Friday, March 27th16.8°C

Ruling disappoints Mayor

Despite a recent appeal court decision, the district of Lake Country will continue to issue tickets to anybody that violates the noise bylaw.

As reported in a previous Castanet story, the BC Court of Appeal recently reversed a lower court decision which prohibited model aircraft from flying on farmland.

The ruling will bring clubs back to a rural area that had been previously banned in an October BC Supreme Court decision, after the district of Lake Country acted on complaints made by neighbours.

Lake Country mayor James Baker said he was "very disappointed" with the decision, saying it's disruptive to the subdivision which borders the makeshift airstrip. "All the people that live near there are very upset with having these planes buzzing around their homes all the time."

"The club can argue that airplanes fly over all the time, but you get used to big planes going by, and they're soon gone. These things buzz all day."

"One of the neighbours can't keep chickens anymore, they die getting so stressed with these things buzzing overhead all the time," he said. "She doesn't have that as a source of income anymore and I think is in danger of losing her farm status, because she's not producing any farm products."

The court battle has cost the district more than $60,000 so far, but the cost is worth it in the defence of local homeowners Baker said.

"We enforce the regulations that we have in terms of noise by issuing tickets, and if they don't pay the tickets, then we have to try to get the court to order them to do so."

"People have invested in those properties, they have a right to be able to enjoy it," he said.

The district tried to negotiate some restrictions on hours of flying and possibly allowing only electric engines instead of gas, he said. But the club refused to meet with them.

Now the district will go back to using the noise bylaw to issue tickets. 

"And we will issue tickets every time a neighbour complains about the noise disturbing their peace and quiet."

"It costs us too much for somebody that's being a bad neighbour, but what else can we do? Just let everyone do whatever they want?"




Comments on this story are pre-moderated and approval times may vary. Before they appear, comments are reviewed by moderators to ensure they meet our submission guidelines. Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments are open and welcome for three days after the story is published. We reserve the right to close comments before then. Comments that appear on the site are not the opinion of Castanet, but only of the comment writer.

Read more Central Okanagan articles


Recent Trending



Castanet pays for news tips. Email us a news tip, photo, or video and your name will be in a draw for our weekly news tip prize $25. Email us [email protected]


Okanagan Quick Links City of Kelowna
Airport Arrivals
Airport Departures
Kelowna Discussion Forum
Kelowna's Cultural District
Kelowna Transit
Kelowna Road Closures
William R. Bennett Bridge
Tourism Kelowna
Central Okanagan
Regional District

District of Peachland
District of Lake Country
Interior Health
UBC Okanagan
Okanagan College
School District 23
Okanagan Regional Library

Kelowna SPCA Featured Pet

Pat Kelowna SPCA >

Member of BC Press Council