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
Local Services and Estimated Tax Requisition and Rates (2018 Financial Plan)
Electoral Area Community Parks:
Electoral Area News
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.