This electoral area encompasses the mostly rural, unincorporated area on the west side of Okanagan Lake, outside the municipal boundaries of the City of West Kelowna and District of Peachland. Westbank First Nation Reserves #9 and #10 are included within the boundary of the electoral area, however the Westbank First Nation is an independent, self-sustaining government. (Map)
There are a number of communities within the Electoral Area including many along Westside Road (Traders Cove, Killiney Beach, Wilson’s Landing, Westshore Estates, Fintry, Valley of the Sun), the area also includes two areas outside the District of Peachland: the Trepanier Valley and Brent Road.
Throughout the Electoral Area, the RDCO Zoning Bylaw applies and is supplemented by the Brent Road-Trepanier Official Community Plan and the Rural Westside Official Community Plan.
There are also two Fire Protection Areas with paid on call fire services provided by the North Westside Fire Rescue and Wilson’s Landing Fire Department.
Electoral Area News
Area Size: 124,756 hectares
Population: 1,981 (plus 9,028 on WFN Reserves #9 and #10 - 2016 Census)
Electoral Area Director: Wayne Carson - email - 250-801-4859
Local Services and Estimated Tax Requisition and Rates (2019 Financial Plan)
2018 Economic Profile - Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission
Electoral Area Community Parks:
Electoral Area News
Proposed Water Rate Updates (May 9th Regional Board meeting)
The Regional Board has given first reading (May 9th) to bylaws that propose increases in water rates for customers of the six water utilities operated by the regional district. The last water rate adjustments took place in January 2016 and if the new rates are approved, changes in both the User Fees and Asset Renewal Fees would take place on July 1st this year and in January 2020, 2021 and 2022. Customers will be informed of the rate adjustments over the next month before the Regional Board considers final approval of the new rate schedules in June. The Regional District operates the Killiney Beach, Westshore Estates, Sunset Ranch, Falcon Ridge, Upper Fintry and Star Place water systems with just over 1,000 connections.
Secondary Suites Bylaw Amendments
The Regional Board has given first readings to bylaws amending secondary suite regulations and permitted zoning designations for both the RDCO Zoning Bylaw No. 871 and the Joe Rich Rural Land Use Bylaw No. 1195. The amendments would clarify secondary suite regulations and strengthen servicing requirements while continuing with the current process of the Board considering individual secondary suite applications. The Board approved a motion for a moratorium on secondary suite rezoning applications until the bylaw amendment process is completed. A Public Hearing will be scheduled and advertised for these proposed bylaw changes.
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Program Highlights for January through March (April 29th Board meeting)
A video is available highlighting various service and program accomplishments during the first three months of the year. The video can be viewed on the RDCO YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/regionaldistrict.
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2019 - 2023 Financial Plan Adopted (March 25th Regional Board Meeting)
The Regional Board has adopted its 2019 - 2023 Financial Plan bylaw. The 2019 operating budget totals just over $58.92-million which includes $18.8-million in Municipal Finance Authority debt payments including $18.5-million on behalf of member municipalities. This year $9.5-million will be spent on important capital and infrastructure projects including $1.9-million for flood recovery work in several regional parks. The details may be viewed online at: www.regionaldistrict.com/budgets.
The Regional District is the local government for residents in the two electoral areas providing them with 28 general services such as Fire Prevention, Planning, Community Parks, Building Inspection and Bylaw Enforcement. These services account for an average tax impact of $634.61 for those in the Central Okanagan West Electoral area. The general service tax increases would have been higher if it hadn’t been for a successful appeal by the regional district to the Okanagan Regional Library which agreed to use more accurate population statistics in its funding allocation formula, further reducing the average household’s proposed tax increase. Large reductions in requisitions for Electoral Area Planning and Electoral Area Expenses have partially offset increases for Electoral Area Fire Prevention, Building Inspection, General Bylaw Enforcement and Regional and Community Parks.
Specific communities within the electoral areas also fund additional services received from four paid-on-call fire departments, three community halls and six water systems that connect almost 1,000 properties.
Regional Hospital District Budget Approved
The Central Okanagan Regional Hospital District Board has adopted its 2019 – 2023 Financial Plan. For the third straight year, there is no increase for the average homeowner and no increases are anticipated for the next five years. The average residential home assessed at $739,000 will pay $183.02 towards capital improvements and new health equipment in the Central Okanagan. The 2019 budget includes $11.39-million for health-related capital project funding.
Community Works Fund Approval
The Regional Board has approved the use of Gas Tax Community Works Funds for six new projects in the electoral areas this year. $12,000 will be used in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area for a swim raft in Killiney Beach Community Park.
Development Variance Permit
Approved for 3985N Westside Road - (VP-10-02) P & S Eisenhut
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Wilson's Landing First Medical Response and Community Open House - Monday April 1st - 7:00 - 9:00 pm at Stn 42 fire hall, 2396 Westside Rd. North. Come out and celebrate the fire department providing this new First Medical Response program for communities within its service area along Westside Road. View Poster and Event Details
Wilson's Landing Firefighter Recruitment Night - Wed. Apr. 10th 6:30-8:30pm Stn 42 fire hall, 2396 Westside Rd. North.
View Poster and Event Details
Boundary Extension Supported (March 14th Regional Board meeting)
The Regional Board supports a request from the District of Peachland to extend its boundary to include a property within the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area. If approved by the province, the 16.6-hectare Crown land parcel would be included within the boundary and jurisdiction of the municipality. The property is the site of Peachland’s water intake facility and soon to be constructed water treatment plant.
Medical First Responder Program Bylaw (February 25th Regional Board meeting)
The Regional Board has approved a new bylaw that will see the Wilson’s Landing Fire Department provide medical first responder services within the fire service area. Members of the department have been training and acquiring equipment in order to provide this critical life-saving program. Funding for the program is included in the 2019-2023 Financial Plan and if approved by the Regional Board it’s anticipated the service will be available starting April 1st
New Community Parks Bylaw (February 14th Regional Board meeting)
The Regional Board has adopted a new bylaw regulating Community Parks in the two electoral areas. The bylaw replaces the previous one that was last amended in 2006 and reflects changes in the parks system. The new bylaw increases the evening hours that the 20 smaller community parks will be open year-round. It also updates the no smoking restrictions to prohibit vaping and gatherings of 25 or more people will require a permit. As with the recently adopted Regional Parks bylaw, the Parks Director has the authority to issue permits for First Nations ceremonial, cultural and social purposes in RDCO Community Parks.
The Regional Board has approved the following Central Okanagan West Electoral Area Grants-in-Aid to the North Westside Communities Association:
- $800 for Children’s Easter Egg Hunt/Community BBQ – April 20th
- $800 for Canada Day celebration – July 1st
- $1,500 for soccer equipment for the North Westside Sports Club
Fire Protection Area Expanded
The Regional Board has approved a Fire Services Agreement with the District of Peachland. The municipality asked to expand its fire service area boundary to include its Water Treatment Plant located in the 5400 block of Pierce Place at no cost to the Regional District
Electoral Area Directors 2019 Conventions
The Regional Board approved the attendance and expenses of Directors Mark Bartyik and Wayne Carson for the Southern Interior Local Government Association, Union of BC Municipalities and Federation of Canadian Municipalities conventions.
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Secondary Suite Regulations (January 10th Regional Board meeting)
The Regional Board has directed staff to move forward with a technical stakeholder review and to prepare bylaws for a proposed secondary suite policy application approval process. That would make the Regional District consistent with other Okanagan local governments. Last year, a public survey was conducted for electoral area property owners on the potential changes which include permitting secondary suites in specific zones by policy rather than a formal zoning bylaw amendment process that requires Board approval. As well, the requirement for connecting breezeways would be eliminated and a one-hectare minimum lot size would be implemented to address existing and future servicing requirements. The Board has asked for additional information on how the proposed changes could impact rentals, septic and other site servicing requirements and that following the technical review, the proposed changes will be presented for consideration by the Governance and Services Committee.
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Medical First Response Expanding to Wilson's Landing Fire (December 10th Regional Board meeting)
The Regional Board has given three readings to a bylaw expanding the Medical First Responder program to include the Wilson’s Landing Fire Department. Members of the fire department have been training over the past year to upgrade their skills to provide critical life-saving medical first response within the service area. Final adoption will be considered once Statutory Approval is received from the Province.
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2018-2019 Regional District Board (November 8th Statutory Inaugural Regional Board meeting)
At the Inaugural Statutory meeting of the Regional District Board, the Oath of Office was administered and signed by all Directors. Kelowna Councillor Gail Given was acclaimed as Chair and will serve for a fifth year. West Kelowna Mayor Gord Milsom was also acclaimed as Vice-Chair. The Regional District Board consists of 13 voting members representing the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Areas, the City of Kelowna, District of Lake Country, District of Peachland and the City of West Kelowna. The Westbank First Nation is represented with a non-voting member. Board Information
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Cannabis Sale and Production (October 1st Regional Board meeting)
The Regional Board has given second and third readings to bylaw amendments that will prohibit the retail sale of cannabis as well as regulate cannabis production on agricultural land within the two electoral areas. As with similar actions by other local governments, the proposed amendments to the Zoning Bylaw and Joe Rich Rural Land Use Bylaw are proactive measures being taken ahead of the federal legalization on October 17th and would be subject to further review of cannabis for regulations related to retail sales. Final approval and consideration by the Regional Board will take place following approval of the amendments from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Tourist Accomodation Zoning Changes
The Regional Board has given second and third readings to Zoning Bylaw amendments in order to minimize the likelihood that short term accommodations will be used as full-time permanent residences. This issue has been a concern in the electoral areas, as developments that have been approved for short term accommodation, have limited services and are intended for seasonal recreational use, not as permanent residences. Final consideration of the bylaw amendments will take place once approval has been received from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
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Recycle BC Contract (September 24th Regional Boad meeting)
The Regional Board has approved a new five year agreement with Recycle BC. The agreement ensures the Regional District and member municipalities continue to receive financial incentives provided by Recycle BC while maintaining the existing service levels for automated curbside and depot recycling and recycling education in the region.
Regional Board Remuneration Bylaw Adopted
The Regional Board has adopted a new Remuneration Bylaw. The most significant change deals with offsetting the elimination of the one-third non-taxable allowance for elected officials effective January 1st, 2019 by Revenue Canada. As well, starting in January income taxes and Canada Pension Plan premiums will be payable on the full remuneration of Directors. The bylaw sees a one-time 14.25% increase on the entire remuneration amount to cover the increased tax and CPP changes. Including the annual Consumer Price Index adjustment the annual estimated remuneration for the Chair will be $47,671.39; for electoral area Directors $23,176.08 and $18,540.93 for municipal Directors.
Brent Road Fire Protection Area Contract Renewed
The Regional Board has agreed to renew a fire protection service agreement with the District of Peachland. The municipality’s Peachland Fire Rescue which provides fire protection services for properties within the Brent Road Fire Protection Service Area, south of the municipal boundary in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area. The agreement has been in place since October 2004 and runs through the end of September 2023.
Building Permit Withheld
The Regional Board has directed staff to withhold a building permit application for 60 days until amendments are considered to the Zoning Bylaw. The amending bylaw which was given first reading on August 24th would remove Tourist Cabins and Tourist Lodges from permitted uses within the C8 zone and that a park model trailer is not a permitted form of recreational vehicle. The Board considers that the building permit application received on August 31st to develop 80 Tourist Cabins at 4755 and 4795 Paradise Valley Road, conflicts with the proposed amending bylaw which will be considered at a Public Hearing on Monday, October 1st in the Kelowna City Hall Council Chamber.
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In Camera Rise and Report
The Regional Board rose from an in-camera session to report a resolution approved on July 19th. The Board directed staff to begin or continue preparation of a bylaw to amend current C8 zoning regulations to remove Tourist Cabins and Tourist Lodges from the permitted uses, amend the definition of Recreational Vehicle in the zoning bylaw to provide that park model trailer is not a permitted form of recreational vehicle and include a definition of park model trailer in the zoning bylaw. As well, the resolution stated that the Board considers an application for Tourist Cabin or Tourist Lodge or Tourist Campsite on which a park model trailer will be located will be in conflict with the proposed zoning amendment bylaw and that staff be directed to withhold any building permit application for a Tourist Cabin, Tourist Lodge or Tourist Campsite for a Park Model Trailer for a 30 day period or less in the event of any further Board resolution.
The Regional Board has approved the following application:
- Development Variance Permit for 9333 Winchester Road - VP-18-05 G McKimm
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Proposed Recreational Site Supported (August 27th Regional Board meeting)
The Regional Board has given conditional support to a Crown land tenure application made to FrontCounter BC. The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development has applied to formally develop a recreational campsite to provincial standards on approximately four hectares of Crown land at Glen Lake, northwest of Eneas Lake Provincial Park. Prior to approval by the Province, the Board requests that several conditions be met including completion of an environmental assessment; that Best Management Practises be followed and that the District of Peachland is engaged throughout the process
Westbank First Nation Flag Presented
The Westbank First Nation flag is now proudly displayed in the Woodhaven Boardroom at the Regional District office. It was presented by WFN Councillor and RDCO Director Tom Konek after a unanimous invitation from the Regional Board. Chair Gail Given says this initiative is a commitment to further strengthen the special relationship and friendship with Westbank First Nation
Programs and Services Highlights
The Regional Board watched a video update highlighting various service and program accomplishments during the first six months of the year. The video can be viewed on the RDCO YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/regionaldistrict
Cannabis Sales and Production
The Regional Board has given first reading to bylaw amendments prohibiting the retail sale of cannabis as well as regulating production on agricultural land within the two electoral areas. As with similar actions by other local governments, the proposed amendments to the Zoning Bylaw and Joe Rich Rural Land Use Bylaw are proactive measures being taken ahead of the federal legalization on October 17th and would be subject to further review of cannabis for regulations related to retail sales. A Public Hearing will be scheduled and advertised for the amendments to the bylaws
Clarifications for Tourist Accomodation
The Regional Board has given first reading to amendments to the Zoning Bylaw to minimize the likelihood that short term accommodations will be used as full-time permanent residences. This issue has been raised as a concern in the electoral areas, as developments approved for short term accommodation, have limited services and are intended for seasonal recreational use, not as a permanent residence. A Public Hearing will be scheduled and advertised. The Board has also asked staff to review the Joe Rich Rural Land Use Bylaw to determine whether it should also be amended and similar regulations considered
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Elimination of Non-Taxable Allowances (June 14th Regional Board Meeting)
The Regional Board has received a report from staff in light of the elimination of the non-taxable allowance for work expenses of Board Directors. The Federal budget and Bill C44 will cut the exemption effective January 1st, 2019, and see income taxes and Canada Pension Plan premiums payable on the full remuneration of Directors resulting in a significant net reduction in Board members pay. Prior to October, staff will bring forward amendments to the Directors Remuneration and Expenses Bylaw proposing a one-time 14.25% increase on the entire remuneration amount to cover the increased tax and CPP changes. This would see an increase of just over $2,300 for municipal Directors; $2,890 for electoral area Directors and $5,945 for the Board Chair. Including the annual Consumer Price Index adjustment the annual remuneration for the Chair would be $47,671.39, for electoral area Directors $23,176.08 and $18,540.93 for municipal Directors.
Killiney Beach Flood Mitigation Grant
The Regional Board has given staff the green light to submit an application to the Union of BC Municipalities for a flood mitigation project at Killiney Beach Community Park. The $180,000 request to the Provincial Community Emergency Preparedness Fund – Structural Flood Mitigation Grant Program would see repairs made to the park boat launch, dock, foreshore, parking area and access road that were damaged during the spring 2017 flood.
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Westside Transfer Station Site (May 28th Regional Board Meeting)
The Regional Board has received a letter from the City of West Kelowna Council regarding the Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre. The city asks that the Board consider a business case to investigate moving the facility from its location off Asquith Road to the industrial area of the City. The Council would like the waste transfer facility to be in a more convenient location for users and away from residential areas. The topic will be referred for consideration by the next Regional Board as it develops a Strategic Plan.
Advisory Planning Commission Membership
The Regional Board has adopted amendments to the Advisory Planning Commissions Bylaw. The changes allow for appointees to the various commissions that advise the Regional Board to serve a four year term, instead of the current three year term. As well, the Board has endorsed extending the terms to July 2019 for Central Okanagan West Advisory Planning Commission members Norm MacLeod, Jeff Deacoff, Ben Hansen and Colin Andrews and to May 2021 for Edward McLean. The Board has also appointed two new members to the seven-person Commission: Keith Nixon and Michael Balfour.
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Westside Tipping Fee Increases (April 23rd Regional Board Meeting)
The Regional Board has adopted amendments to the Solid Waste Management Regulation bylaw raising tipping fees slightly at the Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre. Fees will rise on June 1st, then again on January 1st 2019 and 2020 for the disposal of garbage, recyclable drywall and tires with rims at the transfer facility that serves residents in West Kelowna, Peachland, Westbank First Nation reserves and the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area. The user-fee increases are required in order to cover additional expenses with disposal of the three materials and are in line with tipping fee increases that started January 1st this year at the City of Kelowna’s Glenmore Landfill.
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2018-2022 Financial Plan Adopted (March 26 Regional Board Meeting)
The Regional Board has adopted its 2018 - 2022 Financial Plan bylaw which brings a decrease in the Regional District portion of the tax bills for many average property owners. The 2018 operating budget totals just over $65.96-million which includes $30.7-million for operations, $5.7-million to reserves for future capital projects and $29.5-million in Municipal Finance Authority debt payments including $26.5-million on behalf of member municipalities. This year $15.2-million will be spent on important capital and infrastructure projects.
For the average property owner in Central Okanagan West, total taxes for the 28 general services provided by the Regional District throughout the Electoral Area will be $593.44. Thats a decrease of $31.86 from 2017. It's important to note that taxes can vary further depending on whether a property receives additional services from the Regional District, such as fire protection (Ellison/Joe Rich) or participation in a community hall (Ellison/ Joe Rich).
Community Works Fund Approval
The Regional Board has approved the use of Gas Tax Community Works Funds for four new projects in the electoral areas this year. $135,000 will be used in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area for flood improvements to community parks in Killiney Beach and the Fintry boat launch. As well, $50,000 will be provided for work related to the Fur Brigade Trail. In the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area, $5,000 will be used to fund LED lighting for the Joe Rich Fire Department and $7,000 for the Sports Box at Scotty Creek Community Park.
Special Event Permits Approved
The Regional Board has approved four Special Event Permits for the Kelowna Dirt Bike Club at its facility adjacent to Bear Creek Forest Service Road. The special race events are exempt from provisions of the Noise Bylaw. One event will be held next month: April 14th – 15th and two are planned for the weekends of May 5th – 6th and May 19th and 20th. A final event is planned June 16th – 17th. All other activities at the track including practises are subject to a mutual consent order which restricts bikes to a maximum sound of 96 decibels.
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Proposed Provincial Speculation Tax (March 8th Board meeting)
The Regional Board Directors have discussed the potential impact of the proposed Provincial Government property speculation tax. At this point Community Services staff indicates that the only areas within the Central Okanagan mentioned in the Provincial Budget for the tax are the cities of Kelowna and West Kelowna. Staff will continue to monitor this and provide further information to the Board as it becomes available.
Land Use Contract Discharge/Zoning bylaws
The Regional Board has given first reading to a proposed Land Use Contract Amendment Bylaw and a Zoning Amendment Bylaw. If approved, the changes would discharge Land Use Contract No. 277 affecting 22 private properties and one Crown land parcel in the Trepanier area of the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area and see new land use designations put in place for each property under the Regional District Zoning Bylaw. A Public Hearing will be scheduled and advertised for this application initiated by the Community Services department. The Local Government Act requires that all Land Use Contracts will be terminated on June 30, 2024 and all local governments must provide zoning for affected properties before June 30, 2022.
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Electoral Area Director Convention Approval (February 8th Regional Board meeting)
The Regional Board has approved Central Okanagan West Director Wayne Carson’s attendance, registration and travel expenses for the Southern Interior Local Government Association (SILGA), Federation of Canadian Municipalities and Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) conventions. The Board has also approved Central Okanagan East Alternate Director Mark Bartyik’s attendance, registration and travel costs for the SILGA and UBCM conventions.
North Westside Issues and Review Costs
The Regional Board has received a report from staff detailing the cost of the North Westside Services and Issues Review. The total cost of the review was just over $33,643 and the Province provided a grant of $20,000. Net costs of just over $13,644 will be allocated to the 2017 service budget through taxation, the prior year surplus and grant in lieu of taxes. Included in these costs is staff time and overtime to assist the consultant and almost $7,700 to mail out a survey for the consultant.
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