The District of West Kelowna has a Licence of Occupation (LOC) from the Integrated Land Management Bureau of BC Ministry of Agriculture and Lands for the portion of Gellatly Bay directly abutting municipal property. The LOC in conjunction with a W1 Water Use - Recreational Zone establish appropriate uses for the bay. This zoning allows temporary moorage and prohibits moorage of floating residential vessels.
Joint Management Agreement
On June 22, the District of West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation announced the signing of a Joint Management Agreement for Gellatly Bay. Both governments have agreed to respect each other’s jurisdiction and interest in the protection of Okanagan Lake, its foreshore and Gellatly Bay in particular. By signing the binding Joint Management Agreement, both Councils have committed that management of Gellatly Bay will be carried out through the Joint Management Committee established under the agreement. The Joint Management Committee will be comprised of two representatives from each government. The committee will consider and recommend policies regarding the public and private use of Gellatly Bay, as stipulated in the W1 Zone.
W1-Water Use (Recreational) Zone
The District has established a W1 Zone on all waters fronting lands within the District of West Kelowna, which prohibits moorage of floating residential structures such as houseboats.