and Telemark Ski Clubs, Gellatly Bay Trails & Parks Society, Kelowna & District Fish and Game Club, Mountain Bikers of the Central Okanagan, and pending Kelowna Snowmobile Club and West Kelowna Trail Crew.
• The current trail network was highlighted.
• General goals include: development of a smartphone app, improved trail signs, increase tourism, improve trails to meet current trail building standards for use and sustainability
• Funding mechanism was outlined.

Discussion:
• Staff outlined the mechanism for funding a new service: a program feasibility study would be necessary. Voter assent would be required either through a referendum or Alternative Approval Process.
• Would other regional districts be involved? There is an informal network of user groups between the regional districts in the valley. Interest but nothing formalized.
• Every trail network is not included in the current group but willing to work with any group.
• This is a 'far reaching' proposal - if it was funded as a regional program ($500,000), there would be a large basis of volunteers and tourism involved.
• The main goal is to receive secured funding to hirer contractors, leverage for grant funding provincially and federally, increase volunteer involvements and seek private donations.
• A trails coordinator position would be part of the Regional District service.
• Provincial legislation rules (Section 56/57) apply to Crown land trails.
• Province controls license of occupations.
• A service establishment bylaw would be required, and each partner would need to sign on and agree to be involved in the service.

Some partners may not wish to participate in the service. Should there be sunset clause when establishing new services?
• Could this program be funded under the existing regional parks service budget by reallocating funds? Yes, it could be if the Board chose to fund the program this way.
• How much of an overlap is there in the trail network and the current RDCO regional parks? Many trails are outside the Regional District boundaries. The Province would need to be involved (Section 57 designation).
• RDCO has a feasibility study fund which could be used to fund a study which would be required to address many of the issues raised with delivery of a new service.

SIEBEN/STACK
THAT the Governance and Services Committee receive for information the proposed regional trails service program - Central Okanagan Trails Alliance;
AND FURTHER THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommend that the Regional Board direct RDCO Parks staff to prepare a report that will outline a proposed scope of work and projected costs associated with undertaking a Regional Trails Service Program feasibility study for Board consideration as part of the 2016 Parks Department work plan.

CARRIED Unanimously

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6. Parks Services

6.1 Mission Creek Greenway - Mission Creek Restoration Initiative Project Update (Todd Cashin, Manager of Suburban and Urban Planning - City of Kelowna)

Staff report dated October 19, 2015 outlined the Mission Creek Restoration Initiative Project update. The partnership was officially formed in 2008 comprised of the Central Okanagan Land Trust, City of Kelowna, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Friends of Mission Creek, BC Ministry of Environment, Okanagan Nation Alliance, Westbank First Nation and the Regional District. At the end of 2015, the group was successful in grant funding up to $249,000 which will be used to complete the first phase of the dike setbacks. The project began in the fall and is to be completed by the end of March 2016. The section to be completed is between the Mission Sports Fields and WFN lands along the south side of Mission Creek. Todd Cashin provided an overview of the project scope and current work being completed.

BAKER/FORTIN
THAT the Governance and Services Committee receive for information the update on the Mission Creek Restoration Initiative Project.

CARRIED Unanimously

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7.2 Noise Control Service (Central Okanagan East & West Electoral Areas)

The Noise Control Bylaw No. 403 applies to the two electoral areas and is complaint driven. In 2015, no complaints were received. In 2011, a Consent Order agreement was reached with the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club and is binding as long as
the RDCO approves, on application, up to four special events permit per year.

Director Carson noted he wishes to consider withdrawing from the service. It was noted there is a process to be followed to withdraw from a service. Further discussion is to occur with the Administrator.

It was noted that staff resources at the RDCO would remain the same as there is only one enforcement officer in the position.

BAKER/STACK
THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommend the Board continue to support the current service delivery model for Noise Control Service.

CARRIED (Opposed: Carson/Hanson)

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Quads need licence plates starting Nov. 1
by Tom Fletcher - BC Local News - Oct 26, 2015

Jeff Mohr, past president of the Quad Riders Association of B.C., said his members are pleased to have a licence system that allows safety and environmental enforcement, and gives police a way to track stolen off-road vehicles. - Tom Fletcher/Black Press

The B.C. government is making licence plates mandatory for quads, dirt bikes and other off-road vehicles starting Nov. 1, requiring helmets and restricting use by children under 16.

The B.C. legislation imposes a $230 fine for driving an unlicensed off-road vehicle, and a $368 fine for careless operation. For some offences under the Off-Road Vehicle Act related to reckless use or environmental damage, penalties can go as high as a $5,000 fine and six months in jail.

Forests Minister Steve Thomson said the $48 licence fee applies only once when a vehicle is purchased, and was set to recover the costs of the program administered by ICBC. Once startup costs are paid for, a portion of the licence revenue will go to off-road clubs to use for trail improvements, Thomson said.

The province estimates there are 200,000 off-road vehicles that require licensing, including snowmobiles that have been licensed since the 1970s. About 35,000 of those have registered voluntarily since the new licences were offered a year ago.

Jeff Mohr, past president of the Quad Riders Association of B.C., said his members are most of the voluntary registrants so far, and they are pleased B.C. has a system to control the few users who ride recklessly or damage the environment.

"We want to get more people out on the trails, sharing and enjoying the outdoors," Mohr said.

The licence system also allows police to track stolen vehicles, even if they are taken out of the province. B.C. is the last Canadian province to implement a licensing system.

The Quad Riders and B.C.'s 72 snowmobile clubs are prepared to publicize the new regulations to their members, and Thomson said they will act as "eyes and ears" for conservation and natural resource enforcement officers.

Source: http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/337270021.html

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.pdf icon August 24, 2015 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Special Events Permits

The Regional Board has approved two Special Events Permits for the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club fall season. The club can hold two special race events at its facility adjacent to Bear Creek Forest Service Road that are exempt from provisions of the Noise Bylaw. One event will be held September 5th and 6th, while the second date is to be determined. All other activities at the track including Wednesday and Sunday practises are subject to a mutual consent order which restricts bikes to a maximum sound of 96 decibels.

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SUBJECT: Kelowna Dirt Bike Club Annual Special Events Permit Requests for 2015

Purpose:
The Kelowna Dirt Bike Club (KOBC) is seeking approval for two (2) Special Events Permits for their 2015 season (Sept 5 & 6 and a fundraising event--the date to be confirmed).

Executive Summary:
The KOBC makes an annual application to the Regional Board requesting waiver of bylaw requirements under Noise Bylaw No. 403, for each of their annual special race events. In the last few year up to four permits have been issued. The Regional Board is being asked to approve two permits; one for September 5 & 6, and one without citing the event date, to avoid having to come back to the Board for amendment to the special event permit if the event dates change. RDCO Bylaw staff will be kept informed of the date and event names.
A 2011 Consent Order agreement between the Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) and Kelowna Dirt Bike Club (KDBC) is binding as long as the RDCO approves, on application, up to four (4) special events permits each year. Provisions of the Consent Order agreement between RDCO and KDBC ensures that all bikes being operated on the KDBC track do not
exceed
96 dB/A on practice and regular race dates. The KOBC website describes the RDCO Consent Order and noise testing requirements for all riders.
A License of Occupation between the Province of British Columbia and KDBC was renewed on August 2, 2011, for a term of ten (10) years. Provisions of the Provincial license agreement require that the KDBC report annually to the Regional Board on their activities and requires compliance with the Consent Order.
RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional Board approve two (2) Special Event Permits for the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club for September 5 & 6, 2015;
AND FURTHER THAT the Club be required to inform Bylaw Enforcement staff in advance of the date and name of the second special event.

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9. NEW BUSINESS

9.1 Kelowna Dirt Bike Club Annual Special Events Permit Request for 2015 (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

The Kelowna Dirt Bike Club's special event is planned for the weekend of Sept. 5 & 6 in addition to one fundraising event, date to be confirmed. The agreement between the RDCO and the Club provides for annual application to the Regional
Board requesting waiver of the bylaw requirements under the RDCO Noise Bylaw No. 403 for their special race events.

The question was raised if staff has received any noise complaints. There have been no complaints received at the Regional District. Wayne Unger, President of the Club addressed the Board and noted they have received no complaints as
well. The Club actively sound test the bikes at the events.
The Board congratulated the Club on a commendable job in development of the track and sound activities at its events.

BASRAN/BAKER
THAT the Regional Board approve two (2) Special Event Permits for the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club for September 5 &6, 2015;
AND FURTHER THAT the Club be required to inform Bylaw Enforcement staff in advance of the date and name of the second special event.

CARRIED Unanimously

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Another money grab
Castanet.net - by Contributed | Story: 140507 - May 22, 2015

Just read on Castanet only 20,000 ATV users have registered for the deadline of June 1st. Now the date has been set for Nov. 1st. Another great money grab for the province of B.C. and they say in this article today it's because so many of them are stolen in B.C.. So far let's do the Math - 20,000 × $48 (not including insurance) equals $960,000. If there is 100,000 registered that gives the B.C. government $4,800,000, not including insurance. What a scam!

Denise Munro

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New restrictions for Okanagan off-roaders
AM1150.ca - 4/17/2015 by Harry Callaghan

There are new rules for ATV riders and dirt bikers in the BC Interior.

The government says all off-road vehicles, operating above 17-hundred metres, must stay on existing roads and trails; anyone caught damaging an ecosystem could face a fine of up to $100,000 dollars and a year in jail.

Gerry Bowbell, President of the Kelowna ATV Club says the new restrictions are fair.

"We're not out to damage any sort of environment or anything else. We want to fit inside of it and enjoy it," he says.

And that's what the province says the new restrictions are designed to do; protect plants and wildlife because of an increase in off-roading in sensitive habitats.

Bowbell says the members of his ATV club have a deep respect for the country they explore and especially for any wildlife they might encounter.

"Sometimes we run across herds of 20 or 30 whitetails, that's kind of amazing, and at that point the machines stop; the machines get turned off and we enjoy what there is. We don't want to scare these animals off. We're sort of at their house," he says.

The government lists acceptable routes as a paved road or trail, logging roads or a marked ski route.

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Front Counter BC Recreational Trail Referral
The Regional Board supports a referral application from Front Counter BC to convert informal nature trails over Crown land into a designated recreational trail. The District of West Kelowna has applied to the Provincial agency to upgrade and manage existing trails on Crown land adjacent to Rose Valley Regional Park. The Regional District has asked West Kelowna to coordinate trail plans and signage with the Regional Parks staff to help transition trail users between the Crown land trails and those within the Regional Park.

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Front Counter BC Trail Referral
The Regional Board conditionally supports a referral application from Front Counter BC to permit construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of a trail by the Peachland Outdoors Club. It has applied to the Provincial agency for approval to upgrade and maintain a recreational trail on Crown land outside the District of Peachland but within the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area. Among the conditions of support, the Regional District would like signage installed to prohibit motorized vehicle use and identify trail locations of Crown, private and RDCO owned lands near Trepanier Creek Greenway Regional Park.

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Item 7.1 - To consider a Front Counter BC referral application to convert informal nature trails over Crown land within the District of West Kelowna (DWK) municipal boundary into a designated recreational trail under Sections 56 or 57 of the Forest and Range Practices Act.

Item 7.4 - To consider a Front Counter BC referral application to permit construction, rehabilitation or maintenance of a trail for a 30 year term for the Peachland Outdoors Club.

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7. COMMUNITY SERVICES

Planning

Referral Applications

7.1 Report regarding a FrontCounter BC referral application for License of Occupation (up to 30 year term) to designate Crown land for a recreational trail (30 year term), adjacent to Rose Valley Lake (CL-14-03) Central Okanagan West Electoral Area (All Directors- Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated January 5, 2015 outlined a FrontCounter BC referral application to convert information nature trails over Crown land within the District of West Kelowna into a designated recreational trail. The application is to allow upgrades to existing trails, to manage and maintain key connections including connections to trails in Rose Valley Regional Park. The
recreational trails are located on Crown lands adjacent to the Park.

FINDLATER/HANSON
THAT FrontCounter BC referral application for a License of Occupation (up to 30 year term) to designate Crown land for a recreational trail (30 year term), adjacent to Rose Valley Lake (CL-14-03) for the District of West Kelowna to convert informal nature trails over Crown land into a designated recreational trail under Sections 56 or 57 of the Forest and Range Practices Act be supported subject to the recommendations from the RDCO Parks Department & Ministry of Forests, Land
and Natural Resource Operations (Ecosystems Section);
AND FURTHER THAT the Community Services Department report dated January 5, 2015 be forwarded to FrontCounter BC for their information and consideration.

CARRIED Unanimously

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7.4 Report regarding a FrontCounter BC referral application for License of Occupation (30-year plus term) for a recreational trail on Crown Land in the vicinity of Pincushion Mountain (CL-14-06) Central Okanagan West Electoral Area (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated January 6, 2015 outlined a referral application from FrontCounter BC to permit the Peachland Outdoors Club to construct, rehabilitate or maintain a trail for a 30-year term. The proposed trail is located on Crown land adjacent to the District of Peachland.

The question was raised who will manage or 'police' the trails? The Peachland Outdoors Club is the applicant. Staff noted these are not regional park trails.
RDCO bylaws do not apply to Crown land and RDCO will not oversee the management plan. The Province determines when trails need to be closed for fire hazard, etc.

BAKER/BASRAN
THAT FrontCounter BC referral application for License of Occupation (30-year plus term) for a recreational trail on Crown Land in the Vicinity of Pincushion Mountain (CL14- 06) for the Peachland Outdoors Club to allow construction, rehabilitation or maintenance of a trail for a 30-year term be supported subject to the following conditions:
• Trail to be limited exclusively to non-motorized use;
• Trail signage to be installed to identify trail directions and locations relative to Crown, private and RDCO owned lands, and to identify non-motorized use; and
• Completion of an environmental assessment & management plan for review by RDCO that identifies best management practices and mitigation to ensure that environmental impacts from construction, maintenance, and use of new and
existing trails are minimized. The management plan should also address access to the trail heads, parking, signage, waste management, safety and fire hazards;
• The District of Peachland's conditions outlined in their Council resolution.
AND FURTHER THAT the Community Services Department report of January 6, 2015 be forwarded to FrontCounter BC for their information and consideration.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon December 8, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 5.2 Off Road Vehicle Registration System Launched

Off Road Vehicle Registration System Launched Nov 12, 2014

A new registration system for Off Road Vehicle (ORV) owners will commence on November 17th, 2014. The announcement
fulfills one of UBCM's longstanding policy requests to the Province to establish a system of ORV licensing and registration.
To facilitate a smooth transition, the new registration system will be voluntary until June 1, 2015, at which time it will
become mandatory for those ORV owners operating on Crown land. The combined fee for one-time registration and a
number plate will be $48. ORV owners can register at anyone the existing lCBC insurance brokers in Be.
The registration system follows the March 2014 enactment of the new OffRoad Vehicle Act; which builds on the implementation of the Province's ORV Management Framework. Additional changes to Motor Vehicle Act regulations, also
effective November 17th will allow ORV operators greater access to highways, including the ability to:
• Cross a highway without having to obtain an operation permit if the crossing is controlled by a stop sign or traffic light.
• Cross a highway where local police authorize through an operation permit.
• Load or unload in a parking lot without an operation permit.
• Obtain an operation permit with an extended term of up to two years.

Additional regulations will be forthcoming that will address ORV rules of operation, safety standards, penalties and conditions of use for a wide range of modern ORVs, including snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles or "quads", dirt bikes and side-by-sides (e.g., Rhinos and Argos).

Thanks to all the UBCM members who have been part of the ORV local government working group for their continued input
and feedback to the Province as it continues to implement the ORV Management Framework.

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5.2 Union of BC Municipalities - Off Road Vehicle Registration System Launched (for information) (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

The Regional Board in the past has lobbied for this initiative which is welcomed by the Board.

FINDLATER/BAKER
THAT the Regular Board receive for information the UBCM Release regarding the launch of the Off Road Vehicle Registration System.

CARRIED Unanimously

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New off-road vehicle registration laws coming into effect
By Global News - November 14, 2014

KELOWNA – New laws come into effect next week for off-road vehicles.

The province says new rules will help ensure off-road vehicles are driven in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.

As it stands, rules and restrictions are few and far between for outdoor enthusiasts riding on Crown land in BC, but that will change with the new laws.

Some off-road vehicle owners aren’t very happy about the changes coming down the pipe.

“Some people think it’s a money grab and that’s kind of my opinion,” says Karl Krissler, a Kelowna man who owns close to a dozen off-road vehicles.

“When you have to start paying for being out there in the nature, you know, it gives me a bitter feeling,” says Krissler.

Derek Bannister with Banner Recreation supports the overall idea pointing to the benefits of having license plates on off-road vehicles.

“Now if you see something disrespectful, you can track it back and people can actually be accountable for it,” says Bannister.

For over a decade it’s been mandatory for snowmobile owners to register and display license plates and the government says the new regulations will bring the rest of the industry in line with the rules currently in place for snowmobiles.

“This will actually provide increased opportunities for those ATV’s to be able to cross highways and at highway crossings at designated areas,” says Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

Thomson says BC is one of the few provinces that doesn’t have this kind of legislation already in place.

“We are a little different from other provinces, we’ve gone with a one-time registration so people will only have to register their vehicle once. We wanted to make it affordable for the users and for families,” explains Thomson.

The new registration system launches Monday on a voluntary basis; however, it becomes mandatory to register vehicles in June of next year.

The registration is a one-time fee of $48 and Thomson points out that’s lower than many other provinces.

June 2015 it is no longer voluntary, but compulsory to purchase the off road permit.

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.pdf icon November 13, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Referral Application Supported

The Regional Board has given its support to a Front Counter BC referral application from the South East Kelowna Irrigation District. The water purveyor has applied for a License of Occupation to convert a 1.7-kilometer section of public access road near the north end and west side of Browne Lake into a private road. The Irrigation District says this would further restrict motorized vehicles and protect its watershed.

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.pdf icon Item 5.1 Frontcounter BC Referral Application For The South East Kelowna Irrigation District

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Purpose:
To consider a Front Counter BC referral application to permit conversion of a License of Occupation for a public road into a private road for a 30 year term.

Executive Summary:
The primary benefit of approval of the application is the protection of source water quality by reducing physical erosion, contamination and disruption of beneficial ecological conditions in the sensitive community watershed area. Additionally, the proposal lends support to the management plan of Browne Lake Provincial Park and the Browne Lake Ecological Reserve, aiding current regulations in these parks which both prohibit the use of motorized vehicles.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT Front Counter BC referral application for the South East Kelowna Irrigation District (SEKI D) to allow conversion of a License of Occupation for a public road into a private road adjacent to Browne Lake for a 30 year term be approved;
AND FURTHER THAT the Community Services Department Report dated November 4, 2014, be forwarded to Front Counter BC for their information and consideration.

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5. COMMUNITY SERVICES

Planning Services

5.1 FrontCounter BC Referral Application for the South East Kelowna Irrigation District to convert a current License of Occupation for a public road to a License of Occupation for a private road (30-year term) in the vicinity of Browne Lake (CL-14-02) Central Okanagan East Electoral Area (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated November 4, 2014 outlined the provincial referral application from FrontCounter BC for the South East Kelowna Irrigation District. The benefit of the application is protection of source water quality by reducing physical erosion,
contamination and disruption of beneficial ecological conditions in the sensitive community watershed. The proposal lends support to the management plan for Browne Lake Provincial Park and the Browne Lake Ecological Reserve.

It was noted the nine recreational lease holders at Browne Lake will continue to have access to the lease lots-this road would be gated and access provided. Toby Pike, SEKID, was in attendance and confirmed this access. Foot traffic would still be available. The question was raised of SEKID if there will be any additional fencing required, or patrolling to ensure access is limited? SEKID is working with the recreational lease holders. They are in support of this application. SEKID has tenure over the road but does not maintain it all.

BAKER/HANSON
THAT FrontCounter BC referral application for the South East Kelowna Irrigation District (SEKID) to allow conversion of a License of Occupation for a public road into a private road adjacent to Browne Lake for a 30-year term be approved;
AND FURTHER THAT the Community Services Department report dated November 4, 2014 be forwarded to FrontCounter BC for their information and consideration.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon September 11, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report

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105 - Enforcement of Noise Bylaws

Four Special Events permits were approved for Kelowna Dirt Bike Club race activities at its facility adjacent to the Bear Creek Forest Service Rd. Noise regulations were waived for the permitted events.

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6. Quarterly Program Measures Report, Year-To-Date June 30,2014

Staff report dated September 4,2014 outlined the program measures to June 30, 2014. A summary of the highlights was presented. It was noted that staff continue to review the quarterly information presented to ensure the Committee is well informed on the regional services and issues arising.

CONDON/EDGSON
THAT the Quarterly Program Measures Report, year-to-date June 30,2014 be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon July 28, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Nothing was mentioned in the Highlights about Director Item - Director Luke Stack about the Noise Bylaw and Loud Motorcyles because this was a Director Item and Director Items are not usually mentioned in the Highlights.

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12. DIRECTOR ITEMS

b) Excessive Noise Issues

Director Stack noted that in the past there has been no appetite by the Province to provincially address the issue of excessive noise complaints. The RCMP had thought they could address the issue but a court challenge prevents that. The
question was raised whether there is the ability to adopt the same set of rules throughout the Central Okanagan to deal with excessive noise issues from motorbikes, boats, etc. There are many challenges involved: provincial highways, federal waterway, how would it be enforced, etc. How are other bordering municipalities/regional districts dealing with the issue. West Kelowna and Kelowna have had lengthy discussions on the issue in the past. It was suggested the local government CAOs discuss the issue at a future CAO meeting.

STACK/EDGSON
THAT the Regional Board refer the matter of excessive noise issues (ie: motorbikes, boats on the lake) to the municipal/regional district CAOs to review the issue and draft a proposal/recommendation for discussion and how the issue may be addressed locally.

CARRIED Unanimously

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R v. Cahoose, 2014 BCPC 23 (CanLII)
Date: 2014-02-03
Docket: 32498; 32451
URL: http://canlii.ca/t/g5754
Citation: R v. Cahoose, 2014 BCPC 23 (CanLII), <http://canlii.ca/t/g5754> retrieved on 2014-03-30

Is the frozen surface of the Dean River a 'right of way'?

[13] The term “right of way” is not defined in the Motor Vehicle Act as it is in some legislation in other provinces. See for example Saskatchewan's Highways and Transportation Act, S.S. 1997, c.H-3.01 where “right of way” is defined in section 2 as follows:

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[35] The wording of this regulation is further evidence that the capturing of a frozen river within the definition of “highway” was outside the contemplation of the drafters of the legislation. According to the regulation, if the Dean River was determined to be a “highway”, then anyone driving a snowmobile on it would need an operation permit, unless they were simply crossing the river, and then only if they crossed it at right angles at a location where the Anahim Band (as governing body of a treaty First Nation) placed a stop sign. Even with an operation permit, unless otherwise permitted in the permit, snowmobile use would be restricted to daylight hours.

[36] The above may be some of the considerations behind why the legislature did not expressly include frozen rivers or lakes as areas that would be considered a “highway” under the Act, and also why the phrase, "other public place" as that phrase is used in s. 259 of the Criminal Code of Canada was not incorporated into the Motor Vehicle Act definition of “highway” in relation to prohibited drivers.

[37] Cst. Henley's and Crown counsel's laudable concern is for public safety. I share that concern. However, to find the frozen Dean River is a "right of way" and therefore a "highway" under the MVA would amount to legislating from the bench with potentially far reaching and unsought legal ramifications.

[38] Mr. Cahoose is acquitted on both counts.

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.pdf icon March 24, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 5.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board March Meeting Highlights

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OBWB calls on Province for Made in BC plan to stop mussels: The Okanagan Basin Water Board is recommending to the Province that it develop a "Made in B.C." business plan to help prevent the spread of invasive zebra and quagga mussels into British Columbia waters. The suggestion is a potential sticker program for watercraft owners tied to inspection or licencing similar to successful programs in the U.S. The Water Board continues to urge the federal government to pass pending legislation allowing Canada Border Services agents to inspect boats coming in from the U.S. For more about the mussels visit http://www.DontMoveAMussel.ca/.

Funds approved for Okanagan irrigation training: The Board approved funding to subsidize training for Okanagan irrigation installers this fall through the Irrigation Industry Association of BC to help address the shortage of certified installers in our
valley. Subsidies will be available to those conducting agricultural, commercial and residential installs.

Board commends B.C. on proposal to get tough on off-road vehicles: OBWB will be forwarding a letter to the Province commending proposed legislation to have offroad vehicles (e.g. dirt bikes and quads) licenced when used on public land and fines increased from $500 to a maximum $5,000. The board believes the legislation will be significant in helping protect water quality.

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5. CORPORATE SERVICES

5.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board March 6,2014 Meeting Highlights (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

FIELDING/OPHUS
THAT the Okanagan Basin Water Board March 6,2014 meeting highlights be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon March 13, 2014 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

5. Delegation:

5.1 Leanne Weintz, Treasurer - Kelowna Dirt Bike Club re: Annual Update on the Club's Activities

Wayne Unger, Vice President and Leanne Weintz addressed the Committee and provided an update on the Club's activities in 2013 and proposed races for 2014 including:

• Riders consist of age 4 and up. Many families participate at the track. Members ride the track only. The track is located in the Bear Creek area.
• In 2013, 229 memberships were sold, 15 were brand new, 33 family memberships.
• Swap meet was held to raise funds ($600) for the food bank.
• 3 sanctioned races were held in 2013. One charity event was held fundraising $7,000 for spinal cord research. Demo day at the track was held.
• Water truck was purchased to help with keeping the track well-watered for practices and races. A tower was built for the announcer during races.
• New volunteers have come onboard to announce and run the gate and registration, and first-aid attendant.
• Safety upgrades have been made to the track.
• Goals for 2014 were highlighted: grow membership, building separate track for mini-bikes, increase volunteer base and hire seasonal help to maintain the track, purchasing a dozer that will be used to groom and maintain the track, increase sponsorship opportunities, four races will occur with dates to be confirmed.

GIVEN/ZIMMERMANN
THAT the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club update be received for information.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon March 13, 2014 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Kelowna Dirt Bike Club Special Events

The Regional Board has approved four Special Events Permits for the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club for its 2014 season. The club can hold four special race events at its facility adjacent to Bear Creek Forest Service Road that are exempt from provisions of the Noise Bylaw. All other activities at the track including Wednesday and Sunday practises are subject to a mutual consent order which restricts bikes to a maximum sound of 96 decibels. The facility does not operate during the dry months of July and August.

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5. CORPORATE SERVICES

5.1 Kelowna Dirt Bike Club Annual Special Events Permit Request for 2014 (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated March 3, 2014 outlined the request for waiver of bylaw requirements under Noise Bylaw No. 403 for each of four annual special race events for the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club. Race date announcements will be provided at a later date.

EDGSON/BAKER
THAT the Regional Board approve four Special Event Permits for the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club's 2014 season;
AND FURTHER THAT the Club be required to inform Bylaw Enforcement staff in advance of the dates and names of the four special events.

CARRIED Unanimously

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.pdf icon September 23, 2013 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Special Events Permit Date Changed

The Regional Board has approved a request from the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club to change the date of one of the events previously approved for its Special Events Permit. One of the four events for 2013 that was exempt from the Noise Bylaw regulations had been scheduled for September 15th. Instead, the club is asking for the Special Events Permit to apply to a charity event for October 20th in order to raise funds for the Spinal Cord Injury Society of BC.

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RECOMMENDATION:

THAT the Regional Board approve an amendment to the previously requested date for the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club's 2013 Special Event Permit, from September 15, 2013, to October 20, 2013.

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7. CORPORATE SERVICES

7.1 Amendment to the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club Special Events Permit (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)
Staff report dated September 16th identified the need for an amendment to the events permit for the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club.

EDGSON/BAKER
THAT the Regional Board approve an amendment to the previously requested date for the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club's 2013 Special Event Permit from September 15, 2013 to October 20, 2013.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon September 12, 2013 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

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6. CORPORATE SERVICES

6.1 RDCO Bylaw Notice Enforcement Amendment Bylaw No. 1331, 2013, 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

EDGSON/FIELDING
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Bylaw Notice Enforcement Amendment Bylaw No. 1331, 2013 be given first, second and third readings and adopted this 12th day of September 2013.

CARRIED

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9. DIRECTOR ITEMS

It was noted that various directors will be attending the Union of BC Municipalities Convention next week in Vancouver. The Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition will be hosting a discussion on the rural BC project. Various resolutions have been put forward by member municipalities: Kelowna-noise bylaw resolution; West Kelowna-federal funding of police officer recruitment fund, prisoner cost recovery, and extension of municipal grow op bylaw provisions to regional districts.

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BC Motocross at Bear Creek
Castanet.net - by Adam Proskiw - Story: 93696 - Jun 16, 2013

Dirt bike fans of all ages braved heat and a lot of dust for round nine of the 2013 BC Motocross Championships at Bear Creek Track Saturday.

The ten-round Championship takes place in cities across BC, and features both professional and amateur riders racing against each other in a range of classes.

This is the first year Kelowna has had a track in the Championship, and riders agree that Bear Creek makes a great addition to the circuit.

16-year-old Colton Campen from Vernon injured his ankle but insisted that the track is maintained and designed very well.

“It’s awesome,” he said.

“I cased the triple-rhythm section and twisted my ankle, but the track is nice.”

Mick Hatton is originally from Melbourne, Australia, and thought the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club put on a great race.

“They can run it pretty crap back home,” he said.

“But this is a good setup.”

Ben Geale traveled with Mick from Melbourne and placed second in his Beginner race. He plans on being in Chilliwack for the final race at Heritage Park in Chilliwack June 23.

“The layout of the jumps is very good,” he said.

“It’s a good track.”

Kristen Tse, at only 15-years-old, is doing very well in the Ladies 125cc 2-stroke category. She will race four times on Saturday, and plans to give her trophy, if she wins, to 22-year-old Cally Closs, a fellow racer who suffered a broken leg during Friday’s practice.

“She had a better (race) time than me,” said Kristen. “She deserves it.”

Kristen’s dad, Carson Tse, agrees that accidents like the one that happened to Cally naturally cause a parent to worry, but admires his daughters passion for the sport and dedication to training.

“She’s a smart rider,” he said. “She knows her limits.”

Paramedics were on scene during both days and aside from the broken leg Friday, reported only minor injuries.

“I’m impressed with how well they take care of the riders,” said Carson.

“Everybody in this sport supports each other.”

For a complete list of standings, visit the BC Motocross website.

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.pdf icon May 9, 2013 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

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8. DIRECTOR ITEMS

8.2 Suspension Bridges at Kelowna Mountain

It was noted that concern has been raised to some Board members that the public are using the suspension bridges at Kelowna Mountain. These lands are private lands.

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6.2 Kelowna Dirt Bike Club Special Events Permit (Revised Dates for 2013)
(All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

GRAY/EDGSON
THAT the Regional Board approve an amendment of two previously requested dates for the Kelowna Dirt Bike Clubs 2013 Special Events Permits, from April 13-14 and May 17-18-19 to May 11-12 and June 15-16.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon February 14, 2013 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

5.1 Kelowna Dirt Bike Club (KDBC) - Jeanine Acheson - President - Update on 2012 Activities & 2013 Permit Request

Jeanine Acheson, President of the KDBC, addressed the committee and provided an update on the club's activities in 2012 highlighting what motocross is and how the club operates. KDBC continues to sound test bikes that come onto the track at
its events. Although it is extra work it normally goes quite smoothly. Any bikes which do not pass the sound testing are not allowed on the track. The track is open two days per week for regular practices.

The 2013 four events are being planned, one being a charity event for the Children's Wish Foundation.

Riders are only allowed on the track when the track is open which is two days per week for practices and the special events. The Club was thanked, in particular Acheson, for the leadership she has provided to the Club and its activities. It was
noted the provincial lease on the track is in place for nine years. No complaints are being received for excessive noise. The track is closed in July and August for the neighborhood as it's very dry in the summer months. The question was raised
whether membership is growing? The Club hasn't been able to keep track of who comes and who doesn't--membership is through a membership fee and drop in fees. It is a family sport including all ages of riders.

BASRAN/BAKER
THAT the presentation by Jeanine Acheson, President of the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club (KDBC) be received for information.

CARRIED

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7. DIRECTOR ITEMS

c) District of West Kelowna Resolutions to SILGA

Director Findlater noted that the District of West Kelowna council are considering various resolutions for this years' SILGA convention (tiered funding for future federal gas tax funding; authority for regional districts to adopt bylaws as municipalities can for dealing with grow-op houses; provincial wide noise bylaw).

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Kelowna Dirt Bike Club Special Events

The Regional Board has approved four Special Events permits for race activities being held this year by the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club at its facility adjacent to the Bear Creek Forest Service Road. With the permits, the Noise Bylaw regulations are waived for club hosted race events on the weekends of April 13th-14th, May 17th-19th, September 15th and September 21st-22nd. All other activities at the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club track including Wednesday and Sunday practices are subject to the Noise Bylaw and a mutual consent order that restricts all bikes operating at the track to a maximum sound of 96 decibels. The facility shuts down during the hot, dry months of July and August.

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6. COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS
6.1 Rise and Report - Governance & Services Committee meeting of February 14, 2013 (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

a) Kelowna Dirt Bike Club Special Events Permit
Staff report dated January 7, 2013 outlined the Special Event Permit requirements for the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club for its 2013 season. It was noted that no further noise complaints have been received and the consent order agreement is working very well. The question was raised whether there are any issues around expanding practice opportunities at the track. The Club is a
volunteer organization and practices must be coordinated by the volunteers.

In addition, we want to be careful about expansion as there have been noise complaints in the past. It was further noted the track is closed during the summer months.

BAKER/EDGSON
THAT the Regional Board approve four Special Event Permits for the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club's 2013 season, to take place on the weekends of April 13-14, May 17-1819, September 15 and September 21-22, 2013.

CARRIED

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Muting excessive noise?
by Castanet Staff - Story: 76509 - Jun 13, 2012

A proposed bylaw that would put restrictions on decibel levels emitted by motorcycles and boats within the City of Kelowna is on hold.

Kelowna Council was asked to rescind the bylaw which received first three readings back in August of last year, however, that request was deferred until RCMP Superintendent, Bill McKinnon has a chance to address council.

The bylaw was introduced a year ago at the request of McKinnon who stated current rules at the provincial level concerning excessive noise are woefully inadequate.

The new bylaw would have implemented fines of between $500 and $1,000.

The proposed threshold would have set the ceiling at 92 decibels for motorcycles at idle, 96 decibels when motorcycles are up to speed, 90 decibels for car stereos and 85 decibels for boats.

The bylaw sat at third reading awaiting an RCMP report on how it would be enforced and how the motorcycle industry would be educated.

That report has yet to be presented.

"My understanding is that, while there was some word done on that (report), the RCMP are not doing any further work on that at the moment," says City Clerk, Stephen Fleming.

"There is some interest at the provincial level as to whether to have similar provisions that are in our bylaw apply throughout the province. They (RCMP) are waiting to see what comes out of the province wide initiative."

Luke Stack, one of three councillors remaining from that discussion a year ago says he's troubled the bylaw has been brought back for rescindment.

"Just because it has stalled I don't think that's a good reason not to continue with it. I would be more interested in asking Superintendent McKinnon to come in and provide an update as to why this couldn't proceed," says Stack.

"Last summer he was all gung-ho like it could proceed. I don't understand why it can't now."

Stack adds the city may never see a law on the subject if council has to wait for the province to review it and bring it forward.

While he agreed to invite the superintendent to speak on the matter, Councillor Andre Blanleil remains skeptical the bylaw can even work.

"It was a really flawed bylaw. I think there are a lot of issues, a lot of grey areas," says Blanleil.

Technically, Blanleil says a motorcyclist could be fined if his or her bike could exceed the decibel limit even if it was not at the time.

"A car can go fast, but it doesn't mean you are speeding," added Blanleil.

Fleming adds that, while the proposed bylaw awaits final reading, the RCMP still have tools to deal with excessive noise.

 

Should Kelowna go ahead and create its own bylaw curtailing excessive motorcycle and boat noise?

Total Votes: 1778
Yes 86.11%
No 13.89%

Castanet.net poll was not closed yet when we seen these results

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Motorized vehicles banned in Okanagan alpine areas
By Judie Steeves - Kelowna Capital News - June 13, 2012

New legislation to protect sensitive alpine areas in the Okanagan Region comes into effect July 1, and will prohibit motor vehicles above 1,700 metres in elevation, except on existing roads or trails.

Snowmobiles are excluded from the regulation.

Rapid growth in the popularity of All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) and some of the highest density of roads in the province with easy access to alpine areas are given as reasons for the new legislation, which will apply to 11 per cent of the region’s alpine terrain.

Similar legislation prohibiting motor vehicles from high elevation areas is already in place in parts of the Thompson, Kootenay, Caribou, Skeena, Omenica and Peace Regions of the province.

Bans on motor vehicles in alpine elevations in the Omenica and Peace are larger in area than the Okanagan Region regulation, but they don’t have the same high levels of access, road and trail density, or off-road recreational use that the Okanagan does.

It’s the first time such a ban has covered an entire region in B.C.

It’s being considered a pilot for determining whether such a move will work to reduce off-road damage to vulnerable alpine vegetation in areas of higher access and recreational use.

Because of the very short season for plants to grow at high elevations, between snowmelt in spring or early summer, and snowfall in autumn, they are especially susceptible to death rather than just damage from tires.

The new rules were approved by the provincial legislature during the spring sitting and have been included in this year’s hunting and trapping regulation synopsis.

They received general support from such stakeholder groups as the B.C. Wildlife Federation, the Guide Outfitters’ Association of B.C., the B.C. Trappers’ Association, the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association, the Quad Riders’ ATV Association of B.C., the Southern Interior Stockmen’s Association and B.C. Parks.

The definition of road includes those with a paved surface, marked ski trails, those used for logging or mining, those used to access fences, power lines, wind generators or communication towers or “a trail on which there is no vegetation except on a strip that, if present, can be straddled by a four-wheel vehicle.”

jsteeves "at" kelownacapnews.com

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Kelowna council wants to know more about noisy boat and bike enforcement
By Kathy Michaels - Kelowna Capital News - June 12, 2012

Kelowna Mounties have said they're not ready to enforce any city-based bylaw aimed at dulling the roar of boat and bike engines, but local politicians aren't willing to let the issue go just yet.

"I am troubled by rescinding the noise bylaw," said Coun. Luke Stack, at the Monday meeting when a motion was introduced to fall in line with the local police force, and backtrack on the first three readings of the bylaw introduced last August.

"This is an issue we've heard about many times by people in the community, regarding noisy bikes downtown and noisy boats on the lake. This was brought forth by Supt. Bill McKinnon, and he indicated getting the (required) decibel readers was achievable. I was under the belief it would be implementable by this summer."

Had the bylaw been adopted, McKinnon had told council his police would be ready by summer to monitor vehicle sounds. Any engine producing 92 decibels of sound while idling or 96 decibels while driving would leave drivers with a hefty financial penalty.

The whole plan, however, was put on hold until a public education campaign was rolled out, and the decibel readers and police training were also in place.

Before those measures got underway, however, McKinnon learned that the provincial government was looking to implement a similar policy, so the push to snuff out noise at a city level was cast aside.

That rationale, however, clearly didn't resonate with city council, who said they'd like a better explanation, considering the province had already been working on a similar law last year when they moved ahead with a city based initiative.

Coun. Robert Hobson noted he didn't have confidence that the province would be coming forward with a solution to noisy engines in the near future.

Council will request McKinnon make a council appearance to explain the change in tack.

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.pdf icon May 28, 2012 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

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11. DIRECTORS ITEMS (requiring Board action)

11.1 Use of Recreational Areas - Bush Parties

In light of a bush party which occurred in the Peachland area over the weekend, and the resulting trash left behind, the question was raised whether there is some way to appropriately deal with or regulate these gatherings. In some cases, the recreational area is being destroyed by trash left behind, trees cut down, litter thrown into lakes, etc. It was noted that these types of gatherings can't be regulated and have been going on forever. They normally occur on Crown lands or private properties. Local governments have no authority when it occurs on Crown lands. The RCMP, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources, Ministry of Environment and conservation officers do attend and enforce rules and safety in recreational areas but it's impossible to cover everywhere.

Discussion ensued:
• This topic has been discussed at past Land and Resources Management Plan (LRMP) meetings. LRMPs have been completed around the province and have identified protected areas, environmental, recreational zones.
LRMPs have also had a role in identifying where government policies need to be revised. Need to work collaboratively with provincial agencies.
• Illegal camping, destruction of the environment, littering and fires are important issues. People have access to forestry roads making access easier, and for some people they seem not to care about the destruction left behind.
• No one is keeping an eye on the Crown lands as in the past - there are few to no resource managers any longer.
• There is no capacity for more enforcement - one conservation officer in large area.
• Conservation officers have met with Lake Country and they note there are not enough camp sites so people are just camping in the forests. They can't do anything about people camping on Crown lands if they are following the provincial rules and regulations.
• More education is needed regarding destruction of the environment and responsible use of Crown lands.
• This issue has to be managed by the Province-but there may be ways local government can work with the Province?

FIELDING/BAKER
THAT staff review what tools are available for local government to regulate bush parties, illegal camping on Crown lands.

DEFEATED

FINDLATER/GRAY
THAT the Chair be directed to send a letter to provincial agencies (Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Ministry of Environment, ILMB (copy the rural RCMP detachments and reference past LRMP discussions) regarding the regulation and enforcement of illegal camping, partying.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon February 27, 2012 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Special Event Permits Approved

The Regional Board has approved three Special Event Permits for race activities being held by the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club at its facility adjacent to the Bear Creek Forest Service Road. With the permits, the Noise Bylaw regulations are waived for club hosted race events on Sunday, May 27th and the weekends of April 14th-15th and September 22nd-23rd. All other activities at the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club track are subject the Noise bylaw and the club has undertaken a number of steps to ensure adherence.

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5.2 Jeanine Acheson, Kelowna Dirt Bike Club (KDBC) President, re: Update on KDBC Activities and Request for Special Event Permits for 2012 (see Item 7.7)

The Board had previously requested that the KDBC provide an annual update on its activities in light of the consent order agreed to by the RDCO and KDBC and the Province continuing their lease to the Crown lands.

Jeanine Acheson provided a review, including:
• Reviewed how the track came into being. Volunteer club.
• Located up Bear Main logging road.
• Motocross track - all riding takes place on the track.
• Huge family sport - 4 to 60+ years participate.
• Practice Wednesdays and Sundays
• Annual Ride for the Cure event raised $34,000 in the last two years
• Riding school taught.
• Demo days held.
• RCMP had two ATV training days at track.
• Sound test are now being done on the bikes and are required due to consent order - but this is working well. 98% of bikes passed. Failed bikes were fixed before they were allowed back on the track.
• 2012 two races planned, 3fd annual charity event as well as a couple of school training days and demo day.
• The Club was congratulated on a job well done with controlling the sound levels and maintain the track and their stewardship in the area.

BAKER/EDGSON
THAT the KDBC presentation by Jeanine Acheson, President be received for information.

CARRIED

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It was agreed to move forward Item 7.7 at this time.

7.7 Approval of Kelowna Dirt Bike Club Special Events Permits for 2012
(All Directors)

Staff report dated February 17, 2012 outlined the application for three special event permits by Kelowna Dirt Bike Club. The 2012 permits would be to waive the RDCO Noise Bylaw requirements for these events. The event dates are:
April 14-15 and September 22-23 races events; and a May 27 charity event.

BAKER/EDGSON
THAT the Regional Board approve three special event permits for the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club for weekend race events to be held on April 14-15, May 27 and September 22-23, 2012 at the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club track facility located adjacent to Bear Creek Forest Service Road.

CARRIED

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Bylaw Enforcement (Unweighted Vote

7.7 Approval of Kelowna Dirt Bike Club Special Events Permits for 2012 (All Directors)

This was moved forward as part of KDBC delegation.

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.pdf icon October 13, 2011 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Ticket Bylaw Fine Changes

The Regional Board has approved amendments affecting the fees and fines structure in the Regional District Ticket Information Utilization Bylaw. The changes are the result of a review of the fines and fees structure of the Regional District and other local governments throughout the Central Okanagan and around the Province. Among the changes: fines for all infractions of the Sign Bylaw rise $50 to $100; fines under the Smoke Control Bylaw are elevated from $100 to $150 and fines under both the Animal and Noise Control bylaws are structured to include increasing penalties for a second and subsequent
infractions
. As well, new ticketing offences have been added for relevant sections of the RDCO Building, Zoning, Subdivision and Development Servicing bylaws as well as for the Ellison and Rural Westside Official Community Plan bylaws and the Joe Rich Rural Land Use Bylaw.

okanaganlakebc.ca says: Animal in this amendment does not include dogs because the dog bylaw deals with dogs is what RDCO told us

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.pdf icon Item 6.1 Amendments to Ticket Information Utilization Bylaw.pdf

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Agenda No: 6.1
Mtg Date: October 13, 2011

DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT REPORT For the Regional Board October 13, 2011

TO: Chair & Members of the Regional Board
FROM: Rhoda Mueller, Chief Bylaw Enforcement Officer
DATE: October 5, 2011
SUBJECT: Amendments to Ticket Information Utilization Bylaw No. 435, 1990

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Ticket Information Utilization Amendment Bylaw No. 1299 be given three readings and adopted.

BACKGROUND:
A review of housekeeping issues of the Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) Ticket Information Utilization Bylaw No. 435 is one of the initiatives of the Inspections Section of Development Services.

Staff compared the current RDCO ticket fine amounts with those of the City of Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon and the Capital Regional District. The following changes are being recommended:

-Fees for the Sign Bylaw were elevated from $50 to $100 for all fines.
-Fees for the Smoke Control Bylaw were elevated from $100 to $150 for each fine.
- The Animal and Noise Control bylaw ticket fees are now structured to include an increase in fines for the second and subsequent offences.
- Four ticket fines of the two Parks bylaws that deal with dogs were elevated to $100 to match the fees of the Dog Control bylaw.
- The ticket fine for graffiti, under the Unsightly Premises bylaw was increased from $100 to $250 because the elevated fees of other Municipalities stood out at $250 and $1000.
- New ticket offences were added for sections of the Building, Zoning, Joe Rich Rural Land Use, Subdivision and Development Servicing, Ellison Official Community Plan and Rural Westside Official Community Plan bylaws. And, new ticket offence schedules No. 23 to 28 have been added for bylaws were there are currently none.

These changes will ensure that ticket bylaws match regulatory bylaws. Having ticket fines for bylaw sections that prohibit or regulate, will assist enforcement because instead of having to file a Long Form Information and Summons in Provincial Court, a ticket can be served and the choice to dispute is up to the person charged.

Respectfully submitted,

Rhoda Mueller, Chief Bylaw Enforcement Officer

Dan Plamondon, Director of Development Services

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Schedule 7 of RDCO Bylaw 1299, 2011 in regards to noise
Schedule 7 of RDCO Bylaw 1299, 2011 in regards to noise
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City ready to muffle bikes, boats
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Story: 63904 - Aug 19, 2011

Kelowna's loose noise bylaw could become a thing of the past.

A proposed new noise bylaw would make it illegal for boats to run louded than 85 decibels.

City Council will look at a new noise bylaw Monday which, if adopted, would set decibel limits for motorcycles, car stereos and boats.

The proposed bylaw, crafted from a current bylaw in Edmonton, would set the ceiling at 92 decibels for motorcycles at idle, 96 decibels when motorcycles are up to speed, 90 decibels for car stereos and 85 decibels for boats.

Fines are expected to be set at $500 for Bylaw Offence Notices and $1,000 for Municipal Ticket Information.

Kelowna RCMP would be in charge of enforcement utilizing existing resources.

City Clerk Stephen Fleming, who put together the legislation, says the bylaw wouldn't come into effect until the RCMP are able to purchase the required number of sound meter kits and provide officers with the necessary training.

The kits are estimated to cost about $2,300 each.

According to Fleming, the RCMP have the required funds already budgeted.

In his report to council, Fleming says motorcycle sound levels are based on a standard established by the Society of Automobile Engineers.

"The standard has been reviewed, evaluated and supported by both the Canadian Motorcycle and Moped Industry of Canada and Transport Canada," says Fleming.

He adds that automotive traffic is between 60 decibels and 90 decibels, so, it is suggested, a car stereo should not be at a level higher than most automobile traffic.

"The proposed sound limit for boat noise is 85 decibels when the boat engine or engines are at any speed greater than idle. This is based on federal Maritime Occupational Health and Safety Regulations that considers sound in a workplace louder than 85 decibels to be hazardous."

In 2010, Fleming says Edmonton Police issued noise related tickets.

RCMP Superintendent, Bill McKinnon, suggested back in June that the city look at adopting the Edmonton bylaw saying current rules at the provincial level concerning excessive noise are woefully inadequate.

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.pdf icon September 19, 2011 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

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.pdf icon September 19, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

12. OTHER BUSINESS

12.1 Director Items

d) Trans-Canada Trail

Director Reid-Nagy noted that the RDOS has adopted a resolution of support to have the Trans-Canada trail remain as a non-motorized trail. It was noted that the Summerland TransCanada Trail Society updated RDOS in July 2011 regarding this issue. The question was raised whether RDCO would be supportive of a similar resolution.

It was noted that most of the trail does not currently allow motorized activity but that in areas like the Kettle Valley-Naramata area there are joint use agreements, right-of-way access and logging on the road which is considered part of the trail. Concern was expressed that there may be clubs such as ATV users who would be affected, what are the implications to the public of such a policy, and what is the Province's position on this issue.

REID-NAGY/HODGE
THAT staff be directed to report on the current status of Trans-Canada trail in the Central Okanagan Regional District in regards to non-motorized, motorized use and what areas are impacted, who is affected, and the implications of supporting a resolution for non-motorized use of the trail.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon August 22, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

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.pdf icon August 22, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

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.pdf icon August 11, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 11.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report.pdf

105 - Enforcement of Noise Bylaws (Page 92): An outstanding bylaw dispute over alleged noise violations dating back five years has been resolved with a court-approved consent order. The RDCO and Kelowna Dirt Bike Club have signed a consent order agreement that details specific actions that the Club will undertake at its track just off the Bear Creek Main Forest Service Rd. Two special events permits were approved by the Board for the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club, May 15th MX Ride for the Cure fundraiser and September 24 & 25 Canadian Motosport Racing Corporation sanctioned races.

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11. Finance

11.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report, Year-to-date - June 30, 2011

The Quarterly Program Measures Report, year-to-date June 30, 2011, Executive Summary was presented for information and review. Staff highlighted any areas of financial concern to date within the Executive Summary.

The Committee was reminded it is staff's responsibility to identify any change from their original plans including goals, revenues, expenses and that it's the Board's responsibility to ensure the documents are reviewed and any concerns raised.

SHEPHERD/FINDLATER
THAT the Quarterly Measures Report, Year-to-date June 30,2011 be received.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon July 14, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Minutes

6. Development Services

6.1 Jerry Johnson, Senior Land Officer - CLKAM, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations - Crown Lands re: Renewal of Crown land license for the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club (verbal delegation)

Staff noted that the Regional District of Central Okanagan has not been formally provided a referral application for renewal of a Crown land license for the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club (KDBC) track location. In discussion the committee was reminded that the RDCO has a consent order in place with the KDBC.

Provincial staff member, Jerry Johnson, was in attendance to address the issue.
• The duration of the renewal license is for 10 years (RDCO staff recommends a
two-year license). Initial license was issued Aug 2, 2001 for ten years.
• The purpose of today's presentation is to provide information on where the Province is with the renewal process.
• License covers 12.15 ha.
o The area is used infrequently (4 events per year) for motocross events and practices two times per week.
o The area was an old gravel pit which was previously used by motocross.
o KDBC provided a new management plan on noise and dust mitigation measures for this license renewal.
o The Ministry has been corresponding with RDCO staff on the noise bylaw issue.
o The Ministry has had a request to relocate the track - Provincial review confirms this is not an option.
o If the license is not renewed, the expectation is that dirt bikes will continue to use this area. The Province and the Club would have no control of the bikes and noise levels. The license provides some control in the area. Not all bike-riders in the area belong to the club. There are rogue riders everywhere.
o Province proposes a term of 10 years. 60 day cancellation clause in license. The Province does not want to go to a shorter term.
o Conditions would include the Supreme Court Consent Order dated April 5, 2011 between the RDCO and KDBC.
o The license can be cancelled if the Club is not complying with orders.
o Downside of a two-year renewal is that every new referral requires consultation and there are limited staff resources.
o Westbank First Nation has received a referral on this renewal.
o The only mechanism to control enforcement issues, other than the RDCO bylaw on the existing track, comes from the conservation officers which are very limited in the region and only on Crown lands.

The following issues were raised:
- Would the Province consider including that the KDBC be required to provide a report every two years to the Regional Board to review the Club's plans and any compliance issues as a condition of the license?

Can a non-profit Society be taxed? Staff will have to check with BC Assessment.

Concern was noted that if you push bikes out of one area, they go into another area and then there is no control. This has occurred in the Joe Rich area.

This area is managed and controlled and bikes should be kept in the area that has this control.

BAKER/OPHUS
THAT the update by Jerry Johnson, Senior Land Officer - CLKAM-Crown Lands, regarding renewal of a Crown land license for the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club be received;
AND FURTHER THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommends the Regional Board support the renewal of a Crown land license of occupation for the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club for a ten-year term subject to the original conditions of the license
and the terms of the Regional District of Central Okanagan's Consent Order. Amendment to the main motion

SHEPHERD/EDGSON
THAT the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club be required to provide an annual review of the Club's operations and any compliance issues to the Regional Board as a condition of the license.

The amendment was CARRIED (Fielding, Baker, James opposed)
The main motion was CARRIED (Hodge, Baker opposed)

FINDLATER/BAKER
THAT staff be directed to review whether a non-profit society can be taxed by a Regional District.

CARRIED (Shepherd opposed)

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.pdf icon July 14, 2011 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Special Board Meeting

Kelowna Dirt Bike Club Lease Referral

The Regional Board has given conditional support to a referral application from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations by the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club. The Board supports a ten year license renewal for the 12.15-hectare club facility developed adjacent to Bear Creek Main Forest Service Road. The license includes a 60-day cancellation clause. The Regional Board has asked that the license include a condition requiring the Dirt Bike Club to report annually to the Board on activities and compliance with a Supreme Court consent order.

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6. COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS
6.1 Rise and Report - Governance & Services Committee meeting of July 14,2011

g) Crown Lands re: Renewal of Crown land license for the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club

SHEPHERD/EDGSON
THAT the Regional Board support the renewal of a Crown land license of occupation for the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club for a ten-year term subject to the original conditions of license and the terms of the Regional District of Central Okanagan's Consent Order.

AND FURTHER THAT the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club be required to provide an annual review of the Club's operations and any compliance issues to the Regional Board as a condition of the license.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon June 27, 2011 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

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12. OTHER BUSINESS

12.1 Director Items

f) Noise Bylaw
Director Shepherd noted that Supt McKinnon has requested the City of Kelowna look at the ability to change Kelowna's noise bylaw to include such issues as loud stereos, noisy boats, and noisy motorcycles. A bylaw amendment will be drafted for consideration. She encouraged the other municipalities to review this issue as well.

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Bylaw Dispute Resolved

A lengthy legal case involving the Regional District of Central Okanagan Noise Control Bylaw has been resolved with a court-approved consent order.

The Regional District and Kelowna Dirt Bike Club have signed a consent order agreement that details specific actions that the Club will undertake at its track just off the Bear Creek Main Forest Service Road. The agreement is seen as a major step to reduce any potential noise complaints arising from activities at the Club facility and resolves an outstanding bylaw dispute over alleged violations dating back five years.

The Club has agreed to conduct sound testing of the exhaust system of every motorbike using the track at least once each year before it sets out on the circuit. In order to use the track, the exhaust sound level must not exceed 96 dB/A which is the current Canadian Motosport Racing Corporation (CMRC) sanctioned level. If in the future, that sound level is reduced, any new, lower CMRC rating will apply. After testing, the Club will provide an approval decal to the owner of any motorbike that meets the noise restriction. Any system that has been replaced or modified must be retested before it’s allowed to use the Bear Creek track. In addition, the consent order requires the Club to keep a record of all test results and if requested, make the list available to the Regional District.

With the acceptance of the consent order, the Regional Board has given its approval for two Special Events permits for the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club. The Noise Bylaw regulations will not apply during these special race events that will be held on Sunday, May 15th (2nd annual MX Ride for the Cure fundraiser) and the weekend of September 24th – 25th when Canadian Motorsport Racing Corporation sanctioned races will be held at the track.

(April 20, 2011)

Source - RDCO's Whats New

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.pdf icon April 18, 2011 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Dirt Bike Club Special Events Permit

The Regional Board has approved two special events permits for the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club. The Noise bylaw regulations will not apply during the special race events that will be held on Sunday, May 15th (MX Ride for the Cure fundraiser) and the weekend of September 24th – 25th for a Canadian Motosport Racing Corporation (CMRC) sanctioned races.

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.pdf icon Item 9.3 - SpecialEventsPermit KDBC.pdf

Agenda No: 9.3
Meeting Date: April 18, 2011

Regional Board Report

TO: Regional Board
FROM: Rhoda Mueller, Chief Bylaw Enforcement Officer
DATE: April 13,2011
SUBJECT: Kelowna Dirt Bike Club Special Events Permit

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional Board approve Special Event Permits for the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club for race events to be held on Sunday, May 15, 2011, and Saturday/Sunday, September 24/25, 2011, at the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club track facility located adjacent to Bear Creek Forest Service Road.

BACKGROUND
The Kelowna Dirt Bike Club (KDBC) has applied for Special Events Permits to waive Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) Noise Bylaw requirements for the weekend dates of Sunday May 15, 2011, and Saturday/Sunday, September 24/25, 2011.

The May 15th event will start at 10am and continue to approximately 3:30-4:30pm. This event will be a charity event titled "MX Ride For The Cure" to raise funds for cancer and will consist of riding laps. The September 24/25th event will start at 8am and will continue to approximately 4:30-6:30pm. This event will be a double header race that is part of a spring and fall series for the British Columbia Motocross Association (BCMA). The event is sanctioned by the Canadian Motosport Racing Corporation (CMRC) and will bring racers from all over British Columbia.

A Consent Order agreement between RDCO and KDBC, to deal with a conclusion to the long outstanding injunctive action by the Regional District was agreed to. The following sections of the Consent Order apply to the proposed race dates.

Section 9 of the consent order states:
The Club must not allow a motorcycle to be operated on the Track where the sound level, as measured by the test required by paragraphs 2, 6 and 7 of this order, exceeds 96 dB/A.

Section 15 of the consent order states:
This Order shall be binding on the Club for so long as the Plaintiff approves, on the application of the Club, in each calendar year, either (i) four special event permits under section 8 of the RDCO Noise Control Bylaw No. 403, 1989 (the "Bylaw") or (ii) such lesser number of special event permits under the Bylaw, should the Club apply for less than four. The special event
permits shall be for the purpose of conducting race events at the Track. The Club acknowledges that the approval of a special event permit by the Plaintiff's Board is within the absolute and unfettered discretion of the Board and the provisions of this agreement will not in any way obligate the Board to approve such a permit.

Section 16 of the consent order states:
In the event that the Plaintiff's Board shall in its oiscretion decide not to approve the Club's request for special events permits, and this order no longer binds the Club as a consequence, the Club acknowledges that the Plaintiff is free to pursue enforcement of the Bylaw against the Club, either in this proceeding or in a new proceeding. The Club further agrees that neither its decision to enter into the Order or the Board's decision not to approve special events permits will be raised as a defence or bar to any proceeding by the Plaintiff to enforce the Bylaw.

Noise Bylaw No. 403, Section 8, states:
Notwithstanding the provisions of this bylaw, a person may apply for and receive from the Regional Board a permit for a special event if such special event in the Regional Board's opinion is in the public interest, in which case the requirements of this bylaw may be waived.

The provisions of Section 15 of the consent order do not require the Board to issue special events permits. However, the consent order would cease to have effect if the minimum number of permits are not issued. Obtaining special event permits to facilitate races was a primary incentive for the KDBC entering into the consent order.

Even though the KDBC will be testing bikes to meet the 96 dba limit as established in the consent order, staff believe the noise created at these events will be in non compliance with RDCO Noise Bylaw No. 403. Therefore, staff have requested that the KDBC apply for the Special Events Permits.

In recognition of the above, the Development Services Department recommend the Regional Board approve Special Event Permits for the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club for weekend race events to be held on Sunday, May 15, 2011, and Saturday/Sunday, September 24/25, 2011, at the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club track facility located adjacent to Bear Creek Forest Service Road.

Respectfully submitted,

Rhoda Mueller
Chief Bylaw Enforcement Officer

Dan Plamondon, Director of Development Services

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Bylaw Enforcement:

9.3 Special Events Permits - Kelowna Dirt Bike Club (All Directors Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated April 13, 2011 outlined the request for a special events permit to waive RDCO Noise Bylaw No. 403 for events scheduled on May 15, Sept. 24 and Sept. 25, 2011. It was noted that a Consent Order agreement between the RDCO and the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club to deal with a long outstanding injunctive action has been agreed to by each party. The
provisions of the Order which apply to the proposed race events were highlighted in the staff report.

HODGE/SHEPHERD
THAT the Regional Board approve Special Events Permits for the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club for race events to be held on Sunday, May 15, 2011, and Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25, 2011, at the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club track facility located adjacent to Bear Creek Forest Service Road.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon April 7, 2011 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Special Board Meeting

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The Board rose from In Camera at 1:12 p.m. to report on the Consent Order signed between the Regional District and the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club.

Kelowna Dirt Bike Club
Staff noted that the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club and the Regional District have reached an agreement regarding past noise complaints at their track and that both parties have signed a Consent Order which includes sound testing of all bikes that race at the Club's events. The Order is the process of being registered.

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.pdf icon March 10, 2011 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Agenda

.pdf icon Item 3.1 New Official Community Plans Update.pdf

.pdf icon Item 4.1 Woodhaven Regional Park UBCO Eco Art Project Update.pdf

.pdf icon Item 5.2 Budget Introduction.pdf

.pdf icon Item 5.4.1 b-i NewStaffing-Admin.pdf

.pdf icon Item 5.4.1bii New Staffing -RegParks.pdf

.pdf icon Item 5.4.1c Engineering FTE Increase.pdf

.pdf icon Item 5.4.3 Regional Grant-in-Aid Allocation.pdf

.pdf icon Item 5.4.4 a - Budget Summary.pdf

.pdf icon Item 5.4.4 b - Tax Requisitions and Rates.pdf

.pdf icon Item 5.4.4 ciii-ProgramBudget-Planning.pdf

.pdf icon Item 5.4.4 cii-ProgramBudget-SWM.pdf

.pdf icon Item 5.4.4 ci-ProgramBudget - Engineering.pdf

.pdf icon Item 5.4.4 c-iv-ProgramBudget-Fire Protection.pdf

.pdf icon Item 5.4.4 c-ix-ProgramBudget-EDC.pdf

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.pdf icon Item 5.4.4 c-vii-ProgramBudget-Administration.pdf

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.pdf icon Item 5.4.4 c-x-ProgramBudget-RegionalBoard.pdf

 

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.pdf icon October 25, 2010 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Board Meeting

Nothing mentioned in the Highlights about Item 6.2 Frontcounter BC License of Occupation CL-10-06 for commercial guided adventure tours.

.pdf icon October 25, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.2 FrontCounterBC License of Occupation CL-10-06.pdf (32 pages)

Agenda No: 6.2
Mtg. Date: October 25, 2010

DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT REPORT
For the Regional Board October 25, 2010

TO: Chair & Members of the Regional Board
FROM: Ron Fralick, Planner 1
DATE: October 18, 2010
SUBJECT: Front Counter Be Referral Application - License of Occupation (initial 30 year term) for the purpose of commercial guided adventure tours (Our File: CL-10-06) (Reference File: 3412085)
LOCATION: In the vicinity of Penticton, Naramata, Summerland, the South Slopes area south of the City of Kelowna and surrounding area (Central Okanagan East Electoral Area)
LEGAL: Surveyed and unsurveyed Crown land- (unknown parcel size)

RECOMMENDATION:
1. THAT Front Counter BC Referral Application CL-10-06 for a License of Occupation (initial 30 year term) for Hoodoo Adventure Co. Ltd. for the purpose of commercial guided adventure tours be conditionally supported subject to the following:
~ That the proponent consult with, and provide information to the Regional District Parks Department regarding potential impacts to McCulloch Station Regional Park and lands adjacent to Hydraulic Lake;
~ That Front Counter BC solicit comment from the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary and Friends of the South Slopes;
~ Approval from Interior Health should it be determined that installation of sanitary facilities will be required in various locations to accommodate the public;
~ Considerations and conditions noted by the RDCO Environmental Planner and the Environmental Advisory Commission noted on page 3 of this report;
~ Compliance with all conditions and recommendations of applicable Provincial agencies, local government jurisdictions, and other stakeholders;

2. AND FURTHER THAT the Development Services Department Report dated October 18, 2010 be forwarded to Front Counter Be for their information and consideration.

PURPOSE:
To consider a Crown Land Referral application to grant a License of Occupation (initial 30 year term) for the purpose of commercial guided adventure tours on Crown Land.

POLICY:
The Provincial Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP) identifies majority of the trail system within the RDCO as Tourism Areas (RMZ) and Recreation (RMZ) -Intensive Recreation; which includes areas of shared use (all season), hiking and X·Country Skiing (non motorized), snowmobiling, and protected areas, The LRMP also identifies "Regionally Significant Trail
Corridors (Category 'A' Trails) overlapping the trail system and connecting Okanagan Mountain Park and Myra-Bellevue Park.

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.pdf icon October 25, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Board Meeting Minutes

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Rednecks to retrieve rubbish
Kelowna Capital News - August 26, 2010

A group calling itself Urban Redecks Off-Road Association are heading into the bush to clean it up this weekend.

On Sunday its members will gather at the H2O Aquatic Centre on Gordon Drive, at 11:30 a.m., before heading up to local bush areas to clean-up discarded debris. They will see that the garbage is collected and taken to the land fill.

This group is encouraging the public to join and plans to hold similar events on the last Saturday of every month.

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Off-roaders help clean up environment
Kelowna Capital News - July 13, 2010

The recreational activity of off-roading or mud bogging sometimes carries with it a negative connotation.

Many view the sport as destructive to the environment.

But members of the Urban Rednecks Off-Road Association contend they are big boosters for enhancing and preserving the local backcountry, and they plan to do something this weekend to make that point.

On Saturday, July 17, from noon to 5 p.m., the association will host a bush and community clean-up event based out of Centennial Park in Rutland.

Association members and their supporters will head out to the bush looking to clean up debris from various areas, and see the garbage is collected and taken to the landfill.

There will be a barbecue at the park and a number of local businesses have offered up door prizes for participants to win.

“It’s an opportunity for us to show that we as a group are responsible about preserving our environment,” said association executive council member Kris Kinjerski.

“Like any other group, there are some individuals that make the rest of us look bad, but as an association we just want a place to call our own where we can hold controlled events, which would help reduce other areas not suited for off-roading from being damaged.”

Kinjerski said everything from old car parts to household appliances are often abandoned in areas of the bush, and there is a need to see that waste properly disposed of.

Conservation officers will help point the association to areas in need of clean-up, while the regional waste management service has arranged for the garbage accumulated on Saturday to be disposed of for free at the landfill.

Kinjerski added that anyone in the James Lake or Ideal Lake areas on Saturday is also encouraged to take part in the event.

For more information about the outdoors clean-up effort on Saturday, call 778-753-5979 or email info@uror.ca

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The City of Kelowna and the Regional District of Central Okanagan are developing a mountain biking strategy for improved delivery and management of the sport of mountain biking.

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Mountain bike skills park opens
Castanet.net - by Contributed - Story: 55588 - Jul 8, 2010

The City of Kelowna’s first mountain bike skills park is now open.

“The City collaborated with local riders and the Mountain Bikers of the Central Okanagan to build a park that provides something for of all ages and abilities,” says Park Projects Manager Andrew Gibbs.

The Mountain Bikers of the Central Okanagan will manage the park, provide education and training for users and maintain the bike facilities.

The club is planning an official grand opening for the park later this summer.

Located on a 3.4 hectare site at 1960 Hollywood Road South, the skills park includes a pump track and six dirt jump lanes progressing from beginner to expert.

Riders can access the park by bike via the Mission Creek Greenway.

“We have been working closely with the mountain biking community and this type of facility was identified as a priority.”

The 2008 Kelowna & Area Mountain Bike Strategy, a joint project with the City, Regional District and BC Parks will guide future development and management of mountain bike facilities in the area.

Completed at a cost of $243,000, the park was designed by a Gravity Logic of Whistler and van der Zalm & Associates landscape architects in collaboration with local riders and constructed by Cormode and Dickson of Kelowna and Gravity Logic.

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Dirt bike activity raises more anxieties in Tallus Ridge
Kelowna Capital News - By Jason Luciw - July 02, 2010

With summer upon us, Tallus Ridge is expressing concerns about abundant dirt bike activity on large undeveloped portions of their property on the west slopes above Shannon Lake.

Tallus Ridge project manager Kelsey Ramsden said that dirt bike and all terrain vehicle riders are trespassing onto 120 hectares of property slated for future development and using it for unauthorized off-road recreation.

“I see numerous drop off by parents when they take their kids and their dirt bikes or ATVs up to Tallus Ridge and drop them off for a day of riding,” said Ramsden.

“They are being dropped off at the end of Tallus Ridge Drive and the end of Paramount Drive.”

However, it’s not just kids causing problems, said Ramsden.

“Last weekend, we had two trucks of men in their 40s who took their four-by-four trucks onto the land and tore around and then proceeded onto (adjacent) Crown land.”

Ramsden said that off-road activity is a concern because of the potential for these vehicles to trigger forest fires.

“Notwithstanding that the land is private, the problem is that they can start fires by accident…even when they lay their hot bikes down and exhaust pipes ignite fires,” said Ramsden.

She encouraged dirt bikers to stay off Tallus Ridge property, hoping she could appeal to their better sense of judgment.

“I don’t quite know how to get the word out to people that it is not safe, and it is illegal. The risk of starting a fire, which could not easily be contained, is enormous,” she continued.

“These are areas which are not accessible by the regular fire service, lending opportunities for more fires like we saw last year in Glenrosa, which made national news.”

Ramsden said it is not just Tallus Ridge that is concerned about the dirt bike activity either, noting the issue has been raised at past West Kelowna council meetings and Shannon Lake Neighbourhood Association meetings.

“It comes up for us at least once a week, when neighbouring owners see little flumes of smoke and/or hear the vehicles tearing up the hillsides.”

Ramsden also made note of off-roader’s impacts on the environment.

“They destroy key environmental areas, which are protected to maintain the high flora and fauna, which the Okanagan is renowned for.”

Ideally, Tallus Ridge could fence off the land, she noted.

“It is just simply too costly.”

Ramsden asked riders to use areas that have been specifically designated for dirt bike use in the Okanagan instead of Tallus Ridge.

“There are areas specifically designed and dedicated to riding and there are reasons for that. Please go to these areas,” she stated.

The Okanagan Trail Riders’ Association has been working with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts to try to develop a managed motorized recreation area in the Bear Creek Area, which can be accessed via Bear Main forest service Road.

On a final note, Ramsden made one last appeal to parents’ better sense of judgment to keep their kids from using property in Tallus Ridge for off-road activity.

“Someone with a job has to buy fuel for these machines. If that person has a job, then they are old enough to know better than to go risking fires and trespassing, while destroying environmentally sensitive areas.”

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IH yet to sign off on dirt bike trail plan
Kelowna Capital News - By Judie Steeves - June 24, 2010

While it’s hoped that work can continue this summer to deactivate trails in the Bear Creek area to move them further away from water bodies, it depends on an assessment being done by Interior Health to satisfy concerns about the protection of public drinking water.

The Bear Creek Drinking Water Advisory Committee met last week to discuss last summer’s letter from medical health officer Dr. Paul Hasselback, who is also a member of the committee, about dirt bike trails in that watershed.

It was addressed to Peter Walters, assistant deputy minister for tourism development for the B.C. Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts, who initiated the committee and chairs it.

That ministry is working with the Okanagan Trail Riders’ Association to construct off-road trails for motorized recreation in the Bear Creek watershed.

In that letter, Hasselback wrote that IH has not been provided with a concept plan, GIS mapping, operations plan or monitoring plan to demonstrate how drinking water hazards arising from the Bear Creek Recreation Site will be mitigated.

He directed that they be provided to IH for assessment.

“A recent draft source assessment of the community watershed completed by Lakeview Irrigation District’s consultant has identified that motorized recreation has a high risk of sediment delivery to the stream and a very high risk for bacterial, viral and parasite loading to the stream,” he wrote.

Walters formed the committee as a result of such public concern, and it has now met twice.

He says that water quality is now the top focus in that recreational area.

A construction moratorium on new trails and remediation of old trails was put in place this spring until Interior Health is satisfied with its assessment of plans for the area.

Walters said there is the potential for a managed camping area within the Bear Creek Recreational Management Zone in order to end dispersed camping in the area.

Hasselback was cautious in discussing the reaction of IH to the documentation provided, but said the plan for work in that area for this year appears to address the concerns of IH.

He did say it might be possible for the plans for the current year to be dealt with by IH earlier.

However, he said there’s a fair bit of work to do before they can respond.

He emphasized that the protection of public health is his priority in examination of the plans.

He said it’s important to try and define practices for off-road vehicles that will keep the protection of public health foremost.

Because it’s hoped the off-road users’ trails being constructed in the Bear Creek area will be a showpiece for the rest of the province, it’s important that a criteria for off-road uses be applied that will centre on public health protection, said Hasselback.

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Council establishes guidelines for speedway
Vernon Morning Star - By Roger Knox - June 08, 2010

Clarity has now been given to a contentious zoning text amendment application from Spallumcheen’s MotoPlex Speedway and Events Centre.

Council unanimously gave third reading to an amended application at its regular monthly meeting Monday, allowing the speedway 18 days per year for racing operations.

The speedway originally asked to increase the number of days it can operate from a maximum 18 days per year to 42 days.

A two-hour, 20-minute public hearing the week before brought a number of concerns from residents of the Lawrence Heights and Stepping Stones subdivision. Many people thought the speedway was asking to hold 42 races a year, and feared more noise and light emanating from the track.

The MotoPlex also requested the bylaw be changed to allow it to have outdoor storage, indoor and outdoor events, including RV shows, flea markets, film productions and weddings, along with driving schools for racing and non-racing type cars, which council agreed to.

Coun. Ralph Leyenhorst spearheaded the amendment, calling for the outright removal of the request for 42 days per year, and splitting up the driving schools.

“I understand they want to be more profitable, but the noise irritation, to me, if we limit the race car training days to Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., it’s within working hours and there’s no obstruction of peoples’ weekends,” said Leyenhorst.

Coun. Andrew Casson said there could be issues differentiating between racing and non-racing type cars.

“A lot of cars go fast that are not race cars,” he said.

Council agreed to have the bylaw read that the speedway can hold driving schools for racing cars Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and no restrictions for non-racing, street-legal cars.

Track manager Bob Newcombe was satisfied with the clarification for the speedway’s application.

“I’m happy with the decision,” said Newcombe.

“That’s all we were after. I think the public got a little excited, thinking we wanted to race some more.”

Newcombe made it abundantly clear at the public hearing that the 18 race dates allotted for the speedway are more than adequate.

Stepping Stones resident Brigitt Johnson, who spoke out at the public hearing against the application, was also pleased with council’s decision.

“Overall, yes, I’d say I’m satisfied,” said Johnson on Tuesday.

“I’m happy they didn’t pass the 42 days, and it was very positive at the public meeting that the applicant spoke up and said they didn’t need 42 days. That opened the door for some good compromise, I think, between the owner and residents.”

Johnson said she would have liked to have seen more limitation on the race car training due to the noise levels.

“At least it’s during daylight hours,” she said.

“Hopefully, it’s not going to be five days a week.”

The bylaw will be sent to the Ministry of Transportation for approval before fourth and final reading, and adoption, can take place by members of Spallumcheen council.

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‘Rednecks’ want land to use for mud-bogging
Kelowna Capital News - By Judie Steeves - June 03, 2010

Knobby tires are a big feature of mud-bogging vehicles like those on Kris Kinjerski’s (left) truck. He and Isaac Andres are founding members of a new off-road group. Photo
Sean Connor/Capital News

The Urban Rednecks Off-Road Association would like your support for mud-bogging.

But, not just anywhere.

They’re working toward an application for Crown land tenure where they could hold controlled events, and thus prevent random damage to natural wetlands and riparian areas elsewhere.

Kris Kinjerski and Isaac Andres are two members of the executive council of the new association and say they feel the Postill ponds would be ideal since they’ve already been used for decades for four-wheeling, and there is no creek that runs out of them to cause further environmental damage downstream.

However, they are quick to point out that they would consider any parcel of Crown land suggested by the Integrated Land Management Bureau for off-road activities.

The new UROR had an entry in this year’s Rutland May Days parade as well as a booth where they passed out some of their brochures and talked to people about their proposal.

Kinjerski says they would have spill kits with absorbent cloths and buckets for cleaning up any spill of vehicle fluids and prevent contamination of the ground; all vehicles would have to have fire extinguishers and there would be sites for small vehicles as well as larger ones, with difficulty ratings.

Toilets would be set up on-site and there would be a concession stand as well as machinery to retrieve stuck or broken vehicles.

There would be consequences for any illegal behaviour, emphasized Kinjerski.

Right now, there are random incidents of environmental damage being done around the Okanagan from off-road vehicles, but UROR members believe they can bring all that to one site, for controlled events and legal mud-bogging instead.

“There are no designated off-road parks in B.C.,” noted Andres.

First, they’re working on getting as much support as possible from residents and the business community for their proposal, including from the Conservation Officer service and the RCMP, so they can take that to ILMB with an application for Crown land tenure.

All the board members are from Kelowna, but they envision the park attracting people from other areas to come with their families and to spend their vacations in the Kelowna area.

Asked what the attraction of mud-bogging is, Andres explained it’s like an athlete who works out every day to build his body up so he can go out and do the best he can. They spend all their spare time in the garage working on their vehicles, so they can push its capabilities on difficult terrain like mud bogs, he said.

“It’s like my child. I could take it on a backroad to test it out, but I wouldn’t be pushing it. We push ourselves as well as our trucks,” he explained.

Kinjerski explained that it’s also a thrill to drive through a mud bog because you don’t know what the bottom of it will be like, so there’s a lot of suspense over how well you and your vehicle can do at handling the unexpected.

There’s such an adrenaline rush there’s no need to do drugs, he commented.

And then there’s rock crawling, which is very technical driving. “You have to think about where you put your tires and plan it in advance,” commented Andres.

There is phenomenal technology now available for adding to a truck, noted Kinjerski, like articulated suspensions, so it’s natural that people will want to use it.

He has always loved tearing apart machines and anything to do with wrenching, so the love of vehicles and driving them is natural, he notes.

The executive is in the process of incorporating the new society, so the group is not open to membership yet, but if you would like to support the new organization, e-mail the executive at: info "at" uror.ca

jsteeves "at" kelownacapnews.com

http://www.uror.ca/

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ATV users told to avoid watershed area
by Castanet Staff - Story: 54711 - May 22, 2010

A large gathering planned for the Duteau Watershed area this weekend, has the folks at Greater Vernon Water greatly concerned.

“It has come to our attention that a very large gathering is planned in the Duteau Watershed (Grizzly Reservoir) area this long-weekend. We discourage people to attend,” says Senior Water Quality Technologist, Renee Clark.

“It is a chargeable offence under the Forest and Range Act to do damage to the environment. Lakes, reservoirs, streams and wetlands are included.”

She says recent heavy rains in the area have created prime conditions for mud-bogging.

“Our concern is that our reservoirs are very low, exposing foreshore and soils that are usually covered with water at this time of year."

The Aberdeen Plateau is home to a number of water supply reservoirs that are used for drinking water.

The Duteau Watershed is located approximately 20 kilometres southeast of the City of Vernon.

Clark says, in past years on May long weekends, large groups have congregated at Postill Lake. However, that area has now been shut down to this type of activity, forcing mud-boggers into different areas.

As a result, Greater Vernon Water is asking anyone who observes mud-bogging, or any damage to the environment, to call and report all polluters at 1-877-952-RAPP (7277).

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Dirt bikers' views may stir up controversy
Kelowna Capital News - By Jason Luciw - May 12, 2010

Okanagan Trail Riders' Association president Ken Umbarger (right) said he would be holding a press conference in West Kelowna's Bear Creek watershed this weekend, which is sure to stir up fireworks.

Motorized off road proponents are prepared for more fireworks after they hold a grand opening of new sustainable dirt bike and ATV trails this Saturday.

Okanagan Trail Riders’ Association president Ken Umbarger said despite efforts to build trails that respect watercourses in the Bear Creek watershed over the past three years, opposition to their efforts surfaces on a continual basis.

“There is a lot of pushback and fear mongering. There was a lot of bad press just last year. It’s been an uphill battle all the way,” he commented.

The District of West Kelowna, Lakeview Irrigation District and Interior Health are among those that have expressed concerns about the impacts that trail development could have on drinking water sources in the watershed, like Bald Range Creek.

In response to those organizations’ concerns, the provincial government placed a moratorium on development in the Bear Creek watershed over the winter, pending outcome of an environmental study, Umbarger mentioned.

The watershed supplies drinking water to 4,800 household and business connections in the Shannon Lake, Rose Valley and Lakeview Heights neighbourhoods of West Kelowna.

Umbarger mentioned, at the May 15 press conference, he planned to release findings from the study, which the Ministry of Tourism, Sports and the Arts funded.

The press conference is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. at the eight-kilometre mark of Bear Main Forest Service Road.

Umbarger said he believed the study would shed light on the development of a sustainable trail network in the area and its impacts on water quality and the environment in general.

“I have some interesting information to put forward to basically dispel some of the stuff said before. There will be some fireworks,” he continued.

“Let’s just say we’re going to be shedding light on what we’ve been saying all along and shining a light on those making negative public comments about what we’re trying to do and showing they were dead wrong.”

Umbarger said a copy of the report would be available at the press conference.

He stated he hoped his group could soon get back to building its network, which could serve as an example for the whole province.

“I feel like the province of British Columbia has to come out of the dark ages. This province is one of the last jurisdictions in the world to have a managed motorized recreation area.”

According to Umbarger, the trail riders’ association should be able to continue its work because it’s already proven it could go great lengths to build sustainable trails that steer riders over or away from creeks.

In the most contentious case, where the trail crossed Bald Range Creek, volunteers laid down crush gravel on sloped paths to prevent erosion and constructed a bridge to take dirt bike and all terrain vehicle riders over the waterway.

“It was hugely important to do that because a lot of our detractors said we couldn’t have a crossing in that watershed, which is preposterous, considering 500 metres away on a forestry road a crossing exists.”

To date, the dirt bikers have built 125 kilometres of sustainable trails, Umbarger mentioned.

Those who want to see the trails will be offered tours on all terrain vehicles this weekend after the press conference, said Umbarger.

The trail riders’ president said he also planned to release new details on enforcement initiatives in the Bear Creek watershed, a 2010 work plan and funding.

jluciw "at" kelownacapnews.com

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Dirt bikers hoping new trails make critics happy
Kelowna Capital News - By Jason Luciw - May 18, 2010

More than 125 kilometres of new sustainable trails in West Kelowna’s Bear Creek watershed were unveiled to media and opened to the public on the weekend.

Okanagan Trail Riders’ Association president Ken Umbarger, who has been one of the men spearheading development of a managed trail system in the watershed, told those gathered at the Bear Creek trailhead on Saturday that things have changed for the better in Bear Creek in recent years.

Umbarger said Bear Creek is serving as a provincial pilot project that attempts to show sustainable motorized off-road trails can be effectively developed in a way that respects streams and creeks that people rely on for drinking water.

“The area has transitioned from an unmanaged riding area to a managed trail system,” said Umbarger in a press release. “May 15 was the official grand opening of a new bridge and sustainable corridor trail through the contentious Bald Range basin.”

The Lakeview Irrigation District has made presentations to West Kelowna council in the past, showing that dirt biking increases sedimentation in Bald Range Creek and can lead to high coliform bacterial counts in its customers’ drinking water.

Lakeview wanted trails moved farther back, away from its drinking water sources.

Umbarger said that while some people believe the best way to manage motorized recreation is to fence off and close areas, the solution is not that simple.

“In this case an environmentally sustainable route through the creek valley is essential to allow ATVs and motorbikes from the 8 kilometre staging area to the 12 km staging area without forcing them unsafely back out onto a main logging road.”

Umbarger said results of an environment ministry study, which had been completed on Bald Range Creek in 2009, have been made public.

“From the results of the study it is clear that efforts made by OTRA and other stakeholders in Bear Creek have had very positive effect on water quality concerns which is good news for residents who drink the water from this watershed. We should all be proud of our progress,” said Umbarger.

Meanwhile, Lakeview Irrigation continues to do its own studies to monitor the impacts that off-road motorized recreation has on the watershed.

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.pdf icon April 8 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Special Board Meeting Minutes

Kelowna Dirt Bike Club - Injunction

It was noted that the Regional District will further pursue a trial date for injunction on the outstanding noise bylaw infractions by the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club.

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Water now a top priority for trail development
Kelowna Capital News - By Judie Steeves - February 12, 2010

Signs have now been erected at some spots in the Bear Creek area as part of a project to better manage dirt biking trails in the area.
Judie Steeves/Capital News

There’s a moratorium on new trail development in the Bear Creek area while work gets underway to establish a water advisory committee for that watershed, according to Peter Walters, the provincial assistant deputy minister of tourism development.

Two fencing contracts currently underway as part of a project to reconstruct trails for dirt biking in that area, will continue.

Following a meeting in January between area water utilities, West Kelowna, Westside-Kelowna MLA Ben Stewart, and tourism minister Kevin Krueger, it has been acknowledged that the water issues in that watershed are paramount, said Walters.

He was speaking to members of the Okanagan Water Stewardship Council Thursday afternoon, where provincial trails manager John Hawkings did a presentation on motorized recreation in the Bear Creek area.

Walters said there’s a great deal of information that hasn’t been circulated about the contentious issues swirling around the project, and it’s time there was better communication.

Since the provincial trails strategy was completed, and as a result of public consultation, Hawkings told directors there has been a revision of the document, reflecting public concerns about the lack of focus on the environment and water.

Now, he said, in the guiding principles, the environment is tops.

In the Bear Creek area, which totals 35,000 hectares in the watersheds of the Westbank and Lakeview Irrigation Districts, there is a history of unmanaged trail use, he said.

In 2001, it was established as a B.C. recreation site, an important step, because that brought it under the forest recreation regulations, said Hawkings.

In addition to the estimated 300 km of user-built trails and 800 km of forest roads in the area, there are now 450 km of fire guards as well, along with a wide variety of user groups.

Of the four “Es” of successful recreation management, he said education is the most efficient and effective use of money, so they are working on educating users about why trail management is needed: about trail etiquette, invasive weeds, spark arrestors, trail rules and regulations, prohibited areas, water quality and the environment.

Engineering is a key component he said, but engineered solutions must produce reasonable alternatives to the undesirable uses, to be effective.

As far as enforcement is concerned, he said there is a memorandum of understanding with the Conservation Officer Service, as well as the forests ministry, RCMP, recreation officers and there are peer patrols as well.

The message to trail users is simple, but clear: stay on the trails or stay home, he said.

In the past couple of years, a million dollars has been spent on mitigating water quality in the area by closing and rehabilitating trails, fencing, erecting signs, doing education, volunteer patrols, enforcement and building sustainable trails, he noted.

“I hope it’s a comprehensive approach,” he added.

It’s important to keep cattle and people away from waterways, he said, and range fencing is being built to protect certain areas, like Bald Range.

Creation of a successful, sustainable trail system in the Bear Creek area is critically important for the ministry, because the hope is that it will become a model for dealing with similar problems in other watersheds in the province, he said.

Okanagan Basin Water Board executive director Anna Warwick Sears asked what the carrying capacity of the watershed is, and noted that the better the area’s reputation among off-road users, the more will come here.

Hawkings didn’t have an answer, but he noted exclusion and enforcement never work.

jsteeves "at" kelownacapnews.com

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.pdf icon January 14, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

Item 3.1 Integrated Land Management Burueau presentation.pdf

Bear Creek Recreation Area
Protecting Water Quality at it's Source
Recreation Sites and Trails BC
Okanagan Trail Riders Association

click link for entire presentation

January 14, 2010 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance & Services Committee Meeting Minutes (Pg. 2)

3. Delegations

3.1 John Glaspie, Recreation Officer - Okanagan District, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts and Doug Krogel, Regional Manager, Adventure Tourism

- ILMB re: motorized recreational vehicle applications

In follow-up to discussions at the Regional Board's November 23, 2009 meeting ministerial staff were invited to address the Board on motorized recreational vehicle applications, including how they are approved and managed.

John Glaspie and Doug Krogel provided a review of the process for motorized recreational vehicle applications noting:

o Applications by an individual or group go to FrontCounter BC for approval under Section 57 of the Forest Act. District Recreation officer can approve a recreation activity on Crown land. The referral process goes out to the market place for comment and staff try to mitigate concerns raised.

o With regards to the recent application in Peachland, the trails have been used commercially for many years. Because of that it made sense to support the proponent moving forward to the referral stage and referral comments are being gathered. The
Club is not asking for new trails but to deactivate some and upgrade others. The application is to manage trails on Crown land where the activity already exists. It was noted that Peachland has registered objection to use of the trails in their watershed. It was noted the Central Okanagan West APC minutes of October 14th outline the Peachland application in detail.

o ATV use applications go through ILMB and the process is much the same. ILMB does not accept applications for private lands.

o Legislation does not exist to limit total use. The Province can grant authority to do an activity if deemed acceptable, but cannot give exclusive use to a club or individual. Clubs can be given the ability to manage the trails on behalf of the Crown but cannot exclude others.

o Monitoring and enforcement rules were reviewed - conservation officers, RCMP, volunteer trail patrols observe, record and report on issues such as mufflers need to be set down and spark protectors. Sound testing and monitoring is carried out by
ministerial staff when doing spot checks. It was noted there are limited provincial staff (approximately 8) that are the eyes and ears for the Province. Enforcement is a huge issue as the land mass is massive and staffing is low.

o The Ministry works with Interior Health. Staff completing watershed analysis on surface and subsurface water testing and how trails interact with watershed quality.

o Reviewed issues in Bear Creek area that are being dealt with by the Province including water monitoring, ditching.

o Bald Range Creek is being fenced and trails being decommissioned.

o There is no legislated ability to stop recreation activity on Crown land.

o Concern was expressed that bridges, structures are built with no consultation or building permits, etc. Staff reviewed the process noting that under a Section 9 notification, staff are allowed to install a structure or feature and that professional assessment is done prior to installation.

o Provincial staff and clubs are not only building trails they are helping change attitudes ie: signage to ride on designated trails, no open riding, off-road legislation is being implemented. Building corridors to move people into controlled areas. Bear Creek is an area that can be 'designed for the future'.

o Are other users pushed out because of ATV, motorcycle usage ie: trail walkers, horseback riders, snow-shoers? It was noted that a large number of riders likely do not pay fees. Local clubs are looking at this as well.

o Off-road vehicle licensing fees should be going towards management of trails not into the Provincial coffers.

o Provincial staff would attend meetings when referral applications come forward to the
Board if invited and available.

Mr. Glaspie and Mr. Krogel were thanked for their presentation to the Committee.

Staff Presentation:
Chair Hobson presented RDCO Parks Manager, Murray Kopp, with a Certificate of Local Government Administration and thanked Murray for his continuing efforts.

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Best letter I've seen to Castanet in a long time!
by Fisher-Dude » Dec 20th, 2009, 10:00 am

Let's clear the water

To the editor:

In an article entitled "Process for Building Dirt Bike Trails Broken" comments made by Bob Hrasko, Toby Pike and Lorraine Bennest are inaccurate and counter-productive to a collaborative effort towards designing, building and managing a sustainable trail system.

As the President of the Okanagan Trail Riders Association (OTRA) I have been in attendance of more than half a dozen advisory planning meetings (since August of 2007) relating to not just the water quality issues but at least a dozen other stakeholders whose role is to get their respective interests on the table. Unfortunately it is talk like this that clearly depicts what should be a collaborative effort to work together has become the water purveyors (led by Lakeview Irrigation District’s manager James Moller and employee Heather Larratt) campaign to close watersheds off completely to motorized recreation. There is no argument from this writer that the past lack of any legislation or infrastructure for motorized recreation in this province has led to user created trails that are inappropriately placed and unsustainable however, it is time to quite dwelling on the stigma of past unmanaged use and embrace the new model of managed use being implemented.

Perhaps the reader will empathize with this writer’s bewilderment when a volunteer group like OTRA working closely under the supervision of the Ministry of Tourism Recreation Officer is subjected to these mis-truths and lobby efforts to frustrate this new managed and environmentally responsible approach to motorized recreation. These changes include building sustainable trails, deactivating trails in sensitive areas, addressing water quality along with many other interests and managing use through education, engineering, enforcement and evaluation.

For the record, all trails (and bridge) constructed since Bear Creek became a Rec Site have been approved by the government. Many kilometers of new sustainable trails have been built, moving riders to less sensitive locations. Hundreds of meters of barrier fencing to help direct motorized users to sustainable trails as well 17 km of unsustainable trails have been closed and rehabilitated. All new sustainable trails are being planned and built following best practices construction standards including: safety and informational signage, measures to ensure surface water flow is stable and controlled, archaeological overview assessments and ongoing monitoring by members of the trail patrol. Further, there has been no net loss of riparian area and in fact there will be improvement in riparian function and health with the new trail system. Yes the trail consultants retained are from the US where they also have watersheds and riparian setbacks. Furthermore these same consultants are internationally known for transforming areas nearly identical to Bear Creek into well managed sustainable trail systems with emphasis on resource protection.

It is regrettable that Hraslo, Pike and Bennest did not attend the VIP Tour when OTRA extended an invitation to the Water Stewardship Council this fall. They evidently would have benefited from the education. The public should be comforted to know that the Provincial government has taken positive steps to protect drinking water including constructing an authorized bridge to mitigate the need for anyone to drive through creeks and to announce new legislation and licensing for off-road vehicles in 2010. The government has also commissioned water quality and sedimentation studies which I trust will quiet the rhetoric from those who would attempt to bully a legitimate user group. If the old process for building dirt bike trails is broken then I submit it is for the better.

Ken Umbarger
President - Okanagan Trail Riders Association

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Re: Best letter I've seen to Castanet in a long time!

by RichardWede » Dec 21st, 2009, 9:21 am

Good, factual letter Ken! All the hard work of your group should not go unrecognized in the community. The constant attacks you face from the OBWB, water purveyors, RDCO, and Water Stewardship Council are ill-directed. It burns my arse that these politicians/bureaucrats choose "easy targets" to pick on in order to further their own political agendas and protect their jobs at our expense.

It surprises me not that those Water Stewardship Council members (arm of the OBWB) are acting so arrogantly. They have no desire to find solutions through compromise and working with stakeholder groups from what I have seen. They are looking only to create conflict in order to protect the jobs of the waste of taxpayer money known as the Okanagan Basin Water Board.

IMO, it's time the OBWB were called out and disbanded as they are an absolute waste of money that has not produced one single drop of clean water for the residents of the Okanagan. The "water plans" and other gibberish that they have come up with after spending millions of our dollars don't even make good toilet paper, will never be implemented, and serve only to push the political agenda of a few close-minded naysayers. My opinion is that all funding for the OBWB should stop immediately, and the provincial government should put said funds into enforcement of current legislation to catch and prosecute the real polluters and environmental damagers.

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.pdf icon November 23, 2009 Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting

No Support for Front Counter Application

The Regional Board does not support a Front Counter BC application from the South Okanagan Dirt Bike Club. It has applied for approval to establish a staging area, trail signage and a trail system in Crown Land off the Munroe Forest Service Road within the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area and the watersheds of the Districts of Peachland and Summerland. The Board and referral agencies such as the Ministry of Environment are concerned the application is premature and should not be approved until an extensive public and stakeholder consultation is conducted and a Motorized Recreation Management Plan is developed for the area. The Board asks that the South Okanagan Dirt Bike Club address the concerns of all parties before Front Counter BC considers the proposal.

November 23, 2009 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Agenda

Item 6.5 FrontCounter BC Referral Application CL-09-07.pdf

As noted earlier, the proposal has significant similarities to the development of a trail system in the Bear Creek area. This area is known in the Provincial Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP) as Bear Creek Resource Management Zone (RMZ), an area specifically identified for motorcycle emphasis (recreation) where organized clubs ride and competition events occur.

The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts, in collaboration with Lakeview Irrigation District and the local motorcycle club have been working together the past three years to create a provincial pilot for a sustainable trail system in the area recognizing water as the primary resource.

The Ministry has recently made application for a Recreation Map Reserve over the entire Bear Creek -intensive recreation- zone to enable them to have control of all recreational activities under its legislative powers. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been negotiated with the motorcycle club to formalize the stewardship requirements. and a planning advisory committee was struck to assist with project direction and implementation. This process is ongoing and has not been completed to date.

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November 23, 2009 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Agenda

Item 3.1 Okanagan Basin Water Board.pdf

November 6, 2009

Chair Robert Hobson and Regional Directors
Regional District of Central Okanagan
1450 KLO Road
Kelowna, BC V1W 3Z4

Re: Southern Interior Regional Drinking Water Team - Local Government Participation

Dear Sirs,

The Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) will be attending the meetings of the Southern Interior Regional Drinking Water Team (the Team), to keep the Team informed about Okanagan water quality issues. If your jurisdiction has concerns that you would like the OBWB to raise with the Team on your behalf, or if you have questions about the process, please contact Anna Warwick Sears, OBWB Executive Director.

The OBWB made the following resolution at its October regular meeting:

Moved by Alternate Director Edgson Seconded by Director Clark

THAT OBWB staff participate regularly in Southern Interior Regional Drinking Water Team meetings, AND FURTHER THAT staff communicate with Okanagan local government to determine what issues should be taken to the Team, AND FURTHER

THAT staff encourage the Team to include a detailed process for addressing localized issues within their Terms of Reference."

CARRIED
The Southern Interior Regional Drinking Water Team was created to address regional issues with policy implications that bridge different ministries. Its goal is to ensure accountability and coordination within government. The Team includes representatives from the ministries of

  • Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources;

  • Agriculture and Lands;

  • Community and Rural Development;

  • Environment (both Allocation Division and Environmental Protection Division);

  • Forests and Range;

  • Transportation; and

  • Tourism, Culture and the Arts; and from the

  • Integrated Land Management Bureau and Interior Health.

The Team's founding Memorandum of Understanding specifically allows local governments to participate. As shown by the resolution above, the OBWB intends to attend Team meetings and is willing to act as a communication channel for Okanagan local governments.

The Team's focus is on issues of regional concern - such as the need for off-road vehicle licensing, rather than on local issues - such as the damage caused by off-road vehicles in specific drainages.

If your jurisdiction has issues of regional concern that you would like me to carry to the Team, please feel free to contact me at 250-469-6251 or anna.warwick.sears "at" obwb.ca

Sincerely,
Anna Warwick Sears, PhD.
Executive Director, Okanagan Basin Water Board

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West Kelowna wants a seat at dirt bike trail ride table
Kelowna Capital News - By Jason Luciw - October 15, 2009

Work to develop sustainable dirt bike trails in a Westside watershed have been ongoing for more than two years already, but West Kelowna now wants a seat at the table.

Coun. Carol Zanon said that she was encouraged that dirt bikers appeared to be making headway, developing their trails in a manner that respects water quality issues expressed by West Kelowna and the Lakeview Irrigation District in the past.

However, outstanding issues remain and West Kelowna staff should be involved in addressing them.

“In my personal opinion, that’s absolutely necessary,” stated Zanon.

Mayor Doug Findlater said he recently went on a three-and-a-half hour tour of a recreational management zone the provincial government has established for off-road activity in the Bear and Bald Range Creeks watershed.

“In an ideal world, I don’t think this activity would be taking place in a community watershed. Nevertheless it’s there. At the wish of the province, it seems to be expanding and becoming more entrenched,” commented Findlater.

However, the Okanagan Trail Riders Association has extensively rehabilitated some previously damaged trails, the mayor noted.

“They’ve been re-grading and softening (grades of) these trails. They’ve built rock dams, reseeding them (and) placing logs and branches in a strategic manner to block further use.”

They have built sustainable trails that run more horizontally with the creek banks, following the contours of the land and taking into account historical drainage patterns, noted Findlater in a statement he read to council this week.

Signs have also been installed to direct riders to newly created trails.

“In my opinion, this group is sincerely attempting to work with all the stakeholders to mitigate the negative impacts and provide positive experience for users.”

One very contentious issue remains––a proposal to build a bridge over Bald Range Creek.

Additionally, long standing negative practices and outstanding issues involving a limited number of irresponsible riders remain as concerns.

Therefore, he agreed with Zanon, that West Kelowna should be involved in the process.

“I encourage that through our staff, West Kelowna begin to participate in these discussions in the near future because they potentially impact on our infrastructure in the future.”

In addition, West Kelowna will continue to encourage the provincial government to create a licensing and registration system for off-road vehicles to assist with enforcement and trail development in the recreational management zone.

jluciw "at" kelownacapnews.com

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More dirt bike trails coming to Westside
Jason Luciw - Kelowna Capital News - Published: May 16, 2009

Dirt bikers’ efforts to avoid conflicts in Westside’s Bear Creek area will be stepped up another notch this summer.

An additional 70 to 90 kilometres of sustainable trails will be built, to steer riders away from residential areas, creeks used for drinking water and logging and cattle operations, according to the B.C. Ministry of Tourism.

Okanagan Trail Riders Association president Ken Umbarger says dirt bikers need a designated trail network to mitigate ongoing conflicts. Otherwise, they’ll continue to be viewed no differently than the way skateboarders were 10 or 20 years ago. Skateboarders were seen as a nuisance until governments built skateboard parks to resolve conflicts, he stated.

“Throughout North America there are off road vehicle parks and they draw a lot of people,” said Umbarger. “We have the topography and geography to make a world class area here (too), which is what the government has (committed) to do.”

The Ministry of Tourism has designated 35,000 hectares above the Westside as a recreation management zone, where sustainable trails are to be created.

Tourism ministry district recreation officer John Glaspie, is the government’s point man on the project. Glaspie has been working alongside the trail rider’s association and a stake holder’s committee for two years to create a trail network. The aim over the next several months is to add to 50 kilometres of sustainable trails that already exist in the Bear Creek area, said Glaspie. Work should start in the first half of June, he said.

“We have a very aggressive season planned,” said Glaspie.

“We’ve got archaeological impact assessments to do and we have a professional (biologist), who is (looking) for environmentally sensitive area issues.”

Some trails will be new and others will be existing trails, which have been rehabilitated, added Umbarger.

“What we want to do is make sure we give riders the option to ride the right trail, that they can stick to, before we close another trail,” he continued. “Give them the option to do the right thing and reward that.”

Funding remains a hindrance to their work, however, noted Glaspie. This year’s trail construction could cost up to $100,000.

“We’re having to get very creative,” he said.

Funding is being sought through various sources, including two federal government grant applications, he explained.

In the meantime, maps and education, provided at the Bear Creek staging site, are provided as an additional means of helping off roaders steer clear of conflicts in the general area, said Glaspie.

The group also continues to lobby for legislation that would make licensing and registration of off road vehicles mandatory.

It’s interesting that the government has yet to legislate off-road use, Umbarger stated.

“Imagine for a moment that there (were) no roads, yet every single household owned a vehicle,” said Umbarger. “There (were) no signs, no legislation. Just imagine the chaos of these motorized vehicles driving everywhere, having accidents (and) tearing up the landscape.”

That’s essentially what off-road enthusiasts are dealing with right now, he concluded.

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Regional district nixes ATV tours on Westside mountains
Kelowna Capital News - By Jason Luciw - Kelowna Capital News - Published: March 24, 2009

A Kelowna company wanting to provide guided quad tours in the mountains above the Westside has failed to get the Central Okanagan Regional District board’s support, although the province will get the final say in the matter.

Canadian Wilderness Quad Tours has applied to the B.C. government seeking permission to operate all terrain vehicles on 125 kilometres of trails and forestry roads crisscrossing Crown land between Blue Grouse and Terrace Mountains.

The company was absent during a Monday night board meeting when the regional district took its opportunity to weigh in on the matter.

The regional board will tell the province that it is concerned the ATV tour proposal will undermine a fragile process that’s already well underway, which aims to create a sustainable trail network in the same vicinity. The board will also share its concerns about watershed protection.

Central Okanagan West rural area Dir. Jim Edgson said that the tour company should join a committee made up of various stakeholders, that’s currently working alongside the Ministry of Tourism to establish a recreational management zone on 35,000 hectares between Bear and Shorts Creeks.

“We’ve got a memorandum of understanding with the group and they’re working very hard but there are several issues still being resolved,” commented Edgson. “Throwing this into the mix would confuse things all the worse.”

Edgson also mentioned his constituents’ concerns about water rights, saying his phone “rang off the hook” after he informed them of the proposal.

“I went around and discussed it with Wilson’s Landing and Traders Cove and it’s over their dead bodies that this will go ahead.”

West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater added that his municipality cannot ignore the potential impacts the tours will have on nearby Bear Creek, a drinking water source for thousands of his municipality’s residents.

“There’s a lot more work to be done on this,” said Findlater.

Coun. Brian Given told the board that in future, however, directors should consider the benefits of organized groups operating in the area.

“There’s a great opportunity to swing this in our favour, in other words using these groups for public education and watch dogs in the area,” said Given. “We’re going to get impact from motorized vehicles in these outlying areas regardless and so what is better (than) to (encourage) proper policing, albeit by peer pressure.”

Lake Country Mayor James Baker said that the current lack of organized enforcement is of concern. He convinced the board to write the provincial government, asking that Victoria dust off a proposal to license and register off road vehicles. The government could use licensing money for enforcement, grants to groups looking to develop sustainable trails and funding for water purveyors looking to protect and restore watersheds.

The District of West Kelowna passed a similar motion last week, which will be forwarded to the Union of B.C. Municipalities this fall, seeking province-wide support for off-road licensing.

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.pdf icon March 23, 2009 Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting

Mountain Bike Strategy Supported

The Regional Board has received the Kelowna and Area Mountain Bike Strategy final report. The Regional District will be represented as a partner on the proposed Coordinating Committee to continue the multi-jurisdictional cooperative approach to mountain biking in the area. Among the priorities identified in the report for the Regional District are mountain bike trails within Rose Valley and Glen Canyon regional parks.

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.pdf icon March 23, 2009 Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting

License of Occupation Referral Application

The Regional Board does not support a License of Occupation referral application from Front Counter BC. Canadian Wilderness Quad Tours Inc. wants to conduct guided adventure tours using all terrain vehicles on approximately 125 kilometres of existing roads and trails in an area between Blue Grouse Mountain and Terrace Mountain within the Bear Creek Resource Management Zone in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area. The Board, Regional District staff and several agencies feel the application is premature as a sustainable trail management system has not yet been finalized in the zone which includes the Lakeview Irrigation District watershed.

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

6.2 c) Report regarding FrontCounter BC referral application for License of Occupation over existing roads & trails for guided quad or ATV tours located in the vicinity of Blue Grouse Mountain. (CL-09-02) Central Okanagan West (All Directors)

Staff report dated March 12, 009 outlined the referral application for a license of occupation. Staff reviewed the application noting the application is for approximately 125 km of trails and existing roads, and a 30-year license of occupation. The operating area for trails and staging was reviewed. The subject lands are not located within the boundaries of an OCP. Agency comment concerns were identified in the staff report. There are currently numerous concerns with existing use of the trails with regard to watershed, noise and environmental concerns.

This area is within the Bear Creek Motorized Recreation zone. Staff believe this application is premature and should not be considered until the provincial plan is completed and in place and that this group should be engaged in the provincial
pilot process.

The applicant was notified of the meeting but is not in attendance.

BAKER/EDGSON
THAT FrontCounter BC referral application CL-09-02 in the vicinity of Blue Grouse Mountain for a License of Occupation over existing roads & trails for guided quad or ATV tours not be supported;

AND THAT should this proposal be considered by FrontCounter BC that all of the following be addressed prior to final approval;

  • Compliance with recommendations of the Ministry of Environment's Ecosystem Biologist dated February 16, 2009;

  • Compliance with comments and recommendations of the Ministry of Forests and Range noted in their responses of February 24, 2009 & March 6, 2009;

  • Compliance with recommendations of the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands noted in their response of March 4, 2009;

  • Compliance with Environmental Advisory Commission recommendations;

  • Receipt of approval from John Glaspie, Recreation Officer with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts;

  • That the applicant work with the District of West Kelowna & Lakeview Irrigation District to address all of their issues and concerns.

AND FURTHER THAT the Development & Environmental Services Department report dated March 12, 2009 be forwarded to FrontCounter BC for their information and consideration.

CARRIED

Concern was expressed once again regarding the fact that the Province has not instituted registration/licensing for off-road vehicles. Currently there is no way to identify ownership of off-road motorized vehicles.

BAKER/GIVEN
THAT a letter be sent urging the Province to implement licensing and regulation of all motorized off-road vehicles;

AND FURTHER THAT it be suggested to the Province that all fees for registration and licensing be provided to help offset conservation, dedication, maintenance and enforcement of trails within BC.

CARRIED

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

7. PARKS SERVICES

7.1 Kelowna and Area Mountain Bike Strategy (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff report dated March 23, 2009 outlined the background work completed by the Regional District and the City of Kelowna. Cascade Environmental Resource Group completed phase 2 of the Strategy in February 2009 and reported the
results to the Governance and Services Committee at its February 11 th meeting,

The committee requested short and long term financial implications of the Strategy to be reported, Staff noted that by receiving the report it does not create a financial obligation but it is important for the Regional District to remain involved as part of the Coordinating Committee. Further discussion will be required during the region's strategic planning process regarding the commitment the region is prepared to become involved with in the regional parks, Crown land particularly with regard to users, maintenance, costs, funding grants, etc,

SHEPHERD/EDGSON
THAT the Regional Board receive the Kelowna and Area Mountain Bike Strategy - Final Report dated February 2, 2009;

AND FURTHER THAT the Regional Board support the identification of appropriate RDCO Parks Services staff resources to work as a partner on the proposed Kelowna and Area Mountain Bike Trail Coordinating Committee.

CARRIED

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Off-road dirt bikers question motivation behind regulation
By Jason Luciw - Kelowna Capital News - Published: March 12, 2009

A proposal to control motorized off-road recreation in the province’s watersheds is being met with some skepticism.

Terry Burke, executive director of the B.C. Off-Road Motorcycle Association, says he wonders why West Kelowna Coun. Carol Zanon would make a recommendation to council this week, calling for off-road vehicles to be licensed and regulated, without first consulting dirt bikers. “If she’s concerned about motorized recreation, why wouldn’t she talk to the primary stake holders.”

Local groups like the Okanagan Trail Riders Association should have been contacted, said Burke.

“I have to wonder, what is the motivation and agenda behind doing this, if I haven’t been consulted. I am a little cautious of her motives.”

Burke’s skepticism is based partly on the fact that Zanon also serves as chairwoman of the Westbank Irrigation District, which is one of the water purveyors on the west side that’s expressed concerns about the development of off-road trails in West Kelowna’s watersheds.

However, Zanon said it wasn’t her job to inform dirt bikers about the municipality’s intentions. It’s up to the municipality to prevent the degradation of its watersheds.

“I personally have nothing against joint use of the watersheds,” said Zanon. “It’s just those folks are not the stewards of the watershed (and) they don’t have the responsibility that the municipality has.”

West Kelowna council passed Zanon’s motion on Tuesday, calling on the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture and Lands to license and regulate the use of all off-road motorized vehicles, excluding snowmobiles.

“It’s to (tell) the province, ‘Get on with the recommendations that were given back to you in 2005-2006,’” said Zanon.

“I don’t want to reinvent the wheel on this.”

The Grasslands Conservation Council of B.C. was responsible for drafting the recommendations for the licensing and registration of off-road vehicles, which it then forwarded to the B.C. government, said Zanon. Dirt bike groups were part of that process, she added.

West Kelowna council will also seek support on licensing from other municipalities in B.C., introducing resolutions at the Southern Interior Local Government Association and the Union of B.C. Municipalities annual conventions at the end of April and September respectively.

Meanwhile, Burke said the majority of the funding should be returned to motorized off-road groups.

It could then be used to create sustainable trails, similar to those Okanagan trail riders are trying to develop working with other stakeholders and the tourism ministry.

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.pdf icon February 11, 2009 Governance & Services Committee Meeting Minutes

2. Delegation

2.1 Environmental Resource Group - Mountain Bike Strategy

Wayne Darlington introduced representatives from Environmental Resource Group and reviewed the background for the Mountain Bike Strategy which has been completed in partnership with the City of Kelowna. Parks report dated February 3, 2009 reviewed the full history including the objectives, recommendations, next steps, and the top four priorities for the Regional District.

Dave Williamson and Dan McDonald, Cascade Environmental Resource Group addressed the committee briefly reviewing the Strategy including the trail inventory, socio-economic review, policy review and risk management. Stakeholder engagements began June 2008 including steering committee meetings, electronic survey, phone and email stakeholder questionnaire, and ongoing communication with various government agencies.

The priority for the Regional District is to strike a trail coordination committee to review the following: Rose Valley Regional Park (trail design, maintenance, signage and mapping needs to be done); Glen Canyon Regional Park (ownership, maintenance). Costing and phasing needs to be determined for these areas.

A letter from Mike Kittmer, Director of the Mountain Bikers of the Central Okanagan, was presented to the Committee confirming the support from users within the community.

The question was raised whether private property owners have been contacted and what there willingness is to have trails on their lands and what the liability risks there are.

Resource information is mapped in the GIS database. This can be used in subdivision applications where lands are deemed desirable for this type of activity. Many trails are located within regional parks and therefore the cost of upgrading existing trails tends to cost less. The Strategy identifies environmental protection measures and standards.

Verbal support has been received from staff of Lake Country on the Strategy although Lake Country staff have not been directly involved in the process. Has Peachland been involved in the process? Staff noted a duplicate process was occurring in Peachland at the time this process started--Peachland was doing their own trail inventory. This information can be included in the Strategy.

In discussion it was agreed that the Board needs assurance that resources are available to continue work in this area, as well as staff should determine what partnerships are possible and what other sources of funding may be available. The recommendation at this time is not for budget but for a commitment that staff stay involved in the Trail Coordinating Committee.

The question was raised what the difference is with trails versus skills parks. The consultants noted that municipalities may do skills parks within their jurisdiction (such as the City of Kelowna is considering) whereas trails are within regional parks.

#GS08/09 BAKER/SHEPHERD
THAT the Governance & Services Committee recommends that the Regional Board receive the Kelowna and Area Mountain Bike Strategy, final report dated February 2, 2009;

AND FURTHER THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommends that the Regional Board support the identification of appropriate RDCO Parks Services staff resources to continue to work as a partner on the proposed Kelowna and Area Mountain Bike Trail Coordinating Committee.

Before voting the following amendment was made to the resolution:

AND FURTHER THAT staff be directed to present the short and long term financial implications to the Regional Board.

CARRIED

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Regional district and dirt bikers locked in legal battle
By Jason Luciw - Kelowna Capital News - Published: February 07, 2009

The Kelowna Dirt Bike Club hopes noise allegations leveled by the Central Okanagan Regional District can be resolved out of court.

The group is being forced to defend itself after the regional district launched a lawsuit in B.C. Supreme Court on Jan. 26, claiming the group violated a noise control bylaw.

Club president Robin Espenberg says it’s unfortunate the matter has gone this far.

“Really this is regarding a noise violation from three years ago that was pretty inconclusive,” said Espenberg.

“There was a single complaint in 2006.”

According to Espenberg, the regional district never even sent a bylaw enforcement officer out to act on the complaint to determine if the club was actually responsible for the commotion.

“It seems a little bit ridiculous there isn’t at least somebody of authority going (out) to investigate the noise to see if this is just a random complaint, a personal vendetta or if there is actually something worth complaining about.”

On any given day, four dozen dirt bikers ride on the hillsides surrounding the track, said Espenberg, meaning the sounds likely didn’t come from the club’s riders.

“Of course we do make some noise but I think our noise levels are lower than that of the guys (riding) in the surrounding area.”

Espenberg bases that comment on the fact his group has taken several steps to dampen noise. Berms have been constructed, bikers are asked to use silencers and no more than 10 bikes are allowed on the track at one time.

“And a lot of people don’t realize this but the regional district asked us to move there.”

The club says it has also measured the sound bleeding in to the nearby Rose Valley area and the noise measures 53 decibels by the time it reaches the nearest residence more than a kilometre away. That’s no louder than a casual conversation, said Espenberg.

The bylaw does not specify acceptable levels of noise.

As for the club’s current use of the track, practices are held on less than 50 days per year, on Wednesdays and Sundays, typically in spring and fall.

Races have not been held at the track since 2006 because the club must ask for special event permits to exempt the club from the noise bylaw.

The club was granted permits for three events in 2007, but no races were held that year, said Espenberg. Last year, the board denied the special permits, citing a need to resolve noise issues.

In the statement of claim, the regional district alleges the club operated the track in a way that caused users to generate “excessive noise” beyond the hours and dates allowed under special event permits.

The regional district seeks a permanent injunction, restraining the club from ever operating the track in a way that “disturbs the peace, rest, enjoyment, comfort or convenience of the neighbourhood and persons in the vicinity of the track contrary to the noise bylaw.”

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Westside noise complaint leads to court action against bikers
Kelowna Capital News - News - Published: February 03, 2009

A dirt bike racing track on the Westside may be permanently closed if the Central Okanagan Regional District gets its way.

The regional district is asking the B.C. Supreme Court to issue a permanent injunction, restraining the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club from operating the track, which is located on Bear Creek Road just north of District of West Kelowna municipal boundaries.

The regional district is alleging the club violated its noise control bylaw in 2006 and 2007, by using the track outside of dates and times allowed in special event permits.

The regional district claims the non-permitted uses generated “excessive noise” that disturbed the “peace, rest, enjoyment, comfort and convenience” of residents in the rural neighbourhood and any others in the vicinity of the track, contrary to the noise control bylaw.

The regional district granted the club special permits for three racing events in 2007 but would not allow any practise dates that year.

Then last year, the regional district board refused to issue any special event permits to the club until bylaw enforcement staff and the organization could resolve noise complaints.

The club wanted the regional district to waive the bylaw for races on March 29 and 30, April 26 and 27 and Oct. 11 and 12.

In addition to the permanent injunction, the regional district has asked the courts to award costs and “other relief.”

The regional district filed the claim on Jan. 26.

The Kelowna Dirt Bike Club has not yet filed a statement of defense against the allegations and the president of the club did not return calls.

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Unregistered snowmobilers warned
Vernon Morning Star - News - Published: February 03, 2009

RCMP are issuing a reminder to snowmobile enthusiasts that has nothing to do with weather conditions.

It’s about paperwork.

Police are running into an issue where they are coming across many unregistered snowmobiles.

“The sleds have to be registered,” said Vernon RCMP spokesman Gord Molendyk.

The cost of registering a new snowmobile is $10. If you buy a sled that is registered with the previous owner, it costs $5 to make the necessary change.

A person who operates a snowmobile must have a valid certificate of registration in order to do so.

For more information, you can check out www.icbc.com.

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Westside noise complaint leads to court action against bikers
Kelowna Capital News - News - Published: February 03, 2009

A dirt bike racing track on the Westside may be permanently closed if the Central Okanagan Regional District gets its way.

The regional district is asking the B.C. Supreme Court to issue a permanent injunction, restraining the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club from operating the track, which is located on Bear Creek Road just north of District of West Kelowna municipal boundaries.

The regional district is alleging the club violated its noise control bylaw in 2006 and 2007, by using the track outside of dates and times allowed in special event permits.

The regional district claims the non-permitted uses generated “excessive noise” that disturbed the “peace, rest, enjoyment, comfort and convenience” of residents in the rural neighbourhood and any others in the vicinity of the track, contrary to the noise control bylaw.

The regional district granted the club special permits for three racing events in 2007 but would not allow any practise dates that year.

Then last year, the regional district board refused to issue any special event permits to the club until bylaw enforcement staff and the organization could resolve noise complaints.

The club wanted the regional district to waive the bylaw for races on March 29 and 30, April 26 and 27 and Oct. 11 and 12.

In addition to the permanent injunction, the regional district has asked the courts to award costs and “other relief.”

The regional district filed the claim on Jan. 26.

The Kelowna Dirt Bike Club has not yet filed a statement of defense against the allegations and the president of the club did not return calls.

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.pdf icon Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting– October 27, 2008

Snowmobile Club Trails Supported

The Regional Board supports in principle to a referral application from FrontCounter BC on behalf of the Kelowna Snowmobile Club. The club wants Provincial Government recreation site designation for established snowmobile trails in the vicinity of Greystokes Provincial Park, Big White and McCulloch Lake. The Board support requests a number of conditions should be met including the establishment of a stakeholder committee to determine how proposed activity in the area may impact drinking water sources and to develop mitigation measures, development of a detailed operational plan involving all stakeholders and reconciliation of all issues related to crossings of Highway 33.

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Sustainable network of B.C. trails is in the works
By Judie Steeves - Kelowna Capital News - Published: December 06, 2008

Whether it’s a walk in the park, a hearty hike through pine-scented forest, an afternoon ride through open grasslands or a snowy ride over a frozen landscape, it’s the trail that is key to the exercise.

With its hills and valleys, mountains and lakes, streams and ocean, B.C. has the landscape to be a mecca for those who love the outdoors.

Some people have already discovered that.

That’s led to the occasional controversy over the multi-use nature of many trails in the province, particularly between motorized and non-motorized users. It’s also led to over-use of some trails, and issues with maintenance of trails.

And then, there are forest service roads, now called resource roads, which often are the only access to wilderness trails. Many have been “deactivated” in recent years.

It’s been discussed for more than 30 years, but finally efforts are coming together to create a sustainable network of trails throughout B.C.—one that recognizes these issues and has a plan for dealing with them.

Public comment is now being invited on a detailed strategy for the province’s trails with the vision of creating a “world-renowned network of sustainable trails, accessible to all, which fosters social, cultural, health, economic and environmental benefits for trails user, communities and the province.”

That’s from the 48-page draft document resulting from meetings the last two years between representatives of the full range of trail users, the trail owners and managers and First Nations.

Chairman of the Trails Strategy Committee, John Hawkings, is very happy with the report, which he says is a “broad strategic plan.”

That plan is now available online and is being discussed at public meetings, but none of those are in Kelowna.

Those interested have until the end of January to submit comments on the strategy. That feedback will be discussed by the committee members who will decide on alterations to the document before it’s finalized.

Hawkings, who is also regional manager for the recreation sites and trails branch in the B.C. Tourism, Culture and the Arts Ministry, is optimistic the final document will be available this summer and expects to begin implementing it immediately.

Kelowna consultant Blair Baldwin, of Pinnacle Consulting and one of the report’s authors, says it feels as if “we’re finally getting somewhere.”

He says a basis for the plan is that “trails are for everybody, but not every trail is for everyone.”

In the strategy, a trail is defined as a path or route solely or partly used for one or more recreation functions.

It’s estimated there are more than 30,000 kilometres of trails in the province, but many are not authorized and there’s no consistent record of them.

Of those that are official, 9,000 km are municipal, 1,000 km are regional, 2,000 km are rail trails managed by various agencies, 9,000 km are recreation trails managed by MTCA, 7,000 are managed by B.C. Parks and 1,000 km are national park trails.

There are also a lot of trails on private land.

Baldwin estimates there dare also about 100,000 km of abandoned resource roads in the province, some of which have some potential as trails.

Most trails are used for walking, hiking and cycling—by far the most popular recreational activities in North America—with horseback riding, snowmobiling and off-road vehicle use on some trails as well.

The strategy includes both long-term and short-term objectives, and 17 “action” items, (see sidebar below) including three for implementation of the strategy: Establishing a provincial trail advisory body to provide advice on implementation of the strategy and the B.C. Trail Program; encouraging formation of local or regional trail committees; and developiing an implementation plan, including timelines and responsibilities.

Hawkings noted that collaboration and partnerships are important for the plan to be successful.

To read the complete document and submit comments, go to: www.tca.gov.bc.ca/sites_trails/

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Funding goes towards Fintry Provincial Park
Friday June 27, 2008 - Vernon Morning Star - News

A North Okanagan provincial park is getting a financial boost.
The Central Okanagan Regional District is supporting an application for $4,300 in community tourism funding for the Friends of Fintry Society. If approved, the money will go towards an information kiosk at Fintry Provincial Park, as well as travelling exhibit.
Directors are also supporting an application for $25,900 to the Okanagan Trail Riders Association to prepare and install directional signs for the designated Bear Creek Recreation site and trail system for motorized vehicles.
In other CORD news, Marilyn Rilkoff will begin duties as the new director of finance starting August 1, 2008.
Rilkoff is a certified management account and has been deputy treasurer of the regional district since the fall of 2001.
The board also recently received the 2007 financial statement and reports.
CORD had total revenues of $90.1 million and expenditures of $64.1 million during the year.
After debt repayments, new debt and fund transfers, the regional district ended the year with an operating fund surplus of $7.6 million.
The 2007 financial report includes remuneration and expenses for elected officials and 26 staff earning more than $75,000.

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.pdf icon Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting– June 23, 2008

$15,900 in funding would go the Okanagan Trail Riders Association to prepare and install directional signage for the designated Bear Creek Recreation Site and trail system for motorized vehicles.

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.pdf icon June 23, 2008 Regional District of Central Okanagan - Governance and Services Meeting Report
$15,899 allocated for Bear Creek Motorized Recreation to The Okanagan Trail Riders (OTRA) for educational signage containing information to respect the watershed. Within the recreation site there are over 500 km of user created trails and two critical watersheds. (on page 31)

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DAVE ROBERTSON SPEAKS ABOUT MOTORCYCLE PARKS
Motorcycle Parks are always an issue. I love riding my dirt bike through the bush behind Westshores. But I am careful not to annoy the locals, or damage the forest floor. The residents of the Bear Creek area must be able to voice their concerns. Everyone should be willing to listen to others in an atmosphere of mutual respect, so we may all enjoy this beautiful valley without degrading it. A good Director (and leader) will be able to tie all the studies and reports from the various parties together into a coherent recommendation which can be approved by levels of government as representing the common good.

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.pdf icon Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting – April 28, 2008
Proposed Sand & Gravel Extraction Referral
The Regional Board has given conditional support to a referral application from the Integrated Land Management Bureau (ILMB) regarding a proposed sand and gravel operation in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area. The applicant, Burnco Rock Products BC Limited, would like a ten year License of Occupation for an approximately 120-hectare site on Crown Land along Bear Creek Forest Service Road.  In addition to the extraction of sand and gravel Burnco proposes screening, crushing and stockpiling at the location which is partially within the Agricultural Land Reserve, Lambly Creek Community Watershed, Tree Farm License 49 and the Bear Creek Motorized Recreation Resource Management Zone. The Board asks that before the ILMB grants approval, the applicant should meet several conditions including adherence to recommendations from a Hydrology and Sediment Control Review and upgrading the access road to the site.

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.pdf icon Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting – February 25, 2008
Dirt Bike Club Special Events Permits
The Regional Board has decided not to approve three Special Events Permits for the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club. The permits would have waived the Noise Bylaw regulations during the race weekends of March 29th – 30th, April 26th – 27th and October 11th – 12th.
These races along with regular club practises at its facility off the Bear Creek Main Forest Service Road must adhere to the provisions of the Noise Bylaw.

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.pdf icon Page 4 of Governance and Services Committee minutes Feb 14, 2008

Okanagan Trail Riders Association (volunteer organization) applied to Okanagan Basin Water Board for a grant of $30,000 to fix and repair trails that have a direct impact in the Bear Creek corridor as well as building bridges in two areas around Bear Creek.

It was suggested in the future that the association consider joint applications with the water purveyor, Lakeview Irrigation District.

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.pdf icon January 28, 2008 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes (Pg.7)

6.4 Correspondence

a) Report regarding Okanagan Basin Water Board Initiative Grants. (File No. 0360-20 OBWB) (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Development Services report dated January 22, 2008 outlined the Okanagan Basin Water Board (OBWB) initiative grants for 2008. It was noted that OBWB will priortize the applications for approval and that the grant applications exceed the funds available.

Concern was expressed regarding the Okanagan Trail Riders Association and whether support should be provided for this grant application. It was noted that the Association received approximately $270,000 from the Province last year and the question was raised how these funds have been spent. The impact to the watershed is a direct result of trail riders - it is understood that the damage may have been caused by riders not part of this Association. It was noted the Association is trying to manage the area and repair damage caused by others. The question was raised whether the Lakeview Irrigation District supports their application. It was not known. It was also stated that the Association should be looking for funds from other sources including the Province.

#16/08 REID/BAKER
THAT the Regional Board endorse the following applications from the Regional District of Central Okanagan and from community associations for OBWB Water Conservation and Quality Improvement Grant Program, including:
- RDCO - Title delineating Kelowna/Wood Lake buried valley using seismic reflection
- RDCO - Universal Water Metering Program
- RDCO - Preliminary hydro-geological assessment in the Joe Rich area
- RDCO - in partnership with the City of Kelowna - sensitive habitat inventory mapping (south slopes, Trepanier Creek watershed area and the Brent Road area)
- South East Kelowna Irrigation District - Hydraulic Creek Source Water Protection plan
- Glenmore-Ellison Improvement District - upper Mill Creek - cattle use inventory/off channel watering study
- Glenmore-Ellison Improvement-Mill Creek source water protection plan.
- Kelowna Joint Water Committee - Phase III Groundwater Protection Planning
- Larratt Aquatic Consulting Ltd - deep Okanagan Lake biology study

AND FURTHER THAT the applications be forwarded to the Okanagan Basin Water Board for consideration.
CARRIED

#17/08 BAKER/EDGSON
THAT staff be directed to inform the Okanagan Trail Riders Association to seek funds from other sources;
AND FURTHER THAT the Association correspond with the Lakeview Irrigation District to request support of their funding applications.
CARRIED

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.pdf icon Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting– August 20, 2007
Snowmobile Trails Referral Application
The Regional Board will not consider supporting a referral application from the Ministry of Tourism, Sports and the Arts that proposes developing snowmobile trails adjacent to the Mission Creek watershed and Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park. The Kelowna Snowmobile Club, in cooperation with the Ministry proposes to manage 20-metre wide winter recreational trails on existing roads and trails within an 862-hectare area. The Board will consider supporting the application once the proponents consult with all affected stakeholders and develop detailed operational and management plans that address any concerns expressed through the consultation process.

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.pdf icon Westside Issues Committee Meeting Minutes, August 8, 2007 (Pg.2)
Tourism Funding
The Committee was advised that the 2007 Tourism Funding for the Regional District was being held in abeyance pending incorporation of Westside District Municipality. The funds that will eventually be payable to the Regional District will be less than in 2006, with most of the funding going to the new municipality. R. Drennan, Acting Administrator for Westside will be advised.

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June 22, 2007

Top-Rated Okanagan Recreation Area Gets Boost in Funding

OKANAGAN – The Okanagan Trail Rider Association will receive $275,000 from the provincial government for its Bear Creek Off-Road Vehicle Park project, Okanagan-Westside MLA Rick Thorpe announced today.

"Bear Creek offers one of the best off-road riding areas in British Columbia," said Thorpe. "This funding is critical in maintaining these exceptional grounds in a responsible way while encouraging community members and visitors to take advantage of this wonderful recreation area."

The funding will be used to plan, construct and maintain a sustainable network of trails in the Bear Creek Motorized Recreation Resource Management Zone. The funds will also allow further collaboration on rehabilitation of impacted areas and the construction of a sustainable trail network to disperse riders away from sensitive areas, including wetlands and residences.

Some of the highlights of this 30,000-hectare project include:

• a mixture of 400 km of MC/ATV trails;

• 200 km of new trail constructed;

• about 100 km of de-activated roads converted to trails;

• 100 km of existing trails will be rehabilitated; and

• two trail heads and camping/staging facilities will be built.

"The Regional District places a very high priority on protecting our environment for the benefit of all residents. We’re pleased that this grant will assist the Trail Rider Association and other parties to work together in preserving sensitive areas while recognizing the multiple uses within the Resource Management Zone," said Regional District of Central Okanagan Chair Robert Hobson.

"On behalf of all the volunteers in the Okanagan Trail Riders Association we are enthused and committed to protecting valuable resources and enhancing riding opportunities through sustainable trail systems. With genuine, collaborative and considerate effort between all stakeholders we can achieve a model of sustainable and multiple use opportunities for Crown Land for generations to come," said Ken Umbarger, president of the Okanagan Trail Riders Association.

"The Lakeview Irrigation District greatly appreciates this government's support of our initiative to keep Lambly Creek Watershed healthy and accessible for all forms of enjoyment and recreation. With this partnership, we will be able to increase public awareness and encourage best practices, in order to keep BC watersheds healthy and accessible for all forms of enjoyment and recreation," said James Moller, manager of the Lakeview Irrigation District.

Implementation of this project will span 3-4 years.

more
.pdf icon http://www.okanagantrailriders.com/news/BCGovernmentPressRelease.pdf

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.pdf icon Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes – April 16, 2007 (Pg. 4-5)

6. PLANNING DEPARTMENT

6.1 Correspondence (Unweighted Vote)

a) Report regarding Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Referral Applications, Westside & Central Okanagan
East Electoral Areas (All Directors)

Planning Services report of April 11, 2007 outlined the District’s concerns regarding sand and gravel extraction applications from the Ministry of Mines, Energy and Petroleum Resources and a request to change their approval process. Board members discussed:

  • The need for the Province to work with local governments to establish criteria for applications;

  • Public concerns about noise, traffic, intrusion into residential neighborhoods, safety issues were raised.

  • Dialogue needed with the surrounding community before approvals are given.

  • Aggregate supply and demand study has been done, what followup has been completed. It was noted the Plan identified some of the situations arising today and that a series of recommendations from a review panel are sitting with the Province. Courts have said the Province has the jurisdiction to make decisions and that case law has shown it is use of land not land use.

  • UBCM has dealt with this issue many times to no avail.

 

#151/07 REID/DINWOODIE
THAT a letter from the Regional District Chair be forwarded to the Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources (Ministry), with a copy to the area MLAs, requesting that the Ministry impose a mandatory requirement to convene a public information meeting for all sand and gravel extraction/quarry proposals within our region;

AND FURTHER THAT all public information meetings be convened by the Ministry and be held prior to Regional Board consideration of the referral application and prior to Ministry of Mines, Energy and Petroleum Resources consideration and approval.

CARRIED

6.1c) was discussed at this time

b) Report regarding Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts Referral Request for a proposed designated motorized recreation area. (CL-07-01) Westside Electoral Area (All Directors)

Planning Services staff report dated April 11, 2007 outlined a recommendation of non-support for a land referral application on an application to establish a designated recreational site for Okanagan Trail Riders (previously known as the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club). It was noted that there has not been enough information provided in order for the Regional District to review the impact of issues such as: environment, water, noise, public comments. It was noted the Ministry is the applicant and is responsible for the resource management.

#152/07 KNOWLES/BAKER
THAT provincial referral application (Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts, application #3950) not be supported due to insufficient information and consultation;

AND FURTHER THAT, through the Land and Resource Management Plan Implementation and Monitoring Committee, a consultation program, which would include meaningful public input, be established that will enable the Ministry and the applicant to prepare a detailed operational and management proposal that responds to the interests of affected stakeholders, other licensees and provincial agencies.

AND FURTHER THAT the Province consider implementing permitting for the operation of off-road vehicles and funding for the enforcement of same.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon Regional District Regular Board Meeting Minutes – February 13, 2006 (Pg. 3-4)

4. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

4.1 Kelowna Dirt Bike Club – Special Event Permit (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Staff noted that the KDBC has applied for noise bylaw exemption for practices and events in 2006. Due to continued noise concerns from neighbors staff have recommended approval of permits for race meets only and not practices. In the past several years permits have been issued for both practices and race events.

By reducing the number of special event permits the Club will be required to review options for creating less noise.

B. Ralph, RDCO Bylaw Enforcement officer, updated the Board on the noise monitoring which occurred last year. He noted that the noise level on race days is much louder than practice days, at least two to three times louder. Last year the Board agreed to approve a maximum noise level of 52 decibels during practice. In addition, the Club was going to try various technologies to reduce the noise level, review other possible site locations, and install further berming.

The Bike Club has invested a great deal of time and money and has worked to reduce the noise level.

It was noted that various letters have been received about the noise, as well as concerns regarding the watershed at Lakeview Irrigation District. The Board agreed that the request for permit is a different issue from the watershed issue and must be dealt with separately.

Staff reviewed the Okanagan-Shuswap LRMP (Land & Resource Management Plan with the Ministry of Agricultural & Lands, Integrated Land Management Bureau) process. The track location was approved by the LRMP. The Board agreed that further discussion needs to be held with the LRMP regarding the concerns with the location of the track, what is the long-term solution for all parties, whether there is another site which would be more suitable? It was agreed that the Province should deal with the consequences of the process and that they should take the lead in the reviewing issues. All sides need to be brought together to attempt to mitigate the issues.

Discussion included whether the permit should be granted for the first two races and withhold the last permit until the Province deals with the long term issues. It was agreed that the process is likely to take some time to conclude, that the Club is being asked to compromise on the practice days, and that normally race dates
are set far in advance.

#66/06 DINWOODIE/NOVAKOWSKI
THAT the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club be granted Special Event Permits pursuant to the Regional District Noise Bylaw for the April 15-16, May 13-14 and September 9-10, 2006 race meets;

AND THAT special event permits not be issued for any practice periods;

AND FURTHER THAT the Regional District’s Director of Inspection Services and Director of Parks & Recreation request to attend the upcoming LRMP meetings to address the Regional District concerns particularly with regard to the noise bylaw;

AND FURTHER THAT the Regional District request the Province to initiate a meeting with affected interest groups to deal with the long-term issues.

CARRIED (Clarke opposed)

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.pdf icon January 16, 2006 - Regional District Regular Board Meeting Minutes (Pg. 2)

3. CORRESPONDENCE

3.1 Copy of letter to Minister Thorpe from the Lakeview Irrigation District re:
Lambly Creek Community Watershed Damage and Threats to Lakeview Irrigation District Water Supply

A copy of a letter to Minister Thorpe from the Lakeview Irrigation District regarding Lambly Creek Community Watershed and threats to its water supply by environmental damage caused by off-road motorcycles using closed trails within the watershed was forwarded to the Regional Board to keep the District abreast of the issues the Irrigation District is facing. It is understood that the Ministry of Agricultural has written a letter of support and that the Province wants to see a resolution to the issue but to date there has been no comment from the Province on long-term options for consideration. Regional District staff are aware of the Thundermountain site and that the site is not conducive to long-term biking. With regard to proactively looking for another site it is very difficult to find sites particularly in the lower part of the valley but it is understood the Okanagan Trail Riders have been looking for alternative sites.

REID/NOVAKOWSKI
THAT the November 17, 2005 copy of a letter to MLA Rick Thorpe from James Moller, District Manager, Lakeview Irrigation District regarding Lambly Creek Community Watershed Damage and Threats to Lakeview Irrigation District Water Supply be
received;

AND THAT the Regional Board supports the Lakeview Irrigation District concerns to protect the watershed;

AND FURTHER THAT the Lakeview Irrigation District be requested to keep the Regional Board informed of the developments in this matter.

CARRIED

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Ministry of Tourism Culture and Arts

MTSA Planning Committee for the Motorized Recreation Area

MTSA - Recreational Site and Trails List

Recreational Sites and Trails - Contact MTSA Vernon BC

MTSA - Documents and Forms Library

MTSA - Using a Recreation Site/Trail

MTSA - Recreation Trails Strategy for British Columbia

.pdf icon MTSA - Trail_Strategy_Appendix1_May23.pdf

.pdf icon MTSA - Trail_Strategy_Appendix2_May23.pdf

.pdf icon MTSA Commercial Recreation Trails page 63
Tenured under the BC Land Act, these trails are authorized by MTSA Adventure Tourism staff. A tenure agreement is reached which includes a land management plan prepared by the commercial recreation tenure holder.

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RDCO Environmental Advisory Committee

RDCO Westside North Advisory Planning Committee

RDCO Planning and Environment Committee Agenda and Minutes

RDCO Advisory Planning Commission

RDCO Environment Planning Commission

RDCO Westside Parks and Recreation Commission

http://www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/planning/pla_main_report_2003.pdf

http://www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/planning/pla_exec_summary_2003.pdf

http://www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/planning/pla_appendices_2003.pdf

6. Bear Creek Recreation Management Zone
If the province continues with this application, they should come up with some money to fence riparian areas. If you’re going to have off-road vehicles in the area, there is going to be huge water issues. (page 6)
THAT the Planning and Environment Committee requests staff forward the information to the Regional Board and obtain clarification on funding for enforcement and fencing to prevent damage. (page7)
regionaldistrict.com/docs/boards_committees/pec/mins/2007/PEC_07_06_20min.pdf

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3.3.3
Restrict recreational access. Intensive recreational use of shoreline areas can reduce plant cover, compact soil, and disturb wildlife. Roots of trees and shrubs can be easily damaged by trampling and trail development in the moist soils of wetlands. Trails often become wide in wet, muddy areas, and sediments from trail damage may affect amphibians and insects. Motorized recreation, mountain biking, and horseback riding should be excluded from wetlands. Many recreational activities can potentially introduce or spread invasive species. In areas where trails to viewpoints in wetlands are desired, raised boardwalks should be used (avoid using rock or bark mulch on trails).

http://www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/planning/westocp/aquatic ecosystems.pdf

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