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 Email - 250-801-4859
Local Services and Estimated Tax Requisition and Rates (2020 Financial Plan)
2018 Economic Profile - Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission
Electoral Area Community Parks:
Electoral Area News
2020-2024 Financial Plan Adopted - (March 23 Regional Board meeting)
The Regional Board has adopted its 2020 - 2024 Financial Plan bylaw. The budget was drafted prior to the current public health response to the COVID-19 virus and its approval will ensure delivery of RDCO services. In light of the evolving response to the challenges ahead, there may be a time in the coming year that will require the Board to revisit and adapt the Financial Plan to best respond to the needs of the region. The 2020 operating budget totals $55.99-million compared with $58.92-million in 2019. This year $12.5-million will be spent on important capital and infrastructure projects. The details may be viewed online at: rdco.com/budgets.
Community Works Fund Approval
The Regional Board has approved the use of Gas Tax Community Works Funds for new projects totalling $301,700 in the electoral areas this year. $203,000 will be used in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area for a new picnic shelter in Killiney Beach Community Park, dog beach fencing, a comfort station at Fintry Access #2 and a Community Trail in Traders Cove. In the Central Okanagan East Electoral Area, $98,700 will be used for signage and roof replacement at the Ellison Heritage Community Hall and for signage at the Joe Rich Community Hall.
Non-farm Use ALC Application Supported
The Regional Board supports an application for a non-farm use to the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) for an Ellison-area property within the Agricultural Land Reserve. The applicant is asking the ALC to allow construction of an additional cold storage building at 4381 Old Vernon Road in order to expand its existing cherry and apple production line. If the application is approved by the ALC, the owners would be required to apply for a RDCO building permit.
Regional Hospital District Budget Approved
The Central Okanagan Regional Hospital District Board has adopted its 2020 – 2024 Financial Plan. It was drafted before the current public health emergency on priorities identified by Interior Health. Depending on how the response unfolds, these priorities may require some flexibility and adjustments in the Financial Plan to meet the needs of Central Okanagan residents. In order to build financial reserves and reduce the potential need for debt financing for a possible $55-65-million in capital projects over the next ten years, the Board has agreed to annual three per cent increases over the next five years. In 2020, the average residential home assessed at $734,500 will pay $188.86 towards capital improvements and new health equipment in the Central Okanagan. The 2020 budget includes $10.5-million for health-related capital project funding.
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Secondary Suites Amendments Approved - (February 24 Regional Board meeting)
The Regional Board has approved amendments to the Joe Rich Rural Land Use and RDCO Zoning bylaws. The amendments clarify secondary suite regulations and strengthen servicing requirements while continuing with the current process that sees the Board consider individual secondary suite applications. The amendments also reflect new design and construction requirements for secondary suites in the BC Building Code.
Water Program Grant Application
The Regional Board has approved sending an application to the Okanagan Basin Water Board Water Conservation and Quality Improvement program. The grant would fund a study to determine the impact of septic fields on water quality along the Okanagan Lake foreshore in the Killiney Beach and Westshore Estates areas. The study could provide helpful information as the Regional District is investigating locations for new intakes for its water systems in each of those areas.
Agricultural Advisory Commission Members
The Regional Board has endorsed the appointments of three people to its Agricultural Advisory Commission. Meagan Ludwig is a new member while Andreas Wins-Purdy and Leo Gebert have been reappointed. All three will serve a three year term through February 2023. The Agricultural Advisory Commission provides advice to the Regional Board, other Commissions and staff regarding agricultural issues and the potential impact of land use and planning decisions on agriculture.
ESS Program Grant Application
The Regional Board has approved submitting a grant application to the Union of BC Municipalities Community Emergency Preparedness Fund, which administers Provincial Government funding to enhance local government resiliency in responding to and recovering from emergencies. The grant funding would be used by the Emergency Support Services program to modernize computer equipment and provide volunteers with further training in order to assist residents impacted by emergencies.
Planning Variance Application
The Regional Board has approved the following application:
- Development Variance Permit (VP-19-09) for K. Armstrong, 571 Mountain Drive – to allow a reduction of the front setback based on a Land Surveyor’s Certificate to permit siting of an existing single detached house. The Board did not approve a proposed front entrance addition.
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Wellness & Poverty Reduction Strategy - (February 13 Regional Board meeting)
The Regional Board has given approval for staff to work with a local committee in developing a regional poverty reduction strategy. In addition, the Board supports the RDCO submitting an application for a grant of up to $150,000 from the Union of BC Municipalities Poverty and Action Program in order to create the regional strategy.
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Secondary Suites Amendments (January 27 Regional Board meeting)
The Regional Board has given second and third readings to amendments to the Joe Rich Rural Land Use and RDCO Zoning bylaws. The amendments clarify secondary suite regulations and strengthen servicing requirements while continuing with the current process of the Board considering individual secondary suite applications. The amendments also reflect new design and construction requirements for secondary suites in the BC Building Code. Final adoption by the Board will be scheduled following approval from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
Development Permit Application
The Regional Board did not approve a Development Permit Application from Forest House Preserve Limited for a property located at 9185 Westside Road. The decision is based on some unauthorized works on the property. The development does not conform to the Aquatic Ecosystem Development Permit Design Guidelines of the Rural Westside Official Community Plan or the terms of the Riparian Areas Protection Regulation.
Electoral Area Grant-in-Aid
The Regional Board has approved the following Central Okanagan West Electoral Area Grant-in-Aid to the North Westside Communities Association:
- $800 for Children’s Easter Egg Hunt/Community BBQ – April 11
- $800 for Canada Day celebration – July 1
- $1,500 for soccer equipment for the North Westside Sports Club
Electoral Area Directors 2020 Conferences
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.
Financial Plan Bylaw Amendments
The Regional Board has adopted amendments to the 2019-2023 Financial Plan Bylaw. The changes reflect actual year end revenues and expenditures and in a few cases offset deficits as a result of unanticipated costs.
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Flood Planning Grant Sought - (January 16 Regional Board meeting)
The Regional Board has approved submitting a grant application for up to $150,000 to the Union of BC Municipalities Community Emergency Preparedness Fund, which administers Provincial Government funding. If approved, the grant would be used to complete the third phase of the Regional Floodplain Management Plan which would create mitigation options and strategies, building on work done since 2016 to identify and reduce flood risks across the Central Okanagan.
Updated Emergency Preparedness Bylaw
The Regional Board has adopted amendments updating the Preparation for Emergencies Bylaw. The changes modernize the original bylaw which dates back to 1991 and includes a description of the service as it is today reflecting the participating areas and local governments and provides additional cost recovery methods. Each participating local government has agreed to the updated bylaw and it has also received approval from the Provincial Inspector of Municipalities.
Environmental Advisory Commission Appointments
The Regional Board has approved four appointments to its Environmental Advisory Commission. Joining the commission are Catherine Nesmith and Gisele Rehe who will serve three year terms through January 2022. The Board has also reappointed Tanis Gieselman and Rhianna Moghadas effective in March for a three year term ending in March 2022. The independent Commission volunteers represent a diverse background of environmental professions, practice and experience and provides expert advice to the Regional Board on environmental issues relating to land use and development applications.
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Evacuation Route Plan Grant Application - (December 9th Regional Board meeting)
The Regional Board has approved submitting a grant application to the Union of BC Municipalities Community Emergency Preparedness Fund which administers Provincial Government funding. The RDCO hopes to partner with other local governments in the region to assist with planning safe emergency evacuation routes that would be used to safely move people, personal property and animals from an area during an emergency.
Regional Board Committee Appointments
The Regional Board has approved the appointment of Directors to represent the Regional District on several boards and committees for 2020. Directors James Baker, Colin Basran and Cindy Fortin will serve on the Okanagan Basin Water Board. Director Wayne Carson is appointed to the Okanagan Regional Library Board. Directors Brad Sieben and James Baker will serve on the Sterile Insect Release Board while Director Mark Bartyik has been appointed to the Economic Development Commission Advisory Board and Loyal Wooldridge will serve as a liaison to the Okanagan Film Commission.
Electoral Area Directors Conferences
The Regional Board has authorized the registration and travel of two electoral area representatives for training conferences in early February. Central Okanagan East Director Mark Bartyik and Central Okanagan West Director Wayne Carson will attend the Local Government Leadership Academy Forum and Union of BC Municipalities Electoral Area Directors Forum February 4-7 in Richmond.
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