For Immediate Release
November 21, 2012
Highlights of the November 20, 2012 Council Meeting
Cultural Master Plan
Council was provided information on the developing West Kelowna Cultural Plan from consultant Millier Dickinson Blais. The plan is a strategic guiding document being created to provide a framework for cultural priorities for the next 10 years. Council was advised that Phase 1, of the three-phase project, is complete and involved a review of current guiding documents including the Official Community Plan, Westbank Centre Revitalization Plan, Parks and Recreation Master Plan and the Waterfront Plan. Phase 2 revolves around community engagement and includes a community forum, taking place November 21, 2012 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Westbank Lions Hall, as well as focus groups, an online survey and a photo contest. Phase 3 will incorporate information from the community engagement exercises in the developing of a draft cultural master plan. For more information on the Cultural Plan, please click here.
Garbage Collection Route Changes
Council approved outlined route changes for garbage, recycling and yard waste pickup proposed by OK Environmental Waste Systems. The changes to the routes and schedules are intended to reduce routes and the amount of time to conduct pickups, but will not result in a reduction in service and will have no financial impact. OK Environmental Waste Systems says the move should eliminate some confusion that exists with the current system. The company will be notifying customers of changes through mail outs, signage, advertisements and website information.
Council agreed to defer consideration of Zoning Bylaw amendments and an Official Community Plan amendment as part of an update to the District of West Kelowna's secondary suite regulations. These regulations and associated policy have existed for two years and were created to address the issue of illegal secondary suites in the community. After analysis, over the two years the bylaw has been in existence, Council requested that the bylaw be revised as follows:
Registration fee to a one-time fee rather than an annual fee; fee would be $125 for voluntary applications, and $250 for complaint-driven applications
Amendments to the septic field requirements
Removal of the owner-occupancy requirement
Requirement of a business licence for secondary suites
Maintain a complaint-based enforcement approach
Council held a public hearing on the matter on October 23, 2012.
Liquor Primary Licence – Royal LePage Place
Council provided a recommendation of support for a maximum capacity of 2,814 persons to the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch with respect to the District’s Liquor-Primary Licence application for the Mt. Boucherie Community Centre. Events intended to be offered with liquor services are West Kelowna Warriors Hockey Games, adult tournaments and concerts.
2012 Westbank Centre Revitalization
Council was provided a summary of the 2012 actions undertaken in the Westbank area as part of the Westbank Centre Revitalization Plan. Council was advised that since the adoption of the Westbank Centre Plan in August 2011, the District has seen an increase in re-investment interest in the Westbank Centre including several development permits for business façade and landscaping improvements as well as rezoning applications for mixed use developments. The following projects occurred between November 2011 and November 2012:
Streetscape improvements - $261,671, with $94,000 contributed from adjacent property owner
Landscaping of Elliott Road municipal building - $2,240
Street banner and Christmas light installation - $98,598
Springer Park Improvement Plan developed
Westbank Centre Spray Park construction completed and officially opened - $300,000, with $216,197 raised by Rotary Club of Westbank, $60,000 donated from Okanagan Kids Care and $20,000 from Westbank First Nation; the District of West Kelowna contributed $79,555 towards the spray park
Westbank Centre - Gellatly Bay Waterfront Trail Connection developed and opened
Parking study complete for Westbank Centre - $25,000
Improvements to Westbank Museum site - $50,000
Westbank Centre street clean-up blitz
Council also received information on Economic Development highlights and marketing initiatives.
Council will be asked to consider the following projects for 2013 in its upcoming budget deliberations:
- Detailed design and construction of Brown Road streetscape improvements from Ingram Road to Bering Road
- Completion of Springer Park improvements, with contributions from the Gateway Urban Project
- Johnson Bentley Memorial Aquatic Centre improvements
- Memorial Park Plan development and construction
- Wayfinding Signage Plan
- Traffic impact assessment work
- Cooperation with BC Transit on the design and construction of the RapidBus transit exchange in Westbank Centre
The District has retained Urban Systems Ltd. to complete a Highway 97 Reconfiguration Study to outline the complexities of the issue under the terms of the District’s priorities for Westbank Centre.
2012 Capital Projects
Council was provided an update on the status of its major capital projects undertaken this year:
- Sewer projects were completed in Lakeview Heights, Glenrosa and Applegreen/Cameron, expenditures in 2012, projects budgeted at approximately $14.1 million.
- The $2.6 million 2012 Road Rehabilitation and Pedestrian Improvement Program is complete, improving several roads and pedestrian pathways in the community.
- Casa Loma Drainage Improvements, budgeted in 2012 at $680,000, are currently underway.
For a detailed list of 2012 Capital Projects, please click here.