The following are highlights from the District of West Kelowna Council meeting held Tuesday, March 26, 2012.
Sign Bylaw Review
Council gave first reading to the District’s draft new Sign Bylaw and will seek public input from the public and business community. The new bylaw simplifies and clarifies elements of the existing Sign Bylaw No. 885. Highlights of the new sign bylaw include:
- Removal of references to zones, speaking instead to uses
- Creation of new sections for ease of use
- Provision for animated signage for community facilities
- Provisions for fascia signs
- Provisions for sandwich board signs
- Off–site public service notice sign opportunities placed by local government only
- Provision for Agricultural sign area size
- Provisions for temporary signs (local events, real estate, balloon, political events, garage sales, etc.)
- Clarification of removal of signs procedures
The next steps in the adoption of the new bylaw will be to develop a Public Service Notice Policy and consult with the public and business community. Council expressed an interest in ensuring that there is intensive consultation and that the public is engaged as much as possible on this draft bylaw. Input will be incorporated and staff will present an updated bylaw to Council for consideration at a future Council Meeting. The draft sign bylaw will be made available on the District’s website and at municipal hall.
Glen Eagles Development – Glenrosa
Council adopted Official Community Plan Bylaw and Zoning Bylaw amendments for a three properties to facilitate an extension of the existing single family residential development at the end of Ranch and McIver Roads in the Upper Glenrosa area. The potential maximum build out of the development, after road infrastructure needs have been considered, is estimated at 71 single family lots and 42 compact residential lots. The subject area fronts Glenrosa Road to the east, and Yorkton Road, Morningside Drive and Astoria Drive to the North. The owners, Glen Eagles Holding Ltd., have provided $86,250 to the McIver and Ranch Parks Reserve Fund. A covenant has also been registered that restricts further subdivision of the property until road improvements on Gates and McIver Roads are complete or otherwise secured through a works and servicing agreement.
Commercial Development – Boucherie Centre
Council authorized the issuance of a Commercial Development Permit for the construction of two detached commercial buildings at Ross Road in Boucherie Centre. The 6,070 m2 property fronts Ross Road, Westgate Road and Highway 97. The larger of the two buildings to be constructed will include a commercial/retail component at street level and a second storey residential component.
Sustainable Transportation Partnership
Council approved the Sustainable Transportation Partnership Intermunicipal Service Agreement between the local governments of the Central Okanagan. Once all participating organizations do the same, a new partnership will be established known as the Sustainable Transportation Partnership of the Central Okanagan (STPCO). Members will include West Kelowna, Kelowna, Lake Country, Westbank First Nation, Peachland and the Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO). Council will also seek to withdraw from the RDCO’s Regional transportation Demand program. The intent of the partnership is to coordinate the regional delivery of sustainable transportation programs and projects in support of common regional policy, plans and interests.