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WESTSIDE ROAD BC
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VALLEY OF THE SUN, SHALAL ROAD, AND UPPER FINTRY NEW COMMUNITY WATER SYSTEM
These three subdivisions will have a new community water supply system in place and working at the end of 2011 property owners are told. The water system was voted in by 56% of residents by petition. The cost to design and construct the proposed water system as stated on the petition was $17,500.
Property owners can apply for a loan to pay the water system outright before it goes onto their property taxes. If the property owners don't pay the cost for designing and constructing the water system outright, it goes against their property taxes as a loan for 30 years. The payment scheme cannot be altered until the loan is up for renewal maybe in 10 years or so, and then again maybe not depending on interest rates, and if the Regional District reapplies for a new loan or not. If the proposed water system bill is added to the property taxes over 30 years, and you add in the other costs involved, it could cost approx. $143.00 per month for this water system.
The other costs are explained on page 1 and page 2 on top of this $17,500, which are the costs of bringing the water from the road to the house, the building permit, water meter, user fees, maintenance fees, upgrades in later years, etc.
If you want to know more about the new Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road water system, click here to see what we found.
FINTRY DELTA WAS ALSO CONSIDERING UPGRADING THEIR COMMUNITY WATER SYSTEM
Fintry Delta subdivision consisting of 106 parcels and situated on the shore of Okanagan Lake near Fintry Provincial Park was considering upgrading their community water system for the future. It was expected to cost $921 per year. Fintry Delta has not hooked up to the new community water system, and Fintry Delta is still on the original private water system. That may have to change one day because of the new water regulations that the owner of the private water system may not be able to afford.
ESTAMONT BEACH AND EWINGS LANDING
Estamont Beach has a private community water system and draws their water from Okanagan Lake.
Each of the Ewings Landing properties draw their water from Okanagan Lake too. They do not have a community water system that we know of. We believe each property has a pipe into Okanagan Lake that they draw their water from. You might want to check to be sure what the setup is there.
ABOUT VALLEY OF THE SUN SUBDIVISION
It is approx. 45 minutes to Vernon or Kelowna from Valley of the Sun on the Westside of Okanagan Lake.
There are several empty lots and houses for sale at Valley of the Sun now that a new community water system will be built by the end of 2011 property owners are told by the Regional District of Central Okanagan. There has never been a community water system at Valley of the Sun, Upper Fintry and Shalal Road before. Properties with septics installed before the new septic rules took affect in May 2005 need to have their septics inspected to make sure they meet the requirements of the new water system. Property owners are on the hook for this. More information about the water system can be found on the Regional District of Central Okanagan's website. 341 Parcels have to share the cost of the close to $6 million dollar water system. The community water system may cost each property owner $17,500 maximum. Then there are the user and maintenance fees on top of that.
Most of Valley of the Sun is in an R1 zone except 4 large parcels of approx. 10 acres at the back of Valley of the Sun that are considered RU2 zone. Property surrounding Valley of the Sun includes an RU1 zone, RU6 zone, and a C5 zone. C5 means Campground, Cabin and Motel Commercial. An R1 zone according to Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) Consolidated Zoning Bylaw No. 871 permits 5 small animals including roosters. In an R1 zone on a parcel between .3706 acre and .6177 acre (most of the approx. half acre lots at Valley of the Sun and Muir subdivision are within these parameters) roosters are required to be in a sound proof building between the hours of 7pm - 7am but a complaint needs to be made if roosters bother you, because the roosters we hear at Valley of the Sun don't sound like they are in a sound proof building and the Regional District of Central Okanagan Animal Control webpage says they do not enforce their animal bylaw on a proactive basis.
A new proposed subdivision at the entrance to Valley of the Sun has not been decided yet either.
There were approx. 34 or more peafowl that live in Valley of the Sun subdivision but there are only 2 peacocks now. There were also who knows how many chickens, pigeons, guinea hens, and other eye catching bird types but we think they are gone now too. The peafowl roam around and eat gardens. Peafowl sound off several times a day and their sound level is in keeping with barking dogs. As a matter of fact they are much like dogs and squawk warnings at vehicles driving by just like dogs do. They like to peck shiny objects including vehicles. They also leave mushy poop everywhere. Here is a 40 minute audio clip of what the peafowl sound like and how long they can squawk for. They squawked for 40 minutes straight one day. Click on the file to listen to it (.wma 328kb)
Speaking of dogs, there were at least 4 properties with yard dogs that also like to sound off. There have been several complaints made to the Regional District of Central Okanagan about dogs barking at Valley of the Sun but we doubt the dogs will ever stop barking for periods longer than 5 minutes at a time because the dogs are still barking 5 years later after several barking dog complaints were made to the Regional District of Central Okanagan. The barking may be partially due to the Peacocks rustling around, but 2 dogs are out barking chasing wildlife most every night. There have been 2 howling dogs barking for 6 hours, and all day one Christmas day reported, and the barking dog owners were never fined although RDCO caught the dogs barking one day, and although several complaints were made to the Regional District of Central Okanagan before RDCO caught the dogs barking. The Regional District of Central Okanagan insists you need to see the dogs barking in order to fine the owner, plus the Regional District needs more than one person complaining (.wma). The Regional District will not permit the one house to complain about barking anymore. Maybe its because the one house was egged after the occupant of the house complained about the barking. Nasty posters were put on the bulletin board next to the mailboxes, plus there were rumors spread around that the houses occupant poisoned dogs and peacocks, which isn't true.
You may have to chase away woodpeckers or Red Shafted Flickers pecking on your house depending if the little peckers like your house or not. It doesn't take long for a Red Shafted Flicker to peck a hole in your house from what we were told. There are also owls that hoot for hours at a time saying the same thing over and over again. Squirrels also get mad at you and start screaming at you if you are near their territory. The squirrels get up the tree and start knocking pine cones down into your yard. Apparently it is best to pick up cones and dispose of them because bugs overwinter in the cones. You can watch the deer in your yard almost daily, but you need to have a fenced garden or the deer will eat your flowers and vegetables. You can always adorn your yard with deer resistant vegetation.
If your a quadder, you can drive your quad right from your house onto crown land at the back of Valley of the Sun, or to your neighbor's and right through the middle of the subdivision on a paved road like quadders at Valley of the Sun do. The RCMP are only in the area if someone makes a complaint because the nearest RCMP detachment is in Vernon or Kelowna BC.
If someone is going to kill you, or you have a heart attack, there is a good possibility you may die. A few years back the North Westside Road area residents petitioned for an ambulance station, but no go. There is the North Westside Fire Rescue to save you in case of emergency if you live in the North Westside Road Fire Protection District. The North Westside Road Fire Rescue main hall is located at Killiney Beach and serves Killiney Beach, Westshore Estates, Ewings Landing, and Estamont Beach, plus there is another fire hall at Shorts Creek for Valley of the Sun, Shalal Road, Upper Fintry and La Casa Strata/Resort. There is also the Wilson's Landing Fire Protection area south of the North Westside area for the Wilson's Landing area. The Wilson's Landing area do not have a Fire Rescue like the North Westside does that we know of. You might want to look into that if you are looking at the Ceasars Landing, Traders Cove area and you are concerned.
Fintry Provincial Park and Campsite is only 2km's south of Valley of the Sun, and it has the nicest sandy beach around.
Westshore Estates subdivision borders with the Okanagan Indian Band reserve, and is approx. 15km's north of Fintry Provincial Park and Campsite.
There are three small ponds at Valley of the Sun. If your a bird watcher, you can watch and hear the wild geese and ducks on their way to and from their southern vacations or just hanging around. There are hundreds of frogs hanging around the ponds and we have seen painted turtles too. You should hear the frogs at night.. hundreds of them. There are a few crickets around too. If your a photographer, there are several varieties of wild flowers and there are Osprey's in a nest on a hydro pole alongside Westside Road approx. 1 km north of Valley of the Sun.
Many people at Valley of the Sun heat their homes with wood stoves and at least one property has an outdoor wood boiler. There are days when you will hear chainsaws running at Valley of the Sun. Some days when its not that cold out, the air will be polluted with smoke from smouldering wood stove smoke, due to everyone having their wood stove turned down on smoulder. Sometimes it looks foggy there is so much smoke.
Watch out for the OKIB reserve black cows on Westside Road that you can't see in the dark, and the OKIB horses, because they roam freely on the OKIB reserve which stretches for a few miles. Its not unusual to see cows on Westside Road. You pass through the OKIB reserve on the north end of Westside Road and on the south end you drive through the Westbank First Nations Reserve. Westside Road has been blocked in the past, and lately, if the natives are upset about something, they have stopped vehicles passing out pamphlets and informing residents of the problem they face. There are no major roads off Westside Road, and Westside Road is the only paved road you can take if you want to drive to Vernon or Kelowna, B.C.. If you own a 4x4 or a vehicle you can travel on rough back roads to get to Kelowna though, and maybe Vernon too.
Be aware there are moose, black and brown bear, bobcat, deer, and cougar that you also need to share Westside Road with. Did you know Kelowna means Grizzly in native language? Never seen one but supposedly they were here at one time. If you are travelling north on Westside Road from Kelowna you would be travelling towards Vernon BC. There is a new Westside Road overpass on the south (Kelowna) end of Westside Road and there will be construction delays for a little while until the overpass is built.
Watch out for the California Big Horn Sheep on Westside Road in British Columbia at the south end. The California Big Horn sheep usually like to hang around north of Traders Cove at Bear Creek Main which is a gravel back road you can take to West Kelowna.
There was also a GranFondo bicycle event planned starting July 16th 2011 in which they are considering closing one lane of Westside Road each year on one of the busiest holiday weekends of the year. This event has been cancelled along Westside Road now that residents spoke up, or the Regional District of Central Okanagan would have let it happen, since they did conditionally approve of it. Its still going ahead, but the GrandFondo event will be taking a different route now.
There is also Fintry Provincial Park and Campsite and Waterfall that hold events. There is Fintry Festival of the Falls (Shorts Creek Water Fall) and other events throughout the summer. Fintry Provincial Park is approx. half way between Vernon and Kelowna. There is Evely Forest Campsite 1 km south of Westshore Estates or 3 kms north of Killiney Beach which is located across Westside Road from the Sugar Loaf transfer station. There is a boat launch at Evely Forest Campsite and two at Lower Fintry Delta outside Fintry Provincial Park as well as one within Fintry Provincial Park. There is also a boat launch at Killiney Beach Regional Park.
Speaking of garbage, there is no curbside garbage pickup and you have to travel to the sole Sugar Loaf transfer station 3 km's north (towards Vernon) of Killiney Beach or 1 km south of Westshore Estates, and then you can only drop off everyday household garbage at Sugar Loaf transfer station. If you have larger items like household appliances and furniture you need to take them either to the Glenmore Landfill out by the Kelowna airport or to the Westside Transfer station in West Kelowna (between 45 minute and one hour drive), that is unless the Sugar Loaf transfer station has a special day for those types of things which they have started to do lately. The transfer station is open Mon, Wed, Sat, Sun from 8:00am till noon and never in the afternoons.
There is also a gravel pit next to the south side of La Casa Resort that will be starting to use Westside Road to haul 40 gravel truck loads of gravel a day down narrow and windy Westside Road. This has been quashed and as far as we know at this point, no gravel pit has been permitted.
La Casa Resort has a store that is only open during the summer. There is a store on the OKIB reserve called Little Kingdom. Little Kingdom have groceries, hardware, etc. There is also another Hardware store on the OKIB reserve called Westside Pro Hardware. Other than that you have to travel to Kelowna or Vernon to shop.
Here is a record of some of the worst barking that has gone on at Valley of the Sun. Each of the times listed below is one bark unless there is a time beside it. If you can stand the barking, Valley of the Sun is the place to buy!
If all this appeals to you, please take a gander (no not the goose type of gander) and have a look for yourself by making your way down narrow and windy Westside Road BC. Westside Road follows Okanagan Lake BC's shoreline and in some places there are no shoulders and in some cases its hundreds of feet down a steep bank to Okanagan Lake if you go off Westside Road down the embankment. There are no raised curbs in most places along the lake side of Westside Road and there are cliffs with falling rocks on the inside lane.
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