For Immediate Release
January 8, 2013
Highlights from the January 8, 2013 Council Meeting
Council was advised that a report on the District’s new maintenance contractor’s snow removal efforts will be coming forward at Council’s meeting January 22. The District has received concerns from the public regarding snow removal and Council wishes to hear what efforts are being made to address residents’ concerns. Council indicated an interest in an enhanced communication strategy as the roads maintenance transition continues.
Council received an update on the Okanagan Basin Water Board’s milfoil control program from OBWB’s Executive Director, Anna Warwick Sears. OBWB focusses its milfoil control on public beaches and boating corridors. In West Kelowna, milfoil removal is conducted in West Kelowna Bay (north of Casa Loma), Green Bay (although this year a planned dredging may mean milfoil control isn’t needed), Pritchard Drive waterfront and Willow Beach and yacht club area. Council was advised that OBWB is working with other levels of government on behalf of its members regarding initiatives to address the Rocky Mountain Ridged Mussel, a native mussel that is a possible Species At Risk and invasive mussels like zebra or quagga mussels.
Council agreed to defer consideration of an extension request for three months for a rezoning application by the owner of the Westwynd Village (former Cattle Country and TSA Gas Station site) and directed staff to initiate additional discussions with the property owners regarding plans for development of the site. Council expressed concerns that the Westbank Centre property’s vacant buildings were declining in appearance. The application for rezoning to a mixed use comprehensive development zone has not moved forward since April 2010 and Council granted an extension in April 2011. The applicant has indicated that there are no plans to redevelop the site to the scale originally anticipated due to current economic conditions.
Mobile Vending Policy
Council directed staff to amend the Mobile Vending Policy to remove the option for fixed mobile vending in three locations of the community, opting to continue with strictly roaming vending only. Only one vendor took advantage of the fixed mobile vending introduced last year, for all three locations available – Gellatly Bay, Marina Park and Westbank Centre Park. The District’s Fees and Charges Bylaw will be amended to reflect Council’s wishes. The policy will also be amended to remove the requirement for mobile vendors to obtain a permit. All mobile vendors will still be required to obtain a business license.
Council named a newly acquired park in Rose Valley, Roseridge Park. The park, accessed off Rosealee Lane and Roseridge Court, was acquired as a result of the Rose Valley Estates development. The 8.08 hectare parkland includes a nature trail constructed by the developer connecting one side of the development to the other. The trail and park will be added to the West Kelowna Parks Operation Inventory for regular inspection and maintenance.